At La Plata Electric Association, our mission is to provide our members safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost while being environmentally responsible.  We are shaping the future by building trustworthy community partnerships as an innovative, forward-thinking industry leader, delivering excellence in our member-owned cooperative.


The VP of Administrative Services develops strategy, and supports LPEA’s Mission, Vision, Strategic Goals and Initiatives, the Code of Excellence, and LPEA’s Leadership Principles. The VP collaborates and partners with all departments and the leadership team to assist with strategic planning and to promote a culture of health and safety for employees. This position leads the staff and activities of the Administrative Services department, which includes human resources, safety, and facilities. The VP creates cross-functional teams and works with other departments to support cooperative-wide collaboration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Organize, direct, and coordinate HUMAN RESOURCES for LPEA:

  • Establish, promote, and implement human resource efforts that effectively communicate and support LPEA’s Mission, Vision, Strategic Goals, the Code of Excellence, and LPEA’s Leadership Principles.
  • Assess, research, create, train, and implement a management development program to include the Code of Excellence, the 15 Management Principals, and the employee manual. Work with all LPEA managers to ensure employees are receiving the needed training and support to perform their duties.
  • Direct the hiring process for all LPEA positions and assist in selecting the most qualified individuals.
  • Direct the development of job descriptions and performance appraisals. Ensure job descriptions are reviewed annually and at the time of hiring for content accuracy.
  • Ensure all supervisors prepare and deliver employee performance appraisals in a timely and consistent manner. Actively coach supervisors to create individual performance plans that tailor training and development to fill performance gaps.
  • Direct and manage LPEA’s compensation program, ensuring that internal equity and external competitiveness are maintained for budgeted positions. Conduct market surveys on salaries and benefits on a local, state, regional, and national basis, and administer methods for making salary adjustments for employees in all departments. Assist supervisors with any compensation-related issues.
  • Oversee the preparation and update of personnel procedures; ensure all HR
    administrative policies comply with legal requirements and are communicated to all employees and updated regularly; assist managers in the proper application of administrative policies.
  • Oversee the onboarding and exit process for employees, pursuant to LPEA policies.
  • Lead the cooperative’s travel and training initiatives to ensure employees are receiving proper education and instruction to promote growth opportunities that benefit both our employees and the cooperative.
  • Assess LPEA benefit offerings to meet LPEA goals and strategies. Properly administer the benefit programs for LPEA and its employees and communicate changes to employees.
  • Consult, mentor, coach and assist managers and supervisors regarding employee-related issues.
  • Be available to all employees for human resource related questions, including concerns regarding their relationships with other employees.
  • Act as the primary Labor Relations contact on behalf of LPEA for questions, grievances, and negotiations. Develop and maintain a constructive relationship with the union business manager.
  • Support internal communications to keep employees informed.
  • Assist and facilitate organizational initiatives to enhance organizational effectiveness and employee development, such as succession planning, talent management, workforce development, and performance management.
  • Conduct scheduled employee satisfaction surveys, report on the findings/trends, and make recommendations to address issues identified through the survey.
  • Audit HR practices to ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and national laws, accuracy in reporting, and conformity with current HR trends and customs.
  • Coordinate compliance with all state and federal laws that apply to or affect LPEA, such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Department of Transportation, and other applicable regulatory entities.
  • Assist the CEO with LPEA board meetings and related communications and products.
  • Prepare and manage Administrative Services department budget.

Organize, direct, and coordinate the SAFETY MANAGEMENT for LPEA:

  • Provide a visible safety culture that promotes a clear understanding of management’s commitment to a safe and healthy work environment. In conjunction with the Safety Specialist, ensure that the Safety Program adequately promotes safe work practices, educates employees, and reduces the number of incidents, injuries, and losses.
  • Work with local, state, and federal law enforcement for the safety of our community, and with local Emergency Management to plan for emergency situations.
  • Work with Safety Specialist on onboarding, DOT drug testing, workers compensation, and reporting.
  • Assist in the investigation and make final recommendations to the CEO on the proper course of action related to accidents and incidents with LPEA personnel.

Organize, direct, and coordinate FACILITIES for LPEA:

  • Oversee and provide guidance to the facilities.
  • Develop and implement a long-term facilities plan.

Supervisory Responsibilities                                          

This position is directly responsible for leading employees of the department.


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

Education and/or Experience                                        

A BS/BA degree from an accredited college/university is required; MBA or MA/MS in human resources or related field is strongly preferred. A minimum of 10 years of HR or Administrative Services experience is required. SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification is preferred. 

Also required is a minimum of eight years’ experience in management that includes the areas of Human Resources and employee supervision.


Annual salary $140,000- $160,000


  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Vacation
  • Personal Leave
  • Sick Time
  • 401(k)
  • Health Club Reimbursement
  • Education Assistance
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.