Training Manager, Operations and Engineering

Company Name: Northwest Public Power Association
City: Vancouver
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98662
Job Title: Training Manager, Operations and Engineering
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Miscellaneous Positions
Posting Start Date: April 5, 2018
Salary: TBD
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time Type: Hours

The Work:  Training Manager

Researching, organizing, managing and delivering best in class training, education, networking and learning events that support, enhance and grow employee skills and capabilities in public power utilities in the Western US and British Columbia. Engage with advisory teams, committees, instructors, leaders and teammates to ensure outstanding programs for participants in fields such as Operations, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Engineering. Deliver on projects from small group meetings to hands on training, to online learning (webinars) to conferences and trade shows.  NWPPA Training Managers act as ambassadors for NWPPA.

The position key focus is with personnel who work within electric utility operations, engineering, IT, customer service, HR, finance, administration, leadership, and other functions of the utilities, or as part of our associate membership including vendors, sister associations and investor owned or government entities.

The Training Manager, will determine information/development needs of the membership in his/her areas of focus; identify conference themes, topics, sessions; establish agendas and programs; collaborate with peers to develop promotional activities and material; coordinate logistical needs, monitor budgets and evaluate outcomes. This work is done in coordination with the other members of the NWPPA team but is the primary responsibility of the Training Manager.  This role has no direct reports but requires cooperation, collaboration and leadership skills to meet goals with tight deadlines, diverse committees and often competing priorities.

The position requires a strong service orientation while prioritizing and completing all program tasks in a timely and efficient manner, adjusting for changing priorities and availability of resources, and demonstrating initiative in identifying additional job-related tasks to be completed as needed or assigned.

The position will:

  • Create and manage the programs and events in your assigned functional areas (e.g.,engineering, operations)
  • Determine appropriate mix of training, education, workshops, and conference needs for assigned functional areas.
  • Project manager training and education events including:
    1. Select, manage, and evaluate class instructors and speakers.
    2. Prepare the annual schedule of meetings, webinars, regional and in-house classes, workshops and conferences.
    3. Collaborate with others to reach targeted attendance and budget goals.
    4. Support assigned events by traveling to event sites, representing NWPPA, coordinating onsite logistics, developing strong relationships with attendees, workgroups and committee members
    5. Prepare budgets and pricing for events. Review post-event budget results
  • Stay abreast of electric power issues and trends in the industry and our member organizations.
  • Contribute to successful and productive work groups and committees through positive interactions, active listening, meaningful collaborations, and the constructive exchange of ideas designed to meet or exceed the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Act as a member of the NWPPA team.


Experience Required:

You Are: Enthusiastic about learning and development, project management, working with teams and making a difference in a dynamic, member service driven organization. You are organized, a true multi-tasker, thrive on your own learning, researching latest trends, experimenting with new ideas and excited about traveling throughout the west to deliver on our programs and events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Management of multiple projects with competing timelines and resources
  • Verbal skills – via phone, email, meetings and speaking in front of groups
  • Written communication skills – articles, event descriptions, marketing materials
  • Strong interpersonal relationship and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Networking and engagement skills
  • Service orientation
  • Strong problem solving, research, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated with ability to work with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment
  • Proficiency with technology

Desirable but not required

  • Experience in the public power industry with particular emphasis on Operations, Engineering or other utility functions
  • Training design, development and/or delivery
  • Event management

Availability and Accessibility

Travel 40% within NWPPA’s service region. Travel will involve airline travel or driving over long distances and will vary from a single night to a full week. Travel may occur on a weekend or after normal business hours.

Valid driver’s license and vehicle

Physical demands

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Stand and walk event venues, including stairs
  • Sit for full days in classes and events with traditional classroom rest periods

Environmental Conditions

Work takes place in both in an office, off site venues and/or utility locations


How to Apply:

We offer a very generous benefit package, a competitive salary based on experience, free parking and a view of Mount Hood from our office located in Vancouver, Washington.

If this sounds like just what you have been looking for, then we want to hear from you!

Send your resume (with your work and experience history to by April 20. Please, no phone calls, emails or walk ins.

Posting End Date: April 20, 2018