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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Power System Dispatcher

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Southwestern Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:SWPA-13-MP-00003

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:

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Monday, June 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0303-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current or former federal employees eligible for transfer or reinstatement; veterans eligible under VEOA or other veterans' programs; or those eligible under special hiring programs.  If you are a current federal employee eligible for reinstatement, or eligible under a special hiring authority, you may apply under either SWPA-13-DE-00002 and SWPA-13-MP-00003 or both.  If you do not meet these conditions, you must apply under SWPA-13-DE-00002.

JOB SUMMARY:

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AMENDED TO CHANGE THE CLOSING DATE FROM MAY 31, 2013 TO MONDAY JUNE 24, 2013.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AMENDED TO CHANGE THE CUT-OFF PERIODS FROM ONE TO EVERY TWO WEEKS EFFECTIVE 2/4/2013.

This announcement is open until the positions are filled.  The first cut-off will occur Monday 12/10/12 and every week after that until the positions are filled.

As a Power System Dispatcher, you will be working in the Operations Center in Springfield, Missouri as part of the Division of Scheduling & Operations, Office of Corporate Operations.  You will be responsible for transmission dispatching, generation dispatching, and reliable operation of the Southwestern Power  Administration (Southwestern) transmission system and balancing area. 

Southwestern 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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At full performance level, the high-voltage Power System Dispatcher is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of power system operations and can work independently while on shift. 

  • Maintain expertise in high voltage Bulk Power System, (BPS) operation
  • Analyze BPS operations and independently respond to mitigate system problems
  • Work independently on 8 and 12 hour rotating shifts, operating the BPS
  • Analyze Energy Management System  information, verbal information, and other data
  • Maintain high degree of BPS situational awareness
  • Develop resource plans for hydro, and other types of bulk power system generation
  • Ensure Balancing Area (BA) resources operate according to schedule
  • Ensure BA provides proper load regulation
  • Develop plans for, prioritize and analyze hydro release criteria, load projections and energy sales
  • Monitor and manage load/resource balance
  • Maintain BPS reserve requirements
  • Consistently monitor the power system
  • Maintain system voltage and equipment loading within guidelines
  • Operate the BPS in accordance with all Southwestern directives and policies
  • Operate the BPS in compliance with NERC and SPP standards  and requirements
  • Take remedial action for all events to safeguard the public, and protect system equipment
  • Administrate contracts providing power interchange, transmission and ancillary services
  • Coordinate BA interchange schedules and provide functional supervision of energy schedulers
  • Operate various applications that control interchange scheduling and accounting
  • Report BPS problems, order line patrols, and coordinate equipment inspection/testing
  • Possess and maintain minimum NERC Cert at Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission level 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for this position within 30 days of the date you submit your application.  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.  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:

Your application will be rated by the system using Category Rating.  A quality review will be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position.  The quality categories are defined as "Highly Qualified" (score of 90 - 100); "Well Qualified" (score of 80 - 89); and, "Qualified" (score of 70 - 79).  Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category.  If your resume is incomplete, or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be adjusted.


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BENEFITS:

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

An incentive 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.



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 become available within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. 

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

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
  • Copy of your most recent SF-50
  • 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/
  • If you believe that you are Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligible, visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.  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.  To be considered "Well Qualified," you must have score of 80 or higher.
  • Special Appointing Authorities.  If you are eligible for any special appointing authority, you must submit the documentation supporting your eligibility.  For more information go to http://www.usajob.gov/individualswithdisabilities.asp

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Linda Schuman
Phone: 918 595-6650
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: linda.schuman@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.

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Job Announcement Number:

SWPA-13-MP-00003

Control Number:

332683900