The Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of the Desert Southwest (DSW) region will exercise managerial authority and strategic leadership over four powerplants and 2,735 miles of high-voltage electric transmission, producing 5.6 million megawatt-hours of power and generating more than $253M in system revenue. The incumbent reports to the CEO and is directly responsible for bulk electric system compliance requirements under FERC, NERC and WECC and leads more than 200 federal employees.Learn more about this agency
As the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of the Desert Southwest region you will:
- Initiate, plan, develop, and implement broad power resource development, transmission, distribution, and marketing policy for the Region.
- Develop long-range engineering plans and modify the Region's power system facilities in order to replace or upgrade power system infrastructure, construct facilities to serve new customer loads, and to enhance the physical security of facilities as appropriate.
- Implement wholesale power and transmission rates sufficient to assure the timely repayment of the Federal investment in facilities and appurtenances.
- Represent WAPA at negotiations and other decision-making conferences. Establish working and consultative relationships with Federal, State, and local government, public and private interest groups, and employee labor unions to ensure widespread input into the data collection, analysis, and decision-making processes.
- Ensure continuity of service is maintained at an optimum level and proper maintenance upkeep of DSW's power system including the development and application of maintenance standards and intervals for inspections.
50% or less - Frequent travel within the continental US. Travel 5-10 days per month will be required.
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Conditions of Employment
- This employer participates in the eVerify program.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
- New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
- Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment.
- CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM.
- Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12): A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.
- PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.
- SECURITY CLEARANCE: You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance.
- DRUG TESTING POSITION: As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.
- PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.
The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): the ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; the results of actions taken. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the SES prior to appointment.
The five ECQs are as follows:
- ECQ 1: Leading Change - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision an dto implement it in a continuously changing environment.
- ECQ 2: Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
- ECQ 3: Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
- ECQ 4: Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
- ECQ 5: Building Coalitions - 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.
For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments.
Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:
MTQ 1: Demonstrated electric utility knowledge related to the safe, secure, environmentally sound, and reliable operation and maintenance of a high voltage electrical transmission system, including documented experience in the management and operations of electric utility transmission assets, negotiation of complex transmission, operations and maintenance contracts for the delivery of Federal power on a wholesale basis.
MTQ 2: Demonstrated leadership skills to oversee organizational resources and direct a power marketing organization, including the ability to develop short- and long-term power and transmission acquisition and marketing strategies, and demonstrated experience leading a large organization with interdisciplinary teams of engineers, transmission and engineering planners, craft lineworker employees and electricians, financial teams, contracts, rates and marketing teams, and experience with both office employee and electrical worker unions.
MTQ 3: Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials and other executives from Federal, State, and local governments, and with executives of electric utilities.
MTQ 4: Demonstrated knowledge of the electric utility industry and the dynamics of utility operations in Arizona and California, including demonstrated experience with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) open access and ratemaking requirements, Regional Transmission Organization/Independent System Operator (e.g., California Independent System Operator) operations, policies and requirements, and reliability coordinator (RC) and the roles of the various registered entities in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), and demonstrated knowledge of current market development activities in the Western Interconnection and Desert Southwest region, specifically including the CAISO Energy Imbalance Market and the development of the Southwest Power Pool Western Energy Imbalance Service.
There is no positive education requirement for this position.
- New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify."
- The Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
- All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
- You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
- Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
- Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
ALL applicants must submit a five (5) page ECQ-based Resume and a separate narrative addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). In addition, applicants have the option of submitting a cover letter (one page maximum). Fonts cannot be smaller than 10 point. Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ). Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security number or date of birth on any attachment.
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.
As part of the "Resume Based" recruitment method, the ERB panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determined to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department's appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, an in competitive cases, OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is required for the ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible."
- Five (5) page ECQ-based Resume
- MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ)
- Current or former career SES members must provide your SES appointment SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and an SF-50 showing current status or reinstatement eligibility.
- Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification.
- Current or former Federal civilian employees, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (non-award) documenting show the following: 1) Full position title; 2) appointment type; 3) occupational series; 4) pay plan, grade, and step; 5) tenure code; 6) service computation date (SCD).
- Note: If you are a current DOE/NNSA employee, you do not need to submit an SF-50. This note does not apply to FERC and BPA employees.
- If this position has a positive education requirement, you must submit a copy of your transcript or a separate course listing showing the college name, course title, department, hours earned (quarter or semester), and grade. If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit Department of Education
Applicants will be prompted at the “Vacancy Documents” section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.
If you are selected for this position, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your responses.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted; please begin the application process with enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference. For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back into USAJOBS and revisit the vacancy announcement, then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.
ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a five (5) page resume, and a separate narrative addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). In addition you have the option of submitting a cover letter (one page maximum). All documents must be uploaded into the system; USAJobs Resume Builder will not be accepted. Separate written narratives addressing the ECQs will not be considered. Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ). Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security Number on any attachment.
Please review:Tips for preparing SES applications. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity fo the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
Your five (5) page resume should include the following:
- Full name, mailing and email addresses, day &evening telephone numbers
- Education information including:
a. Name, city, state of colleges/universities attended, major & type of degree received
b. Report only schools accredited by the accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- All work experience (paid and unpaid) including:
a. Job title, duties/accomplishments, employer's name/address, start/end dates (include month, day and year), average hours worked per week, salary
b. Honors, awards, special accomplishments
It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. Please be sure to include and address all ECQs and MTQs in your resume and application package. A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs can be view at this link (pages 29-37): Guide to SES Qualifications
All statements made in this application are subject to investigation and any false or dishonest answer to any question may be grounds for disqualification and loss of consideration. If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible' or 'not qualified'.
Steps to submit a complete application:
- Log into your USAJOBS account.
- Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
- You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
- Upload required & additional supporting documentation, including: resume, MTQ narrative, transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, SF-50s.
- IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
- If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally.
- If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
- If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
Agency contact information
AddressDepartment of Energy
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20585
You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has an alert setting in the system to drive status update notifications for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will update your status online as changes are made.
Applicants who meet the mandatory ECQs and MTQs will be evaluated by a panel of senior executives. Failure to meet all qualifications automatically disqualifies an applicant. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Persons tentatively selected for appointment to SES positions must have their ECQs approved by OPM 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.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/545595500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.