Engineering & Operations Manager

Company Name: Northern Lights, Inc.
Phone Number: (541) 954-4174
City: Sagle
State/Provence: Idaho
Zip: 83860
Job Title: Engineering & Operations Manager
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: May 25, 2018
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Salary Per: Per Month
Work Time Type: Hours

Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) is seeking a competent and enthusiastic candidate to fill the position of Engineering & Operations Manager.  The current E&O Manager will retire in December 2018.  NLI has retained NRECA’s Executive Search to facilitate the search process.

NLI ( is a member-owned rural electric cooperative serving northern Idaho, western Montana, and northeast Washington.  The cooperative serves 20,000 consumers over 2,800 miles of distribution line with annual revenue of $30.0 million.  NLI receives most of its wholesale power from the Bonneville Power Administration and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (i.e., G&T).  NLI owns and operates a FERC licensed high hazard hydroelectric project located in Troy, MT.  Formed in 1935, NLI is the oldest rural electric cooperative west of the Mississippi River.

Experience Required:

The E&O Manager is responsible for the construction and maintenance, engineering, and dispatch functions for the utility; including 38 employees.  Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years electric utility experience, and at least five years senior management experience.  A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or business administration is preferred.  However, extensive electric utility experience in a senior staff role may substitute for college degree, and/or experience as an electric journeyman lineworker.  Working knowledge of hydroelectric dams is desirable.  The successful candidate will be a person of high integrity and have proven leadership skills.  The individual must also be a team player, having strong interpersonal and communication skills.  The successful candidate must live within 30 miles of Sagle headquarters.

How to Apply:

NLI headquarters is in the Idaho panhandle near Sagle, Idaho just five miles south of Sandpoint.  Also, Sagle is 40 miles north of Coeur d’Alene and 65 miles east of Spokane, Washington; allowing access to the convenience of a large city.  With the Kaniksu and Coeur d’Alene National Forests in the area, the region is know for its rugged and picturesque beauty.  Lake Pend Oreille and the Priest River are nearby supplying ample year-around water sports and fishing opportunities.  Schweitzer Mountain Resort provides world-class skiing and snowboarding, as well as summer outdoor activities.  This is a beautiful area to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors.

NLI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  It provides a comprehensive benefits package and a salary structure commensurate with qualifications and representative of the market.  Interested parties should direct their inquiries to NRECA Executive Search and submit the following electronically: 1) Cover letter, 2) two to three-page resume, and 3) at least three professional references or letters of recommendation.  Applications must be received by July 11, 2018 and submitted to:


Rick Crinklaw, NRECA Executive Search

(541) 954-4174

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Posting End Date: July 11, 2018