Director Engineering, NRECA International

Arlington, VA
Jun 20, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Full Time
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years: 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields, they are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting and constantly evolving and requiring new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person's overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance.SummaryDirector Engineering, NRECA International-P5Provides expertise on technical and operational designs for rural electric systems, including isolated small power and distribution systems, focusing primarily on both grid and renewable projects; undertakes overseas assignments; assists in developing proposals, technical papers, conferences, NRECA publications, training events and study tours, as may be assigned.Purpose and Mission1. Provides leadership on goals and unit/project mission, assigns responsibilities, conducts performance reviews, and encourages professional development. Trains, coaches and mentors staff as appropriate. Assists in removing barriers and serves as an escalation point of contact for direct reports in performing their responsibilities.2. Participates in short-term overseas consultative work in various rural electrification projects for NRECA such as grid extensions, loss control, system upgrades/improvements, small power generation, rural electrification planning/assessments/studies, as well as under subcontracts for other development organizations - including design, construction, and providing organizational and technical advice and assistance on operation and maintenance for rural electrification power systems.3. Prepares and/or coordinates the preparation of technical studies related to work product required by project and program sponsors. 4. Gathers and evaluates technical and field information/data relating to the development, implementation, and evaluation of small renewable energy systems, especially small decentralized hydropower, and makes field visits to evaluate relevant programs and projects.5. Prepares proposals, papers, articles and policy position statements or develops material necessary for their preparation.6. Responds to requests for information in small power systems, specifically regarding applications in rural areas of non-industrialized countries.7. Assists in various technical aspects of field-consulting and training services8. Periodically submits reports concerning progress and problems encountered in carrying out these responsibilities, proposes possible plans of action to resolve these and provides evaluative advisory support.Requirements and QualificationsBachelor's degree in engineering or similar technical field. Master's degree preferred.10 years experience in rural power and distribution system design. Developing-country experience in rural power system project implementation preferred. Foreign language competencies preferred but not essential.* Ability to organize and manage time, multi-task, operate under pressure and prioritize projects (or work) using effective organization skills as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in the execution of all duties and responsibilities as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to define issues, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and apply to work environment as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to work with a wide variety of people to foster cooperation in sharing information and materials as demonstrated by prior work experience. * Interpersonal skills, member service orientation and ability to work in a team environment as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to conceptualize, produce and disseminate high-quality materials as demonstrated by prior work experience. * Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment as demonstrated by prior work experience. * Ability to effectively interact with others and work in a team environment and providing follow-up when needed as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to lead highly visible multidisciplinary project/program teams or initiatives and provide leadership as the authority in a specialized field as demonstrated by prior work experience. * Ability to develop and deliver presentations and training workshops as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to travel as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job as demonstrated by prior work experience.* Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine or other job related equipment as demonstrated by prior work experience. ADA Requirements: * The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading. * Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work. Disclaimer Statement: 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.*LI-KC1

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