Nisqually Hydro Complex Manager, Assistant

Company Name: Tacoma Power
Phone Number: (253) 502-8649
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98409
Job Title: Nisqually Hydro Complex Manager, Assistant
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: April 10, 2018
Salary: $110,718.40 - $141,897.60
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

We are seeking a collaborative team builder to assist in driving operational excellence efforts at our Nisqually River Hydroelectric Project in LaGrande, WA.  The Nisqually River Project is Tacoma Power’s second-largest hydroelectric resource, generating enough power to serve nearly 43,000 Northwest homes.  The Hydro Project Assistant Manager’s role is to assist in leading their team to safely and efficiently manage the operation and maintenance of the Nisqually Hydroelectric Project powerhouses, dams, reservoirs, parks, and all other related equipment and facilities in an environmentally responsible manner. Also, to maximize the value and reliability of the projects generating resources to Tacoma Power, while complying with federal, state and local regulatory requirements.  The assistant manager’s role is to empower and support their staff by equipping them with the tools, equipment and training needed to meet the reliability goals, maintenance schedules, and budget expectations through sound resource planning and provision.

Tacoma Power is a municipally-owned electric utility serving approximately 170,000 customers across a service area of 180 square miles and is considered one of three key operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities. “Community Value First” is our strategic principle and we consider our decisions and prioritize resources and programs based on the impact to our communities and rate payers.  Tacoma Power employs approximately 850 employees, more than 200 of which are in the Generation Section.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement safe and effective maintenance and operations policies
  • Prepare daily work assignments for staff
  • Responsible for emergency operations
  • Provide first response to trouble calls related to the operations of the unstaffed automated power plants, dams, switchyard, transmission and distribution lines associated with the project
  • Responsible for project safety program and required training.
  • Implement and adhere to federal license requirements for river flow and project operations
  • Coordinate maintenance and outage schedules with Power Management
  • Purchase materials and supplies for maintenance and construction activities
  • Oversee and coordinate the operation, maintenance and expansion of project recreation facilities so that Tacoma Power can maintain safe and clean recreational facilities for the public
  • Monitor, interpret, and implement state and federal guidelines, rules and regulations as they pertain to parks and recreation


Experience Required:


  • Graduation from high school;
  • Courses in electrical and mechanical theory and application
  • 5+ years experience in power plant operation and maintenance
  • Supervisory experience and training

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of power plant operation and maintenance practices
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of electricity, mechanics and hydraulics
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Labor practices, collective bargaining agreements, and human resources related issues
  • Utility safety practices and environmental protection, safety, and health protection standards
  • City’s HR policies and procedures (FMLA, ADA, discipline, etc.)
  • Total Quality principles and practices

Leadership Competencies:

  • Acts with integrity, demonstrates leadership and ethical conduct
  • Applies technology to improve operation
  • Attracts and develops staff
  • Plans for future staffing needs
  • Evaluates employees and provides ongoing performance feedback
  • Deals promptly with performance problems
  • Recognizes people for their contributions
  • Provides opportunities for challenging assignments, learning, job enrichment and career advancement
  • Communicates well
  • Inspires others
  • Builds relationships
  • Manages change and Innovation
  • Anticipates problems, notices trends, & develops plans in advance to prepare for opportunities or problems
  • Listens well
  • Understands financial & quantitative information, prepares realistic budgets, uses resources wisely
  • Drives for Results
  • Political Savvy
  • Promotes teamwork
  • Thinks analytically & makes sound decisions
  • Focuses on Customer and Community


How to Apply:

Required to live on site in company-provided housing. Required to be available for emergency call outs 24/7 including weekends and holidays in a rotation with others.  May be required to work extended hours during equipment or weather related incidents.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants whose backgrounds most closely reflect the current needs of the department may be invited to participate in multiple interviews. Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Posting End Date: May 8, 2018