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Gas Operations Manager

Location: Montrose, CO, United States
Job ID: 34131
Date Posted: Apr 27, 2022
Salary: $95350 to $157300 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

Provide overall leadership and management for gas operations.  Plan and direct all local operation personnel in the maintenance and operation of gas systems and support construction activities.  Actively participate as a member of the leadership team.

SALARY RANGE:   $95,350 - $157,300 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Director of Operations

LOCATION:   Montrose, Colorado

  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process.  


  • Participate in the long-term strategic planning and regulatory filings processes to ensure safe, reliable and cost-effective service is delivered to our customers from the gas system. .
  • Communicate, monitor and review goals and objectives on an ongoing basis to ensure they are consistent with the overall goals and objectives.
  • Support and be accountable for the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets process.  Enlist support, analysis and recommendations from the Gas Utilities, Construction Services and Engineering groups into the preparation of annual operating budgets.
  • With support from the Gas Utilities groups, direct the development and execution of short-term and long-range planning for gas distribution systems.
  • Work closely with the leadership team and the Utilities Groups to efficiently integrate the work process and activities with other Utility group jurisdictions.  Specific attention should be focused on the improvement of operational efficiencies, heightened safety awareness and performance, reduction of costs, enhanced regulatory relations and delivery of excellent customer service.
  • Strive to maintain the highest standards in the employee appraisal system.  Ensure performance appraisals contain specific and measurable goals, as well as suggestions for the improvement and continue development of the employee.
  • Provide leadership to local operations in, maintenance and operation of the gas system.
  • With support from the Gas Utilities Groups, monitor all applicable rules, regulations and codes that govern gas construction, maintenance and operation.  Ensure operations and maintenance procedures reflect compliance with all regulations and policies, procedures and laws.  
  • Ensure that financial, operational, safety and customer service goals are developed, communicated, monitored and achieved.  
  • With the support from the Gas Utilities Group, provide direction and oversight for the gas maintenance programs.  Ensure that the planning, management and execution of these programs are performance based and monitored. 


  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant experience with increasingly progressive leadership and management in the utility field required. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or other relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.   


  • Knowledge of gas system construction, operations, maintenance standards, procedures and governmental regulations.
  • In depth knowledge of the Gas Operations processes and work practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of DOT and OQ compliance regulations, O&M manual and government compliance.  
  • Proven leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and accomplish strategic goals.  
  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct workload and prioritize business needs.
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.  Ability to articulate, communicate and influence.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple major projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrate the ability to represent the Company in front of various stakeholder, employees groups, major customers and regulatory agencies. 
  • Ability to make decisions based on the factors and ability to work under stress and deadlines.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate department.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information. Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Light work. The employee is continuously moving about the job site or office space. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of reaching and moving controls exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. Worker may be subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height or close quarters. Willing to travel up to 50% (e.g. 2 weeks or 10 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job and the employee must have proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package!  Annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 95350 to 157300
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