Department Of Energy Power System Dispatcher (Lead/Outage Coordinator/Technical Writer) in Loveland, Colorado

Department of Energy
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Loveland, CO
Work Schedule is Permanent - Full Time

Opened Monday 11/28/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/12/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Where would I be working? Western Area Power Administration, Rocky Mountain Region, Power Systems Operations, Transmission Scheduling and Security (J4800), 5555 E. Crossroads Blvd, Loveland, CO 80538

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This position serves as a Technical Lead for the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Transmission Scheduling and Security (TSS) power system dispatch function. Activities include providing technical advice and interpretation for administering OASIS, implementing and modifying OATI energy tagging programs and other applicable software; understanding and monitoring power flows,; reacting to changing system configurations, maintaining system security and reliability. The incumbent reviews and updates system diagrams, operating guides and other operating instructional and statistical documents related to the activities of power system operation. The incumbent is responsible for meeting applicable NERC standards, FERC Orders and DOE/WAPA policies, procedures, and guidelines. This position is required to possess strong verbal and written communication skills and serves as a real-time operations point of contact for technical, policy and compliance communication with NERC, WECC, ad the Reliability Coordinator. This position will be asked to perform pre-scheduling and on-shift duties as required.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel approximately 5 days per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation may be paid at the discretion of the agency, according to FTR policy and/or budget.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be available

You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

This position requires 1 years job experience of the Transmission Scheduling and Security function to include experience of OASIS system (used for the sale, monitoring and adjustment of transmission reservations), power system scheduling in OATI (e-tag evaluation, adjustment, and interchange accounting), and NERC Standards. This position requires RC NERC Certification and qualification in the Transmission Scheduling and Security functional. Skills in interpersonal communication, good grammar, technical writing ability, and understanding and interpreting technical documents are required.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Ability to provide technical direction, problem solving and guidance for power system dispatchers.
  2. Ability to formulate, review and distribute power system dispatching policies, procedures and guidelines.
  3. Ability to develop methodology and maintain associated documentation demonstrating compliance with FERC Orders, NERC Standards, and DOE/WAPA policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  4. Ability to work closely and maintain relationships with higher management, outside customers and groups. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education cannot be used to qualify for this position, see qualification link below.

Must possess and retain an RC NERC system operator certification.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.


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Other Information
  • You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.
  • This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense. Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.
  • If selected for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.
  • You must become certified as a power system operator by the North American Reliability Council (NERC) within the first 11 months after appointment, and maintain appropriate certification during your employment. This is a condition of employment.
  • If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.
  • You would be assigned rotating shifts, since the power system operates 24 hours a day. Your workweek may include weekends and holidays
  • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process. If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • All males born after December 31st 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. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Selective Service Registration:

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary Range: $117,171.00 to $142,832.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0303-05/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 457687200

Job Announcement Number: PMA-17-WJ-21-DE