Employment Opportunities

Journeyman Lineman
Hill County Electric Cooperative (HCE), located in Havre, Mont., has an outstanding job opportunity for a journeyman lineman.  The co-op is looking for a responsible, dedicated and safety-oriented individual to be part of the co-op’s hometown cooperative family to deliver reliable energy to the co-op’s members. HCE offers an exceptional compensation and benefits package, and the best co-workers in the business.
Candidates must have successfully completed an approved apprenticeship course, have proven ability and demonstrated competence in all facets of line work and use of associated equipment at the journeyman lineman level. Other requirements include: high school diploma or GED, ability to obtain and maintain a Class A CDL, insurable driving record and pass a drug screening.
The position will remain open until filled. No entry-level trainee or apprentice applications will be accepted at this time. Learn more about HCE and apply through the co-op’s  “careers” website at www.hillcountyelectric.coop and read the job description with full requirements. Both a resume and application must be submitted through this website. For more information call 1-877-394-7804. Follow HCE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HCElectric

Manager of Member Services
Glacier Electric Cooperative has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to fill the position of manager of member services. Glacier Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative serving 5,100 members in northwestern Montana. The cooperative headquarters is located in Cut Bank, Mont. The diverse membership base is comprised of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, several Canadian/U.S. Border crossings, most of Glacier National Park, several small towns and significant rural agricultural load. June 26 is the deadline for applying for this position.
For this position, key areas of emphasis include: member communications (publications, website, public speaking); internal communications; member events/annual Meeting; community involvement/public relations; energy efficiency programs, and; economic development (Revolving Loan Fund and reporting
Required skills: Ability to effectively coordinate available resources is essential. The ability to effectively communicate with others, both orally and in writing, is essential.
Education & experience: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in communications, marketing or related field; or 10 years of related experience in public communications is desirable. Additional training in energy services, energy efficiency programs, marketing, supervision, desktop publishing, website design or maintenance, and advertising is highly desirable.
Knowledge: A thorough working knowledge of desktop publishing, media communications techniques and marketing is required. Other preferred areas of knowledge include energy efficiency, public and media relations, public speaking, photography and editing.
Lifting Capacity: Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
This position is a non-union, staff-level position that reports directly to the general manager. The successful candidate must pass an initial substance screening and, as an employee, will be subject to random drug/controlled-substance screenings.
All applications must be received by June 26, 2015, and must be sent to mhudson@glacierelectric.com.

Communications Position
Ravalli County Electric Cooperative  is looking for an enthusiastic individual with a background in communications and social media experience to join our team. This full-time position will represent the cooperative by increasing its public visibility through business networking opportunities, community events and social media and website communications. Minimal requirements for this position include effective verbal and written communication skills; and exceptional customer service, outstanding writing and editing
skills, computer proficient, including operating software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Systems, and website management software. Professional experience with social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter is preferred.
Educational requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a focus on communications: advertising and marketing, journalism, communications and public relations, or a related degree. However, consideration of education and work experience, including marketing, editorial or public relations responsibilities, may be given in lieu of degree. The successful applicant must possess a valid Montana driver’s license; present a professional appearance at all times; have the ability to travel occasionally out-of-town, overnight and work non-traditional hours, including evening and weekend hours as required.
If you are fantastic with people and have excellent writing and technical skills, please submit a completed REC application, resume, letter of interest, and your portfolio or samples of your work. Benefits are available after 90 days, and wage depends on experience.  To apply, please go to www.ravallielectric.com/content/employment-opportunities.

General Manager/CEO
Hill County Electric Cooperative and Triangle Communications,Havre, MT
The Board of Trustees of Hill County Electric Cooperative (HCE) and Triangle Communications (Triangle) jointly invite applications for the position of General Manager/Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) of the two entities. The current GM/CEO will be retiring in December 2015. The Boards have contracted with NRECA’s Executive Search to facilitate the search process.
HCE (www.hcelectric.com) is a financially sound, member-owned, electric distribution cooperative providing service over 3,111 miles of line in five north central Montana counties. The Cooperative serves 3,800 meters, including two tribal nations, with 31 percent of its kWh sales to residences/seasonal, 21 percent to commercial/irrigation, and 48 percent to three industrial loads. It has revenue of $13 million and a plant investment of $44 million. HCE receives its wholesale power from Central Montana Electric Power.  It is a member of the Montana Electric Cooperatives, NRECA, CFC, and CoBank. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative and an RUS borrower.
Triangle (www.itstriangle.com) is a growing, member-owned telephone cooperative providing telecommunication services including Broadband Internet, local, long distance and mobile telephone service to more than 17,000 subscribers in Central Montana, from Wyoming to the Canadian border. Its customers are benefitting from its aggressive fiber to the home projects. Triangle has revenue of $29 million and a plant investment of $178 million. It is a member of NTCA.
HCE and Triangle employ over 160 individuals with the majority working from Havre, where the Cooperatives share resources, including office and operational facilities.
The successful candidate will be a visionary, a person of integrity and have proven leadership skills. The individual must be a strategic, “out of the box” thinker, possess strong business acumen, and have more than five years’ supervisory experience at the senior management level of an electric or telephone utility. Rural electric or telephone cooperative experience is preferred. A demonstrated understanding and respect of the cooperative principles and business model is essential.  The individual will have established strong interpersonal, team-building, and negotiation skills. Knowledge in the areas of legislation, regulation, financial management, electric distribution or telephone operations, strategic planning, tribal relations, safety, and member/public relations is required. The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills. An appropriate level of higher education with an adequate amount of electric or telephone utility experience may be substituted in lieu of a four-year degree.
Havre is the eighth largest town in Montana with a population of 9,300. The cost of living is very affordable and below the national average. Primary industries include agriculture, health care, education, rail, gaming, and retail trade. Havre offers a strong secondary and post-secondary educational system, including Montana State University-Northern. The Milk River (tributary of the Missouri River) runs through Havre, and the Bear’s Paw Mountains can be seen to the south. Etched by numerous rivers, North Central Montana is pocketed by small mountain ranges and gentle rolling hills and valleys. There are many opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, golfing, and winter recreation. Great Falls is easily accessed within 110 miles via scenic US 87 highway.
The Cooperative provides a comprehensive benefits package and a salary structure commensurate with qualifications and representative of the market. Interested parties should direct their inquiries to NRECA’s Executive Search and submit the following electronically: 1) cover letter, 2) two to three page resume, and 3) at least three professional references or letters of recommendation. All applications must be received by August 24, 2015 and submitted to:  Tammy Lehman, NRECA Executive Search, ExecutiveSearch@nreca.coop, 785-764-0296.