Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one PDF document. Your cover letter must describe how you’ve supported Real-time Bulk Electric System operations through procedures, projects, training, or other. If your cover letter does not address the prompt requested your materials will be considered incomplete. Incomplete materials will not be considered.
This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date for application materials is scheduled for Jan 7, 2024.
Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the position.
SALARY RANGE The starting salary range for this position is $116,880 - $146,100 (based on qualifications). With tenure and strong performance in this role an employee may earn up to a maximum of $175,320, annualized.
Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months.
BENEFITS EPOA In addition to competitive wages Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include zero cost employer funded medical, dental, and vision healthcare benefits, access to the employee assistance program, a VEBA health reimbursement account, and long-term care.
Washington state retirement PERS participation and optional 457 plan participation with an employer matching 401(a) plan.
Leave, life & disability benefits including paid leave starting at 21 days per calendar year up to 35 with tenure, 11 paid holidays per calendar year, paid jury duty, short-term disability & long-term disability, and basic life, AD&D, and optional voluntary life.
The work life benefits include optional flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care, educational assistance, various rewards and recognition programs and position specific stipends.
For more explanation of the district benefits please visit our benefits website www.mychelanpudbenefits.org.
The purpose of this position is to provide analytical, technical, and process expertise and support to Chelan PUD System Operations; ensuring safe and efficient power delivery that meets all requirements outlined by NERC/WECC Reliability Standards, Washington State Electrical Workers Safety Rules, FERC license requirements and Chelan PUD operating procedures. This position supports ongoing training for System Operators and related groups. The position serves as a subject matter expert representing System Operations with both internal and external groups to Chelan PUD and contributing to the District's NERC compliance response and District Values.
User Interface: Provides leadership, Human Machine Interface (HMI), and Human & Operational Performance (H&OP) expertise on all aspects of the planning, organization, scheduling, and support functions of the operational technology systems such as Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Outage Management Systems (OMS). Situational awareness tools, alarming, processes, and procedures utilized in system operations. Collects and incorporates end-user feedback and based on priorities, develops, implements, and improves technical and meaningful work processes as they relate to operational technology systems and cyber security issues to cost effectively meet Chelan PUD and internal and external stakeholders.
Quality Control: Coordinates configuration changes to current and future EMS tools related to transmission, distribution, and generation to ensure alignment with HMI, H&OP and end-user expectations. Review Geographic Information System (GIS) model imports to Avanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) for accuracy. Facilitate display changes incorporating H&OP methodology for control system engineering review and implementation. Manage process and procedures through the use of H&OP methodology.
Coordination: Coordinates and resolves escalated real-time issues raised by other team members. Ensures Chelan PUD's electric and hydro system is operated and coordinated in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner. Coordinate operations with internal and external groups including control systems engineering, transmission engineering, distribution engineering, energy planning & trading, the reliability coordinator, and neighboring balancing authorities and transmission operators. Ensuring safe, efficient, and reliable power delivery across all Chelan PUD’s infrastructure and operating areas. Acts as after-hours duty supervisor and supervises system operations in the absence of the system operations and coordination manager.
System Operations Training and Guidance: Provide guidance and solutions to improve standard operating procedures. Identify key deficiencies in procedures and make recommendations on improvements. Acts as subject matter expert, coordinating ongoing process and change management for system application and procedural updates. Provides one-on-one and one-on-few coaching and training to ensure adherence to Chelan PUD procedures and regulatory requirements. Supports and provides backup coverage to ensure all training requirements are met for system operations and related groups such as operations support personnel and those who may receive operating instruction.
Project Management: Prioritize, plan and/or lead various system operations office work and improvement projects utilizing H&OP methods, including, as appropriate, identifying overall business objectives, business requirements, and user acceptance criteria. Manages the communication and implementation of projects impacting system operations through coordination with multiple individuals and/or departments with diverse interests. While contributing to department and/or companywide projects and/or initiatives, ensures a system operator perspective is appropriately represented to improve Chelan PUD operational excellence which may include Chelan PUD representation in regional initiatives and on regional committees.
Reliability Compliance: Assigned as the compliance owner for multiple NERC Reliability Standards (Standards) by the Managing Director of generation and transmission. Responsible for ensuring system operations meets its overall compliance obligations for each assigned Standard as well as supporting other Standard owners. Oversees the development of required technical processes related to assigned Standards. Stays abreast of changes and modifications to assigned Standards. Actively monitors compliance with assigned Standards. Ensures controls are in place and documented to provide assurance of compliance with assigned Standards. Performs compliance self-assessment for assigned Standards.
Maintains current knowledge of the electric power industry and changing technology, H&OP/HMI industry best practices, attending NERC/WECC training classes, conferences, and maintaining all appropriate certifications. Remains current on Chelan PUD policies and assists with implementing appropriate changes as necessary.
Maintain regular and predictable attendance: Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Comply with District policies. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
As a secondary function, drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.
Reports To Manager - System Operations & Coordination
Overtime exemption Exempt
Education Equivalent experience (year for year) may substitute for required education.
Bachelor's Degree (B.S., B.A.) in Engineering, Mathematics, or a related technical study area from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
7+ years working in progressively responsible positions within a power operations organization or electric utility is typically required.
5+ years experience working as a system operator at a NERC registered balancing authority, transmission operator, working in an electric utility operation, or operations support role is preferred.
Licenses and Certifications
Valid Driver's License at hire and WA Driver's License within 30 days of hire
System operator certification from NERC or the ability to acquire such certification within 1 year required.
Skills and Abilities A fully skilled incumbent will have the following knowledge skills & abilities:
Extensive knowledge of integrated and automated power generation, transmission and distribution systems.
Broad understanding of national and regional regulatory and compliance issues related to the bulk electric system and how they impact Chelan PUD.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills in oral and written form with both technical and non-technical audiences
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and influence others
Able to promote new ideas and to take them from vision to reality
Able to think logically, multi-task, communicate well at all levels
Able to function effectively during emergency and/or power outage situations
Strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail
Strong planning, project management, and organizational skills
Able to spot trends and patterns and draw correct conclusions
Strong computer skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Maximo order processing systems; PeopleSoft HRIS Payroll systems; Cognos & Crystal Reports reporting software; Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software, Microsoft Word Processing software and PI Vision. An individual should also have knowledge of and be able to operate general office equipment including, but not limited to, computers and telephones.
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.
Safety - Protect public and employee health and safety
Stewardship - Acting on behalf of customer-owners, protecting public resources entrusted to us
Trustworthy - Competence, integrity, respect
Operational Excellence - High-quality innovative work execution
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.
BACKGROUND SCREENING Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.
EEO Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.
EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish.
Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)