About Salem Electric

About Us

About Us

Who we are, how we operate, and our commitment to cooperative principles.

Founded in 1938, Salem Electric is a not-for-profit electric cooperative. Unlike investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives provide electricity to their consumer-members at cost. Reliable, renewable, electricity is distributed to members throughout our 17.5 square mile service territory.

 

Community Focused

Salem Electric is committed to the communities we serve by providing scholarships, member assistance, donations, and electrical safety education. SE employees are members of your community who volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local organizations.
 

Goals

Five goals guide our business decisions.

SE’s Goals

  • Reliable Service
  • Good Customer Relations
  • Good Employee Relations
  • Financial Integrity
  • Low Rates 
     

Cooperative Principles

All cooperative businesses adhere to seven guiding principles.

7 Cooperative Principles

  • Open and Voluntary Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Members' Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training, and Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community
     
Business Operations
Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Salem Electric is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual preference.

Salem Electric has an opening for the following position.

 

Temporary Utility Helper

A temporary utility helper assists Salem Electric's line crews as needed. This position will start as soon as the selected applicant is available and end by September 30, 2022.

This is a temporary union position and no additional benefits will be paid. Hourly wage is paid according to the Local 125 collective bargaining agreement. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to work outside in all weather, lift up to 50 pounds, and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license. Requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 1. Qualified applicants should email a resume with a cover letter to jobs@SalemElectric.com, or mail to: Salem Electric, ATTN: HR Coordinator, PO Box 5588, Salem, OR 97304.
 

 

Reasons to Consider an Electric Cooperative Career

  • A Paycheck with a Purpose—An electric co-op is a different kind of business. We’re built and led by the members we serve. We provide affordable, reliable energy that is critical to our community. 
  • We’re Local—We serve our neighbors, family, and friends. Our members have a voice in how the co-op is run, and we make sustainable investments in the community we share. We support local businesses and organizations, and create jobs and economic activity here at home. 
  • We’re Looking Ahead—Advances in energy technologies and opportunities will change the way we use electricity. When you work at an electric cooperative, you are part of a team that creates innovative, sustainable energy solutions for the people in our community. 
  • We Put People First—We respect diversity and transparency–it makes us stronger. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, while maintaining a friendly work environment. 
  • We’re Part of a Movement—When you work at Salem Electric, you’re part of something bigger: Our co-op requires a variety of skill sets across all education levels. And while we’re focused on our local community, you’ll join and collaborate with a national network of nearly 900 cooperatives in 48 states. 
  • We’re Invested in You—We support your professional growth, development, and success with internal and external training opportunities. Co-op employees deliver a valuable service to our communities, and they’re rewarded for that dedication with competitive pay, health insurance, and retirement benefits.
Map

Service Territory

Salem Electric has a defined service territory shown in gray and located within the boundary line on the map below. To start service or determine if a specific address is served by Salem Electric, please contact our office during business hours at 503-362-3601.

Management

Meet the Management Team

We’re here for you. Salem Electric's management team has over 84 years of dedicated experience working for Salem Electric. We love our co-op and we hope you do too. 

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Tony Schacher
General Manager
Jacob Knudsen
Jacob Knudsen
Member Services Manager
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Chris Krieck
Administrative Services Manager
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JB Phillips
Engineering & Operations Manager
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Michael Richman
Information Technology Manager
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Michele Adkins
Executive Coordinator