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Empower your future. Inland Power is looking for the best and brightest talent. Join a dynamic and fast-paced team committed to safe, reliable service at great rates.

SALARY RANGE: $184,425 - $230,531


HOURS: FULL-TIME, 4 - 10s, MONDAY - THURSDAY - 7:00 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M.







The vice president of engineering oversees and manages the activities of the engineering department to maximize results and provide quality service to the cooperative’s members. This position is responsible for planning all systems including transmission, distribution, substation design and improvements, load and demand forecasting. The vice president strategizes and identifies the cooperative’s engineering budget, objectives, policies and plans. Collaborates with executive management team to develop and implement short- and long-range work plans that align with the overall goals of the cooperative.


  1. Quality Work:  Produce thorough, high-quality work with minimal errors.  Seek feedback, make corrections as needed.  Identify problems and solve them.  Strive to improve processes.  Work collaboratively with co-workers to implement systematic changes.

  2. Productivity:  Complete assigned work in a timely fashion.  Utilize slow periods productively.  Produce amount and volume at expected speed.

  3. Technical Skills/Job Knowledge:  Demonstrate appropriate level of understanding of technical skills in area of expertise, technology, products, and/or processes involved.  Duly perform assigned duties.  Keep current on changes and be competent with all technology necessary to perform job.

  4. Communication: Clearly convey oral and written communication.  Keep others informed of activities and problems in timely manner.  Listen well; respond appropriately and respectfully.

  5. Teamwork/Ability to Work with Others: Demonstrate ability to work in a positive manner with co-workers and/or members with differing backgrounds, opinions, capabilities, etc.  Willingly share skills, competencies, and knowledge with others.  Establish and maintain strong, effective working relationships.  Contribute effectively to group efforts.  Promote harmony; agree to disagree without damaging relationships.

  6. Accountability:  Maintain excellent attendance and provide additional assistance after normal working hours when needed.  Be reliable, prepared and accept responsibility for work and actions.

  7. Integrity:  Demonstrate honesty, high ethical standards, and respect for all co-workers and membership.

  8. Professionalism:  Address internal and external members with courtesy and respect.  Dress in work attire appropriate to the position.  Communicate business information in a timely fashion, using means of communication appropriate to the situation.

  9. Support of Cooperative Goals:  Support Cooperative goals and adhere to all policies and procedures.  Contribute effectively in support of the Cooperative.

  10. Problem-Solving:  Use sound logic and methodology to solve problems.  Explore multiple sources for answers, as required.  Be able to identify hidden problems and propose solutions.


  1. Drive Results: Make appropriate decisions and act. Take risk and encourage others to take risk. Support others’ decisions. Exercise sound judgment. Motivate team members to high levels of performance.

  2. Set Example: Be looked to by others as role model. Mirror Inland values, goals, policies and work requirements by example. Be visible, with a positive presence. Model collaboration. 

  3. Provide Vision and Direction: Inspire a shared vision. Set direction that translates the cooperative vision into actionable plans. Create enthusiasm about the cooperative’s future.

  4. Effectively Manage Resources: Use resources effectively and efficiently to accomplish cooperative goals.  Establish reasonable budgets and manage expenses within constraints. Act as change agent to pursue innovative ways to do things better.

  5. Develop Self and Others: Demonstrate personal growth and learning.  Encourage continuous growth and learning in others. Acknowledge and learn from mistakes. Set clear performance expectations in advance. Share timely and direct performance feedback.

  6. Value People: Show respect for others and their ideas. Encourage others’ involvement in making things better.  Allow flexibility in how work is accomplished. Consider others’ needs when making decisions.


  1. Sets the vision and strategy for the engineering department including transmission, distribution, substation design and improvements, load and demand forecasting to meet the power requirements of the cooperative for the present and the future.

  2. Oversees daily workflow of the department and ensures departmental goals, objectives and work plans are aligned with and fully support cooperative’s goals, policies and procedures.

  3. Provides technical expertise for engineers and technical staff to design, test, construct, commission and maintain electrical utility facilities. Ensures that all personnel under direct and indirect supervision are thoroughly trained in accordance with the qualifications and requirements of their respective positions.

