Under the general direction of the Director of Power Resources, provides professional procurement and management of power supply for the utility, including overseeing operation of one or more generating facilities, negotiating and facilitating contracts for electricity and transmission, budget and rate development, performing complex power analysis, and assists in the development of relationships with potential third-party power suppliers or industrial customers for new projects. The incumbent professional must be able to oversee various programs and initiatives yet be a “hands on” individual capable of performing the day-to-day work of the position.
This position is identified as a part of the succession plan for the Director of Power Resources and will be expected to grow and enhance their skills as time progresses.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities: It is essential for all employees to adhere to Northern Wasco County PUD policies, procedures, and workplace behavior expectations. • Promotes a culture of safety and security of employees, the public, contractors and NWCPUD facilities. • Oversees power delivery operations with a focus on exceptional internal and external customer service to NWCPUD and its customers. • Provides leadership, direction and coaching to staff; supervises, hires, schedules, develops, manages, and leads staff; and manages performance with a focus on continuous improvement. • Develops work plans, sets goals, assigns work through subordinates as applicable, develops operating plans and strategic objectives, policies and procedures and is responsible for ensuring work products meet organizational business objectives. • Develop and manage division/department budgets to ensure effective resource allocation and fiscal management. • Promotes coordination and teamwork among departments, other utilities, and stakeholders. • Manages the various aspects of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) contracts for both Power and Transmission. • Assists with contract origination and implementation, including BPA and other wholesale power and transmission counterparties. • Directs changes in priorities and schedules as needed to ensure work is completed in an efficient and timely manner. Develop short and long range plans and goals for area(s) of responsibility. • Performs energy preschedule and real-time schedule adjustments in coordination with hydro operations staff and wholesale counterparties. • Prepares a variety of reports regarding electric load and resource data reports required by state and federal regulatory agencies. • Analyzes and maintains data on climate and Northwest hydroelectric system conditions, including precipitation, snowpack, weather statistics, and stream flow data. • Performs power calculations, such as load factor, capacity factor, power factor and transmission losses on power purchases and sales. • Preparation of energy billing and settlement arrangements with suppliers, and counterparties. • Prepares draft letters and memos for projects, studies, or governmental agencies. • Identifies and researches contract requirements for power purchases, power sales, transmission, and other related contracts. • Maintains contract files and data regarding power purchases, power sales, transmission, and other related contracts. • Estimating budgets for power sales, power purchases, and transmission contracts. • Prepares risk assessments using energy volume, market price, embedded cost, and other variables. • Prepares information about the District's electrical system and resources for presentations. • Analyzes power and financial data with desktop computers and online systems.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. A job description is a summary of the essential and anticipated additional functions of a job and does not represent an all-inclusive list of tasks or procedures.
Job Scope: Tasks and information relative to this position can be of a confidential and/or sensitive nature, requiring strict confidentiality and professional conduct. Position operates within professional best practices and established policies with independent judgement. Position works with minimal supervision.
Interpersonal contacts: Frequently interacts with internal and external contacts, including customers, public, firms, organizations, federal, state, county, and city government, to carry out responsibilities.
Specific Job Knowledge and Skills • Leadership, public administration, and management principles. • Advanced principles and practices of public administration and organizational management. • Ability to negotiate and deal effectively with internal clients, external business parties, suppliers, and service providers. • Proficient in personal computer applications and knowledgeable in the application of computer systems to business processes and problems. • Knowledgeable in principles and practices of program and policy development and administration of electric utilities. • Understands applicable Federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes as they apply to electric utilities. • Understands Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, goals, strategic plans, and operational needs. • Knowledgeable in principles and practices of financial, budgeting and accounting administration. • Knowledge of strategic planning concepts, methods, and systems. • Experience presenting information and recommendations. • Can analyze situations, identifying alternative solutions, and recommend improvements. • Computers: able to effectively utilize contemporary applications including spreadsheet, word processing, online scheduling and transmission reservation systems, data historian analytic systems, and database programs. • Critical Thinking – Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. • Complex Problem Solving – Ability to Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. • Systems Analysis -Ability to determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Understand and integrate NWCPUD's goals and strategic directions into services, programs, and products. • Assess jobs, effectively plan, prioritize, schedule, organize, track, document, report, and evaluate work and job performance. • Model leadership behaviors that promote open communication, teamwork, productivity, and accountability with integrity by exemplifying desired and appropriate behaviors. • Ability to convert business issues into actionable strategies and action plans for maintaining and upgrading operation support services functions. • Ability to organize and successfully manage competing priorities for time, attention, and resources to meet requirements for cost, quality, and timeliness of services and other deliverables to meet NWCPUD goals and objectives.
Education and/or Experience: • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in economics, engineering, business administration, finance, accounting, statistics, public administration, or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. • Professional Engineer License (PE) or Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred. • Ten years of relevant experience in a business environment that is related. Other combinations of education and/or experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work will also be considered.
Internal Number: 2021-00002
About Northern Wasco County PUD
Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District is a customer-owned utility that provides nearly 25,000 people and businesses with electricity in Wasco County, Oregon. As our name implies, “people” are what we are all about.
We take great pride in providing quality electric service at some of the lowest rates in Oregon, the Northwest and the nation. The 50-plus employees who work at the utility greet each customer with a friendly smile and provide prompt, efficient and courteous service. Our customers experience few power outages because our electrical system is well maintained.
Nearly all of the electricity needed to serve our customers is purchased from the federal Bonneville Power Administration, which serves several dozen public utilities in the Northwest with low-cost electricity. Northern Wasco PUD also has two hydroelectric power generation projects that supplement our BPA power.