Assistant Manager – System Maintenance & Substations

Company Name: CITY OF TACOMA
Phone Number: (253) 591-5400
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98402
Job Title: Assistant Manager – System Maintenance & Substations
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: October 6, 2017
Salary: $130,540.80 - $167,294.40
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Under the direction of the Power Section Assistant Manager II, the Power Section Assistant Manager I for the System Maintenance & Substations groups support the mission of Tacoma Power by providing leadership and direction to the Power Division Supervisors and 57 represented employees for Substations, Downtown Network and Line Maintenance Planning Groups. This is accomplished by: planning and directing substation & network construction & maintenance activities, budgeting & planning line maintenance activities, maintaining compliance of NERC standards, environmental standards and Washington State Code for construction & maintenance, supporting continuous training, monitoring efficient and safe work practices, mentoring and holding staff accountable and tracking O&M and Capital budget items.

Responsibilities Include:


  • Supervise, direct, and evaluate the day-to-day activities of personnel in the Substation and Line Maintenance Planning Groups.
  • Be familiar with work practices and procedures, working conditions, personnel and equipment associated with each workgroup.
  • Address issues that may arise and act accordingly following current law, City policies and union contracts.
  • Assure the implementation and compliance of Federal, State, City, County and departmental policies, regulations, administrative procedures and agreements.
  • Know and enforce union contracts under which represented employees in the groups you interact with follow.
  • Coordinate communication and activities between staff, department, outside agencies and organizations, and the general public.
  • Oversee the construction and maintenance, operation and support functions in the C&M workgroup.
  • Monitor contractor performance and compliance.
  • Act decisively and make timely decisions while seeking information from others and encourage diverse opinions in order to improve the quality of decision-making.

Strategic Planning

  • Prioritize long and short term projects.
  • Constantly monitor system and equipment conditions and work with others to prioritize maintenance and replacement of equipment for short-term situations.
  • Promote a safe and positive workplace.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the industry standards, trends and techniques for dealing with transmission and distribution systems.

System Reliability

  • Oversee 24/7 coverage for restoration response.
  • Participate in the ICS structure – For emergency response, act as identified in the Restoration section of the ERP which covers system restoration of the Transmission & Distribution systems, resource management, assessment, spill response, and call out procedures.
  • Enforce NERC and WECC Compliance Standards and understand how they functionally apply to C&M staff.


  • Provide accounting for projects and activities that are consistent with the projected budget for that specific area.
  • Develop, maintain and monitor biennium budgets in multiple work groups within T&D, C&M.
  • Be accountable for estimating costs and adjusting work performed and procurement of materials to stay within the projected budgets.
  • Participate in developing and prioritizing T&D capital projects.
Experience Required:


Bachelor’s degree in engineering, public or business administration or successful completion of an approved Electrician Apprenticeship; and ten years of experience working in the electrical utility industry including experience supervising employees in a union environment.


  • Driver’s license or equivalent mobility


How to Apply:

Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 253-591-5400.


Posting End Date: October 19, 2017