  4. Oversee studies of system capacity, voltage stability, reliability, sectionalizing and power quality to ensure the most efficient operation of the system. Analyzes engineering proposals, process requirements and related technical data pertaining to equipment design. Designs system protection and loading schemes to resolve problems and maintain equipment protection and coordination.

  5. Provide strategic direction and oversight of the engineering department and deliver project management methodologies, new system implementations and enhancements that result in the cooperative’s most optimal engineering solutions.

  6. Develops the guidelines to use as controls and control information and the essential record-keeping procedures for an effective control system in the engineering department.

  7. Responsible for the efficient management and leadership of the engineering department. Support the development of employees that improves performance, creates and maintains a work environment that cultivates talent, demonstrates the Inland Way and ensures the continuity of leadership for the organization.

  8. Assist in budget preparation, identifying system improvement projects with budgetary costs on a priority basis to be constructed the following budget year. Determines resource requirements to effectively and efficiently carry out assigned responsibilities including staffing, materials, equipment, activities, consultants, etc. and review with executive management as needed. Works within an established budget.

  9. Maintain open communication with all departments regarding various design projects including project scope, project schedule and delivery of long lead time items and changes to jobs after release. Provide oversight and technical support to warehouse and operations on projects after release.

  10. Serve in an “on call” role for the cooperative during major outage events to identify and resolve abnormal system behaviors.

  11. Provide, as accurately as possible, assistance to requesting members with technical problems, including complaints regarding power quality. Refer members to an outside source when appropriate.

  12. Keeps informed on new developments, trends, research, industry practices and innovations for possible use within the cooperative.

  13. Participates in local, state, regional and national meetings as required or directed.

  14. Other duties as assigned.



  1. A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology or related field required from an accredited four-year college or university.

  2. A minimum of 10 years in the power utility industry with experience in the design, installation and maintenance of electrical distribution systems, five of which were in a supervisory or lead role.

  3. Must be a certified Professional Engineer (PE) or obtain this certification within 1 year of hire date.

Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Must have excellent communication skills. Must be highly motivated with positive management skills and a strong commitment to cooperative principles and to providing excellent member service.

  2. Knowledge of National Electrical Safety Code, Washington state electrical safety code for utilities, engineering principals, operations and maintenance, materials and equipment, EPA requirements and OSHA standards.

  3. Skilled in the development of human capital, including setting of individual performance objectives; coaching, guiding, training, and motivating subordinates; development of subordinate’s professional skills and competencies; measuring job performance, including performance evaluation; and identifying areas of opportunity to include implementation of appropriate developmental corrective plans.

  4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  5. Keeps current on technological advances in the engineering field.

  6. Fosters a professional image by personally being visible, a positive role model and displaying a positive attitude; inspires others.


Mental Demands/Working Conditions:

  1. Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.

  2. Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.

  3. Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.

  4. Ability to understand personal and departmental role in the bigger organization picture, and to respond as an effective team member.

  5. Ability to work under pressure. Must be able to make decisions with minimal data.

The vice president of engineering has full authority to carry out these duties and responsibilities in conformity with established policies and procedures and shall utilize time in such a way as to fulfill the objectives of this position and the cooperative.


If your credentials and interest match this job, please send your completed application, cover letter and resume to: or mail them to, Inland Power & Light Company, 10110 W. Hallett Rd., Spokane WA 99224-7435, Attn: Human Resources.


Inland Power and Light is committed to equal employment opportunity for all. Just as our commitment to quality motivates us to go the extra mile, we cooperate with the civil rights agencies in government in an effort to ensure equal opportunity in employment through an Affirmative Action Plan. To assure full implementation of this equal employment policy, we will take steps to assure that persons are recruited, hired, assigned and promoted without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age, disability or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.


Inland Power & Light is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.

EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers ( page in English and Spanish.


Inland Power will provide reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible. Please contact the HR department at Inland Power if you would like assistance.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

Inland Power & Light will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.


The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)


Medical, vision, dental, 401(k), HSA/HRA, retirement plan, PTO, EAP, paid holidays, and disability insurance programs.


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