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Director, Power Generation

  • Full Time
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • $208,603.20-$290,492.80 per year
  • Posting End Date: March 8, 2024

Website SMUD

Wage or Salary:
$208,603.20-$290,492.80 per year

This position is a non-Civil Service (at-will) position. By accepting this non-civil service classification, you are releasing civil service rights and becoming an at-will employee with no return rights to your prior position.

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This is an exciting time to join SMUD as we forge ahead to reach our ambitious goal of zero carbon emissions in our power supply by 2030 – the most ambitious goal of any large utility in the United States.

For decades, SMUD has been a leader in clean energy and carbon reduction.  Power Generation is seeking a strong, impactful leader for the position of Director, Power Generation. You will lead a team who develops and supports new zero carbon generation and storage projects, supports the development of Power Purchase Agreements, as well as overall responsibility of our existing generation assets (hydro, thermal, gas pipeline, renewable).

Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years. We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions. We’re one of the region’s largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing, and retaining some of the most talented employees around.


Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
  • 457 and 401(k) plans available
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Employee and Spouse Life Insurance
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California

Cover Letter Requirement: To be considered for this position, please submit responses to the following questions in the cover letter portion of your application, failure to respond to the required question may preclude you from moving forward in the process:

Given your understanding of the Director of Power Generation responsibilities, please provide us with a brief summary of your experience, education, and training that you believe qualifies you for this position.

Has overall responsibility for all functions of Power Generation including Hydro, Thermal, Renewable, Gas Pipeline, development and construction of new generation and energy storage assets, and Rancho Seco decommissioning activities. Ensures reliability, availability and efficiency of generation assets, license and regulatory compliance, resource allocation, budgeting, scheduling, and safe work performance.

Nature and Scope
The Director is a senior leadership position reporting to the Chief Zero Carbon Officer. As a member of the Zero Carbon Energy Solutions leadership team, the incumbent will ensure corporate values, strategic initiatives and desired culture are integrated into the Power Generation Department

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership for the following work groups: Hydro Generation, Thermal Generation, Renewable Generation, Gas Pipeline Operations, Engineering, Regulatory Compliance, Project Development, and Rancho Seco. Oversees business performance, resource planning, budget, and overall project portfolio.
  • Provides overall direction for department efforts in meeting SMUD’s environment and power load requirements by overseeing the implementation of the zero-carbon project portfolio, which includes power generation, storage, transmission, interconnection, and resource projects to meet carbon reduction goals and provide customers with adequate, consistent, and uninterrupted power.
  • Ensures the safe operation of generation assets maximizing efficiency, reliability, availability, and full compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Creates, communicates, and implements department vision in alignment with SMUD strategy and in collaboration with subordinate managers to drive alignment and engagement of Power Generation workgroups.
  • Partners with Enterprise Strategy to develop Enterprise Performance Goals. Has accountability for execution and oversight of goal achievement.
  • Presents to Executive Team, CEO, and SMUD’s Board of Directors on Power Generation business unit activities including status of zero carbon projects, asset condition and performance, FERC Licenses, regulatory conditions, budget and resource considerations.
  • Provides timely information to executive management on significant events, major milestones, impacts to the public, matters that could have a potentially significant impact on SMUD’s employees and/or customers safety, financial position, compliance, reputation, or relationships with SMUD’s customers and/or other agencies.
  • Represents SMUD’s position before regulatory/legislative commissions in public meetings and hearings, and with other external stakeholder entities.
  • Promotes a OneSMUD collaborative relationship with all SMUD work groups. Participates and collaborates with other leaders on cross-functional steering committees for the successful accomplishment of SMUD initiatives.
  • Instills a culture of zero safety incidents by developing and maintaining a safety culture that is accountable for actions and open to feedback.
  • Promotes the safety of SMUD employees, contractors, and customers through adherence to established SMUD policies and goals.
  • Ensures Power Generation maintains open communication and harmonious relationships with represented employees and union officials and works collaboratively with Labor Relations.
  • Performs other related duties as needed to include working outside of typical business hours when necessary.

Required Education
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related field

Required Experience Qualifications

  • Fifteen or more (15+) years of experience in the design, construction, maintenance, and/or operations of utility assets with at least 5 of those years specific to power generation.
  • Five or more (5+) years of management experience.
  • Experience in modern electric utility business and management practices, managing and scheduling major projects, and interfacing with executive management, Board of Directors, regulatory agencies, and the public.

Knowledge Of

  • Different types of generation such as hydro, thermal (combustion gas/steam), wind, photovoltaic
  • Power plant construction, maintenance, and operation
  • Large-scale renewable project development and construction
  • Natural gas pipeline operations and maintenance
  • NRC regulated independent spent fuel storage
  • Commercially available and emerging power generation technologies
  • Fundamentals of economic analysis, budget development and administration, contract administration, supervisory and management practices, leadership techniques
  • Safety rules, regulations, and practices
  • Fundamentals for motivating, coaching, mentoring, and performance managing employees

Skills To

  • Provide direction and effective management of a diverse work group
  • Work collaboratively with other work group leaders, outside agencies, and customers
  • Plan and direct business initiatives
  • Create, communicate and execute an operating plan
  • Create and sustain a culture that promotes continuous process improvement and ensures that processes are aligned across functions to achieve SMUD objectives
  • Communicate clearly to upper management around significant events and potential issues
  • Be an effective member of SMUD’s senior management team
  • Effectively and efficiently communicate
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Recognize opportunities to improve operations
  • Recognize sensitive issues and act accordingly

Desirable Qualifications

  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California
  • Experience working with regulatory and governmental agencies.
  • Experience with large capital and operations and maintenance budgets.
  • Project Management Experience with large & complex utility scale hydroelectric, thermal, renewable and gas pipeline projects.
  • Experience with commercially or emerging renewable technologies.
  • Development and administration of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts.
  • Experience developing goals, objectives and priorities following industry best-practices/standards of an Asset Management Program.
  • Experience working with emergency operation services navigating a natural disaster.
  • Experience building, supporting, and maintaining a safety culture.
  • Knowledge/Experience managing a unionized workforce in the operation of generation assets.
  • Experience with utility scale power generation plants, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, thermal, and gas pipeline.
  • Significant project management work experience with power plant systems.
  • Knowledge of electrical systems.
  • Ability to manage multiple high priority complex issues simultaneously, potentially for long periods of time.
  • Ability to handle highly complex and controversial issues with tact and diplomacy.


Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) – Who We Are
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we’re proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they’re “Happy, satisfied and engaged” which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers. Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation and will be based upon the candidate’s qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board’s policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD’s purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?
The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state’s sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country’s top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49ers aren’t far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.
Hybrid Work

This position may be eligible for SMUD’s hybrid (office/home) work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to hybrid work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis.

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