Beartooth Electric Cooperative- General Manager

Red Lodge, MT
Full Time
Senior Executive


General Manager

Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Red Lodge, MT


The Board of Trustees at Beartooth Electric (BEC) is seeking a results driven leader with strong interpersonal communication skills and a broad understanding of the operations of a rural distribution cooperative for their next General Manager.  The selected candidate will take over in July 2023, upon the retirement of BEC’s current GM.  BEC has retained NRECA Executive Search to facilitate the search process.

About Beartooth Electric Cooperative

BEC is a member-owned non-profit distribution cooperative providing electric services to its members in portions of three Montana counties including Carbon, Stillwater, and Sweetgrass, as well as part of Park County in Wyoming. Headquartered in Red Lodge, MT, with an outpost in Columbus MT, the cooperative serves approximately 4900 members with 6900 meters. BEC delivers electricity to the membership over 1700 miles of line.  Residential services make up 82% of their energy sales.

The cooperative has 17 full-time employees and purchases wholesale power from Energy Keepers Inc. (EKI), a business enterprise owned by the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).  SKQ Dam is a key element of EKI’s power supply portfolio.  BEC also receives a small power allocation from the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).

The BEC Trustees are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a strong commitment to the Cooperative business model and its values with proven capability to lead a distribution utility

The Successful Candidate

Key attributes that will help distinguish you as the next executive leader at BEC include:

  • Commitment to Cooperative values with a strong focus on the membership
  • Results driven and innovative with a defined strategy and vision in the forefront
  • High regard for electric power safety and safe workplace practices
  • Ability to lead change, manage risk, positively influence and motivate others
  • Possess a high level of integrity and courage 
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship building skills

Other experience and expertise sought after:

  • Broad electric utility experience with 6-10 years preferred   
  • Understanding of power supply issues including renewable energy development
  • Knowledge in engineering, business administration, marketing, and member services
  • 4- year college degree strongly preferred in any of these areas or a related area: Advanced degree is a plus
  • 6-10 years of proven responsible management experience strongly preferred
  • Previous GM or CEO experience is strongly preferred but not required 

The GM of BEC reports directly to and is accountable to a seven-member Board of Trustees.  The responsibility of the GM is to administer the policies of the board and carry out its directives.  

Our Location

BEC’s service territory runs from Reed Point, MT to Clark WY along the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.  Red Lodge, nestled against Montana’s highest mountain peaks and Custer-Gallatin National Forest, is considered the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and has a population of approximately 2300 residents. For a small town, Red Lodge offers excellent dining, unique shopping opportunities, and community events.  Four major water systems flow through BEC’s service territory: Yellowstone, Clark’s Fork, Stillwater River, and Rock Creek River. Nearby Billings, MT has a population of a little over 121,000.

BEC serves a beautiful area of agricultural and ranch land as well as its acclaimed forested areas.  The area offers excellent year-round recreational options, making it a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts to visit or call home. Sightseeing, camping, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and hunting are enjoyed by many in this area as well as the winter activities of downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.  Red Lodge is a short distance from the larger community of Billings, MT which offers medical facilities, higher education, shopping, dining, tourist attractions, western historical and cultural exhibits, as well as many other entertainment opportunities.

Our Benefits

BEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a NRECA 401k pension plan as well as a Homestead Funds 457B deferred compensation plan to their GM.  The Cooperative also offers NRECA medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance plans along with PTO availability.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Interested parties should apply via the following link:

with your 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) contact information (including emails) for three professional references. If you have additional questions, please contact Jean Brandt, NRECA Executive Search, 701-263-2111 or   

Applications must be received by March 27, 2023.  All replies are confidential.


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