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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Vice President, IT/CIO (IRC36964) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Actively promote and develop actions to fulfill Tri-State's mission to provide Member Systems with a reliable, affordable, and responsible supply of electricity in accordance with cooperative principles.

Under leadership from the SVP Member Relations and CTO, lead respective business functions, meet associated position accountabilities, demonstrate managerial engagement and associated responsibilities, and promote enterprise advocacy and appropriate business function alignment through management and direction of Information Technology.

Provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives. Directs the planning and implementation of corporate information technology (IT) systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and meet business objectives. Responsible for all aspects of corporate information technology and systems.

The job grade for this position is: NB55

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforceand provides an excellent benefits program that includes : Medical Insurance,Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), FlexibleSpending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, LifeInsurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability(STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Vice President, IT/CIO

Hiring Salary Range: $233,000-$286,000

Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the postedhiring range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.

Job Requirements


Responsible for managing and overseeing the following functions:

  • IT Infrastructure and Operations

  • IT Client Services and End User Computing

  • IT Business Applications

  • Program Management Office

  • IT Services and Assets

  • IT Compliance Program

Strategy and Planning

  • Lead corporate IT strategic and operational planning to achieve business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing corporate IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future corporate IT systems across the organization.

  • Develop and maintain an appropriate corporate IT organizational structure that supports the needs of the business.

  • Establish corporate IT departmental goals, objectives, and operating procedures.

  • Identify opportunities for the appropriate and cost-effective investment of financial resources in corporate IT systems and resources, including staffing, sourcing, purchasing, and in-house development.

  • Assess and communicate risk associated with corporate IT investments.

  • Develop, track, and ensure effective execution of the corporate information technology operating and business case justifications and cost/benefit analyses for corporate IT spending and initiatives.

  • Direct development and execution of corporate IT disaster recovery and business continuity plan.

  • Assess and make recommendations on the improvement or re-engineering of the IT organization.

  • Create IT-enabled business capabilities to attain strategic objectives.

Acquisition and Deployment

  • Coordinate and facilitate consultation with stakeholders to define business and systems requirements for new technology implementations.

  • Approve, prioritize, and control projects and the project portfolio as they relate to the selection, acquisition, development, and installation of major corporate information systems.

  • Review hardware and software acquisition and maintenance contracts and pursue master agreements to capitalize on economies of scale.

  • Create strategic service provider partnerships.

  • Define and communicate plans, policies, and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing, and operating corporate IT systems.

  • Ensure operational technology activities and achievements are appropriately documented and communicated.

  • Develop strong client/services relationship between IT staff and the business community to attain organizational goals and objectives.

Operational Management

  • Ensure continuous delivery of corporate IT services through oversight of service level agreements with end users and monitoring of IT system performance.

  • Ensure effective diagnosis, correction and post mortem analysis of problems, error, and root cause to support efficient operational activities.

  • Define key performance metrics/indicators based on organizational objectives.

  • Align technology risk management with Enterprise risk management.

  • Establish and maintain effective governance for corporate IT controls.

  • Ensure 100% compliance with all laws, rules, regulations and requirements in functional areas.

  • Ensure that established business processes are captured and maintained as part of Tri-State's Policies, Programs and Procedures (PP&P) strategy.

  • Create and maintain continual improvement programs and projects.

  • Keep current with trends and issues in the IT industry, including current technologies and process.

  • Promote and oversee strategic relationships between internal and external entities.

  • Supervise recruitment, development, retention, and organization of all IT staff in accordance with corporate budgetary objectives and personnel policies.

  • Ensure that training and development needs for each employee have been identified and that adequate learning opportunities are provided.

Business Continuity/Crisis Management:

  • Directs the development, implementation and continuous improvement of an enterprise business continuity/crisis management function that identifies the process for establishing authorities, responsibilities, rules and guidelines that ensures business continuity and 100% compliance.

  • Provides direction and actively participates on Crisis Management Team. Ensures identified issues and concerns are addressed.

  • Ensures the annual review and revision of all programs, procedures and plan documents related to business continuity and crisis management.

  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, county and local laws and regulations related to business continuity standards and guidelines.


  • Help develop and actively promote Tri-State leadership norms and demonstrate effective decision making.

  • Model enterprise first behavior expect same from colleagues and instill same in all direct reports and all indirect and support personnel.

  • Conduct professional development planning, set priorities and rebalance priorities as needed to ensure company priority direction, with all direct reports, and evaluate according to plan and unforeseen events.

