Chief Executive Officer/General Manager

Dec 8, 2022 | Careers

The Board of Directors of Meeker Cooperative Light & Power (MCLP) in Litchfield, MN seeks a visionary leader having excellent communications skills and the drive to continue to build on the Co-op’s successes and efficiently expand its services and programs to take the Cooperative into the future as the Co-op’s next CEO.  The current CEO will retire in the spring of 2023.  MCLP has retained the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Executive Search Team to facilitate the search process.

About Meeker Cooperative Light & Power

Serving approximately 7,900 member-owners and 9,200 electric services in Southcentral Minnesota. MCLP has 45 full-time employees.  The Cooperative serves a mixture of residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural members located in six counties and spread across 1,200 square miles.

The successful candidate will be a utility executive having demonstrated leadership and management skills who is committed to cooperative values and the Cooperative’s employees while focusing on the best interest of the members of MCLP.

Leadership Attributes & Competencies

  • Vision and Strategic Orientation:  Takes a broad scale, long-term view, that focuses on the future needs of the organization and its members.
  • Ability to Lead Change and Manage Risk:  Identify and actively manage Change and Risk throughout the organization.
  • Exceptional Communication Skills, both Formally and Informally:  Listens, relates and expresses oneself in a manner that is effective while supporting mutual understanding.
  • Commitment to Talent Development, Acquisition and Retention:  Develops and empowers staff to achieve by championing and applying a systematic performance management process & coaching strategy.
  • Strong Focus on Safety:  Upholds and provides focus on the safety standards of the Cooperative.
  • Results Driven:  Achieves results by establishing and maintaining focus on challenging goals and measuring organizational performance against those goals and standards.
  • Relationship and Teambuilding Experience:  Creates and fosters constructive working relationships and cohesive teams.
  • Solid Financial Understanding of Electric Distribution and Broadband Services Cooperatives:  Fluent with financial metrics and have a detailed understanding of the key financial opportunities as well as financial risks and budget process.
  • Community Engagement: Community involvement experience or willingness to be involved in the communities that MCLP serves.


Experience & Expertise

  • Bachelor’s Degree is Preferred, or Equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Education or experience in Accounting & Finance, Electric Engineering, Business Administration, or Tele-Communication is Preferred.
  • An MBA or other advanced degree is Desirable.
  • NRECA Management Internship Program (MIP) graduate is Desirable.
  • At least 5 years of senior leadership/management experience is Preferred.
  • At least 5 years of electric utility experience is Preferred.
  • At least 5 years of broadband service experience is Preferred.
  • CEO experience Preferred.
  • A commitment to cooperative values will set you apart!

If interested, please use the following link to apply:

The following information must accompany your application: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, and 3) Contact Information for three (3) Professional References.  Applications must be received by January 16, 2023.  If you have any questions, please contact:

Rick Crinklaw, NRECA Executive Search

(541) 954-4174 

Meeker Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer