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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Manager, Thermal Generation Assets in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Manager, Thermal Generation Assets


Power Generation

No. of Openings:



To provide management and technical oversight of SMUD’s Thermal Generation Portfolio, including: Carson Power Plant | Procter Power Plant | Campbells Power Plant | McClellan Gas Turbine | Cosumnes Power Plant, plus any Future Thermal Generation Resources (if constructed) such as | Reciprocating Engine Technologies | Compressed Air Energy Storage | Up-front Carbon Capture | Hydrogen or Renewable Natural Gas and BioFuel powered Power Plants. Ensure that contracts and commitments for generating electrical power and any cogeneration products (steam, CO2, salable industrial gasses, etc.) are adhered to and in compliance with applicable regulations.

Nature & Scope:

This is a manager classification that receives minimal supervision while overseeing a cross functional team within a broad scope of responsibilities. Employees in this classification may be responsible for the development, implementation and management of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities in partnership with the department Director; selects, trains, motivates, evaluates and develops subordinate personnel and ensures that department strategic objectives and priorities are achieved and coordinated with other departments.

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Project Management Experience with large & complex utility scale hydroelectric, thermal, renewable and gas pipeline projects.

  • Experience with the CEC, AQMD & other regulatory agency permitting and processes

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Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview, Reference Check, Background Check

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Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A BA/BS degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience. If no degree, then fourteen (14) years of experience is required.

Experience: Ten or more (10+) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the design, operation/maintenance and compliance of power plants or other applicable processes (i.e specialty gasses, utility engineering, industrial manufacturing, etc.) with at least 5 years in a managerial role directly supervising staff or managing power assets.

Knowledge Of: Principles, procedures, and practices related to engineering design, operations and maintenance of various thermal generation technologies; budgeting; principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs; accounting methods; federal, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards governing thermal power plant facilities, related equipment, and control systems; principles, procedures, and practices related to regulatory and enforcement agencies; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; negotiation techniques and practices; techniques related to customer relations; concepts, procedures, and practices for cost control and project scheduling; principles and practices for contract management; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; procedures and practices for overseeing contractor’s/ consultant’s work activities; procedures and practices for project budget management; characteristics and operational needs of various organizational units; techniques and practices related to negotiations and compromise; interrelationships between SMUD’s operations and relevant external entities; safety policies, practices, and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skill To: Interact with others to influence, motivate, and challenge; read and interpret plans, diagrams, and specifications; write new and revised policies and procedures; negotiate with internal and external management on projects; explain complex and/or controversial policies, regulations, procedures, and/or activities internally/externally; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individual or groups taking into account the audience and nature of information; reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; develop new and revised policies and procedures and establish, monitor, and update budgets to provide for the effective operation of the assets; analyze procedures/systems and develop/implement operational improvements; analyze situations, documents, and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; appraise situations and people accurately and adopt an effective course of action; interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations and requirements; maintain and oversee adherence to safety policies and procedures; interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal/written information and ideas; negotiate with external representatives and residents of the local community on behalf of SMUD; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Position Location:

Sacramento - Bradshaw

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that contracts for generating electric power and any cogeneration products are met in a competitive and safe manner in compliance with applicable regulations; provides technical administration of SMUD contracts at thermal generation assets by reviewing engineering performance of all systems, ensuring that prudent utility and engineering practices are followed, overseeing the proper use of inventory, ensuring regulatory compliance, and negotiating contract changes on behalf of SMUD.

  • Ensures that requirements relative to operation and the production of energy are met in an efficient and timely manner; identifies and resolves problems; ensures that required thermal generation asset improvements or modifications are accomplished by conducting or overseeing the engineering and economic review, approval, and/or implementation; identifies opportunities for asset efficiency improvements by monitoring and analyzing plant operations and performance.

  • Supports the achievement of SMUD objectives in a fiscally responsible manner; participates in the planning, development, and administration of annual budgets by coordinating their preparation, reviewing them for financial integrity, monitoring and analyzing expenses and cost of production, and revising schedules, work plans, expenditures, and assignments as necessary to ensure competitiveness and budget compliance.

  • Protects SMUD’s interests and ensures the efficient operation of the thermal fleet; administers contracts with JPA clients by supervising technical and operational performance, resolving conflicts, and negotiating contract changes when appropriate to ensure competitiveness and contract compliance.

  • Facilitates plant operations by maintaining and improving the application and efficiency of administrative operating procedures; oversees the preparation, maintenance, and updating of operating procedures for the administration of the plant’s contracts and obligations.

  • Ensures effective communication between agencies and departments; serves as liaison between the JPA’s and SMUD departments who provide services to JPA operations.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

Remote Work

This position may be eligible for SMUD's remote work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to remote work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis

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SMUD's Power Generation Department is seeking a strong, impactful leader to manage our fleet of thermal generation power plants and serve as the owner’s representative for the SMUD Financing Authority (SFA) in the operation of those asset with a focus on safety, reliability, compliance, community, and financial responsibility.

With the implementation of SMUD’s 2030 zero carbon plan, the Manager, Thermal Generation Assets will lead the thermal transition effort and assume ownership responsibility for any new thermal assets that result thereof. The ideal candidate will have technical, operational, and regulatory expertise as well as a working knowledge of the financial aspects related to managing operating assets.

The Manager, Thermal Generation Assets reports to the Director, Power Generation at SMUD's East Campus Operations Center located off Bradshaw and Keifer in Sacramento.