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Director, Main Grid Operations - Portland, Oregon - #108631

Date: Nov 28, 2022

Location: Portland, Oregon, OR, US, 97216

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


Manages and directs the day to day (24/7) operations of a multi-state bulk electric system (BES)  or cross-functional unit, which has a major impact on corporate, business unit, or organizational objectives.  Establishes strategic business objectives, strategies, and plans in support of company strategic goals.  Manages and allocates financial and employee resources.  Responsible for selecting, coaching, and developing employees and management of employee salaries. Implements and supports company programs and policies.  Typically supervises manager-level employees.



  • Oversight and management of departments involved in controlling the bulk electric transmission system (grid operations), balance and interchange, energy imbalance market (EIM) operations.
  • Establish strategic business objectives, strategies, and plans in support of company strategic goals.
  • Manage and allocate financial and employee resources for the efficient operation of transmission and grid operations.
  • Develop plans, processes, operating policies, targets, measurements and implement tools to establish best practices for transmission and market operations.
  • Develop and monitor industry and internal benchmarks to measure continuous improvements in operational transmission system and market performance.
  • Oversee the activities related to the planning, design, building, operations, maintenance, switching, and control of the transmission and market systems. 
  • Recommend and implement plans and approaches to support overall business strategies.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of technical training programs for operational staff employees.
  • Actively participate in regional transmission operations and planning organizations as a company spokesperson and official.
  • Represent the company as an official spokesperson with regulatory agencies, e.g. reliability coordinator, market operator, Western Electricity Coordinating Council; North American Electric Reliability Corporation; Western Power Pool; and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Take responsibility for the compliance of NERC reliability standards as the designated owner of specific standards for the company. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • A minimum of ten years utility experience in bulk electric system operations.
  • A minimum of five years experience of direct people management. 
  • A minimum of three years experience managing employees engaged in main grid operations.
  • Knowledge of transmission and distribution system operations.
  • Experience in electric utility control room (24/7) operations.
  • Leadership and teamwork skills to negotiate with and influence peers and management on policy and strategic issues.  
  • Communication and interpersonal skills including ability to manage and motivate employees, use oral and written communication to create a vision, communicate strategy, and effectively interface with other company leaders.



  • Advanced degree. 
  • NERC certification (if managing NERC certified employees). 
  • Knowledge of emergency service provision, as pertaining to the utility industry.
  • Generation interconnect integration into the bulk electric system and associated contracts.
  • Knowledge of utility-to-utility intertie contracts.
  • Knowledge of transmission rights and scheduling on the bulk electric system. 
  • Knowledge of NERC reliability standards 
  • 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: 108631
Company Code: PacifiCorp  
Primary Location: Portland, Oregon
Department: Grid Ops Director - TF 
Schedule: Full-time
Personnel Subarea: Exempt 
Hiring Range: $145,900.00- $171,600 


This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 20.00 % of salary.


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

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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