Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Operations Manager - Grundy County REC, Grundy Center

Date Posted
September 23, 2020
Full Time

Job Details

Grundy County REC is seeking a professional, qualified, and engaged leader for the position of Operations Manager. 

Grundy County REC is a member-owned, distribution electric cooperative that provides safe, reliable, and affordable electricity and related energy services to approximately 2,240 residential, business, and agricultural meters spanning a service territory of 927 miles of line in the six counties in north central Iowa.  Grundy County purchases its wholesale power from Corn Belt Power Cooperative and employs 13 dedicated professionals who are committed to providing exceptional service in a safe manner.

The Operations Manager is part of a three-member senior management team that reports directly to the General Manager. The position is responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the utility’s power system in a safe, efficient, and collaborative manner. This position has direct supervision of five linemen, one warehouseman, and 1000-hour temporary linemen when applicable.

The Operations Manager is expected to serve as an ambassador for the Cooperative to ensure the promotion of goodwill between the Cooperative, its members, the community, and general public to exemplify that we are a trusted energy resource, respected business partner and employer of choice.

The Operations Manager is also expected to demonstrate a commitment to cooperative principles, our core values, and member service at all times working to provide quality, efficient, and courteous service in all work-related interactions to achieve the objectives of the Cooperative. 

Grundy County REC is headquartered in Grundy Center, Iowa, a small, rural community with a population of nearly 2,700. Grundy is known for their great school district, excellent Chamber Main Street program, and small-town hospitality. Grundy Center is approximately 30 minutes from Cedar Falls, a vibrant college town with many opportunities for activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment. 

Grundy County REC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a defined benefit pension plan, in addition to a 401k savings plan. The Cooperative also has excellent health and life insurance plans. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Successful candidates must have a two-year technical school degree in powerline work plus extensive specialized training in electric utility topics and at least 10 years of progressive experience, preferably with a distribution electric cooperative. Candidates must have broad utility management experience in electric utility engineering, construction, operations and/or maintenance. A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, electrical engineering (Power System option preferred), or a related field is preferred.

Successful candidates will be: forward-thinking; strategically focused; committed to employee and public safety; able to develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with co-workers, members, and the public; exhibit a leadership style reflecting integrity, respect, and flexibility; possess strong communication and problem-solving skills to effectively interact with members and employees; able to successfully plan, manage, implement and monitor various projects/plans; and effectively supervise and lead staff in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. 


Contact Information

Application packages should include a formal application, cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references. The cover letter should include why the applicant is seeking the position and why the applicant believes he or she is the best choice for the position. Other information deemed relevant may also be included by the applicant.

For a full job description and application, please contact Allyson Miller:

Allyson Miller
Grundy County REC

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, November 1, 2020.

All information shall be kept strictly confidential 

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