This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Power System Dispatcher

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Southwestern Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:SWPA-13-DE-00001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,267.00 to $108,695.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 05, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0303-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Springfield, MO, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to all U.S. citizens.

 

This position is advertised under SWPA-13-DE-00001 and SWPA-13-MP-00001 .  If you are a current federal employee eligible for reinstatement, or eligible under a special hiring authority, you may apply under either announcement or both.  If you do not meet these conditions, you must apply under SWPA-13-DE-00001.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Power System Dispatcher works in the Operations Center in Springfield, Missouri as part of the Division of Scheduling & Operations, Office of Corporate Operations.  The incumbent is responsible for transmission dispatching, generation dispatching, and reliable operation of the Southwestern Power  Administration (Southwestern) transmission system and balancing area.  The Power System Dispatcher has broad functional supervision of other Southwestern, Corps of Engineers, and customer employees for actions related to the operation of Southwestern's transmission system and balancing area.

Southwestern Power Administration offers career opportunities in the highly energized electric utility industry.  We market federally produced hydropower from 24 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multipurpose dams in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.  We operate and maintain 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, substations and a communications system that includes microwave, VHF radio, and state of the art fiber optics.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have proof of CURRENT NERC CERTIFICATION
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/orSecurity Investigation required.
  • Requires 24 hour rotating shifts. May include weekends and holidays.

DUTIES:

At full performance level, a high-voltage Power System Dispatcher is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of power system operations and can work independently while on shift. While on shift, the dispatcher analyzes the Energy Management System (EMS) log, other available data, and verbal information from other staff members to ascertain present resource situation.

Develops plans for resource utilization of generation schedules, hydro release criteria, thermal operating criteria, anticipated firm loads, and supplemental sales for the day.

Monitors load/resource balance and takes appropriate action to ensure operating reserves are maintained. When control area resources are insufficient to serve load, initiates action with the appropriate generating entity to balance resources and obligations. When necessary, utilizes reserve sharing arrangements to correct resource shortage situations.  Operates in a manner to meet all NERC Control Performance requirements. If resources are insufficient to meet loads, has full authority to initiate manual load shedding with appropriate load serving entity. Administers contracts for the sale, interchange, and purchase of power, energy, transmission, and ancillary services. Reviews draft contracts or proposed agreements and offers input on their viability in the operating environment.

Coordinates interchange schedules with other control areas. Provides functional supervision of the Scheduler on the assigned shift. Operates the computer based interchange scheduling and accounting system to record all transactions for sales or purchases of power and energy made during the assigned shift.

Coordinates work requiring clearances or hot line orders with area maintenance offices. Directs all routine and emergency switching required for changing system interconnections, restoring service after a disturbance, and removing equipment from service for routine or emergency maintenance. Is responsible for ensuring that the switching actions performed result in safe working conditions for the maintenance personnel.

Monitors the power system and maintains system voltage within established guidelines. Takes immediate remedial action to safeguard the public or to prevent overload or damage to power equipment during unusual or abnormal conditions and equipment troubles.

Reports system problems to appropriate authorities, and orders line patrols and inspection/testing of faulted equipment.

Is responsible to conduct the operation of the SWPA equipment and balancing area in compliance with NERC Standards. Also adheres to regional reliability criteria.

Maintains minimum NERC certification at the Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission level.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for this position within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.  Experience must be at the next lower grade level to qualify.  In your application material, you must indicate that you possess sufficient experience, knowledge and skills to perform real time transmission dispatching, generation dispatching, and reliable operation of an electric power, transmission system and balancing area.  You must demonstrate knowledge of power system operating concepts, principles, practices and policies established by the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC).

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  To qualify at the AD-3 position, you must have had at least one year experience in generation dispatching OR transmission dispatching at a large power system (115-kV or above).

 

To qualify at the AD-4 position, you must have had at least one year experience in BOTH generation dispatching and transmission dispatching at a large interconnected power system (115-kV or above).

 

NOTE:  In addition to the specialized experience above, you MUST possess AND maintain a current NERC Certification as required.  AT A MINIMUM, current certification is required in Balancing, Interchange, AND Transmission.  Failure to maintain certification could result in the termination of employment.

 


There is no substitution of education for experience for this position at the AD-3 and AD-4 levels.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:


~  You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter.  If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service may result.  

 

~  You must currently possess at a minimum, North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) certification in Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission, and maintain appropriate certification during your employment.

~  You will be assigned rotating shifts. Since the power system operates 24 hours a day, your workweek may include weekends and holidays.

~  If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition.  However, promotion will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

~  If selected, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

~  If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

~  If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

~  To be eligible, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify upon appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or that they are exempt from registration requirements.

