Working for MPE
MPE is dedicated to becoming the area’s preferred employer and currently employs more than 60 people. Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.
Current Openings (3 - General Manager, Warehouse Supervisor & Substation & Metering Superintendent):
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. (MPE)
MPE is a rural electric distribution cooperative formed in 1946. MPE serves 21,000 meters in Grand, Jackson, Summit, Routt, and Larimer counties in Colorado. It has a customer density of 11 meters per mile. Mountain Parks Electric is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors representing districts in the counties listed above. The Board has exclusive jurisdiction, control, and management of the utility.
At the end of 2017 MPE had assets of over $103 million with long-term debt of $45 million. In 2017, MPE generated about $37 million in annual revenue. The largest expense was over $22 million for purchase power (about 58% of MPE’s total expenses).
MPE is a member of Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc., a generation and transmission cooperative based in Colorado, and providing wholesale electric power to 43 electric cooperatives in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Tri-State generates $1.4 billion in annual revenue and employs a workforce of over 1,500. MPE’s all-requirements contract is in place through 2050. Under the Tri-State contract, MPE has the right to elect to receive 5% of its energy requirements from distributed or renewable generation owned or controlled by MPE. MPE is pursuing this right.
In 2017, MPE generated a margin of nearly $2.2 million, and returned over $1.6 million in patronage capital.
Mountain Parks Electric employs a staff of approximately 60.
Additional information about MPE is available on this web site.
The industry is being disrupted. The cost-plus business model may no longer be viable.
An increasing number of MPE’s customers are seeking self-generation and three communities are adopting voluntary carbon reductions and renewable energy requirements more stringent than state and federal mandates. The loss of revenue from customer self-generation is compounded by the increased administrative cost of answering inquiries and handling projects.
Despite adding 1,500 accounts to its membership since 2010, MPE’s annual kilowatt-hour sales are flat. While revenue is flat to declining, expenses are increasing.
A number of other Tri-State members are at or nearing their 5% distributed generation allowance and some are seeking to exceed 5%. Other Tri-State members have elected to buy-out of Tri-State or are investigating buying-out. The impact of this migration is forecast to increase fixed cost for the remaining Tri-State members.
The recent election of Democrats to the Colorado legislature and Governor makes the probability of an increase in renewable standards, energy efficiency, net metering, and customer choice more likely.
The rapid change in technology is posing challenges as well are providing opportunity. MPE is implementing a fiber backbone for internal communication. Discussions are underway regarding the commercial aspect of this investment. Electric Vehicles may offer potential.
The duties of the General Manager are illustrated on the following Job Description.
It is essential that the next General Manager manage a safe and successful electric utility along with investigating options to improve MPE’s revenues and collaborating with the Board to enact the most feasible options within MPE’s financial abilities.
In addition to what appears on that document, it is essential that the General Manager represent MPEI at community events and effectively advocate for MPEI at Tri-State.
The requirements for candidates for General Manager are also described on the following Job Description.
The most desirable candidates will have experience that includes diverse and progressively responsible supervisory and management assignments culminating in executive leadership in a comparably sized utility. Experience in a competitive industry would be an added plus.
That experience will ideally be the result of work in another rural cooperative; however, candidates from other sectors such as public power, for-profit utilities or other organizations could be appropriate. It is important that candidates have a workable knowledge of rural cooperative governance.
An understanding of wholesale power contracts, renewable resource options and costs and the impact of distributed generation on an all-requirements power contract are important. Exposure to emerging technologies such as AMI, microgrids, ERP, and other customer facing technologies is a significant benefit.
It is also important that candidates understand the unique aspect of living in a Colorado mountain community where resorts and recreation coexist alongside cattle ranching.
Technical expertise in electrical generation, transmission and distribution is not required, but demonstrated success at the strategic and tactical level is important. Business expertise in budgeting and goal setting is necessary. Nimbleness, Innovation and strategic planning skills are essential skills. Exposure to telecom is preferred.
A proven track record in community affairs and relations, effective government interactions, and economic development are positives.
Candidates for General Manager must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to articulate contemporary industry issues to industry experts, legislators, regulators, and lay individuals. He or she must have the executive presence to comfortably represent MPE before regulators and legislators, and the charisma to provide leadership to MPE, its customers, Board, City Councils, City Management, staff, and the community.
Candidates must be consensus builders, mentors, coaches, team players, and delegators.
MPE is headquartered in Granby, a small town in the Colorado Rockies at an elevation of 8,000’ located near world class down-hill and cross-country skiing, gold medal river and lake fishing along with hunting, camping, hiking, biking, golfing, rafting, horseback riding and an array of other exciting outdoor activities. Denver is 80 miles east southeast. Granby has a population of nearly 2,000.
The largest employers in the area are the School Districts, County Governments, Ski Areas, Mining Operations, Construction Related Services, and MPE.
The MPE service territory is very diverse, with Ranching, Tourism, Vacation Homes, Multi-Use Developments, and Gas and Oil Production commingled throughout.
Cost of living in Granby is 94.8% of the national average. The 2018 median list price for a home is $595,000.
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About 11 miles south of Granby is the small town of Tabernash with a population of nearly 500. About 15 miles south of Granby is the town of Fraser with about 1,200 residents. About 20 miles south of Granby is the town of Winter Park, with a population of nearly 1,000 and its world renown skiing.
About 19 miles northeast of Granby is Grand Lake. A community of nearly 500 residents bordered by Grand Lake, the largest and deepest natural lake in Colorado, and the western entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Nearby are Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby.
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
About 10 miles west of Granby is Hot Sulphur Springs, a town of almost 700 residents near Byers canyon and home to the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.
Nearly 60 miles north of Granby is the town of Walden located in North Park, a large open valley focused on ranching, hunting, and fishing, Walden has about 600 residents.
Nearly 28 miles west of Granby is the town of Kremmling located in Middle Park along the upper Colorado River. Ranching, hunting, and fishing are abundant in and around Middle Park. Kremmling has about 1,400 residents.
MPE will offer competitive compensation, a full complement of fringe benefits, and relocation.
Resumes presented to the Board on February 8, 2019
Finalist candidates are selected for Board interviews by February 18, 2019.
Finalist interviews during the week of March 4. 2019.
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MPE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Classification: General Manager Approved: January 1, 2016
Pay Classification: Exempt Job Code: O5
Department: Administrative Revised: 10-9-2014
Supervisor: Board of Directors
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Engineering, Finance or Marketing. Progressive career assignments leading into executive level management of an organization of craft, administrative, professional and supervisory subordinates, ideally with an electric utility.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. (MPE) reserves the right to change or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time. The essential job functions of this position include:
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Understands the concept of providing quality service to MPE’s customers and employees. Agrees to maintain a continuing commitment to courtesy and professionalism.
Ability to get along with others.
Ability to work under stress.
Ability to receive constructive criticism
Ability to maintain assigned work hours
Ability to work more than 40 hours per week
Ability to work more than 8 hours per day
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- Insure that all consumers within the MPE’s certified service area desiring electric service are provided a reliable supply of electricity at the lowest cost consistent with MPE’s standards of service and sound business practices.
- Develop an organization and staff it with the personnel qualified to effectively and efficiently operate MPE in accordance with the direction and policies as established by the Board of Directors.
- Inform, advise, assist and make timely, well defined recommendations to the Board of Directors that will ensure a strong physical and financial system that is member friendly.
- Serve as MPE’s principal spokesperson, representative, negotiator, and communicator to establish positive relationships with the member-owners, employees, lending institutions, cooperative associations, legislative bodies, community and public organizations, and the media to promote MPE’s actions, concerns, and priorities.
- Direct the day-to-day operation, aligned with the strategic planning and goals of MPE through the utilization of MPE’s financial, technical, physical assets, and human resources in the most efficient and effective manner.
- Ensure that MPE’s business transactions, operations, security, and confidentiality comply with industry, environmental, state, federal, and local rules, regulations, standards, and laws.
- Participate in and provide support to efforts which contribute to economic development and provides for a higher quality of services for the member/owners of MPE.
- Ensure understanding and compliance to relevant occupational health and safety obligations. Ensure safety initiatives are supported and that relevant policies are understood, followed and implemented by all employees.
- Direct the short and long-term strategic planning of the company under the guidance of the board.
- Represent MPE within the communities served through participation in civic organizations.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this position. The description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties and requirements for personnel in this position.
