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Principal Resource Specialist (Electric System Management) - Metropolitan Water District - Los Angeles, CA


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Company: Metropolitan Water District

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitanís mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitanís facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five pumping stations, 305 miles of 230kV electric transmission, 16 hydroelectric power plants and conventional water treatment plants reservoirs, and 830 miles of pipeline.
Metropolitan's Water System Operations Group has (1) one opening for a Principal Resource Specialist position located at Metropolitan's Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

PRINCIPAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST (ELECTRIC SYSTEM MANAGEMENT)
The Principal Resource Specialist (PRS) utilizes in-depth knowledge of the power market, transmission systems, and power system operations in the Western United States to evaluate risks and opportunities affecting the Metropolitan power system.  The PRS is responsible for planning and analyses related to Metropolitanís power generation and transmission needs and assets.  The PRS negotiates, monitors, and manages power contracts and contract cost and performance, and participates in stakeholder meetings on projected contract costs.   The PRS provides analysis of technical, regulatory and operational issues affecting Metropolitanís energy assets.  

The Principal Resource Specialist will also: monitor and analyze regulatory developments in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Western Electric Coordinating Council and California Independent System Operator (CAISO) proceedings and California legislative actions; review and respond to filings in regulatory venues supporting Metropolitanís positions; analyze and evaluate retail energy opportunities affecting Metropolitanís facilities; and evaluate the power system impacts of potential transmission interconnections.

The ability to: present and advocate for Metropolitanís interests in forums with the Western Area Power Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, CAISO, Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; perform technical and economic assessments of resource options, power contracts, and power system electrical needs; participate in power contract negotiations; prepare long term power and transmission plans and participate in regional planning forums;  and work with staff and consultants on system analysis, planning, and procedures to maintain compliance with national and regional grid reliability standards and requirements is critical to the success of this position.

Work Schedule: 9/80, Alternate Fridays off
JOB REQUIREMENTS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience:  Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university, majoring in engineering, business administration, economics, finance, environmental sciences, urban planning, geology, geography, hydrology or related field and ten years of related progressively responsible experience in policy development, resource negotiations, development and implementation of solutions to complex problems, or managing large and moderately complex projects, of which two years must have been at the supervisory or project management level; or a masterís degree from an accredited college or university majoring in engineering, business administration, economics, finance, environmental sciences, urban planning, geology, geography, hydrology or related field and eight years of related progressively responsible experience in policy development, resource negotiations, development and implementation of solutions to complex problems, or managing large and moderately complex projects, of which two years must have been at the supervisory or project management level.

Required Knowledge of:  Basic principles and practices of project or program planning, development, and implementation; cost and benefit analysis; statistical analysis; risk management; basic management and supervisory concepts and techniques; budgetary concepts and procedures; relevant federal, state, and local laws; basic principles of project management; and contract administration.

Required Skills and Abilities to:  Manage multi-discipline project teams; conduct studies and research of  problems and projects; analyze results and prepare conclusions and recommendations; lead project teams; review work products for detail and adherence to guidelines; encourage and facilitate cooperation; exercise judgment and discretion; interpret and analyze results; communicate orally and in writing on administrative and technical topics; represent Metropolitan to public agencies, regulatory bodies, special interest groups, and members of the public; represent Metropolitan in development of joint projects with external organizations; establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels within the organization, other agencies, special interest groups, and the public; use business applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation and scientific applications; and prepare presentations for executive management, Board of Directors, member agencies, regulatory agencies, and funding sources.

Desirable Qualifications
Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering and Professional Engineerís certification.   Experience in transmission planning and modeling.  Excellent oral and written communication skills with reports and presentations.  Ability to present complex concepts and conclusions in a clear and concise format.   Knowledge of FERC, NERC, WECC and CAISO requirements, regulations and practices.   

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Valid California Class C Driver License or equivalent from state of residency is required at time of application.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS, WORK ENVIRONMENT, AND VISION REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands:  The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes.  The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment:  The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc.  Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Vision Requirements:  No special vision requirements

BENEFITS
- Competitive compensation
- Excellent medical, dental, life, vision
- Retirement plans, including pension plan and 401k
- Tuition reimbursement
- Training and advancement opportunities
- Excellent working environment
- Public transportation reimbursements and van pools
- On-site fitness center
- Hub of public transportation: Rail, subway, buses and taxis

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: http://www.mwdh2o.com/PDF_Careers/benefits.pdf

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to jobs@mwdh2o.com.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email jobs@mwdh2o.com.

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer - Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.
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