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Transmission Planning Program Manager

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Transmission Planning Program Manager
Job Requisition Number AE501545
Position Number 109942
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Electric Service Delivery (115)
Minimum Qualifications

• Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Electrical Engineering or in a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years related experience
Licenses or Certifications:

None




Notes to Applicants

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
This position supervises Power System Engineers performing advanced Power System Analysis and Transmission Planning. It ensures compliance with standards, rules, and protocols of NERC, PUC, and ERCOT.

APPLICATION:
The City of Austin employment application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please be sure that your application is a reflection of your entire work history. Describe your specific experience for each position. Include all job duties, responsibilities, and employment dates. Any gaps in employment must have an explanation and dates of unemployment.

Resumes will not be accepted. Statements such as “see resume” will not be accepted. You may use “N/A” for fields that are not applicable. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your employment application.

The responses to the supplemental questions should reference the employment history listed in the employment history section. Once the requisition has closed, the application cannot be changed to update work history, supplemental questions, or any other information.

We reserve the right to verify high school and college education for the top candidate(s).

If you have any questions regarding your City of Austin employment application, please use the official website of the City of Austin as reference. www.austintexas.gov

ASSESSMENTS:
Candidates selected for interview(s) may be required to complete an assessment(s) approved by Municipal Civil Service process, Rule 4.

GOOD STANDING COA EMPLOYEES:
Employees, in Good Standing, who are candidates within the department/division that the position resides in and who meet the minimum and preferred qualifications (if any) of the position will be included in the initial interview. Department/division employee must remain in Good Standing through the Top Candidate Selection phase at which time the Good Standing status will be re-verified.

VETERAN INTERVIEW PREFERENCE:
Military/Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 verifying honorable discharge, at the time of initial interview to receive military/veteran interview preference.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:
This position may travel between various locations as part of the regular job duties, and individuals may be required to drive their own personal vehicle or City vehicle. Successful candidate must be in possession of a Texas driver’s license as authorized by the Texas Transportation Code. A driving record verification will be conducted. Applicants for positions for which City driving is an essential function must meet the standards of the program: age 18 or older, current applicable driver’s license, proof of insurability, and no more than six (6) points assessed on Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) based on Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Record Report. This position falls under the COA safe driver program requirements.

WORK HOURS:
Shift may change according to departmental needs.

Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekends.

Additional hours may be required to work outside of regular schedule.

CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK:
The top candidate will be subject to a minimum 10 year criminal history background check.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The term “essential functions” means the fundamental job duties of the employment position the individual holds or desires. The following are the physical and cognitive requirements as they relate to this position.
Strength Abilities:
Lifting – 20 lbs. – 60 lbs. – Up to 33% – Monthly
Carrying – 20 lbs. – 60 lbs. – Up to 33% – Monthly

Functional Abilities:
Sitting – Greater than 66% – Daily
Standing, Driving, Walking, Crouching/Squatting, Bending/Stooping – Up to 33% – Monthly
Climbing – Up to 33% – Daily
Reaching (Above shoulder, Below Shoulder) – Up to 33% – Monthly
Gripping (Power Grip, Pinch Grip) – Up to 33% – Monthly

Manual Dexterity/Fine Motor Control:
Writing, Manual Controls – Up to 33% – Monthly
Keyboarding – Greater than 66% – Daily

Hearing/Speech:
Conversation, Telephone, Audio/Video Equipment -Up to 33% – Daily

Vision:
Color – 33% – 66% – Daily
Depth, Far Vision – Up to 33% – Daily
Near Vision – Up to 33% – Weekly

Cognitive Ability:
Decision making (Low Level, High Level), Handling variety of tasks at once, provide supervision – Up to 33% – Daily
Timely task completion, Problem Solving – 33% – 66% – Daily
Analytical ability, Calculations, Concentration – Greater than 66% – Daily

Working Conditions:
Contact with co-workers/public, working alone – 33% – 66% – Daily
Overtime, Traveling, Working in remote location, Automobile – Up to 33% – Monthly

Environmental Conditions:
Inside work – Greater than 66% – Daily
Outside work, uneven terrain, high vehicular traffic areas, direct sunlight, lighting (bright) – Up to 33% – Monthly
Lighting (dull) – Greater than 66% – Daily

LANGUAGE:
Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT:
This position is considered FLSA exempt.

Exempt Employees: Exempt employees are salaried employees and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.

CLOSING OF REQUISITION:
Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement.

