Manager, Power Systems Operations

Company Name: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Phone Number: (916) 732-4868
City: Sacramento
State/Provence: California
Zip: 95817
Job Title: Manager, Power Systems Operations
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: April 20, 2016
Salary: $130,464-$179,784
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

Purpose

Under the leadership of the Director, Grid Operations, the Manager, Power System Operations will provide supervisory leadership and technical oversight and expertise for staff, resources, and projects related to real-time operations to support the reliable, safe, and cost-effective operation, control and monitoring of Bulk Electric System generation, transmission and gas pipeline assets for both SMUD and the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC); provide supervisory leadership for compliance efforts and operate the BANC Balancing Authority in a manner consistent with Mandatory Reliability Standards as established by WECC, NERC, and FERC.  Provide supervisory leadership in ensuring adherence to other regulations as established by local, state, and federal regulatory bodies.

Cover Letter Requirement: To be considered further, you must submit responses to the following questions in your Cover Letter:

  1. Describe your experience with the real-time operations of a Balancing/Control Area and/or Transmission Operator Area.  Include your years of experience, where and when your experience was acquired.
  2. Describe your supervisory experience, specifically as it relates to the real-time operations of a Balancing/Control Area and/or Transmission Operator Area.  Describe other supervisory experience you may have.  Please indicate your experience supervising in a Professional and/or Organized Labor environment.  Also include your years of experience, where and when your experience was acquired.
  3. Describe your experience with NERC Reliability Standards, Compliance Enforcement Programs, and Compliance Audits. Include your years of experience, where and when your experience was acquired.
  4. Describe your experience with EMS platforms and applications, PI software, OATi tools and applications, and Outage Coordination software.  Include your years of experience, where and when your experience was acquired.

 

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Provides supervisory leadership and technical oversight and expertise for Power System Operations staff, resources, and projects related to real-time operations to support the reliable, safe, and cost-effective operation, control and monitoring of Bulk Electric System generation, transmission and gas pipeline assets for SMUD and the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC) in a manner consistent with Mandatory Reliability Standards as established by WECC, NERC, and FERC and other regulations as established by local, state, and federal regulatory bodies.

Supervises the work of staff in the Power System Operations unit and maintains staffing levels and work quality in order to meet defined objectives and assigned unit responsibility by interpreting and executing SMUD’s policies/ procedures that affect staff; recommending modifications to operating policies and procedures; overseeing/evaluating work through senior and/or experienced lead employees who exercise independence in their assignments; hiring, firing, training, coaching, mentoring and developing staff; advising units on tasks and operations as required to solve complex problems.

Performs analysis of system operating configuration, data, requirements, load growth and performance characteristics to serve as the basis for providing written operating procedures and guidelines, including procedures for non-standard construction, maintaining system integrity, determining long and short-term power system requirements and recommending configurations and operations of the SMUD’s electric and gas pipeline systems.

Provides technical input to improve SMUD’s generation, transmission and gas pipeline systems by performing complex analysis to support technical planning activities; monitoring electric and gas pipeline systems performance; analyzing data from system outages and abnormal operations to recognize deficiencies and determine root causes; recommending, implementing  and designing system improvements

Maintains awareness of and coordinates clearances and scheduled shutdowns by researching, scheduling, writing and/or approving clearance requests; coordinating scheduled SMUD system maintenance or shut-downs requested by outside agencies to accomplish work necessary for their operations; ensure coordination of routine and emergency switching; and coordinating conflicts with scheduled outages that cannot be resolved at lower levels.

Ensures that electric system loads are appropriate for lines, equipment and substation handling by directing proper load configuration for lines and equipment to minimize overloading; overseeing monitoring of loads on all substations, including checking of load reports; directing the preparation of switching to prevent overloaded lines and equipment; and working closely with system protection engineers to develop innovative solutions to assure optimum system integrity and adequate protective relays and controls.

Provides supervisory leadership, management authority, technical oversight and expertise for Power System Operations staff in all aspects of the PSO Interchange Authority, SMUD/TANC TSP and OASIS Administration, in coordination with SMUD’s Legal Department.

In collaboration with the Power System Operations Training unit, supports the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of training programs for electric and gas pipeline operations staff by ensuring the process of employees in training

Provides input/participates in activities associated with interfaces of the Energy Management System to support system operation requirements

Experience Required:

Minimum Qualifications

Experience:
Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in Balancing Authority (control area and/or transmission operations); direct supervisory experience over represented and/or non-represented personnel; real-time decision-making capability; and progressively increasing knowledge and experience.
Five(5) or more years of experience in managing an O&M and Capital budget of greater than $5M annually is desired.

Education:
Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college/university, or significantly relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree or partial degree.

A valid NERC System Operator Certification is required

Knowledge of: Current utility industry structure and applicable federal, regional state, and local codes, regulations and WECC/NERC/FERC reliability standards, compliance rules, practices, and policies; standards and procedures for interacting with local, state, and national authorities, agencies and regulatory bodies; the Western United States transmission and generation system; principles and practices of electrical transmission.  Electrical equipment ratings and limitation; system operating procedures, concepts and techniques; load flow and stability calculations; electrical theory;  principles of substation and transmission design, construction and operations; practices related to managing the bulk electric system to contractual requirements; principles of effective supervision and leadership; methods and concepts related to teamwork and staff training; principles and practices for budget administration and contract management.  Knowledge of Gas pipeline system planning, design, protection, maintenance, testing and operations; computer-based metering data acquisition and translation systems; safety and construction practices, standards, and applicable codes, including G.O.95 and 128 is desired.

Skill to: Lead, plan, and review the work of multi-disciplinary professional technical, represented and non-represented personnel in the performance of complex engineering and operating assignments under significant time constraints; interpret and apply SMUD’s policies, procedures, applicable labor agreements and/or other special agreements; apply relevant personnel laws, codes and regulations; initiate, maintain and oversee adherence to safety policies and procedures; interview, select, evaluate, coach, mentor, motivate, influence, challenge and develop staff; identify training needs for staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally; effectively communicate highly technical information and recommendations to a variety of audiences and explain complex or controversial policies, regulations, procedures, and activities, both internally and externally, orally or in writing; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; manage an O&M and Capital budget; effectively oversee the planning and prioritization of projects, and negotiate with internal and external management and applicable units on projects; support the reliable integration of intermittent resources into the service territory; respond quickly and effectively to changing priorities under emergency conditions; proactively anticipate problems and apply innovative, creative, logical techniques in their resolution.
Licenses/Certificates

A valid NERC System Operator Certification is required

  

Desirable Qualifications

5 or more years of experience of direct supervisory responsibility over represented & non-represented employees

How to Apply:

Please apply at www.smud.org/careers

Posting End Date: May 9, 2016