Director of Operations

Job Details



End Date

Until Filled



Job Description

Douglas Electric Cooperative (Roseburg, Oregon), an electric distribution utility, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Operations. Engineering background or degree would be a plus. We offer a generous salary and benefit package. This position is a member of the leadership team. Salary is negotiable and will be dependent on qualifications.

Our Director of Operations will be responsible for planning and supervising the construction, maintenance, operations, and engineering operations of all distribution and transmission facilities of the Cooperative.  This individual also oversees Operations to ensure effective SCADA system operation and provides support in the automation of the Cooperative’s substation, transmission, and distribution systems. You will oversee the operation and maintenance of facilities in accordance with accepted standard practices, current specifications, and directives, including local, state, and federal codes.

Additional engineering experience would benefit this position by focusing their engineering expertise on analyzing DEC’s electrical system for safe efficient operation and monitor system reliability and resolve areas of concern, as necessary. This could include responsibility for electric system compliance with all federal, state, local, environmental and safety regulations that apply to the Co-op’s operation. Additional experience developing engineering designs and constructions standards, specifications, and material standards is a big plus. These engineering skills would be beneficial, but not a requirement for this position. At a minimum, the position will need to be comfortable working with consultants and contracted engineering services and be able to evaluate bids, recommendations, and projects of a technical nature.

The Director of Operations is responsible for all personnel in these functions including construction crews, maintenance crews, district crews, engineering and estimating supervision, stores, metering, transportation, and other duties as assigned by the General Manager.

Job Related Qualifications

Requirements for the position include extensive experience in distribution operations, maintenance, and construction work, with a working knowledge of electrical engineering or the equivalent in training and experience.  Thorough knowledge of accident prevention manuals, code requirements, personnel procedures, budgeting and general company policies and procedures.  Must demonstrate management, administrative and supervisory skills.   Must have basic computer skills.

Applicants must be initiative-taking, have strong leadership and communication skills, and be able to exercise good judgement.


  • Candidates with an engineering degree are preferred. However, a combination of education and experience would be considered for the right candidate.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in an electric utility operations/engineering department with a proven track record of successful leadership.
  • Must maintain an Oregon State Driver’s License.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of accident prevention manuals, code requirements, personnel procedures, budgeting and general company policies and procedures.  Must demonstrate management, administrative and supervisory skills.
  • Must have basic computer skills.


DEC is a private, not-for-profit electric utility owned by the members it serves. It was established to provide its 10,000 members with the most reliable electric service at the lowest possible cost. DEC's service area covers 2200 square miles in western and northern Douglas County, with small portions in northeast and southeast Coos County and south Lane County.

Located in the heart of the land of Umpqua between Oregon’s Coast Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the east, Roseburg and the greater Umpqua Valley offer numerous opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The area’s climate is temperate but still offers all 4 seasons of weather including warm dry summers and wet winters allowing for an abundance of outdoor recreation including incredible hunting and fishing opportunities, easy access to the dunes on the coast, as well as snowmobile trails to the east.

Benefits Information

Douglas Electric Coop offers an outstanding wage and benefit package. This includes an industry competitive wage for this position, and above average benefit package including:

  • 4 – 10-hour workdays
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off – generous accrual
  • Medical/dental/vision benefits – paid in full for the employee, eligible upon hire
  • Optional dependent coverage with the majority paid by employer
  • 401(k) with a very generous employer contribution
  • Health Savings Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life
  • Spouse & Child Life (optional)
  • Long Term Disability
  • 401(k)

For immediate consideration, please email your cover letter and resume to human resources at Position will remain open until filled.

Notice of Equal Opportunity Employment

We expect employees to be honest, trustworthy, and operate with integrity. Discrimination and all unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) in employment is not tolerated. We encourage success based on our individual merits and abilities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or employment status. We support and obey laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We fully consider all qualified applicants including those with a criminal history. Douglas Electric Cooperative shall not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 18 years old or older. Douglas Electric Cooperative shall take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and shall operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 CFR, part 30.