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Director, Information Technology

Austin, TX, US, 78636

Position open until filled

PHYSICAL OFFICE LOCATION: PEC Technology Center – 1506 US-281, Johnson City, TX 78636

Hybrid work options available    


Position Summary:

The Director, Information Technology provides strategic and IT leadership to ensure security, availability and reliability of Technology infrastructure and applications.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads PEC’s efforts in planning and deploying technology solutions to enable IT functions across the cooperative through strategic technology investments
  • Leads development, implementation, and administration of PEC’s strategic IT technology roadmap, including governance structure and procedures, policy, and standards
  • Works closely with business unit and divisional leaders to determine technology to meet business requirements, plan budgets and resource requirements. Develops and implements the work plan and updates accordingly
  • Oversees planning and execution of major technology implementations, including aligning with roadmap/strategy as well as PEC’s Technology landscape. Achieve efficient, effective, and timely project execution by adopting best practice project management tools and processes
  • Provides overall leadership and direction to facilitate the development of Technology standards to insure functionality, compatibility, and integration in a complex infrastructure
  • Directs and approves strategic product architecture, as well as development and administration of necessary data infrastructure, architecture, management systems, and governance/policies supportive of same
  • Develops and manages Technology capital and O&M budget and prioritizes purchases in alignment with PEC’s budgetary and fiscal policies and procedures. Facilitates work with other utility department budgets for projects and infrastructure requiring resources in a cost-effective manner
  • Works closely with PEC IT and Cybersecurity staff to implement infrastructure and processes for keeping the Utility’s technology systems secure. Collaborates on the development and implementation of an enterprise risk-based cybersecurity program that ensures prioritized and appropriate levels of protection for systems. Collaborates to facilitate meeting all relevant industry Cyber Security Standards (NIST/NERC/APA/etc.)
  • Provides strategic technology input to business and technical teams to ensure project objectives and appropriate resources are anticipated, allocated and optimized to meet scheduled requirements
  • Matches and prioritizes available resources to specific business requirements and facilitates discussions and decisions on discrepancies
  • Maintains familiarity with electric utility innovation projects, including system & plant automation, distribution automation, grid edge and behind-the-meter technology
  • Consults on development of grid modernization strategy, including Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Automation/Smart grid and Technology projects, and their integration with the foundational technology architecture
  • Establishes external relationships with industry peers to exchange information and strategies and maintains up to date knowledge of state-of-the-art technology concepts and solutions with an emphasis within the utility industry, but also including non-utility concepts as they map to utility issues
  • Works closely to ensure plans and strategies that enable PEC to achieve its strategic and tactical business objectives remaining in alignment with PEC’s Technology strategy
  • Builds, promotes, and oversees strategic relationships between Technology staff and other internal divisions and units promoting trust and partnership
  • Develops and manages relationships and collaboration opportunities with key vendors and technology partners
  • Recruits, develops and leads a dynamic team of technical professionals, project managers, and other support functions to develop and execute the division’s strategic and tactical assignments
  • Manages a multicultural and diverse staff in a workplace that values diversity, fairness, and equity
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • In-depth understanding of the broad landscape of Technology services and trends and their application to PEC’s mission, including their integration within PEC’s technology architecture
  • In-depth technical knowledge in Technologies with a focus on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, Electric Distribution SCADA/Outage. Management System (OMS)/Distribution Management System (DMS) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), T&D automation technology
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging utility technology strategy concepts, data systems and architecture, and innovative technology solutions
  • Knowledge of emerging utility and public infrastructure issues, and social, economic, and political impacts
  • Working knowledge of Project Management process and concepts. Demonstrated experience managing project budgets
  • Strong functional understanding of systems and processes including utility automation, networking technologies and Cybersecurity methods
  • Strong ability to lead and manage change written and verbal communications skill, with experience creating and delivering public presentations to a variety of constituents
  • Demonstrated knowledge developing strategic recommendations for grid modernization and utility technology innovation


Minimum Qualifications – (Education, Experience, Certification, & Licensure):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Directly related experience may substitute for education
  • Advanced degree in relevant field preferred
  • Ten (10)+ years of experience in the Technology/IT field
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of management experience, with progressively responsible leadership and project management assignments, and demonstrated ability leading high-performing teams in large organizations
  • Valid Driver’s License


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to 25 pounds
  • The employee may be required to travel
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period
  • This position may be required to work more than 40 hours per week




Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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