Chief Strategic Officer
Company: Duck River Electric Membership Corporation
Posted on: September 22, 2022
Summary The Chief Strategic Officer (CSO) is accountable for the
planning and development of key strategic initiatives of the
Association for long-term viability of generation, transmission,
distribution, gas supply, and the achievement of sustainable
business practices in terms of the economic, social, and
environmental impact to Chugach and its members. This work requires
a personal leadership role among all government organizations,
non-governmental organizations, communities, and Chugach divisions
to influence and advance Chugach's position on strategic
initiatives through business development, sustainability, key
accounts, and member services activities. This position requires
extensive knowledge of fuel supply planning and contracts,
government relations, renewable generation technologies, and
business practices that reduce carbon and advance the beneficial
use of electrification. This is a key executive role which serves
as the chief spokesperson on electric, gas, business development,
and sustainability initiatives that impact Chugach. Key
Accountabilities and Essential Functions
- Develops and maintains Chugach's Strategic Plan at the
direction of the Chief Executive Officer.
- Develops strategic initiatives at the direction of the Chief
Executive Officer in accordance with Chugach's Strategic Plan.
- Prepares and maintains Chugach's integrated resource plan
through close communication and collaboration with Chugach's
operating division management consistent with regional and state
level strategic planning efforts including the Electric Reliability
- Identifies opportunities to benefit Chugach by working with all
levels and types of government, industry, and community
organizations toward the reduction of costs or the increase of
revenues that will serve to lower the cost of electricity.
- Evaluates opportunities for acquisitions, mergers, and/or the
combining of existing or future facilities of other utilities to
reduce risk and improve efficiency of operation.
- Identifies new business opportunities and markets to achieve
maximum efficiencies of operation.
- Discovers and informs the Chief Executive Officer on all
opportunities or threats to Chugach which may impact our ability to
achieve the mission and vision of the Board of Directors or the
goals and objectives of the Chief Executive Officer.
- Evaluates and prioritizes improvement projects from all Chugach
Divisions as part of the budget process based on the Chief
Executive Officer's goals, objectives, and key performance
indicators with a special emphasis on strategic initiatives for
- Directs the management of Chugach's working interest in the
Beluga River Unit gas field.
- Ensures short and long-term reliable sources of natural gas to
meet current and future requirements in consideration of changes in
gas supply options, changes in customer loads, and changes in
renewable generation technologies.
- Plans fuel requirements consistent with integrated resource
plans, the Association's financial forecast, and capital
improvement plans from all operating divisions.
- Investigates alternative fuels, fuel suppliers, and delivery
methods to reduce single contingency risk.
- Directs the negotiation of fuel supply contracts on behalf of
Chugach subject to terms and conditions set by the Chief Executive
- Ensures excellent relationships with key internal and external
stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental
organizations, key accounts, and the employees by engaging in
educational and support activities.
- Participates in Chugach's public relations activities and
interactions with elected officials and their staffs at the
federal, state, and local levels to communicate Chugach's strategic
direction and solicit assistance as required.
- Maintains excellent relationships with Chugach cooperative
members through direct engagement, support, and educational
- Builds and maintains relationships with members of federal,
state, and local government entities and agencies; identifies
federal and state legislative issues affecting Chugach and seeks
resolutions while clearly communicating Chugach's positions on
issues. Testifies before government committees in support of the
Association and/or industry matters.
- Develops and achieves Chugach's sustainable corporate practices
including the establishment of sustainability goals and objectives
in recognition of the requirement to improve our economic, social
and environmental position in the electric industry.
- Performs strategic analysis of sustainability opportunities,
develops strategies to achieve those objectives, and proposes
projects for approval.
- Actively participates in planning, approving, revising, and
implementing overall policies and strategies of the Association.
Competencies Must have a thorough knowledge of utility system
operation, construction, maintenance, finance and economics. Must
be highly knowledgeable in strategic planning processes and
organizational management techniques, including benchmarking and
process improvement techniques. Must possess senior level
management skills to direct and provide leadership to management
staff. Must be highly skilled in financial and economic analysis.
Supervisory Responsibility This position has the supervisory
responsibility for Government Affairs; Fuel Planning, Fuel
Contracts and the Beluga River Unit; Business Development; Member
Services; and Key Accounts and Sustainability. Work Environment
Work is performed in a standard office environment. Some travel to
remote sites on small aircraft may be required. Moderate amount of
travel both within and outside Alaska for meetings and training may
be required. Minimum Qualifications and Experience Education
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Economics, Finance, Business
Administration or related degree required, advanced degree
preferred. Additional advanced training in utility operations,
engineering, finance, statistics, and economics related to the
utility industry is highly desirable. Experience Ten years
progressively responsible management experience in the electric
utility industry is required, including at least five years in
senior management. Must be familiar with all aspects of the
business, including distribution, transmission, and generation of
electric power and fuel supply and related matters. Satisfactory
and demonstrated experience in strategic planning, economic /
financial analysis, sustainability, contract negotiations, and team
building is required. Experience in government relations, public
speaking, organizational management, and finance required.
Experience working in a union environment preferred.
Keywords: Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, Anchorage , Chief Strategic Officer, Executive , Anchorage, Alaska
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