Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has an opportunity for a strong, strategic leader to lead its Desert Southwest (DSW) Region (DSW sells power in Arizona, southern California, and portions of the Southwest). The Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of the DSW region will exercise managerial authority and strategic leadership over four powerplants and 2,735 miles of high-voltage electric transmission, producing 5.6 million megawatt-hours of power and generating more than $253M in system revenue.
The Senior Vice President and Regional Manager is a member of WAPA’s senior executive team and reports directly to WAPA's Administrator and CEO. The Senior Vice President and Regional Manager is directly responsible for bulk electric system compliance requirements under FERC, NERC and WECC and leads more than 200 federal employees.
As the leader of 200+ federal and contract staff located throughout the 15-state service territory, this key executive will partner effectively across WAPA and DOE to advance WAPA’s mission through the use of effective enterprise architecture, data strategy and cyber security.
Duties will include, but not limited to:
Initiate, plan, develop, and implement broad power resource development, transmission, distribution, and marketing policy for the Region.
Develop long-range engineering plans and modify the Region's power system facilities in order to replace or upgrade power system infrastructure, construct facilities to serve new customer loads, and to enhance the physical security of facilities as appropriate.
Implement wholesale power and transmission rates sufficient to assure the timely repayment of the Federal investment in facilities and appurtenances.
Represent WAPA at negotiations and other decision-making conferences. Establish working and consultative relationships with Federal, State, and local government, public and private interest groups, and employee labor unions to ensure widespread input into the data collection, analysis, and decision-making processes.
Ensure continuity of service is maintained at an optimum level and proper maintenance upkeep of DSW's power system including the development and application of maintenance standards and intervals for inspections.
The ideal candidate for this position has significant leadership experience and the ability to bring about strategic change and lead organization vision in a continuously changing environment. They have an ability to lead people, and build an inclusive workforce. The candidate must be able to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. The candidate must have experience leading a large organization with interdisciplinary teams of engineers, transmission and engineering planners, craft lineworker employees and electricians, financial teams, contracts, rates and marketing teams, and experience with both office employee and electrical worker unions.
The candidate must have electric utility knowledge including documented experience in the management and operations of electric utility transmission assets, negotiation of complex transmission, operations and maintenance contracts for the delivery of Federal power on a wholesale basis.
The candidate must also have knowledge of the electric utility industry and the dynamics of utility operations in Arizona and California and demonstrated knowledge of current market development activities in the Western Interconnection and Desert Southwest region, specifically including the CAISO Energy Imbalance Market and the development of the Southwest Power Pool Western Energy Imbalance Service. (See Mandatory Technical Qualifications for specific requirements).
**APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA USAJOBS. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED VIA APPA SYSTEM WILL NOT BE RECEIVED**
We're one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. We also market power from the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired plant near Page, Ariz. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.
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