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Reliability Compliance Specialist

Full Time • Posted April 18

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Company Description

Join WAPA’s team and “keep the lights on” for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America’s energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

Job Description

The incumbent serves as the Sierra Nevada Region (SNR) expert on North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) compliance requirements as related to the Region's Maintenance organizations. The incumbent is responsible for implementation and management of the SNR NERC and WECC reliability compliance program related to Maintenance activities.

The incumbent serves as SNR's technical expert on the NERC/WECC reliability standards related to SNR's Maintenance.  Develops, directs, and oversees SNR's NERC/WECC maintenance related compliance programs. Notifies management on possible or anticipated non-compliance issues.  Conducts periodic Internal Audits and develops, monitors, and completes mitigation plans as required.  Oversees document management and version control policies and processes for maintenance test records, compliance documentation, and configuration files for critical equipment.  Assists SNR Maintenance personnel and subject matter experts with preparation for and during NERC/WECC audits and attends audits along with Maintenance and personnel.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as: experience working with NERC reliability standards and participating in a NERC audit for electric power system maintenance.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Expert knowledge of the electric utility industry, electric utility maintenance practices, and NERC and WECC reliability standards as they relate to the industry.
  2. Ability to interpret NERC/WECC reliability standards and make judgments on requirements to meet those standards.
  3. Ability to research and analyze complex technical data.
  4. Ability to develop maintenance operating plans, determine resource requirements, set priorities, set short and long-term goals, and evaluate outcomes.
  5. Ability to justify, defend, negotiate, and settle controversial compliance issues.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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