As the Dam Safety risk program manager, is accountable for developing policy to provide balanced and informed assessments of the safety of TVA’s river dams and to evaluate, prioritize and justify dam safety decisions for 87 high and significant hazard river dams and locks which have up to 173,600 population at risk and $17B in potential impacts for a single dam failure. Manages and leads the Dam Safety risk program by providing implementation, guidance, support and training for L&RM and other TVA dam owning organizations on matters pertaining to Dam Safety Risk Management and Risk Informed Decision-Making (RIDM) in accordance with the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety (FGDS) and TVA-SPP-27.008. Serves as TVA expert for recommending risk assessment strategies and initiatives to asset owners of river dams. Directs subject matter experts in the areas of Dam Safety risk, and coordinates with subject matter experts across TVA for prioritizing, planning and decision making around dam safety risk. Manages contracts for supporting dam safety risk consultants, contractors, and software.
Supervisory Responsibility — No direct supervisory responsibilities, but indirectly manages efforts of TVA dam safety staff across organizations in support of the Risk Program goals and Risk Informed Decision Making. May direct the work of up to 40 contractors.
Budget Responsibility — Assists the Manager of Dam Safety Risk & Emergency Preparedness to manage the program budget of up to $0.5M. Manages contracts associated with the program, and supervises project budgets as needed. Additional potential to impact and influence budget allocations and utilization in multiple TVA organizations relative to Dam Safety Risk initiatives and projects including the overall Dam Safety Assurance Program budget of $660M.
Promotes a culture of safety and teamwork within L&RM and other TVA organizations involved with Dam Safety.
Develops, updates and ensures proper execution of the river system risk policy and L&RM SPP 27.008.
Leads implementation of Dam Safety RIDM process, and is responsible for the acquisition and/or development of appropriate methods and tools necessary to ensure TVA alignment with the FGDS, federal peers, and TVA-SPP-27.008.
Participates in industry and best-practices benchmarking analysis of Risk Management and RIDM; determines applicability and adaptation to TVA’s Dam Safety Program.
Manages and/or facilitates the highly technical dam safety portfolio risk assessment and analysis process which necessitates knowledge of the construction, maintenance, operations, performance and engineering design of dams.
Manages/monitors the use of outside risk cadres or other risk-related consultants and contractors.
Applies engineering principles and failure mode analysis (seismic, geotechnical, hydrologic and structural) to TVA dam risk assessments.
Provides input on overall Dam Safety risk to Enterprise risk characterizations and works to integrate Dam Safety risk assessments into the TVA process for project expenditures.
Assures qualitative and quantitative risk analysis techniques are appropriately applied by providing technical oversight and guidance as needed.
Trains and/or arranges training for dam safety engineers on appropriate quantitative and semi-quantitative risk analysis methodologies, techniques and tools.
Identifies and maintains L&RM Dam Safety portfolio risk documentation and compliance requirements in support of asset managers, and serves as an alternate voting member of the Dam Safety Steering Committee.
Leads continuous improvement initiatives for the Dam Safety Risk program, and leads implementation of these initiatives across TVA dam-owning organizations as appropriate.
Represents TVA’s interests in industry associations and federal interagency committees as assigned; attends industry workshops, seminars, and conferences and speaks for TVA in regards to Dam Safety Risk Management.
Supports TVA engineering training program by fostering knowledge and skills of the Dam Safety staff in Dam Safety risk analysis, workshops, communication and culture to support the effective function of the TVA Dam Safety Risk program.
Facilitates or coordinates the facilitation of quantitative and semi-quantitative Dam Safety risk workshops.
Education — Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field required and a post-graduate degree is highly desirable. A professional license is required.
Experience— Minimum of 10 years of dam safety experience required. Demonstrated familiarity with Dam Safety Risk Management methods and practice is required. Demonstrated familiarity with dam design, construction and performance and with the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety is required. Familiarity with process improvement methods, program management and program delivery methods, benchmarking, best practices research and analysis techniques, programmatic training development and delivery are highly desired.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities — Must have demonstrated effective communication and teamwork skills plus strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills. Highly skilled in process and program development and improvement tools. Working knowledge of the latest thinking in dam and levee design and evaluation including risk analysis, seepage, stability, hydrologic and seismic issues is desired. Knowledge of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FERC, and FEMA related rules and regulations on programmatic dam safety issues is desired. Candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on position / access requirements and essential job functions. FERC, and FEMA related rules and regulations on programmatic dam safety issues is desired. Candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on position / access requirements and essential job functions.
Internal Number: 510419
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