The President of the Northwest Power Pool corporation (NWPP Corporation) reports to the Board of Directors (Board). The President manages all employees of the NWPP Corporation, including a Treasurer & Office Manager; various managers coordinating primary Northwest Power Pool committee activities such as system operations, reserve sharing, and transmission planning; and a support team of analysts, curriculum planning, graphic design, editorial, and e-learning personnel. You can read about the NWPP and this opening at www.nwpp.org.
CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Northwest Power Pool has continually evolved since the inception of operational coordination among regional utilities in 1941. The NWPP Corporation formed in 1999 to provide contractual support services to the 31 organizations that work together under the Northwest Power Pool Agreement. These entities (which are the customers of the NWPP Corporation, but are referred to as “members” under the Northwest Power Pool Agreement) include utilities, generators, and energy managers. The NWPP Corporation’s services include facilitation and coordination of reserve and frequency response sharing, response strategy, transmission planning, system coordination management, operational training services, and additional services to members and third parties through separate, customized contacts.
The President is responsible for planning and implementing the required services of the organization to meet customer needs and fulfilling the NWPP Corporation’s obligations under the General Services Agreements (GSAs) between the NWPP Corporation and its 31 customer/members. The President is additionally responsible for the general day-to-day affairs of the corporation including financial and budget management, personnel, and organizational management and development.
Candidates are expected to offer a successful track record as a manager who cultivates a healthy and modern work environment in which employees are valued, developed to their potential, and empowered to contribute to the success of the organization in every way possible. Substantive familiarity with a non-profit corporation could be an advantage, as are experience with zero-based budgeting and human resource matters. Intellect, open collaboration, networking capability, political savvy, agility, flexibility, ethics, and integrity are necessities. Experience with regional electric transmission and reliability organizations or associations is desired.
The daily affairs and service offerings of the NWPP Corporation, and the Board’s desire to facilitate solutions to meet the increasing regional and interregional challenges in the West and Northwest, require that candidates offer excellent oral and written communication and relationship management skills. Ideal backgrounds should include planning, cultural/organizational skills, proven business and financial management capabilities, and quality control of service or product offerings in the electric utility industry. Candidates should expect to offer demonstrated facilitative and leadership skills and a natural inclination toward unlocking employees’ potential. Candidates should also offer a desire and tendency to derive career satisfaction from leading collaborative processes and executing resultant solutions to industry challenges.
Interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance and candidates should expect to offer exemplary networking capability and an established industry presence in the western half of the nation. The Board seeks to attract candidates with experience and credibility in the western and northwest regions, although candidates from outside the region are encouraged to apply. The President is ultimately expected to personally maintain and enhance the NWPP Corporation’s relationships with members’ senior leadership and representative staff. It is also desired that the next President be diligent to expand the NWPP Corporation’s relationships, credibility, and service base with broad regional transmission organizations with an eye toward responsible service expansion strategies that identify additional value for members and non-members.
Experience working with a board of directors and leading processes to develop a collaborative mission, vision, and strategic plan for an organization are desired. The NWPP Corporation Board has a unique relationship to the organization with oversight responsibility for the President’s performance in execution of the GSAs, policy review and development, contract reviews, monitoring and approving budgeting and general financial and organizational activity, providing influence over strategic direction of the organization, and approval authority for major initiatives as they relate to the organization’s general financial and organizational welfare. The Board does not engage in the affairs of the committees operating under the Northwest Power Pool Agreement beyond the responsibilities stated above.
The NWPP Corporation’s services are provided to its 31 customers at the cost of $3.2 million annually with an estimated annual operational, reserve sharing, and other savings to those customers between $1 billion and $2 billion. Applicants should understand the absolute commitment to continuing the organization’s focus on maintaining high value to the core customer group and conscientious management of customer dollars.
A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree, preferably an MBA, is desired.
April 2 – Preferred resume submittal deadline
April 19 and 20 – Semi-finalist interview round in Portland
May 15 and/or 16 – Finalist interview round in Portland
Late June-July – President begins employment
Main Web Site
About Us (See video for historical perspective)
Customer List (the Members under the Northwest Power Pool Agreement) – See Video