  • Set high standards for all strategic planning, quality control, and cost containment.


  • Collaboration: Foster and support collaboration among peers, employees, teams, lines of business, departments, etc. in order to ensure the effective and efficient achievement of goals and objectives.

  • Training: Ensure that training and development needs for each employee have been identified and that adequate learning opportunities are provided. Ensure that managers provide coaching and mentoring opportunities as appropriate.

  • Delegation: Ensure that managers effectively delegate, set expectations, obtain accountabilities, establish priorities, monitor and balance workload requirement and oversee assigned staff and vendors so that the goals and objectives of each delegated area are achieved.

  • Forecasting, measurement and continuous improvement: Ensure that team and individual employee execution is evaluated against established goals and objectives for all accountabilities. Ensure delegated functions effectively forecast work and resource needs, including human, capital and physical resources, and recommend annual budgets to meet goals and objectives aligned to support enterprise strategies goals and objectives. Actively monitor performance against budget and identifies variances.


  • Model and accept nothing short of an effective safety and compliance culture.

  • Demonstrate and coach shared responsibilities and individual accountabilities with peers and direct reports and all indirect support personnel.

  • Practice and require sound use of all membership resources and finances and require direct reports to effectively forecast and justify budgets and variances on a regular basis.

  • Exhibit industry leadership and expect high levels of content expertise from peers and direct reports.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Leadership: Demonstrated ability to identify functional area business needs and establish goals and objectives to ensure alignment with organizational goals.

  • Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan upcoming initiatives including prioritizing workload, developing schedules and meeting deadlines.

  • Management/Supervision: Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and assigned staff.

  • Time management: the ability to prioritize and schedule projects and meet deadlines.

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Business risks: ability to weigh business risks and ensure compliance with appropriate information security measures.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong team player

  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities

  • Exceptional service orientation


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of computer science or business administration.

  • Master's degree in one of these fields preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Strong organizational planning, project management, and presentation skills.

  • Strong facilitation skills and a clear ability to build strong relationships with business stakeholders at all levels.

  • Strategic long-term planning and goal setting to anticipate future opportunities and issues.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong, proven problem-solving skills and the ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems, driving solutions through to completion.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and implement a large enterprise-wide software/systems/applications projects specifically an Enterprise Resource Planning system.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams, delivering high performance and customer satisfaction.

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to productively manage a large staff of Information Technology professionals for corporate systems development and operations. Specific and verifiable staff accomplishments and staff achievement is required.

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to conduct successful negotiations, demonstrating a knowledge of negotiating skills and a personal demeanor and conduct appropriate for a senior Information Technology manager.

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to manage vendors and consultants in accordance with objectives regarding intellectual property development, utilization of non-Tri State resources.

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with internal and external staff of varied disciplines, resolve disputes and create collaborative approaches to solution development. Verbal and writing skills are important qualifications.

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver technical and non-technical presentations to staff, customers, clients and Board of Directors. Such qualifications are mandatory and must be verifiable.

  • Must have a demonstrated willingness and ability to work in team environments. Must also demonstrate ability to foster team building with the Tri-State organization. Demonstrable ability to develop key personnel.

  • Must possess knowledge of current technology and trends affecting Information Technology, operational technologies and related government regulations.

  • Must be capable of efficiently and effectively organizing the resources available in the most cost-effective manner and cognizant of the interrelationships existing between functional areas.

  • Experience in strategic planning and execution.

  • Substantial exposure to data processing, hardware platforms, enterprise software systems, and outsource systems.

  • Experience with systems design and development from business requirements analysis through to day-to-day management.

  • Proven experience in IT planning, organization, and development.

  • Excellent understanding of project management principles.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply IT concepts in solving business problems.

  • Strong understanding of human resource management principles, practices, and procedures.


  • Ten (10) years of related experience involving electric cooperative operations or electric utility related experience.

  • Five (5) years in a senior leadership capacity.

  • Previous Chief Information Officer experience.


  • Willingness to travel as required for training and meetings throughout service territory.

  • On-call availability and periodic overtime.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, bend and frequently utilize a keyboard/computer. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent will be required to problem solve, read, write and analyze data, work under schedules and deadline pressure, present information to others, work independently and use discretion and judgment for confidential or sensitive projects/issues.

  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to an office environment indoors, and will occasionally travel outdoors to multiple locations dependent on work.

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Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

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