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Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Southwestern Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:SWPA-12-DE-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Monday, July 9, 2012 to Monday, July 30, 2012




Full time. - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Springfield, MO, USView Map


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


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. Our offices are located in Gore, Oklahoma, Jonesboro, Arkansas, Springfield, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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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.


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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 suffcient 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 Electric Reliabilty Corporation (NERC).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify at the AD-3 position, you must have had a 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 employement.

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

~Must be a U.S. citizen.

~Must possess and maintain a CURRENT NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) Certification as required. At a minimum, current certification is required in Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission (BIT). Failure to maintain certification could result in the termination 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.

~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.

~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.

~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.

~This position is assigned rotating shifts, since the power system operates 24 hours a day. Your work week may include weekends and holidays.

~Southwestern Power Administration is an E-Verify Participant.


You will be rated based on your experience, education, and/or training as it relates to the position being filled using Category Rating and Selection Procedures. If you meet the minimum qualification standards for the position you will be further evaluated based on your self-assessment and/or panel rating. If qualified, your rating will be based on an evaluation of the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training, in relation to the job requirements.

Your responses to the questions will affect your eligibility and ranking. We will verify your answers to questions about your qualifications using your resume. If the information in you application package does not support your self-assessment ratings, your score may be adjusted, or you may be rated ineligible.

Qualified candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into one the 3 categories described below:

1-Highly qualified Category. You must meet the qualification eligibility requirements and be highly proficient in all the requirements of the job.

2-Well Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements and be proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

3-Qualified Category. You must meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements as listed in this announcement. Veterans preference will be applied. Within each quality category, all preference eligibles shall be listed ahead of individuals who are not preference eligibles. Qualified Ten-point veterans (disabled and receiving compensation for that disability) are placed at the top of the Highly qualified Category. References will be checked as part of the assessment process.

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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.


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:



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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.


It is the applicant's responsibility to upload documentation/proof of claimed qualifications, education (transcripts), veterans' preference (DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter). Failure to upload the required documentation by 11:59 P.M. EDT on the closing date of the announcement will result in loss of consideration.

Please see the list of documents below.


VETERANS. Individuals who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service must upload a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, which indicates your nature of discharge.

If you are applying as a disabled veteran, in addition to the DD-214, you must upload a copy of your letter from either the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs that officially documents your disability, if any, AND a completed SF-15. You can find additional information on veterans' preference in the VetGuide located at:

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 additional information, visit the following link:

SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITIES. If you are eligible for any special appointing Authority, you must submit the documentation supporting your eligibility. For additional information visit the following link:



Janet Hagar
Phone: 918-595-6622
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Southwestern Area Power Administration
One West Third Street
Tulsa, OK
Fax: 000-000-0000


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.

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