The Board of Directors of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (Sunflower) invites applications for the position of President and CEO. The Board has engaged Holmes Executive Search LLC to facilitate the search process.
The successful candidate must demonstrate high integrity, strong business acumen, outstanding leadership skills, and a commitment to safety. Boardroom experience and focus is strongly preferred. Candidates must demonstrate strong relationship building, have strong written and interpersonal communication skills, and be member focused. A proven track record as an innovative problem solver who is results driven and visionary and strategic in decision-making is expected.
Requirements include the following:
Extensive progressive, senior-level electric industry leadership experience (min. 5 years)
A comprehensive understanding of power supply and transmission planning, financing, and operations
A bachelor’s degree and an appetite for continued growth
Proven management, team building, and development experience skills are crucial. Electric cooperative experience and a commitment to cooperative business principles and values are strongly preferred, and a strong understanding of the electric power industry’s legislative and regulatory issues is essential.
In 1957, six western Kansas distribution cooperatives formed Sunflower on the cooperative business model to provide wholesale generation and transmission services. The six cooperatives could have chosen other business models, but they didn’t. As distribution cooperatives, they understood the importance of the seven cooperative principles…of being member-owned and governed…and creating a company that focuses not on profit but on the best interests of Kansans and their way of life.
Today, Sunflower’s members include those six-member distribution cooperatives and one wholly owned subsidiary serving consumer-members in 58 central and western Kansas counties. Sunflower’s members include Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Southern Pioneer Electric Company, The Victory Electric Cooperative, Western Cooperative Electric, and Wheatland Electric Cooperative.
Sunflower’s reputation is a result of more than 60 years of strong leadership, vision, and innovation. Sunflower’s democratically elected board of directors represents each member cooperative. Decisions by the Sunflower Board protect and enhance the ability to provide Sunflower’s members with reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost. It means weighing opportunity and risk, innovation, and tradition.
Sunflower’s primary mission is to provide an adequate, reliable, long-term power supply and transmission services to its members at the lowest possible cost consistent with sound business and cooperative principles. The guiding principle in the development of all policies is the equitable treatment for all members.
The focus of Sunflower’s 400+ workforce is to deliver its seven members with reliable energy at the lowest possible cost via a diverse fuel electric generation mix, including both traditional and renewable resources.
Sunflower’s system assets—along with its staff and organizational culture that values technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership—help ensure the company will continue to meet member-owners’ energy needs now and in the future. In 2022, SEPC had 4.66 million MWH sales, with a summer peak of 927 MW resulting in revenue of $371.7M and total utility plant of $1.5B. Sunflower owns and operates 2,400 miles of transmission line in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and owns and operates generation facilities in Great Bend, Dodge City, Liberal, Garden City, Clifton, Holcomb, and Ulysses, Kansas.
Sunflower works with all segments of the electric industry, investor-owned, federal, municipal, and cooperatives within the state and in surrounding states to provide bulk power supply. Sunflower enters into interconnection agreements whenever possible to make maximum use of existing facilities and resources.
Sunflower is headquartered in Hays, Kansas, Visit Hays home to 21,116 people. Industrial, commercial, and retail growth in recent years has established Hays as the retail and trade center for northwest Kansas. Hays has one of the finest medical facilities in western and central Kansas and is fortunate to be surrounded by productive agricultural land and large underground oil reserves. The city has a strong education system, including Fort Hays State University, and has plentiful cultural and outdoor recreational activities, including the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
Those at Sunflower Electric Power Corporation are proud to say they don’t focus on energy. Their focus is on their seven members, who deliver electricity every day to thousands of Kansans at the end of the line. They recognize that electricity is integral to families’ personal comfort and convenience, sustainability of businesses and communities, and economic growth throughout the region, which is why they take pride in delivering not just energy to their members…but energy done right.
For more information visit sunflower.net.
Sunflower offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and the market along with a comprehensive benefits package.