This position is a non-Civil Service (at-will) position. By accepting this non-civil service classification, you are releasing civil service rights and becoming an at-will employee with no return rights to your prior position.
This is an exciting time to join SMUD as we forge ahead to reach our ambitious goal of zero carbon emissions in our power supply by 2030 - the most ambitious goal of any large utility in the United States.
For decades, SMUD has been a leader in clean energy and carbon reduction. Power Generation is seeking a strong, impactful leader for the position of Director, Power Generation. You will lead a team who develops and supports new zero carbon generation and storage projects, supports the development of Power Purchase Agreements, as well as overall responsibility of our existing generation assets (hydro, thermal, gas pipeline, renewable).
Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years. We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions. We're one of the region's largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing, and retaining some of the most talented employees around.
Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
457 and 401(k) plans available
Flexible Savings Account
Short and Long-Term Disability
Employee and Spouse Life Insurance
Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California
Cover Letter Requirement:To be considered for this position, please submit responses to the following questions in the cover letter portion of your application, failure to respond to the required question may preclude you from moving forward in the process:
Given your understanding of the Director of Power Generation responsibilities, please provide us with a brief summary of your experience, education, and training that you believe qualifies you for this position.
Has overall responsibility for all functions of Power Generation including Hydro, Thermal, Renewable, Gas Pipeline, development and construction of new generation and energy storage assets, and Rancho Seco decommissioning activities. Ensures reliability, availability and efficiency of generation assets, license and regulatory compliance, resource allocation, budgeting, scheduling, and safe work performance.
Nature and Scope
The Director is a senior leadership position reporting to the Chief Zero Carbon Officer. As a member of the Zero Carbon Energy Solutions leadership team, the incumbent will ensure corporate values, strategic initiatives and desired culture are integrated into the Power Generation Department
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides leadership for the following work groups: Hydro Generation, Thermal Generation, Renewable Generation, Gas Pipeline Operations, Engineering, Regulatory Compliance, Project Development, and Rancho Seco. Oversees business performance, resource planning, budget, and overall project portfolio.
Provides overall direction for department efforts in meeting SMUD's environment and power load requirements by overseeing the implementation of the zero-carbon project portfolio, which includes power generation, storage, transmission, interconnection, and resource projects to meet carbon reduction goals and provide customers with adequate, consistent, and uninterrupted power.
Ensures the safe operation of generation assets maximizing efficiency, reliability, availability, and full compliance with regulatory requirements.
Creates, communicates, and implements department vision in alignment with SMUD strategy and in collaboration with subordinate managers to drive alignment and engagement of Power Generation workgroups.
Partners with Enterprise Strategy to develop Enterprise Performance Goals. Has accountability for execution and oversight of goal achievement.
Presents to Executive Team, CEO, and SMUD's Board of Directors on Power Generation business unit activities including status of zero carbon projects, asset condition and performance, FERC Licenses, regulatory conditions, budget and resource considerations.
Provides timely information to executive management on significant events, major milestones, impacts to the public, matters that could have a potentially significant impact on SMUD's employees and/or customers safety, financial position, compliance, reputation, or relationships with SMUD's customers and/or other agencies.
Represents SMUD's position before regulatory/legislative commissions in public meetings and hearings, and with other external stakeholder entities.
Promotes a OneSMUD collaborative relationship with all SMUD work groups. Participates and collaborates with other leaders on cross-functional steering committees for the successful accomplishment of SMUD initiatives.
Instills a culture of zero safety incidents by developing and maintaining a safety culture that is accountable for actions and open to feedback. Promotes the safety of SMUD employees, contractors, and customers through adherence to established SMUD policies and goals.
Ensures Power Generation maintains open communication and harmonious relationships with represented employees and union officials and works collaboratively with Labor Relations.
Performs other related duties as needed to include working outside of typical business hours when necessary.
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related field
Required Experience Qualifications
Fifteen or more (15+) years of experience in the design, construction, maintenance, and/or operations of utility assets with at least 5 of those years specific to power generation. Five or more (5+) years of management experience. Experience in modern electric utility business and management practices, managing and scheduling major projects, and interfacing with executive management, Board of Directors, regulatory agencies, and the public.
Different types of generation such as hydro, thermal (combustion gas/steam), wind, photovoltaic
Power plant construction, maintenance, and operation
Large-scale renewable project development and construction
Natural gas pipeline operations and maintenance
NRC regulated independent spent fuel storage
Commercially available and emerging power generation technologies
Fundamentals of economic analysis, budget development and administration, contract administration, supervisory and management practices, leadership techniques
Safety rules, regulations, and practices
Fundamentals for motivating, coaching, mentoring, and performance managing employees
Provide direction and effective management of a diverse work group
Work collaboratively with other work group leaders, outside agencies, and customers
Plan and direct business initiatives
Create, communicate and execute an operating plan
Create and sustain a culture that promotes continuous process improvement and ensures that processes are aligned across functions to achieve SMUD objectives
Communicate clearly to upper management around significant events and potential issues
Be an effective member of SMUD's senior management team
Effectively and efficiently communicate
Recognize opportunities to improve operations
Recognize sensitive issues and act accordingly
Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California
Experience working with regulatory and governmental agencies.
Experience with large capital and operations and maintenance budgets.
Project Management Experience with large & complex utility scale hydroelectric, thermal, renewable and gas pipeline projects.
Experience with commercially or emerging renewable technologies.
Development and administration of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts.
Experience developing goals, objectives and priorities following industry best-practices/standards of an Asset Management Program.
Experience working with emergency operation services navigating a natural disaster.
Experience building, supporting, and maintaining a safety culture.
Knowledge/Experience managing a unionized workforce in the operation of generation assets.
Experience with utility scale power generation plants, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, thermal, and gas pipeline.
Significant project management work experience with power plant systems.
Knowledge of electrical systems.
Ability to manage multiple high priority complex issues simultaneously, potentially for long periods of time.
Ability to handle highly complex and controversial issues with tact and diplomacy.