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Portland General Electric Grant Program Manager in Portland, Oregon

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

Summary

We are seeking a skilled Grant Program Manager to join our PGE team, where you will play a critical role in managing our grant programs and grant awards. Your focus will be on coordinating and fulfilling the Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) for various grants, including high-profile projects like the Pelton Round Butte transmission line upgrade. This position requires skillful negotiation of unique SOPOs with different governing agencies and partners.

In this role, your responsibilities will include overseeing the execution, scheduling, and reporting of multiple grants, requiring strong communication skills as you liaise with government bodies and external partners. You'll also work closely with the Senior Infrastructure Program Director in external reporting to stakeholders and the Public Utilities Commission. Ideal for someone with excellent project management and negotiation skills, this position offers the opportunity to collaborate with diverse teams and make a significant impact in our grant management efforts.

* We're hiring for two positions open to both Grant Program Manager and Senior Grant Program Manager candidates. The level will be determined based on the successful applicant's qualifications, experience, and demonstrated skills during the interview process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and Innovate: Manage diverse projects, including business system improvements, strategic implementations, and pilot programs. Your leadership will shape the future of our operations.

  • Strategic Partnership: Work closely with operations managers, aligning projects with strategic goals, optimizing costs, and minimizing operational impacts. You'll be the bridge between vision and execution.

  • Project Mastery: Craft comprehensive project plans, manage schedules, budgets, and resources. Anticipate risks and devise effective mitigation strategies.

  • Team Leadership: Guide and inspire your team. Foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Your leadership will be key to our collective success.

  • Quality and Compliance: Ensure projects are delivered with the highest quality, on time, within budget, and maximize recoverable costs to offset impact to customer rates. Your attention to detail will set the standard for excellence.

  • Effective Communication: Develop and implement communication strategies, ensuring all stakeholders are informed and engaged.

  • Process Improvement: Lead initiatives to refine processes and policies. Your insights will drive efficiencies and innovations across the organization.

  • Collaboration: Engage with peers, customers, and other utilities to share best practices and strengthen partnerships.

Qualifications

Education/Experience/Certifications

Grant Program Manager: Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, business, or communications or other related field or equivalent experience. Typically, five or more years in related field. PE and/or PMP certification preferred.

Senior Grant Program Manager: Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, business, communications or fire science from an ABET-accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency in a related field or other related field or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred. Typically, eight or more years in related field. Specialized licenses, certification and training may be preferred. PE and/or PMP certification preferred.

Driver’s license: Required

Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of project management science, methodologies and standards.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of and ability to integrate project management knowledge areas, including project scope, quality, time, cost, communication, procurement, human resources and risk management.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of and skill in using software applications such as MS Project, PowerPoint, Word, Excel spreadsheets and graphing, Access, Visio, Maximo and Power Plant.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of Project Profile system and PGE email system.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of business process reengineering and continuous improvement methods and concepts.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of systems thinking concepts and principles.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of group problem-solving methods and techniques, including problem analysis, nominal group and brainstorming techniques and consensus building.

  • Intermediate/Advanced listening skills, including the ability to draw information out and to see things from another’s perspective.

  • Intermediate/Advanced skills in writing technical and business requirements.

  • Advanced communication skills, both written and oral, including negotiation, persuasion and presentation skills.

General Competencies:

  • Intermediate/Advanced consulting skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced decision-making skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced enterprise/business awareness skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced negotiation skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced organization and prioritization skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced presentation/facilitation skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced team-building skills

  • Intermediate/Advanced written and oral communication skills

Physical, Schedule/Attendance and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level: Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

Cognitive:

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks

Schedule/Attendance:

  • Ability to adhere to pre-established schedule, including start/stop time and break/lunch schedule

  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance [for part-time positions, change to part-time attendance]

  • Ability to work shift schedule

  • Ability to work on-call schedule

Physical Capabilities:

  • Driving/travel/commute

  • Daily within service territory: Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Overnight inside/outside the service territory

  • Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lb

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lb

Environment: Office environment & Field environment

PGE supports hybrid flexible work arrangements; and will have a combination of in-the-office and working offsite. This individual will need to be located within Oregon and will need to work in-the-office at least one day a week. However, these arrangements may change due to business needs or changes in responsibility.

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Compensation Range:

$92,550.00 - $154,250.00

In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus. Actual total compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, and education

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future. To find out more, click here (https://portlandgeneral.com/hrcs5511) .

Join us today and power your potential!

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PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

PGE does not discriminate on the basis of disability. We recognize individuals have a variety of abilities to offer and we believe there is much to value and celebrate by incorporating different abilities into the work we do. One very important way we live this out is in our application and interview process. We work hard to support individuals who may need an accommodation to fully participate in these processes. If you feel you may need an accommodation, or would like to request one, please notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter) associated with the job posting. You may also make this request by contacting talentacquisition@pgn.com or by calling 503-464-7250. The Recruiter will provide information and next steps for the accommodation process. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team is also available for support. You can contact them at dei@pgn.com .

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. Posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below. If no date is listed, job is open until filled.

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.

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