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Job Title:Account Specialist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Bonneville Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:200183

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$50,021.00 to $112,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1101-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent - No time limit

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OregonView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

BPA has been powering people and careers for 75 years. We provide clean, emissions-free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintain a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field.

BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility. Our high-voltage transmission grid comprises more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. BPA markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 4,700 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Bonneville Power Administration applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=MLNAG.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

The Bulk Marketing organization has four major functions: bulk power marketing, transmission acquisition, reserve services marketing, and resource acquisition. It is responsible for all non-requirements marketing, sales and account servicing in the bulk power markets. Areas of market responsibility includes: PNW wholesale marketers, utilities outside the Pacific Northwest, and all active wholesale markets in the Western Systems Coordinating Council (WSCC), both inside and outside of the PNW including, Canadian and California markets. Also this organization is responsible for trading floor activities and spot market sales. The transmission and reserve services functions include the purchase, or sale, of transmission and reserve services. Reserve services functions also include product development, pricing, and inventory control and reporting. This organization defines Power Services (PS) transmission policy, managing PS's interests in the development of a Northwest Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and other deregulation initiatives, and acts as PS's interface with Transmission Services, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), and other WSCC transmission counter parties. Bulk Marketing is responsible for BPA's renewable resource acquisitions and project contract management as well as all resource acquisitions for Power Services. Within the Bulk Marketing organization, the Long Term Sales and Purchases organization executes Long Term (LT) surplus sales greater than 18 months, including energy, capacity, reserves services, exchanges, renewables, as well as executes sales of environmental attributes. Also, this organization executes purchases greater than 18 months, including energy, capacity, reserves services, and renewables. This organization also performs acquisition and sales of transmission to support LT sales and purchases, develops LT marketing strategy for assigned areas of responsibility, and sale of generation components of ancillary services to BPA's transmission organization. This organization negotiates and develops contracts for LT surplus marketing activity and resource acquisitions, and serves as Power Services primary point-of-contact for all extra-regional customers, IPPs, and marketers. Account Executives (AEs) in Long Term Sales and Purchases are responsible for negotiating sales and purchases including contract development, leading core teams, and providing the account management.
Account Specialists within the in Long Term Sales and Purchases organization provide customer analytical and contract support in concert with the AE, assist AEs in managing the customer account relationship, lead core teams, manage the implementation of Bulk Hub functions, assist senior transmission policy expert in application of TS tariffs, act as study manager or provide testimony in PS or Generation Input rate case and business practices, and coordinate with relevant Back and Middle Office Customer Team roles in resolving customer issues.
Performs duties in support of the information, internal communications, and liaison activities for an organizational program. Acts as liaison with persons or groups within and/or outside of the organization to disseminate information about program requirements.

Plans, schedules, and conducts projects and studies to evaluate and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of program or project operations.

Plans and manages projects from the concept development stage through implementation and management. Identifies requirements, develops technical and administrative approaches, and coordinates project resources, including project costs, human resources, scheduled completion timeframes, etc.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:(The KSAs below may not apply at all grades)

Ability to develop, support, and implement strategies related to promotion and implementation of product lines; and evaluation and response to market conditions

Ability to evaluate and promote customer satisfaction with BPA customers in the Pacific Northwest

Ability to conduct research and analysis of data.

Ability to work effectively on a team which supports effective interpersonal relationships and communication with a wide variety of personnel both within and outside the Agency.

Ability to orally communicate concepts and technical information with a wide range of individuals from different backgrounds in a clear and concise manner sufficient to explain detailed procedures, share information, negotiate and resolve differences.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Grade 09: Qualifying experience for the GS-9 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-7 which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples are assisting in researching and analyzing established or simple program issues; or acting as liaison with individuals and groups both inside and outside an organization regarding routine program matters.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirement for the GS-9 level may be met by two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.B or J.D. degree.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

Grade 11: Qualifying experience for the GS-11 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-9 which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the GS-11 level may be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education or the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

Grade 12: Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Grade 13: Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples are reviewing information and reconciling conflicting data; devising new or modified methods of analyzing findings; or developing new initiatives in one or more program areas.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Applicants are responsible for reviewing the OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS section of the vacancy announcement. This section can be viewed by navigating to the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement link after you have logged in to the system.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED IN THE AVUE SYSTEM BY 8:59 P.M. PT (11:59 ET).

All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).

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All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).

Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and those eligible under special hiring authorities such as VRA and VEOA.

The sensitivity level of this position is designated as '___ Risk ___sensitive', which requires that the selectee pass a [INSERT TYPE OF PERSONNEL INVESTIGATION] personnel investigation and receive a favorable suitability determination. Under existing OPM regulations, current Federal employees transferring from another department or agency who have successfully passed this level (or higher) personnel investigation will not be subject to re-investigation under OPM suitability regulations. Further, employees with unescorted access to facilities, systems, and equipment, which, if destroyed, degraded, or otherwise rendered unavailable, would affect the reliability or operability of the bulk electric system, or have access to critical cyber assets that are essential to the reliable operation of the bulk electric system will be required to undergo a Special Agency Check every seven years, thereafter (or sooner if for cause.)

How to Apply: Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for BPA applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. Information regarding this position can be accessed at the following URL: www.avuedigitalservices.com/bpa/applicant.html. Use the 'Search Jobs' criteria to search by job title, location, and/or grade of the position.

Veterans: To be considered for VEOA or VRA consideration, a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4) is required. 10-point veterans must also provide a copy of their SF-15 and associated documentation.

Veteran's Preference: To be considered for veteran's preference, a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4) must be provided prior to appointment. Veterans claiming CP or CPS preference must also provide a copy of their SF-15 and associated documentation. You will be able to upload electronic copies during the application process.

If your application does not provide all the information requested in the vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration.

Applications must be completed in the Avue system by 8:59 P.M. PT (11:59 P.M. ET).

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the CTAP must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for priority selection. Well qualified for annual positions equates to a score of at least 85; and well qualified for hourly positions equates to a score of at least 80. Federal employees seeking CTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF 50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

CTAP: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Career_Transition_Assistance_Program_(CTAP)

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the ICTAP must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for priority selection. Well qualified for annual positions equates to a score of at least 85; and well qualified for hourly positions equates to a score of at least 80. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

ICTAP: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Interagency_Career_Transition_Assistance_Plan_(ICTAP)

Benefits: BPA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on BPA benefits can be found at: http://www.careers.bpa.gov/Benefits/

EEO Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Legal_and_Regulatory_Guidance

Veterans Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Basis of Rating: Candidates eligible for consideration under Delegated Examining criteria will have their application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates determined to be qualified will be placed in a quality category: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority. Clearly articulating your work experience is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the questions through your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit.

Basis of Rating: Candidates eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion criteria will have their application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates determined to be qualified will have their applications rated against the required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and ranked against other candidates. If your final rating places you among the best qualified, your application will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Clearly articulating your work experience is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the questions through your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit.

Federal Employees: Federal transfer relocation is not available for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Bonneville Power Administration applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=MLNAG.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources, NHQ-1
Phone: 5032303230
Fax: 5032303149
Email: careers@bpa.gov
Agency Information:
Bonneville Power Administration
905 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
97232
US
Fax: 5032303149

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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Job Announcement Number:

200183

Control Number:

334498700