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Manager, Hydro Generation Assets

Sacramento, California 95817
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
To provide asset management of SMUD’s Hydro Generation Portfolio and related facilities, including:  
  • Upper American River Project (FERC Project No. 2101);
  • Camp Far West (FERC Project No. 2997);
  • Meteorological and Communication facilities located on public lands; and
  • Future Hydro Generation Resources (constructed or purchased).

To ensure that hydro generation and related assets are operated in compliance with applicable licenses, permits, and regulations.

Serves as the primary asset owner for hydro asset regulatory compliance. Responsible for multi-million dollar operational and capital budgets and utilization of available resources to meet strategic business goals. Provides a safety culture leadership role. Serves as a primary interface with external agencies for hydro related issues. Selects, trains, motivates, and develops lower-level personnel and plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and evaluates their performance.

This position is located at SMUD's Fresh Pond facility which is located 70 miles East of Sacramento

*Major Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Lead the hydro operations safety culture continuous improvement efforts; responsible for implementation of safety policies and procedures, including the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP); serves on safety committees; ensure that resources and training are available and provided to safely perform work.
  2. Ensure that terms and conditions of external organization and agency agreements are met in a competitive manner in compliance with SMUD policies and procedures; provide management of SMUD contracts to ensure that prudent utility and engineering practices are followed; negotiate new agreements and contract changes on behalf of SMUD.
  3. Ensure that requirements relative to operation of water storage and conveyance facilities and the production of energy are met in an efficient and timely manner; identifies and resolves problems; ensure that required hydroelectric power plant repairs, improvements or modifications are accomplished by conducting or overseeing the engineering and economic review, approval, and/or implementation; identify opportunities for asset efficiency and/or maintenance operations improvements by monitoring and analyzing plant operations and performance.
  4. Support the achievement of SMUD objectives in a fiscally responsible manner; participate in the planning, development, and administration of annual operational and capital budgets by coordinating their preparation, reviewing them for financial integrity, monitoring and analyzing expenses and cost of production, and revising schedules, work plans, expenditures, and assignments as necessary to ensure competitiveness and budget compliance; prepare expenditure variance reports and updated budgets forecasts for use in business unit management.
  5. Ensure effective implementation of conditions contained in hydro facility operating licenses and any non-license agreements or regulatory requirements necessary for continued operation; evaluate, communicate, and address new regulatory requirements as they emerge.
  6. Recruit, hire, train, motivate, and develop staff; establish performance plans and prioritize, monitor, and evaluate performance against these plans.
  7. Acquire and make resources available as needed to meet target availability and forced outage rates; coordinate with SMUD Chief Dam Safety Engineer to develop and implement procedures and practices needed to ensure public safety related to hydro assets (including submittal and/or storage of necessary documentation).
  8. Facilitate hydro asset operations by maintaining and improving the application and efficiency of administrative, operating, and safety procedures; oversee the preparation, maintenance, and updating of procedures as required.
  9. Ensure effective communication between hydro staff and federal, state and local regulatory agencies and departments; serve as liaison between the hydro assets and SMUD departments who use the asset services (customers) and provide support services (suppliers).


*Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a job relevant discipline from an accredited college or university or 11 years equivalent experience.

Seven or more (7+) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the design, operation and maintenance of power plants with at least 5 years in a supervisory role directly supervising operating personnel or managing power assets. 

Knowledge of:
Principles, procedures, and practices related to engineering design, operations and maintenance of various hydroelectric technologies including vertical axis reaction and impulse turbines, large generators (including excitation, cooling and regulation systems), bearing materials and systems, governor and servo control systems (both analog and digital), large scale isolation valves, penstocks, tunnels, canals, and water storage dams (both earthen and concrete); safety policies, practices, and procedures; principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs; accounting methods; federal, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards governing hydroelectric generation projects; principles, procedures, and practices related to regulatory and enforcement agencies; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; negotiation techniques and practices; techniques related to customer relations; concepts, procedures, and practices for cost control and project scheduling; principles and practices for contract management; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; procedures and practices for overseeing contractor’s/consultant’s work activities; procedures and practices for project budget management; characteristics and operational needs of various organizational units; techniques and practices related to negotiations and compromise; interrelationships between SMUD’s operations and relevant external entities; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skill to:
Interact with others to influence, motivate, and challenge; read and interpret plans, diagrams, and specifications; negotiate with internal and external management on projects; explain complex and/or controversial policies, regulations, procedures, and/or activities internally/externally; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individuals or groups taking into account the audience and nature of information; reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; develop new and revised policies and procedures; establish, monitor, and update budgets to provide for the effective operation of the assets; analyze procedures/systems and develop/implement operational improvements; analyze situations, documents, and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; appraise situations and people accurately and adopt an effective course of action; interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations and requirements; maintain and oversee adherence to safety policies and procedures; interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal/written information and ideas; negotiate with external representatives and residents of the local community on behalf of SMUD; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.
Valid California Drivers License and satisfactory driving record.
Desirable Qualifications
Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or equivalent experience is desirable.
Additional Posting Info for Candidate
This positon is located at SMUD's Fresh Pond location approximately 70 miles East of Sacramento


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