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Employment Opportunities

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, Attn:  Business Manager, 7296 HWY 281, ND 58433 or email to  Applications should be submitted / postmarked by November 20th, 2017.


(a) Direct and coordinate the work and employees assigned to the Engineering Department.
(b) Responsible for the development of long- and short-range planning associated with all major system distribution line and substation improvements. Develops construction work plans, new delivery point applications and other planning related studies. Presents plans to Cooperative management for review and approval. Must be able to learn and utilize efficiently various computer software packages to related studies and analyses.
(c) Performs and/or supervises the development of all system substation and distribution sectionalizing studies.
(d) Safe and adequate design, selection of materials and equipment, construction and inspection of overhead and underground distribution line facilities.
(e) Provide engineering expertise and assistance for the management, staff, employees, and members of the Cooperative as well as all others as directed by management and Cooperative policy.
(f) Responsible for the development of the Cooperative’s system improvements budgets. Presents budget to Cooperative management for review and approval.
(g) Responsible for communicating to consumers and potential consumers concerning operating problems, rates, and other technically related areas.
(h) Provides technical support with voltage drop analysis, motor start analysis, fault current analysis and other technically related areas.
(i) Develops and recommends approaches to implement the Cooperative’s electric facility extension policies for extension of services to new consumers. Maintains agreements and consistency in the Cooperative in applying these policies. Reviews line extension policies on no less than annually and makes recommendations for updates.
(j) Working in a cooperative manner with consulting engineering firms, other consulting firms, other cooperatives and its representatives and all other firms and personnel that will benefit the Cooperative and implement its policies.
(k) Responsible for implementation and maintenance of SCADA system.
(l) Responsible for managing miscellaneous projects and other duties as assigned.

(a) Position requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a minimum of five years of similar experience in the electric utility industry or directly related field.
(b) Must have a thorough knowledge of and be able to apply sound engineering principles as they apply to the electric utility industry.
(c) Must be able to perform and prepare clear, concise and accurate engineering reports, studies and investigations.
(d) Must be able to analyze complex, technical problems, exercise sound judgment and arrive at proper decisions.
(e) Must have ability to plan, schedule and direct the activities of others assigned to work with him/her.
(f) Must have high degree of initiative and demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with others.
(g) Must be able to learn and help establish, as required, the Cooperative's policies, engineering practices, standards and methods.
(h) Must have demonstrated ability to manage people to by providing clear direction of work responsibilities and cultivate a team atmosphere.
(i) Must be proficient in the operation of a computer and the use of spreadsheets, Power Point, and Word type programs. Use of ESRI based software will be required.

Individual must have sufficient physical health to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Must be able to travel to attend meetings, seminars, etc., which are related to specific job functions. Must be able to speak clearly and fluently over the telephone and in person. Individual must have acute consciousness of safety and a positive attitude toward accident prevention. May require some lifting of up to 40 lbs. on occasion. Involves mostly sitting but could involve long periods of standing or walking. The majority of the position involves inside office work although some outside work during all weather conditions is necessary as related to supervision, inspection, planning, etc.

(a) Reports to: General Manager
(b) Directs or Supervises: Engineering Department Personnel
(c) Coordinates or cooperates with:
(1) Supervisor - to advise, assist and inform, as required or directed, in any matters pertaining to the Engineering Department; to seek advice, assistance and information when necessary.
(2) To cooperate in maintaining pleasant working relationships with employees and improve morale; to exchange ideas, information and job experiences that will benefit the organization and ensure the continued progress of the Cooperative.
(3) Membership - to explain and apply the services offered, rates, policies, procedures and benefits to which a member of the Cooperative is entitled.
(4) Community - to participate in civic and community affairs and projects in such a manner as to bring respect and improve public relations for the Cooperative; to seek every opportunity to obtain understanding, acceptance and support for the Cooperative's plans, programs and objectives.


                                                                                 Statement of Non-Discrimination

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, is a recipient of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations/policies, USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal/retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA; not all bases apply to all programs; remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

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To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)             mail:        U.S. Department of Agriculture

                                 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

                    1400 Independence Avenue, SW

                    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

                           (2)             fax:           (202) 690-7442; or

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