This position provides leadership, management and accountability over the grid planning staff to provide expert analyses and develop SMUD’s long-range transmission plans for a safe, reliable and cost effective electric grid; provide oversight for compliance efforts and plan SMUD’s transmission grid in a manner consistent with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) reliability standards. ; promote SMUD's interests with regulatory and industry bodies, and develop strategies for SMUD's long-term interactions with other entities, including but not limited to entities such as the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC) members and WECC members, to ensure the competitiveness of SMUD's strategic directives and policies. Leads the development, implementation and management of department goals, objectives, budgets, policies and priorities in partnership with subordinates, the Director and other key stakeholders; ensures that department strategic objectives and priorities are achieved and coordinated with key stakeholders; selects, trains, motivates, evaluates and develops subordinate personnel and ensures safe work practices, work quality and accuracy.
This position is a Civil Service position with a salary range of: $139,418 - $184,708
Major Duties & Responsibilities
Plans and directs the performance of technical analyses on utilization and reliability of SMUD's bulk transmission system by overseeing modeling of the utility system; directing development of plans to ensure safe, reliable, economic and efficient operations of the transmission grid; and overseeing the development of strategies for system improvements and competitive operations in changing industry and regulatory environments.
Develops recommendations on methods to maintain or increase the reliability and rating of SMUD's bulk transmission system by directing participation in outside projects on the WECC grid that may infringe or interact with SMUD interests to ensure they maintain or increase reliability and rating of SMUD's assets.
Evaluates and recommends transmission system additions, and/or improvement projects to ensure the grid has sufficient load serving capability to reliably serve present demands and load growth.
Assists in overseeing internal/external department projects by identifying project objectives; identifying internal/external project team; developing Request for Proposals where applicable; negotiating contract terms; developing project plans including schedule, cost, key work products and milestones; monitoring project progress and completion against plan/contract; revising schedules, scope, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviewing work products; resolving conflicts and discrepancies; maintaining project records and files; participating in the overall review of the completed project results; and making recommendations for next steps.
Supports SMUD's participation at WECC, NERC, FERC, CEC, CPUC, CAISO, BANC and TANC meetings and conferences by preparing technical analyses and presentations and/or attending or assigning staff participation and attendance.
Represents and acts to protect and inform SMUD by serving on industry technical groups regarding electric industry restructuring, regulatory issues and standards, rules and practices for generation and transmission system reliability; ensuring SMUD's position is present in discussions; and evaluating industry approaches and/or changes in asset use, reliability measures or responses to regulatory policy changes for SMUD strategy formulation or application.
Directs the work of subordinates in a functional unit and maintains staffing levels and work quality in order to meet defined objectives and assigned unit responsibility by interpreting and executing policies and procedures that affect subordinate units; recommending modifications to operating policies; overseeing and evaluating work through experienced lead employees who exercise independence in their assignments; hiring, firing, training, coaching, mentoring and developing subordinates; advising units on tasks and operations as required to solve complex problems; ensuring staff safety and prevention of personal injury and equipment loss; and acting to ensure project and operational schedules and budgets are met.
Assists in developing and administering the department budget by monitoring unit budget expenditures against plan; identifying and reconciling budget anomalies; monitoring and revising schedules, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviewing end-of-year budget results; developing unit budget recommendations for the next fiscal year; and participating in the review of preliminary department budget recommendations.
Performs other related duties as required.
Education: BS degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Electrical Engineering
Experience: 10 or more years of progressively responsible relevant engineering work experience in electric utility system modeling, bulk power system assessment, including areas of generation and transmission planning and operations, generation and transmission system projects, and knowledge of the physical and contractual arrangements governing the power market interactions in the Western United States
Methods and techniques for planning, organizing and overseeing work activities; practices for delegating, assigning and reviewing work assignments;
Load flow and stability calculations; techniques for utility system modeling and model development; principles and practices of power system planning;
Generation and transmission physical characteristics, costs and operating practices;
Current utility industry structure and applicable federal state and local regulations such as NERC and WECC reliability standards;
Industry reliability rules, standards and practices; theory of power operation;
Principles and methods for development of performance indicators and metrics
Contract specification, proposal development, negotiation, and management principles and practices for taking disciplinary action
Principles and practices for budget development and administration; project management;
Achieve results through the efforts of others; plan, organize, direct, control, and review the work of others;
Apply applicable personnel laws, codes and regulations;
Coach, mentor, motivate, influence, challenge and develop subordinate staff;
Develop performance metrics and accountability for staff;
Develop and implement new and/or revised policies and procedures for operational efficiencies;
Coordinate the work of the function or unit with other SMUD departments;
Develop, manage, and monitor department budget;
Interpret and apply SMUD policies procedures, applicable Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) and/or other special agreements; manage multi-disciplinary staff in performing complex analyses under time constraints;
Communicate technical information and recommendations to different audiences;
Organize and coordinate company-wide projects and analyses;
Negotiate with internal and external stakeholders on projects;
Develop recommendations for asset utilization, system improvement and operating strategy