Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Line Superintendent - Nishnabotna Valley REC, Harlan

Date Posted
August 27, 2021
Full Time

Job Details

Job Type: Full-Time
Schedule: 8-hour shift, Monday – Friday, Weekend availability, On-call, Holidays

To coordinate the day-to-day utility and general business operations of the cooperative. To direct and supervise the installation, operation, and maintenance of the distribution facilities within assigned service area in such a manner that meet the established standards and reflect the most efficient utilization of construction and operation methods, techniques, and equipment.


  • Promote and support the Cooperative’s mission and values.
  • Foster a safe working environment by exemplifying, communicating, and enforcing safety rules and policies.
  • Provides counsel to the Cooperative’s division vice presidents and CEO on matters relating to corporate strategies, plans, business ventures, regional activities and developments, and the general operation of the Cooperative. Fosters internal communication to promote support for the Cooperative’s mission and good morale. To foster external relationships to promote the image and competitive position of the Cooperative.
  • Responsible for identifying and resolving membership needs in accordance with direction given by the CEO/V.P. of Operations and in compliance with the intent of Cooperative policies.
  • Directs, develops, and delivers large commercial and large residential member (Key Accounts) marketing programs, demand-side energy services and conservation programs. Manages the cooperative's key accounts program.
  • Manage the activities of member service technicians, plus the education and community relations within these areas. Directs the programs and procedures that promote efficient use of electrical energy and service to all members. Fosters an understanding of and credibility for the cooperative's role in the business community with members, team members, and the general public.


General Business Administration

  • Ensures Cooperative compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations, policies, and laws. Immediately address any lapses in compliance with said regulations, policies, and laws.
  • Ensures the security and proper maintenance of all cooperative property, equipment, and other assets by developing security systems and procedures. Responsible for facility maintenance, security, and safety.
  • Oversee the management of cooperative inventory.
  • Maintains the cooperative's facilities in the highest standards in cleanliness.
  • Establishes a collaborative working environment across the Cooperative. Trains and develops employees in job duties, guides and counsels’ employees and exercises disciplinary actions.
  • Approves vacation, sick leave, and overtime for department personnel. Reviews and approves time sheets. Monitor’s attendance and overtime records to identify problems and takes corrective action as needed.
  • Assist with member service to ensure overall member satisfaction.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as well as other applicable trade associations.

Utility Operations

  • Directs operations personnel and contractors responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance work of the distribution system, energized or de-energized, including, but not limited to, primary and secondary facilities, transformers, voltage regulators, metering equipment, and all other related equipment.
  • Receives and analyzes service interruption reports and voltage complaints. Recommends changes to correct conditions in system design when appropriate. Monitors outage records and evaluates the annual summaries for planning of system maintenance.
  • Develops transportation fleet purchasing budget. Responsible for all aspects of fleet management and maintenance.
  • Develops and administers cooperative's right-of-way (tree trimming, vegetation control, etc.) and pole inspection and treatment programs to ensure a high level of system reliability.
  • Oversees/conducts regular performance evaluations of direct reports and disciplinary actions to direct reports as needed. Approves meeting and training attendance.
  • Schedules all single-phase and three-phase meter testing.
  • Prepares and files all new easements for the cooperative.
  • Investigates illegal use of electricity.
  • Completes and submits in a timely manner required regulatory reports, such as, but not limited to Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) Reliability, Inspection and Maintenance Plans, Reliability Report, Meter Testing Plan and Grain Bin Notice. Maintains a good working relationship with the IUB.


General Authority:
The Line Superintendent has management line responsibility with supervisory authority over the Nishnabotna line operations, member services/electrician and warehouse department staff, with proper delegation to others within the department. The Line Superintendent shall secure approval of the V.P. of Operations in making decisions when policies are not clear, adequate, or require interpretation.

Reports to V.P. of Operations – Keeps the V.P. of Operations informed concerning work in progress and completed and consulting with the V.P. of Operations concerning problems that hinder efficient completion of the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Directs or supervises the work of:

  • Line Technician Personnel
  • Member Service/Electricians
  • Warehouse Personnel


Outdoor work required in a variety of weather conditions in addition to normal office working conditions. Occasional work outside of normal work hours will be required. Some overnight travel for meetings.


The preceding job description has been written to reflect management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Position level and wages will depend on training and experience of the applicant.





  • Two-year technical school degree in powerline work or related field plus extensive specialized training in electric utility operational topics required. Four-year Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, business, or related field preferred.
  • Experience with computers and Microsoft Office® software is required. Must have the ability to quickly learn new industry-related software.
  • Must have excellent customer service and project management skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, customer-oriented social skills, and an ability to work in a team environment. The ability to multi-task and be detail oriented is required.
  • Knowledge of distribution system operations, system layout, National Electric Safety Code, and safe working practices required. Must understand and know how to use computer applications such as spreadsheet, word processing and database applications. Must be knowledgeable about transportation and power-operated equipment applications and regulations.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.

The position requires sitting, standing, walking, reaching, stretching, and repetitive motions of the hands and fingers such as keyboarding. The operation and use of various types of standard office equipment and machinery is required. Occasional operation of a company vehicle maybe required. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Minimal exposure to varying temperature conditions including cold below 32 degrees and heat above 100 degrees. Safety equipment required.

All applicants who are selected for a position within Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative are required to pass a pre-employment physical examination, background check, motor vehicle driving record queue, and drug test when employed.


Contact Information

Go to Nishnabotna Valley REC’s website – to apply online.


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