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Operations Technical Advisor 

Req Number POW-19-00001  
Salary $90,355 - $158,121 annually (DOE) *salaries are based upon 40 hours per week  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Ephrata Headquarters  
Shift Days  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Number of Openings 1  

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to provide analytical and technical support to Dispatch in electric system operations ensuring safe and efficient power delivery that meets all requirements outlined by NERC/WECC Reliability Standards, Washington State Electrical Workers Safety Rules, FERC license requirements and Grant PUD operating procedures. This position will also provide technical support to Dispatch in operating the District’s power production projects as well as back-up support to Wholesale Marketing Supply in planning and developing river operating strategies. The position will also serve as subject matter expert contributing to Dispatch’s NERC Compliance response.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Report to the Dispatch Manager and be responsible for providing System Operators operational and technical support in all aspects of power generation, interchange, electric system switching, system outage restoration and river flow in a manner that meets established procedures, policies, and operational best practices.

Provide guidance and solutions to improve standard operating procedures. Identify key deficiencies in procedures and make recommendations on improvements; ensure compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements governing Grant PUD’s power distribution operations; review Washington State Electrical Worker Safety Rules and recommend improvements to operational procedures ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations; escalate non-compliance issues to management while providing solutions to meet compliance standards.

Coordinate Dispatch operations with internal and external groups; facilitate real-time operations with internal groups in Control Systems Engineering, Power Delivery Engineering, Power Delivery Construction and Maintenance, and Power Production; Coordinate operations with external groups including the Reliability Coordinator, neighboring Balancing Authorities, and Transmission Operations ensuring safe, efficient, and reliable power delivery across all Grant PUD’s infrastructure and operating areas.

Act as subject matter expert to increase competency of all parties involved while maintaining relationships critical to successful partnerships with other business units.

Perform transmission and distribution power flow studies when necessary; deliver study results, including recommendations, to decision makers for their review, consideration, and implementation; provide stakeholders with all information required to make decisions on the safe, reliable, and efficient power distribution.

Monitor the recent operation of Grant PUD’s power production projects to evaluate consistency with established operating plans. Maintain knowledge of recent and near-term power and non-power hydraulic constraints and operating objectives to the operation of the projects.

Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Demonstrated commitment to Grant PUD’s mission, vision, values, strategic plan and Vision 2021. The incumbent should be familiar with these organizational priorities and behave in a way that aligns with these expectations.

Understand and adhere to compliance requirements for this position that may include laws, regulations, security guidelines, Grant PUD policies & procedures.

Actively participate in all aspects of our safety program, including but not limited to:

• Following all safety policies and procedures;

• Alerting supervisors and coworkers to unsafe or hazardous working conditions;

• Reporting any safety incidents or close calls within 24 hours to your supervisor; and

• Accepting feedback from supervisors and coworkers regarding your own safety performance.

    Position Requirements

    Minimum Job Requirements

    Educational Requirements

    Minimum of Five (5) years of experience in power delivery engineering or electric system operations is required.

    Bachelor’s Degree in a Computer Science, Engineering, or Electrical Engineering is preferred.

    Knowledge and Skills

    Knowledge of – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission standards and regulations; Knowledge of power system engineering topics including production, power flow, and device operations; specialized knowledge of Mid-Columbia Hourly Coordination and power transaction; concepts, principles, theories, and methods surrounding electrical engineering industry standards and best practices.

    Skill in – problem solving; report creation and submittal; independently adapting, interpreting and applying written guidelines, precedents, and standardized work practices to a variety of unprecedented and problematic situations; written and oral interpersonal communication; workflow and time management; utilizing MS office products; specialized software, tools, and applications.

    Special Requirements

    A valid State driver’s license may be required.

    Physical/Mental Requirements

    Majority of work is performed in a standard office setting, with some field work that may require operation of a vehicle.

    *applicant/incumbent should refer to the Physical Capacity Evaluation (PCE).

    Position Open Until Filled

    First Review of Applications: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Excellent Compensation and Benefits Package

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    References and Background Checks are done as part of our employment process.

    About the Organization Employees are our greatest assets at Grant PUD. Our dynamic team of skilled individuals define this utility. We welcome your unique experiences, skills and passion

    As an equal opportunity employer, we strive for an environment of mutual respect that values diversity. We recruit, hire, train and promote all job classifications. A variety of exciting challenges and growth opportunities exist at Grant PUD. We offer training, benefits and multiple opportunities to serve the diverse needs of our regional community.

    Our Mission:
    To efficiently and reliably generate and deliver energy to our customers.

    Our Vision:
    Excellence in service and leadership
    We continually ask how our performance aids in improving service quality, reliability and care for the environment in the most cost-effective manner.

    Safety: We believe that employee and public safety is paramount

    Innovation: We make decisions that best serve present and future generations

    Service: We are committed to excellent customer service

    Teamwork: We are one team with the same mission

    Respect: We honor the rights and beliefs of those we work with and serve

    Integrity: We hold ourselves and others accountable to professionalism in our actions and words

    Heritage: We protect, preserve and perpetuate the spirit of the PUD and the Wanapum relationship  

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