Establishes a relationship with the Board of Directors as defined in Policy No. B-1.
Performs other duties of a like nature that may be assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Understands and applies the concept of providing quality electric service to MPE’s members/owners and employees, and agrees to maintain a continuing commitment to superior customer service.
Promotes the Seven (7) Cooperative Principles.
Knowledge of principles and practices of business administration including personnel practices and employment laws, budgeting, and fiscal management practices; office procedures and business operating systems; and the appropriate methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances.
Skills include communicating effectively, verbally and written, in a diverse range of audiences and settings; persuasion and negotiation of conflicts and problems; assessing operational, program, staffing, and fiscal needs; interpreting legal documents and governmental regulations; evaluating fiscal and financial reports, forms, and data; analyzing complex written documents; identifying and resolving administrative problems; working long and irregular hours, and under pressure conditions; delegating responsibility and achieving results through subordinates; and maintain order in an environment of changing priorities.
Provides opportunity and positive feedback for development of Department Managers.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking and use of keyboard/computer; and occasional bending, kneeling, reaching, and lifting up to 25 pounds. Requires finger dexterity, good vision and hearing, ability to speak, and the ability to perform close work. Office equipment used includes personal computer, related software, ten-key calculators, copy machines, fax machines, etc.
Close to 100% of the work performed is done indoors in an office setting. Travel by company vehicle and /or commercial means may be required.
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. offers competitive salary and benefits, a flexible work environment, and an incredible opportunity to live and work in the Rocky Mountains. We are a member owned not-for-profit energy provider. All profits are reinvested in MPE’s electric plant or returned to our member-owners.
MPE has an immediate opening for a full-time Warehouse Supervisor located at the Granby office. We are looking for an experienced supervisor to perform various purchasing, inventory management, and compliance duties as well as supervising employees and overall operations of the warehouse. The successful applicant will be self-motivated and must have proven leadership skills, experience with customer service, and computer literacy with various software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access programs. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and maintain a valid Colorado’s driver’s license. At least two years’ experience in managing a warehouse and/or ten years’ experience working in a warehouse desired, preferably for a utility or in construction. Must have a demonstrated ability to deal directly with the public.
Wages for this position are dependent on qualifications and experience. Interested candidates should submit their letter of intent and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and contact us to complete an application. This position will remain open until filled.
Substation and Metering Superintendent for Granby Location
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. offers competitive salary and benefits, a flexible work environment, and an incredible opportunity to live and work in the Rocky Mountains. We are a member owned not-for-profit energy provider. All profits are reinvested in MPEI’s electric plant or returned to our member-owners.
Mountain Parks Electric is accepting applications for a full time Substation & Metering Superintendent. This position will be located at the Mountain Parks Electric headquarters in Granby, CO. The successful candidate will supervise and assist two to three employees in the design, scheduling, performance, installation, programming, inspection, maintenance and documentation of SCADA, communications, substation and distribution equipment, in both existing and new installations. The candidate will write and review switching procedures, and train employees in the safe operation of distribution equipment and SCADA procedures.
In addition the candidate will supervise, plan, and assist in the testing, maintaining records, administration, operation and maintenance of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure system, meters, and meter peripherals. The candidate will supervise, plan, and assist with various duties related to customer service including reading of meters, making delinquent account collections, connecting and disconnecting meters, and meter exchanges.
Must have and maintain a valid Class “A” CDL (commercial driver's license) in Colorado. High school diploma or equivalent required. Must have the ability to read electrical drawings, in addition to computer and math skills. Journeyman Lineman certification preferred.
Wages for this position are dependent on qualifications and experience. Interested candidates should submit their letter of intent and resume to and contact us to complete an application. This position will remain open until filled. Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- If there are no current openings, you can still mail your application to: Mountain Parks Electric, ATTN: Human Resources, PO Box 170, Granby, CO 80446.
- If you would like a hard copy application or would like a PDF emailed to you, please contact our human resources department at email@example.com or call 970-887-3378.
“I really like working here. My job is interesting, fun and rewarding. My co-workers' professionalism and personalities create an enjoyable work atmosphere.”
- Lindsay, Read Auditor/Customer Service
“Mountain Parks Electric is a great place to work! I enjoy working for a rural electric cooperative.”
- Nathan, Journeyman Lineman
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