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Line Superintendent - Job Description

Job Title:                    Line Superintendent

Department:              Operations Department

Reports To:                Operations Manager

FLSA Status:             Non-Exempt

Approved Date:         March 2019

SUMMARY. To supervise and coordinate activities required for installation, operation and maintenance of electric distribution system in assigned service area.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Plans construction and maintenance jobs.  Assigns work and responsibility so that jobs are completed in accordance with Cooperative specifications.
  • Reviews work of supervised personnel to insure compliance with specifications, work practices and safety standards; takes corrective action as needed.
  • Gives work directions, resolves problems, prepares schedules and sets deadlines to ensure timely completion of work.  Studies specifications to plan procedures for construction on basis of starting and completion times and staffing requirements for each phase of construction, based on knowledge of available tools and equipment and various building methods.
  • Prepares and receives reports on progress, materials used, and costs; adjusts work schedules as indicated by reports.  Monitors and analyzes costs.
  • Confers with and directs supervisory personnel and subcontractors engaged in planning and executing work procedures, interpreting specifications and coordinating various phases of construction to prevent delays.
  • Confers with supervisors, engineering personnel, inspectors and suppliers of tools and materials to resolve construction problems and improve construction methods.
  • Works with engineers, architects and electrical contractors to meet electrical needs of new services.
  • Stakes work orders and inspects work in progress to ensure that work conforms to specifications and that construction schedules are adhered to.
  • Oversees right-of-way procurement to facilitate construction, operation and maintenance programs.  Coordinates work plans with public when necessary.  Deals with members in a professional manner to promote effective member relations by all supervised personnel.
  • Obtains all required permits from City, County and State agencies.
  • Complies with all federal, state and local laws dealing with safe working practices, hazard communication, electrical code, environmental concerns, etc.  Complies with RUS, National Electric Safety Code, OSHA and other rules and specifications.
  • Continually evaluates ability of electric distribution system to meet needs of members in quantity and quality of service.
  • Ensures that pole yards and material warehouses are maintained and operated in safe and efficient manner.
  • Assists Safety Director in development and implementation of overall safety program of Cooperative.  Attends and participates in safety meetings to stay current on safety rules and regulations and to help assure that safe working practices are followed, and a safe working environment exists for all involved.  Performs field audits to help assure that safe working practices are followed, and a safe working environment exists for all involved.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of first aid, CPR and other life saving techniques and performs these techniques as necessary to ensure that prompt attention is given during emergencies.
  • Directs activities of supervised personnel and effectively communicates responsibilities, relationships and authorities.  Coordinates activities with other Line Superintendents.
  • Keeps Operations Manager and other Line Superintendents adequately informed of department activities and progress.  Coordinates department activities with other departments in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provides department personnel opportunity for professional development.  Directs and assigns work to department personnel and authorizes overtime.  Approves all department leave and vacation time and coordinates with other departments when necessary.
  • Delegates authority to department personnel while retaining full responsibility.  Determines employee attitudes on organizational goals and motivates department personnel toward accomplishment of those goals.
  • Oversees proper maintenance of departmental equipment and buildings in accordance with delegated responsibility to insure an environment that is clean and pleasing for employees and public.
  • Provides custodial responsibility for all departmental equipment, materials and supplies, and records.  Determines that department supplies and equipment are maintained in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Communicates to department personnel and member-consumers policies, plans and procedures.  Keeps all supervised personnel and other Line Superintendents advised of department activities and programs.
  • Reviews member complaints and takes corrective action, when required, or makes recommendations to Operations Manager regarding complaint.  Analyzes public's understanding and acceptance of policies, plans, objectives and programs.
  • Analyzes department activities to determine areas of improvement.  Makes recommendations for improvements in department.
  • Assists in preparation and periodic review of department position descriptions and job specifications to determine adequacy and applicability.
  • Performs or oversees employee evaluations and appraisals on all department personnel and recommends improvements deemed necessary.
  • Determines that all department personnel are adequately trained on an ongoing basis and provides supervised personnel opportunity for professional development.
  • Determines that assigned Cooperative vehicles, materials, supplies and equipment are properly maintained and safety tested.  Promotes safe working practices and reports to Operations Manager and Safety Coordinator immediately all accidents involving supervised personnel, assigned equipment, and/or materials and supplies; and any close calls, hazards and/or safety violations.
  • Maintains a level of continuing education to keep informed on current developments in related areas.
  • Maintains Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and notifies immediate supervisor if CDL has been suspended, revoked or canceled, or if driver has been disqualified.
  • Possesses a good command of English language.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES. Manage subordinate supervisors who supervise employees in Operations Department.  Assumes responsibility for overall direction, coordination and evaluation of these supervisors.  Also directly supervises non-supervisory employees.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organization's policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

COMPETENCIES. To perform job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical. Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.

Problem Solving. Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Technical Skills. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service. Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Interpersonal Skills. Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication. Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Comfortable speaking in a group setting.

Written Communication. Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork. Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Visionary Leadership. Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

Change Management. Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

Delegation. Delegates work assignments; Matches responsibility to person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.

Leadership. Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People. Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Quality Management. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Business Acumen. Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness. Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.

Diversity. Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.

Ethics. Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support. Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Strategic Thinking. Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Judgement. Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Motivation. Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

Planning/Organizing. Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Professionalism. Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Quality. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Quantity. Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.

Safety and Security. Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Adaptability. Adapts to changes in work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Attendance/Punctuality. Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Dependability. Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative. Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation. Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

QUALIFICATIONS. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education. Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience. Ten years of experience in electric distribution system operations.  An additional five years of experience may be substituted for education requirements.

Language Skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, technical drawings, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and general public.

Mathematical Skills. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft suite of software packages along with any software packages specific to duties and responsibilities of this position; such as Cooperative’s line staking and consumer information software package.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations. First Class Journeyman Lineman Certificate and Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Other Skills and Abilities. To properly and safely operate all vehicles, power-operated equipment and testing equipment used in completion of daily work assignments.

Other Qualifications. Knowledge of electric distribution system operations, system layout, National Electric Safety Code and safe working practices.

Physical Demands. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  Employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. Employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 125 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment. Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this Job, employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock. Noise level in work environment is usually loud.

EEO & ADA ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Cooperative will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with employer.

DISCLAIMER. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM REVIEW. A review of this position description and the physical and mental qualification standards for this position was completed during the month of July 2017.  No changes were deemed necessary.