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Job Title:Administrator

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-13-ES-137

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012




Full-time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Lakewood, CO, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.

Extending closing date to December 19, 2012


Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower.  We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy.

Western's mission also includes the effective utilization and conservation of resources consistent with national and international objectives set by the President, Congress, and the Secretary of Energy. The geographic area serviced by Western encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western United States. The mission is accomplished through a staff of approximately 1,445 employees, a large proportion of which are highly skilled engineers. The position serves as the Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Western and is responsible for the overall management and administration of all Western programs.

Where would I be working?

Western Area Power Administration

Corporate Services Office

12155 W. Alameda Parkway

Lakewood, CO 80228

Relocation expenses may be paid, at the discretion of the agency, according to Federal Travel Regulation policy and/or budget.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with Selective Service.


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This position is to serve as the Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Area Power Administration (Western).  Provides leadership, incentive and the instrumentality through which goals for electric power use and for transmission in Western’s service territory are achieved consistent with the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Flood Control Act, the Reclamation Laws, the Federal Power Act; and national strategies and policies set by the President and Secretary of Energy.  Directs the marketing of power from federal hydroelectric facilities that are owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers; directs the development, construction and operation of Western’s transmission system; directs and oversees agency regional operations through regional managers.  

Consults with reliability councils, regional planning authorities, neighboring balancing authorities, transmission operators and the various State and local government entities including the governors of 15 states, executives of various industrial users and public and private utilities, sovereign tribal governments, other customers, stakeholders and other interested and affected parties.

Provides leadership and direction in fostering cooperation and collaboration among the owners and operators of the electric transmission grid in the western United States and a portion of the Midwestern United States to minimize the risk of disruptions in that grid.

Provides leadership in implementing and using new techniques and concepts in electric power generation, project development, and transmission planning and operations to provide for changing and expanding needs in the Nation's electric sector; to achieve maximum efficiency; and to use the natural resources of the nation judiciously, including minimizing environmental degradation to public, private, or Federal holdings in the area of origin.

Provides leadership in broad policy establishment at the national and regional level with officials of the Department of Energy, other Departments, other agencies, and Congressional stakeholders concerning power resource development, interregional power coordination, transmission planning and operations, protection and mitigation of fish and wildlife, irrigation needs, and new or modified legislation for the industry.


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You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive in your resume and your written response to the narrative questions. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained in this field or a field that is closely related, at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent. In addition, the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications are essential for successful performance in the position and are mandatory unless otherwise specified.

A. Managerial Requirements: Applicants are required to submit a detailed narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all mandatory MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service members to submit a detailed narrative statement in response to each of the Executive ECQs and MTQs will result in disqualification of your application. 

ECQ definitions, samples, and additional guidance, applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications".


1.  Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2.  Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3.  Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4.  Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5.  Building Coalitions/Communications - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ): In addition to the ECQs, you must possess the following technical qualifications which represent the experience required to perform the duties of this position.

1.  Ability to manage a large and complex organization with an emphasis on challenges associated with electrical utilities or other highly regulated business. (Your application materials should include experience you may have leading an electrical utility, such as a power marketing organization, electrical transmission or distribution organization, and/or advancing renewable energy development, and/or another type of highly regulated business.)

2.  Ability to provide leadership and direction in the development of long-term business strategies in the context of existing statutes and national policies applicable to the Western Area Power Administration, to an electric utility, or to other businesses in a highly regulated industry.  (Your application materials should include your experience considering impacts on all functional areas, e.g., operations, finance, human resources, legal, public affairs, and customer satisfaction.)

3.  Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to lead collaborative processes. (Your application materials should describe your experience working effectively with high level governmental or private-sector executives and your leadership of collaborative processes involving diverse stakeholders and outcomes.)

You will respond on-line to both the ECQs and the MTQs.


  • This position is subject to drug testing. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.
  • This position may require overnight travel of 5-10 days per month.
  • Upon reporting, and annually thereafter, the selectee may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification. These certifications may be subject to public disclosure.
  • Selectees will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless currently serving under a Federal Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment.
  • This position is subject to successful completion of a background investigation for a security clearance as a condition of employment. A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of Energy. The preliminary background check consists of a search of U.S. Office of Personnel Management background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to three weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Security Office.
  • 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.
  • Western Area Power Administration is an E-Verify Participant.

    Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, and education. Failure to document your background in support of the required qualification requirements will adversely affect an applicant's chance for further consideration. Applicants will be rated and ranked by an agency Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted for consideration.

    The Merit Staffing Panel will determine and refer the top candidates to the selecting official. The selecting official will consider the best qualified applicants referred and make the selection based on the information provided and/or interview.

    References will be checked as part of the assessment process.

    Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

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    You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave. You will be eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance. Flexible work schedules and health & wellness programs are also offered. Benefits may vary depending on the type of appointment. More information on Federal benefits is available here.


    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy - We will select candidates based on merit and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, prior participation in EEO activities, age, nondisqualifying disability, or sexual orientation.


    Privacy Policy - The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). We use this information to determine qualifications for employment, as authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


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    You must submit your application on line BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date of this announcement.  All supplemental documentation must be uploaded by the closing date of the announcement

    Western Area Power Administration uses a 4-Step application process:


    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.


    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.


    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. 


    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 11:59 PM EST of the announcement close date.

    Help with the online application process is available here.

    If you are unable to apply online, you may request alternate application procedures. To do so, you must contact the employing office at the address shown above at least two working days prior to the closing date.

    Western provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact shown above.  The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is on a case-by-case basis.


    It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation/proof of status (SF 50)and/or verification of eligibility for a Federal appointment. Documentation must be uploaded by the closing date of the announcement.  

    SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action If you are a current or former federal SES employee, upload a copy of your most recent SF-50 verifying your SES status. If you are a current or former federal employee, you must upload a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.

    SES Career Development Program Certification If you are a graduate of an SES Career Development Program, upload your certification for noncompetitive eligibility. You must meet the mandatory technical qualifications.


    Sandi Coate
    Phone: 720-962-7115
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    Western Area Power Administration
    12155 W. Alameda Parkway
    Lakewood, CO
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. To check your application status, log on to the USAJOBS web- site, click the My USAJOBS tab, and enter your ID and password to see the latest information.

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