HR & Management
Director, Gas Operations
Director, Gas Operations For all jobs posted after March 4th, 2019: We include a
Salary: $108,000-150,000 per year
Type: Full Time
For all jobs posted after March 4th, 2019: We include a safety assessment in our hiring process so that everyone--including
you-can go home safely. Every day.
This important role will provide overall leadership, management, development and direction for the gas operations in the
SALARY RANGE: $108,000 - $150,000
Base salary is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.
CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.
LOCATION: Grimes, IA
Full Relocation is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of
household goods, temporary housing expenses, trips home during temporary housing, paid time off to move, transition and
spousal career support, home marketing and home finding assistance, home sale closing cost assistance, appraised value
home purchase option, relocation adjustment allowance, destination purchase closing cost assistance, and a partial home
equity advance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Vice President, Gas Operations
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Coordinate personnel and resources to:
optimize gas distribution system growth, performance, reliability, and safety
meet the needs of the strategic plan
provide quality customer service
maintain safe working conditions and practices by ensuring safety is the top priority for employees
lead/participate and enable continuous improvements and best practices for BHC utilities
attain statewide goals
Assist in preparation and define:
strategic plan, including growth plan development
five year forecast for gas distribution
operations and maintenance programs (DIMP/TIMP/SIMP)
annual distribution capital and operating budgets
emergency plan documentation/training
strategic workforce planning initiatives
employee engagement survey action initiatives
Monitor and maintain compliance with
safety standards of performance
capital and operating budgets
O&M and construction standards
company policies and procedures
external required regulations (OSHA, EPA, PHMSA, PSC, etc.)
Create and maintain a workplace environment that promotes diversity, safety, fair and equal treatment of employees,
open communications and the highest standards of ethical behavior.
Ensure all policies, procedures and work rules are clearly communicated and applied consistently throughout the
workgroups. Review and update policies, procedures, and work rules as needed to ensure continual compliance, a safe
work environment, and fairness.
Maintain strong and open working relationships with the utilities leadership and gas engineering, along with other
corporate support departments (legal, regulatory, IT, HR, etc.) through frequent communication of important issues.
Review and approve work orders, and various permits.
Foster a culture of employee involvement in decisions.
Provide leadership, direction, and supervision to all operations employees.
Develop future leaders from all levels of the organization.
Provide employee, manager and supervisor feedback and coaching throughout the year; assess needs for employee
training and work with appropriate company resources to obtain it.
Lead and grow non-regulated business initiatives.
Active community support and involvement.
Active involvement in analysis and support of rate cases and other regulatory matters.
Successfully partner with business unit leadership, employees and other internal departments to ensure cooperation and
synergies to meet business goals, customer service standards and expectations.
Interface with customers and communities to foster and maintain positive working relationships and favorable company
Support legislative efforts that directly affect the company.
Build strong working relationships with local, state and federal governing bodies including the public utility commission.
Ten or more years of relevant experience required. Increasingly progressive leadership and management in the utility field
strongly preferred. Engineering and/or operation emphasis preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or related field of study preferred.
Knowledge of gas distribution system construction, operations, transmission, maintenance standards, procedures and
Proven leadership and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and accomplish strategic goals.
Demonstrated ability to self-direct workload and prioritize business needs.
Possess strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to articulate, communicate and influence.
Ability to effectively manage multiple major projects simultaneously.
Possess unquestionable integrity and excellent judgment.
Demonstrated ability to represent the company in front of various stakeholders: employee groups, major customers,
regulatory agencies, governmental officials, and industry associations.
Innovative thinking and the ability to adjust to quickly changing business needs.
Ability to travel on company business as required.
Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.
About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We
have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks
unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2800
employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana,
Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).
Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company
retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid
holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity
benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.
The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in
this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for
employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in
compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or
contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically.
Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.
We are an EEO Employer.