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Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
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TCL&P is a municipally owned electric and telecom utility located in Traverse City, Michigan. The utility prides itself on being a responsive and community-friendly electric utility whose core purpose is electric service, but it has grown to provide telecom services with the new TCLPfiber as well as a complimentary downtown Wi-Fi network, dark fiber system, and street lighting. TCL&P’s core values are safety, high reliability, low rates, transparency and exceptional customer service and communications. Additionally, a key core value to the Utility, fully supported by the Board, City and residents of Traverse City, is the commitment to providing 100% carbon-free electricity and being recognized as a regional energy leader. To this end, the Board approved a strategic plan in August 2018 to have the utility power supply become 100% renewable by 2040 with intermediate goals of 15% renewable by 2021 and 40% renewable by 2025. TCL&P is currently at 24.43% but with upcoming committed projects, they will be at 35.95% in December 2022 and 43.65% by December 2023.
TCL&P is the exclusive provider of electric service (both residential and commercial) within the City of Traverse City and portions of East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield and Peninsula Townships. TCL&P has approximately 12,500 customers with a peak demand in 2020 of 67.72 MW. 73% of the utility’s customers are residential providing 20% of the utility’s revenues; conversely, 27% are commercial customers that provide 80% of the utility’s revenues. Currently, TCL&P is a $34 million operation with net assets of $76.7 million. TCL&P employs 35 full-time employees including 23 employees who are represented by the Utility Workers Union of America Local 295. The current 3-year union contract began July 1, 2021.
TCLPfiber is the utility’s newly established service offering that, unlike electric, is in competition with other broadband and cable providers. TCLPfiber is currently available to approximately 3,000 customers in designated areas within the City of Traverse City with plans for full deployment ongoing.
TCL&P’s service territory is approximately 16 square miles with the electrical infrastructure consisting of 4 transmission substations, approximately 25 miles of transmission lines, 5 distribution substations, 91 miles of overhead distribution lines and 84 miles of underground distribution lines.
As a member of the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA), TCL&P participates in various projects throughout the state and locally with a current generation mix consisting of 36.01% coal; 31.88% MISO market; 21.35% renewable; and 10.76% natural gas (January 2021-August 2021).
ABOUT TRAVERSE CITY
Traverse City is located in portions of both Grand Traverse County and Leelanau County within Northern Lower Michigan. Traverse City is situated on the shores of picturesque East Grand Traverse Bay and West Grand Traverse Bay, which both flow into Lake Michigan. While Traverse City’s official population is 15,678, and a daytime population of more than twice the official population, it is the hub of a Micropolitan Statistical Area of 143,372.
Traverse City has been recognized for its incredible sense of place by publications including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bicycling Magazine, Fodors, AOL Travel News, Forbes Magazine, Money Magazine, Good Morning America, National Geographic and many others.
Traverse City serves up the best of two worlds: it offers the mesmerizing outdoor recreational opportunities as well as tremendous cultural and social opportunities often only found in much larger cities. Traverse City is truly a micropolis – offering residents and visitors the small Midwestern town charm along with cosmopolitan options.
Traverse City is literally open to the world: with the Cherry Capital Airport, non-stop daily commercial flights to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis are only moments away. Seasonal non-stop flights to New York City, Denver, Dallas, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Orlando, and others increase Traverse City’s connectivity to the business and leisure world.
OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE
The TCL&P Executive Director is the top leadership position at TCL&P and is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s performance. He/she will be employed by, and report to, a 7-member Board appointed by the City of Traverse City Commission. The new Executive Director will be responsible for the administration and operation of TCL&P’s electric system (generation, transmission and distribution) and fiber system and all ancillary systems such as billing, engineering, customer service, etc. He/she will manage four direct reports with indirect management of the entire TCL&P organization of approximately 35 employees.
The successful candidate will be a self-starter who possesses maturity, confidence and sound business judgment. He/she will have the capability to establish credibility as a leader, strategic thinker and pragmatic doer. The new Executive Director will be a disciplined, organized professional, capable of leading a regulated utility, but at the same time savvy and nimble enough to effectively lead a competitive telecom/internet company. The selected candidate’s personal style will allow for effective interaction with individuals at all levels within and outside the organization. He/she will be an out-going individual that enjoys being an active member of the Traverse City community, helping to promote the benefits of a municipal utility and encouraging the economic development of the region. Most importantly, the Executive Director will take steps and institute programs that enables TCL&P to continue on the forefront as an energy leader in Michigan.
The TCL&P Executive Director will be charged with ensuring safety, maintaining reliability, improving efficiencies, and managing costs, all with an eye toward the requisite system expansion requirements to support regional economic growth and meeting the utility’s clean-energy initiatives. He/she will provide leadership for Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) that assures:
Key responsibilities include:
The new Executive Director will be a uniquely talented leader who is technically adept, demonstrates an innovative and strategic mindset, and has the desire and capability to lead a high-performing, customer-focused work environment. He/she will have a focus of continuing to transform TCL&P into a leader in the provisioning of clean electricity and building a values-based culture focused on service, innovation, collaboration, and accountability.
Ideally, this individual will possess the following experience and qualifications:
The finalist must possess the ability to:
A Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, public administration or equivalent experience is generally required, master’s degree preferred.
The next Director of TCL&P will possess a strong professional will and personal humility. The successful candidate will need to be a leader who is approachable and visible, brings a high level of energy and passion for the business, works effectively with the utility’s many stakeholders, and is able drive TCL&P’s efforts to be a regional leader.
In addition, the successful candidate will need to possess the following critical qualities and capabilities:
Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.