Pay Range

Commensurate

Hours

Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Job Close Date
01/30/2018
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 2500 Montopolis Dr., Austin, TX
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum 4 years of experience supervising/ managing a team of engineers
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in power system engineering /planning analysis
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in performing transmission planning assessments
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in power system economic analysis
  • Experience with preparing testimony for PUC proceedings
  • Minimum 2 years of experience participating in ERCOT or other regional ISO planning working groups/task forces
  • Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering in the area of power systems from an ABET accredited college
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with FERC/ NERC/ PUC/ ERCOT regulatory compliance
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working as a field engineer in the area of Transmission/Distribution systems, following/developing safety principles/ policies
  • Registered as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1. Provide critical support to the ESD CIP Budget by executing powerflows, writing project proposals, and compiling the annual T&D Plan Book justifying transmission system expansion improvements.
2. Implement compliance processes within P&R to support ESD’s NERC registration as a Transmission Planner by creating/updating records and documents to be used as evidence for on-site audits, spot checks, and annual self-certification audits.
3. Supervise P&R Nodal modeling activities required by the NMMS system to update the ERCOT Network Model using NOMCRs to accurately predict in-service dates and model construction projects affecting LMP prices.
4.  Perform Operational Planning studies on demand to 1) analyze possible planned outages per the ESD System Operations area, 2) develop Remedial Action Plans (RAP) to enable the outages, and 3) propose Special Protection Systems (SPS) to protect major equipment. 
5. Attend key pre-construction meetings and help ESD Project Management prioritize and properly sequence construction to optimize project costs and benefits.
6. Prepare and file new transmission project proposals with the ERCOT Regional Planning Group (RPG) and gain RPG approvals required for construction.  Monitor RPG activities to stay aware of how nearby system construction will affect the AE system.  
7. Represent AE on the ERCOT Planning Guides Working Group and supervise AE representatives on the ERCOT SSWG, NDSWG, and DWG groups.
8. Support and participate on the AE/LCRA Joint Transmission Oversight Committee as required.
9. Prepare and submit the FERC Form 715 (Annual Transmission Planning and Evaluation Report) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 
10. Review and verify the annual ERCOT “4 CP” peak load filing at the PUCT used to set Wholesale Transmission Service charges for the current year.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
• Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

• Knowledge of NERC electric reliability standards and PUCT Codes of Conduct
• Knowledge of ERCOT Nodal Market Protocols, Operating Guides, and Planning Criteria
• Knowledge of PUCT wholesale transmission service regulations
• Knowledge of the impacts of recent deregulation trends on transmission services
• Knowledge of systems used to forecast, evaluate, monitor and control the transmission grid
• Knowledge of public agencies and commissions
• Knowledge of ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems requirements
• Transmission planning expertise
• Knowledge of utility financial practices, including budget preparation, financial, regulatory and managerial accounting practices
• Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
• Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution
• Strong leadership and communication skills

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation
EEO/ADA

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major course work in Electrical Engineering or in a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years related experience. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please describe how you meet the minimum qualifications listed in the previous question. Include details such as degree type, major, graduation date, years of relevant experience, title, and work group.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of experience do you have supervising/ managing a team of engineers?
    • 0 to less than 2 years
    • 2 to less than 4 years
    • 4 years or more
  4. * Please describe your experience supervising/ managing a team of engineers.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How many years of experience do you have in power system engineering/ planning analysis?
    • 0 to less than 4 years
    • 4 to less than 10 years
    • 10 years or more
  6. * Please describe your experience in power system engineering/ planning analysis.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * How many years of experience do you have performing transmission planning assessments?
    • 0 to less than 2 years
    • 2 to less than 4 years
    • 4 years or more
  8. * Please describe your experience performing transmission planning assessments.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * How many years of experience do have performing power system economic analysis?
    • 0 to less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more
  10. * Please describe your experience performing power system economic analysis.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Please describe your experience with preparing testimony for PUC proceedings, if any.

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * How many years of experience do you have participating in ERCOT or other regional ISO planning working groups/ task forces?
    • 0 to less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more
  13. * Please describe your experience participating in ERCOT or other regional ISO planning working groups/ task forces.

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. * If you have a graduate degree in EE in power systems from an ABET accredited colleges, please list the college/ university.

    (Open Ended Question)

  15. * How many years of experience do you have with FERC/ NERC/ PUC/ ERCOT regulatory compliance?
    • 0 to less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more
  16. * Please describe your experience with FERC/ NERC /PUC /ERCOT regulatory compliance.

    (Open Ended Question)

  17. * How many years of experience do you have working as a field engineer in the area of Transmission/ Distribution systems, following/developing safety principles?
    • 0 to less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more
  18. * Please describe your experience working as a field engineer in the area of transmission/distribution systems, following/developing safety principles/policies.

    (Open Ended Question)

  19. * Do you have a Texas PE license or ability to obtain licensing within one year of start date?
    • Yes
    • No
  20. * If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
    • Yes
    • No
  21. * All Austin Energy Employees, in Good Standing, who are candidates within the Department that the position resides who meet the minimum qualifications and preferred qualifications of the position, will be included in the initial interview. MCS 1.26 "Good Standing" means an Employee who is not currently serving or placed on a Disciplinary Probation or performance improvement plan during the hiring process. Please check on of the following.
    • I am a Current Austin Energy Employee in Good Standing.
    • I am a Current Austin Energy Employee NOT in Good Standing.
    • I am a Current City of Austin Employee working for another Department.
    • I am Current Temporary *(Not Contract) with Austin Energy or working for another City Department.
    • I am a Current Contractor*(Not Temporary) working for Austin Energy or working for another City of Austin Department.
    • I am an External Applicant and do not currenlty work for the City of Austin.

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents