The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (Central) is a public power and irrigation district providing irrigation, hydroelectric generation, groundwater recharge, recreation and wildlife habitat. Central’s project begins with Lake McConaughy, a 1.7MAF reservoir in western Nebraska which provides storage for irrigation water, public recreation and habitat for endangered and threatened species. Central owns and operates 113 megawatts of hydroelectric generation from four generating stations at Kingsley Dam and Central’s supply canal. All power is sold at wholesale for delivery to other utilities. Irrigation water is delivered to over 109,000 acres in south central Nebraska. In addition, supplemental storage water is delivered to over 100,000 acres served by other entities. Groundwater recharge from Central facilities benefits over 350,000 acres. Central also receives revenues from property leases at Central lakes. Central is a political sub-division of the State of Nebraska with administrative headquarters in Holdrege. The public in six counties elects Central’s 12-member board of directors.
Under guidance from the board of directors, the General Manager of Central is responsible for the overall direction and management of Central’s approximately 100 employees. The primary responsibility of the General Manager is to ensure a high standard of safety, operational reliability, environmental compliance, customer satisfaction and financial management while providing water management for power and irrigation.
A Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or other applicable disciplines is preferred. A Masters’ degree in Public or Business Administration degree or Juris Doctorate and advanced management training is an added benefit.
The most desirable candidates will have experience that includes diverse and progressively responsible assignments culminating in executive leadership of comparably sized electric and irrigation utility with hydroelectric generation facilities. Experience with structured markets, especially SPP is an added benefit. Experience with hydroelectric generation at FERC is an added plus.
Candidates must have demonstrated success collaborating with organized labor.
Technical expertise in power supply and irrigation is not required, but preferred. Proven strategic and tactical level power resource leadership is necessary to protect Central’s widely recognized operational and financial success.
A proven track record interacting with and reporting to a governing body similar to Central’s Board of Directors is essential.
Candidates should have a demonstrated track record interacting effectively with the community and statewide though civic organization participation.
Proven negotiations skills are essential especially with organized labor, wholesale power, and others with water rights.
Central provides excellent compensation and benefits including continuing education reimbursement, deferred compensation plan, retirement plan, dental and vision care plans, family health insurance and paid vacation, holidays and sick leave.
- Holdrege prides itself on being big enough to offer amenities including a recognized successful school system and a modern hospital, but small enough to provide a low crime rate and family friendly setting.
- Holdrege is a town of about 6,000 residents in south central Nebraska nearly 150 miles southeast of Ogallala and 160 miles west southwest of Lincoln. It is the county seat of Phelps County in the high plains farm region.
- Holdrege is home to an international manufacturer and marketer of medical equipment and supplies (in Holdrege, the primary product is diabetic syringes); and Allmand Brothers, a worldwide exporter of construction equipment, including the company’s signature lightstands.
- Holdrege has a very low cost of living. In 2016 it was 77.3% of the national average with an average housing cost less than $114,000.
More can be found at:
- Resumes compiled and presented to the Board by: July 16, 2018.
- Semi-finalist candidates are selected for Board interviews by: August 6, 2018.
- Semi-finalists interviewed by the Board: August 15-17, 2018.
- Finalists selected by: September 4, 2018.
- Finalists interviewed: September 24-26, 2018.
- General Manager begins employment by: January 15, 2019.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by July 1, 2018 to:
Mycoff, Fry & Prouse, LLC
(800) 525 9082
(303) 607 5372
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Minorities, Females and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.