~  Southwestern Power Administration is an E-Verify Participant.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Southwestern Power Administration uses a 4-Step application process:

1.  REGISTER (ON-LINE)
You must create a USAJOBS user account in order to apply.  When you select the "Apply On-Line" button on this page, you will be taken directly to this registration section.  If you have already registered, simply log in with your user name and password.

2.  RESUME (ON-LINE)
You must enter your resume on-line or you will not be considered.  Create your resume using the USAJOBS' Resume Builder, which allows you to create a uniform resume that provides all of the information required by government agencies.  Your registration information and resume will automatically be transferred to the system used by DOE.  Attachments cannot be used in place of your USAJOBS resume.

3.  RESPOND TO QUESTIONS (ON-LINE)
The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions for the vacancy you have selected.  If you have applied before, you will be given the option either to update the general information, or to proceed directly to the assessment questions.  Respond online to the application questions.

4.  UPLOAD SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION (ONLINE)
You must upload any supplemental documentation requested in the following Required Documents section.  Supplemental materials must be uploaded by the closing date of the announcement.

Click Finished.  If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been sent.  If you do not see these words, you have not successfully completed your application.

If you wish to edit your application, you may return to USAJOBS and re-apply; previous responses will be saved and can be updated.  Be sure to click Finished and look for the screen indicating your application was sent.

You may edit your information until midnight Eastern Time of the announcement close date.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

RELOCATION BENEFITS- (i.e., home buying/selling, transportation of household goods) are not authorized for this position.  

 

An incentive (lump-sum payment) may be authorized at the discretion of management.

 

You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave.  You will be eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance.

  

Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period.  A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one(1)year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

OTHER INFORMATION:

When promotion potential is shown, Southwestern is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.

Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

Management reserves the right to make more than one selection from this announcement should an additional position beome available within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement:  http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

 



HOW TO APPLY:

Southwestern Power Administration uses a 4-Step application process:

1.  REGISTER (ON-LINE)
You must create a USAJOBS user account in order to apply.  When you select the "Apply On-Line" button on this page, you will be taken directly to this registration section.  If you have already registered, simply log in with your user name and password.

2.  RESUME (ON-LINE)
You must enter your resume on-line or you will not be considered.  Create your resume using the USAJOBS' Resume Builder, which allows you to create a uniform resume that provides all of the information required by government agencies.  Your registration information and resume will automatically be transferred to the system used by DOE.  Attachments cannot be used in place of your USAJOBS resume.

3.  RESPOND TO QUESTIONS (ON-LINE)
The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions for the vacancy you have selected.  If you have applied before, you will be given the option either to update the general information, or to proceed directly to the assessment questions.  Respond online to the application questions.

4.  UPLOAD SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION (ONLINE)
You must upload any supplemental documentation requested in the following Required Documents section.  Supplemental materials must be uploaded by the closing date of the announcement.

Click Finished.  If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been sent.  If you do not see these words, you have not successfully completed your application.

If you wish to edit your application, you may return to USAJOBS and re-apply; previous responses will be saved and can be updated.  Be sure to click Finished and look for the screen indicating your application was sent.

You may edit your information until midnight Eastern Time of the announcement close date.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

It is the applicant's responsibility to upload documentation and/or proof of claimed qualifications, education (transcripts), veterans' preference (DD-214, SF-15, VA letter), status (SF-50) and/or verification of eligibility for non-competitive appointment.

 

Please see the list of documents below:

  • COPY OF NERC CERTIFICATION
  • Veterans who are preference eligible must upload a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, which indicates the nature of your discharge.
  • Disabled Veterans, in addition to the DD-214, must upload a copy of your letter from either the Dept of Defense or the Dept of Veteran Affairs that officially documents your disability, if any, AND a completed SF-15.  For additional information go to the VetGuide at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
  • CTAP/ICTAP Eligible.  Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees may be entitled to selection priority.  Applicants must meet the requirements described, and upload a copy of their Certificates of Expected Separation or similar document, or specific Reduction-In-Force notice as well as a copy of their last, non-award SF-50 to ensure consideration.  For more information go to http://www.opm.gov/CTAP/INDEX.ASP
  • Special Appointing Authorities.  If you are eligible for any special appointing Authority, you must submit the documentation subpporting your eligibility.  For more information go to http://www.usajob.gov/individualswithdisabilities.asp



AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janet Hagar
Phone: 918 595-6622
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: janet.hagar@swpa.gov
Agency Information:
Southwestern Area Power Administration
One West Third Street
Tulsa, OK
74103
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will evaluate your qualifications and determine your ranking.  To check your application status, log on to the USAJOBS website, click the My Account tab, and Application Status.  We will update your status when changes are made.  The highly qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.  We expect to make a selection within 45 workdays from the closing date of this announcement.

Control Number: 328315400
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