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Tennessee Valley Authority 509564 - Senior Specialist, Dam Safety Policy in CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee

509564 - Senior Specialist, Dam Safety Policy

Job ID: 509564 Location: CHATTANOOGA, TN Regular/Temporary: Regular


509564 - Senior Specialist, Dam Safety Policy

Organization: River & Resources Stewardship

Department: TVA Dam Safety Govern & OVT

Location: Chattanooga Office Complex

Posting Open: 11/6/2019

Posting Close: 1/6/2020 at 11:59 PM EST

Salary: Competitive

Grade: 09


Serves as a senior dam safety policy lead for all 121 TVA dams. Works independently or leads teams to develop dam safety policies, procedures and engineering instructions or other regulatory criteria relating to the TVA Dam Safety Program. Provides guidance, training, and direction on TVA Dam Safety requirements and the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety to TVA dam-owning organizations. Analyzes industry, federal, and state agency trends and conducts research on industry best practices. Leads Dam Safety programmatic and engineering assessments on TVA dam owners for compliance with procedures and best practice. Prepares recurring and special reports required under TVA-SPP-27.0, including biennial FEMA report, assessment reports, and quarterly metrics reports to the EVP, Operations. Manages TVA’s Dam Safety Independent Review Board and TVA’s Dam Safety Steering Committee, tracks actions/activities, and prepares input for the TVA Dam Safety Executive Oversight Committee.


Supervisory Responsibility — Indirect: Sets and maintains dam safety standards for all TVA; provides programmatic oversight and direction for TVA dam-owning organizations, interfacing with executives, managers, engineering professionals, specialists, and/or program administrators relative to implementation of and compliance with TVA-SPP-27 series procedures.

Budget Responsibility — Indirect: Technical and programmatic oversight, evaluations and recommendations related to the TVA Dam Safety Program have the potential to impact budget decisions and budget allocations in multiple TVA organizations; this impact can result in influencing budget decisions upwards of a billion dollars.


  1. Leads development and implementation of Dam Safety policies and tools as required to ensure TVA alignment with the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety through TVA-SPP-27 series procedures. Assesses BU tier-down procedures for compliance with TVA-level procedures and tracks multiple BU actions and initiatives.

  2. Leads continuous and process improvement initiatives and activities for the TVA Dam Safety Program and develops compliance requirements and measures, and tracks and analyzes metrics associated with dam Asset Owner compliance.

  3. Develops and issues programmatic guidance and technical instructions to TVA Dam Asset Owners relative to Dam Safety (multiple organizations).

  4. Serves as the Agency point of contact for reporting TVA dam safety data to FEMA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  5. Manages, plans, prepares for, conducts, reports, and tracks the activities and actions of the TVA Dam Safety Independent Review Board including overseeing the review and selection of Board members and their contracts.

  6. Develops dam safety engineering training standards to foster and maintain the knowledge and skills of engineering and other personnel to support effective and continuous functioning of TVA’s Dam Safety programs; working directly with Technical Training.

  7. Conducts industry and best-practices benchmarking analysis, determines applicability and adapts to TVA’s Dam Safety Program, and leads development of meaningful metrics, and arranges periodic independent reviews of TVA’s Dam Safety Governance & Oversight and dam Asset Owner compliance with Governance requirements.

  8. Leads/participates in the development and maintenance of the TVA Dam Safety Risk program including managing the TVA Dam Safety Steering Committee.

  9. Serves as Agency Lead in industry associations and federal interagency committees; attends dam safety industry workshops, seminars, and conferences, and presents TVA policies and practices to other utilities and agencies.

  10. Promotes a culture of safety first and strong teamwork among all TVA organizations involved with Dam Safety.


Education — Bachelor degree in civil engineering or related field from an accredited College or University, graduate degree highly desirable. A PE or other professional licensing is highly desirable.

Experience — A minimum of 10 years of engineering or related experience is required. Familiarity with dam design, and performance, hydrology, dam safety program management and risk assessment are highly desired.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities — Must have demonstrated effective communication and teamwork skills plus strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills. Knowledge of compliance concepts, internal controls, program measurement and reporting, and quality assurance are desired. Knowledge of Corps of Engineers, FERC, or FEMA related rules and regulations on programmatic dam safety issues is desired. Candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on position / access requirements and essential job functions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace

All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found at TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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