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Manager, Meteorology - Portland, OR #104375

Date: Nov 25, 2020

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

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PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

Oversees a wide range of meteorological data to provide continuously updated weather information from a variety of sources to better manage the impacts of weather on the electric distribution and transmission system to identified vulnerabilities. Serves as the primary contact for meteorological information needed within the business. This includes taking the role as the lead forecaster during periods of critical fire weather conditions, and providing strategic meteorological support for operational and engineering projects designed to mitigate wildfire risk. Oversees daily, weekly, and long term seasonal weather forecasts products, advisories, and warnings concerning a number of hazardous weather conditions, such as severe weather, fire danger, high winds, flash floods, and winter storms to support T&D system operations and generation operations.  Responsible for selecting, coaching, and developing employees and responsible for management of employee salaries.   

  • Develop and maintain the annual budget to support staffing, operational, and technology requirements for a 7/24 hour wildfire operations center.
  • Serve as the company’s subject matter expert for all weather related matters.
  • Integrate a wide range of meteorological data to provide continuously updated weather information to better manage the impacts of weather on the electric system and identified vulnerabilities.
  • Analyze surface observation data, satellite imagery, NEXRAD Doppler RADAR data, and Numerical Weather Predication data using AWIPS.
  • Monitor and report to upper management real-time weather conditions and expected forecast on a recurring basis during storm events and major construction operational events.
  • Interview hire, train, coach and manage employees.
  • Provide short and long term seasonal weather forecasts to allow preparedness, and proactive resource availability in the case of pending severe weather.
  • Work with the company’s energy supply function on short and long term seasonal weather forecasts to optimize hydro, wind, and solar generation asset utilization.
  • Provide weather forecasting data to support power procurement transactions.  
  • Respond to request for short-range weather predication.
  • Support the development of analytical tools for various operational organizations and fire mitigation planning.
  • Continually maintain and enhance procedures for monitoring the company’s weather network and associated alerting.
  • Improve all real-time and operational forecasts through process improvements via new technologies and advancements.
  • Work closely with engineering and operational organizations to integrate weather information into fire risk mitigation and community resilience projects.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the National Weather Service and the company.
  • Collaborate with local, state, and federal government agencies (i.e. National Weather Service, CalFire, Oregon Department of Forestry, Utah DNR-FFSL, etc.), universities, and other research groups to advance the science of Meteorology and develop new technologies and communication tools to promote safe, reliable operation of the electric distribution and transmission systems and renewable generation assets.
  • Responsible to ensure all company owned weather stations are fully functional and maintained as required.
  • Represent the company, and act as the primary point of contact as required with local, state and federal agencies, the private sector, volunteer organizations and the public for all weather related matters.
  • Oversee the preparation and dissemination of operational weather reports prior to and during significant weather events.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Sciences or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • A minimum of ten years of operational forecasting experience in a utility environment.
  • A minimum of five years’ direct people management experience.
  • Mastery of theoretical meteorology, including the dynamics of the atmosphere, mesoscale meteorology, and the application of computer methods of numerical weather analysis and predication.
  • Advanced knowledge of fire weather concepts and fire weather forecasting techniques.
  • Knowledge of meteorological processes, climatology, forecasting techniques, and weather modal analysis.
  • Ability to manage time effectively, perform under pressure, and meet deadlines in a fairly fast paced environment.
  • Management skills including the ability to establish objectives, execute policy, and lead the development or implementation of a system, program, or process.
  • High degree of independent initiative, discretion and sound judgment as well as the ability to integrate company priorities in emergency situations.
  • Ability to review, analyze and recommend improvements to systems, processes and measures of performance.
  • Ability to assess issues from multiple organizational and functional perspectives and discern an ideal proposal with more optimal results when appropriate.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential danger and communicate as required.
  • Ability to translate highly technical meteorological concepts into non-technical terms.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to influence and motivate others, and use oral and written skills to communicate objectives and action plans.
  • Excellent leadership skills, strong organizational abilities to oversee multiple and complex issues, and experience presenting complex topics to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle daily communication of expectations, mentor others, provide feedback and work collaboratively with other departments.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data management skills, as well as general understanding of GIS techniques.
  • Must be proficient in the use of applications and tools (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • 24/7 availability to support emergency operations and disasters.
  • Advanced degree.
  • Certified Consulting Meteorologist Certificate.
  • Knowledge of the company’s strategic plan, regulatory and political environment, as well as the company’s policies, procedures, and practices, and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Additional Information

Req Id: 104375
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: PORTLAND
Department: Pacific Power
Schedule: No Selection
Personnel Subarea: Exempt

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential. 


It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening

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