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President of Operations


Location: Sonoma County, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: Executive Management
Date Posted: August 14, 2021
Reference Code: PRE1

The successful applicant will manage and direct utility line vegetation management operational delivery for all areas within the central and northern California footprint. Manage compliance with applicable vegetation policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. This position is responsible for all financial aspects and operational deliverables for Utility line vegetation programs in California as well as business development and growth opportunities. The position is responsible for the coordination of vegetation activity in support of maintenance activity, wildfire and storm response. This role will also serve as the subject matter expert overseeing all internal vegetation programs and will be the external facing point of contact for clients, third parties and other interveners. Establish and implement strategic business objectives, strategies, and plans. Responsible for selecting, coaching, and developing employees and management of employee salaries. Implements and supports company programs and policies. Typically supervises Senior Manager-level employees.

Key Responsibilities

  • To establish objectives, develop, and execute policy, direct and monitor resources, and recommend and oversee development or implementation of systems, programs, or processes; including expanding programs that reduce wildfire risk.

  • Manage a multi-million-dollar budget through robust tracking and efficient delivery.

  • Serve as the subject matter expert and will be the external facing point of contact for clients, third parties and other interveners

  • Determine critical tasks, establish sequence of events, identify teams, timelines, outcomes and produce project plans.

  • Determine specifications, schedules, timelines, and define deliverables.

  • Develop strategy for area vegetation management for both distribution and transmission rights of way.

  • Provide strategic direction to area foresters and work crews.

  • Manage vegetation and/or forestry and electrical line clearance in service areas to prevent power outages.

  • Manage compliance with regulatory requirements from an array of various government agencies. Ensure that all Federal and State permits are in place and complied with.

  • Conduct effective public relations programs. Assist in development of external communication plan.

  • Manage multiple work crews, schedules, equipment, and timelines.

  • Manage human and capital resources.

  • Audit and coach crews to ensure safety, productivity, and quality.

  • Select, coach, and develop employees.

  • Review and evaluate employee performance and prepare annual reviews.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, arboriculture, forestry, or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.

  • A minimum of 15 years’ combined experience with vegetation management, strategic development, and financial oversight.

  • A minimum of 10 years of direct people management experience with the proven ability to manage and motivate employees.

  • Management oversight of a team in excess of 300 FTE’s and/or subcontractors.

  • Knowledge of transmission and distribution line clearance practices and procedures.

  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations applying to utility vegetation management.

  • Experience of Vegetation Management in Central or Northern California

  • Knowledge of current vegetation management techniques.

  • Knowledge of applicable herbicide/pesticide regulations.

  • Management and teamwork skills to negotiate with and influence peers and senior officers on policy and operational issues.

  • Knowledge of the utility industry, applicable company policies, procedures, practices, and understanding of applicable federal, state and local laws.

  • Excellent analytical and evaluation skills to define critical tasks and establish optimum sequence of events and identify required resources.

  • Leadership and teamwork skills to provide input into policy decisions and to mobilize internal and contract resources to produce desired business results.

  • Communication and interpersonal skills to manage and motivate employees and use oral and written communication to communicate objectives and plans.

  • Demonstrated proficiency using all Microsoft Office applications.

  • Travel may be required.


  • Safety experience and qualifications

  • Advanced Degree

  • Advanced certifications from the International Society of Arboriculture