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Generation Manager

  • Full Time
  • Yelm/Centralia, Wash.
  • $8,461 - $10,367 per month
  • Posting End Date: October 11, 2023

Website City of Centralia

Wage or Salary:
$8,461 - $10,367 per month

Full-time, Exempt

Closes September 20, 2023


Plans, directs, and controls (1) all activities involved in the operation of the City’s hydro generation system at Yelm, and (2) all activities involved in the operation of the City’s electric system at Centralia.

This class description reflects the general concept and intent of the classification and should not be construed as a detailed statement of all the work requirements that may be inherent in a position.

Minimum of two years formal engineering or electrical power technology training and at least five years of experience or any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

Valid Washington State driver’s license with acceptable driving record is required.


  • Vacation and Sick leave accruals, 12 paid Holidays which includes one (1) floating holiday
  • Up to two (2) weeks executive leave annually
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance options
  • City paid $100,000 life insurance
  • Long-term disability plan
  • Washington State Retirement Systems (PERS)
  • Participation in VEBA (Health Reimbursement Account)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Choice of two (2) Employee contributed Deferred Compensation Plans
Additional Information:


  1. Canal Maintenance Supervisor: Plans, organizes and supervises all generating facility maintenance and repair activities.
  2. Powerhouse Operator: Operates Hydro Plant to provide uninterrupted maximum flow of electrical power to the City.
  3. Dam Technician: Maintains river and canal flows at required levels. Performs general maintenance, repair and security activities at the dam.
  4. Instrument and Control Technician: Maintains and repairs plant instrumentation and control systems to provide accurate and safe control of power generation units and auxiliaries.
  5. Chief Substation Operator: Plans, organizes and supervises all substation operations, maintenance and repair activities.


A. Essential Functions

  1. Must be able to manage assigned operations to achieve goals within budgeted funds and available personnel; plan and organize workloads and staff assignments, review progress and coordinate changes in schedules as needed.
  2. Must be able to direct the selection, supervision, and evaluation of staff; establish work rules, safety requirements and performance standards; conduct or oversee performance evaluations and initiate and implement disciplinary actions as warranted; resolve grievances and other personnel matters; and provide for the training of subordinates.
  3. Must be able to manage the hydro facility to stay in compliance with all Bonneville Power Administration and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements.
  4. Must be able to resolve problems or emergencies affecting availability or quality of services; respond to sensitive or complex public inquiries or service complaints.
  5. Must be able to establish and implement policies, procedures and standards for the efficient operation and maintenance of assigned work programs.
  6. Must be able to schedule, oversee and participate in the maintenance and repair of generators and turbines and hydraulic components (canal and dam).
  7. Must be able to coordinate hi-line repairs and maintenance with the line personnel.
  8. Must be able to coordinate substation operations, repairs and maintenance with the line and substation personnel.
  9. Must be able to represent the City in court proceedings and hearings.
  10. Must be able to assist the General Manager in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, budgets, and short and long-range plans.
  11. Must be able to direct the development and maintenance of systems and records that provide for the proper evaluation, control and documentation of assigned operations and especially the City’s relationship with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  12. Must be able to analyze and recommend improvements to existing facilities, equipment and operating systems of the department.
  13. Must be able to plan, schedule and monitor work performed by private contractors.
  14. Must be able to maintain an inventory of parts, supplies and materials at all times.
  15. Must be able to attend seminars, classes, workshops, etc., to stay abreast of latest regulations, technology, management techniques, etc.

B. Peripheral Functions

1. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Work is performed in the office with frequent site visits. Site visits may include driving or walking in varying weather conditions. Exposure to walking along uneven embankments, and walking up and down stairs. Frequent travel is required between Yelm and Centralia.


  1. Knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering principles and practices.
  2. Thorough knowledge of materials, methods, techniques, tools and equipment applicable to utility installation and maintenance.
  3. Knowledge of modern principles and practices of management and supervision.
  4. Knowledge of Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR) dealing with hydroelectric facilities.
  5. Knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code and applications to substations and transmission lines.
  6. Ability to plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs, including monitoring work schedules, legal requirements and progress reviews.
  7. Ability to prioritize, assign, monitor and evaluate the work of staff.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups regarding complex or sensitive issues or regulations.
  9. Ability and willingness to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
  10. Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
  11. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public.
  12. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  13. Knowledge of safe working practices including the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    APPLICATION PROCESS:To apply please submit a City of Centralia employment application which can be found at: along with a cover letter and resume to: Human Resources Office, PO Box 609 /118 W Maple, Centralia, WA 98531 or e-mail by Wednesday, September 20, 2023 by 5:00 pm.(Postmarks NOT accepted). E-mail applications must be signed and mailed after electronic filing.

    NOTE: Resumes may be submitted, but will NOT be accepted in lieu of the City’s application form. Applications can be e-mailed, but the City must receive an original signed application prior to interview.

    The City of Centralia is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabled veteran status, veteran status, physical, mental or sensory disability.  Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The City will provide reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities during the selection process, if requested.  Please notify Personnel of the accommodation needed, preferably at the time of applying. Only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States are eligible for employment.  All new employees will be required to complete and sign an Employment Eligibility Verification form and present documentation verifying identity and employment eligibility.

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