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Company Description

NHEC is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in New England, providing electric utility service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout New Hampshire.  Serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, and our mission is to provide our members access to affordable, reliable electric service options that support and simplify their lives. 

Job Description

Director of Access and Distributed Resources
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
Plymouth, NH​

The Organization

NHEC is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in New England, providing electric utility service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout New Hampshire.  Serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, and our mission is to provide our members access to affordable, reliable electric service options that support and simplify their lives. The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through renewable energy, distributed energy resources such as solar arrays and battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy-related apps on smart devices.

In June 2017, we completed a five-year strategic plan, identifying four area of strategic focus with actionable goals within those areas completed by the end of 2022.

  • Business Model. NHEC provides superior service to its members, with systems that are sufficiently flexible to capitalize on ongoing changes in technology and programs that enable members to better manage their energy usage and costs and take advantage of other opportunities as they become available in the marketplace.
  • Voice of the Member. NHEC is a member-driven organization where every employee consistently strives to better understand and meet our members’ expectations and has access to the information necessary to do so. We are committed to an ongoing dialogue with our members, and we focus intently on making it easy and convenient for our members to interact with us. As a result, every interaction with NHEC is a delight.
  • Organizational Effectiveness. NHEC is described by its employees and members as nimble, collaborative, responsive to changes in the industry, constantly learning and having employees who share the drive to achieve the organization’s vision.
  • Financial Stability. NHEC remains financially strong and has the resources necessary to provide excellent service to our members as the energy industry and related services are transformed.

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC currently has 200+ employees.  There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds.  It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all.  Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different.  We invite you to learn more about the impact you can have by exploring our website at www.nhec.com

The Position

Reporting to the Vice President of Power Resources and Access and partnering closely with the executive leadership team, the Director of Access and Distributed Resources will advance NHEC’s goal of facilitating the widespread adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) on its distribution system as contemplated by its Strategic Plan. The utility industry is changing and we need someone to help develop and lead new strategies to serve our members with an even more reliable, resilient and affordable energy distribution system.  You will support the VP of Power Resources by developing and implementing strategies to reduce NHEC charges associated with system and member demand on the distribution system.  Our members are presented more and more with opportunities to invest in DERs.  This position will help develop strategies to maximize the value of those investments for all of our members.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and implement strategies and systems that support widespread adoption of distributed energy resources, including renewable energy, storage, energy management and other member-sited systems.
  • Develop and implement approaches to minimize charges associated with the Co-op’s Regional Access Charge, Member demand charges and other related demand charges. 
  • Develop and implement business strategies that enhance NHEC’s transition toward a transactive business model through valuation of products and services delivered within the NHEC distribution system.
  • Assist in developing strategies to increase member satisfaction through increased distribution system resilience, flexibility and improved communications, working with strategic partners.
  • Help ensure integration of NHEC and its members’ energy efficiency, demand response and other system benefit programs and measures with NHEC’s power and energy supply resources.

The Person

  • First and foremost, someone who will be energized and excited about NHEC’s mission and will thrive with the opportunity to enhance an already great organization
  • An inquisitive, open mind – someone who is interested in finding creative solutions and new ways to support the organization
  • Incredible relationship-building skills; collaboration is a key value at NHEC, and this person needs to model excellent communication skills
  • Ability to innovate, think strategically and execute tactically
  • The terms “Transactive Energy,” “Distributed Energy Resources,” Demand Response,” and “Energy Storage” are exciting and thought provoking
  • You don’t just think outside of the box, you can see possibilities for a new, maybe yet unimagined box
  • You have a Bachelor of Science degree in a related discipline with a Master’s Degree very strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 10+ years of direct experience in utility business, engineering, or economics. 
  •  Experience in one or more of the following fields desired; demand response program management, load management strategy development, energy efficiency program management, power procurement through contracting or resource development, or distributed energy resource development.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a senior level position and coordination with other individuals and groups within and external to the organization. 

 

If this seems like you then we can’t wait to meet you.  Please apply online at www.nhec.com/careers

 

Qualifications

Director of Access and Distributed Resources

EDUCATION:  Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, economics, business or a related discipline required.  Master’s Degree in business, engineering, management, or a related field very strongly preferred.  Additional non-degree training related to needs of the position highly desirable and such continuing learning to be expected as part of the position.

EXPERIENCE:  Ten to fifteen years direct experience in utility business, engineering, or economics required.  Experience in one or more of the following fields preferred; demand response program management and design, load management strategy development, power procurement through contracting or resource development, distributed energy resource development, and or energy efficiency program management. A minimum of five years’ experience in a senior level position and coordination with other individuals and groups within and external to the organization. 

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  An effective working knowledge of electric utility program management, energy technologies, transmission tariffs and contract negotiations, Knowledge of power requirements, financial forecasting, short and long term load forecasting (energy and demand), utility accounting, and related regulatory and environmental requirements desired.  Ability to effectively communicate in writing and orally with senior management, the board of directors, others within the industry including power suppliers, transmission providers, system operators, outside consultants, and NHEC’s residential, commercial and industrial members.

ABILITIES & SKILLS:  Ability to lead, manage and supervise the activities and performance of individuals and groups in the design, delivery, maintenance and economic evaluation of utility programs.  Facility in the use of personal computers and common business and analytical software.

WORKING CONDITIONS:   Most of work schedule will be within the Cooperative's headquarters facilities, or working remotely from locations as required or authorized by senior management.  Frequent travel within New England required in order to attend meetings.  Occasional extended travel will also be required to attend meetings and training activities, both regional and national. Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees.  It may be required during regular business hours that employees be assigned functions to support power restoration and for some employees that may be different from their normal duties. In addition, such assistance may require working nights, weekends and holidays which may involve considerable extra hours. In order to meet this working condition, all employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours. This number will only be used for internal purposes.

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