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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Reliability Assurance Program Manager I, II, III or Senior (IRC32136) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for the development and implementation of Transmission System Operation's data and documentation program for assuring reliability of the transmission system. Position assures compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards applicable to Transmission System Operations functional areas (TOP, EOP, PER, VAR, IRO, MOD, and COM). Position supports data integration and data management for efficient reliable operations and situational awareness. Position supports and ensures development as well as ongoing administration of System Operations procedures and programs to support the reliability and compliance with NERC Standards Requirements.

NOTE : There is one position available and this position will be filled at either the Reliability Assurance Program Manager I (NB18), Reliability Assurance Program Manager II (NB20), Reliability Assurance Program Manager III (NB22) or Senior Reliability Assurance Program Manager (NB23). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Job Requirements


  • Develop requirements, procedures, methods and operating/workflow models for System Operations to support reliable operations and compliance.

  • Create business process documentation and operating/workflow models, which include both documentation of existing operational processes, and modeling of future state operations to create improvements and efficiencies.

  • Perform the Compliance Coordinator role for System Operations and ensure that departmental priorities align with the corporate goals.

  • Evaluate, develop, implement, maintain, and track Internal Controls.

  • Identify gaps and report on Internal Control maturity, and compliance status.

  • Manage System Operations data integration efforts with EMS, iTOA, PI, Sharepoint, and others.

  • Prepare management status reports for assigned projects.

  • Perform audit and compliance activities including, but not limited to: audit preparation, audit interviews, mitigations, and periodic review of logs; evidence compilation.

  • Partner and team with Corporate Compliance and other functional area Compliance Coordinators to ensure consistent application of Internal Controls and compliance implementation.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, NERC Reliability Standards, and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work extra hours at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Maintain current knowledge of industry standards and train System Operations staff.

  • Develop, deliver and assist with training as needed.

  • Generate compliance reports routinely.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.

  • Time management: the ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.

  • Thoroughness: attention to accuracy and detail.

  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Computer data organization and manipulation skills.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong team player.


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Business, or an equivalent combination of System Operations or Compliance experience and/or education.

  • Training and/or equivalent experience in the areas of electric utility real time system operations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Ability to apply, and strong knowledge of, principles and practices of transmission system operations.

  • Ability to make clear, consistent, and timely decisions.

  • Ability to maintain clear and open communication with peers and customers.

  • Ability to maintain cooperation and collaboration.

  • Ability to work in partnership with other teams and functional areas.

  • Ability to deliver high quality and innovative service to internal/external customers.

  • Ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical employees and others.

  • Advanced knowledge of NERC Transmission Operations standards

  • Knowledge of process control and supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA)

  • Knowledge of change management and configuration management principles


  • Eight (8) or more years utility experience and experience in the following:

  • NERC Operations Standards

  • SharePoint

  • Business Intelligence tools


  • Willingness to travel as needed for meetings, conferences and training (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.

NOTE : The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Reliability Assurance Program Manager. Those with less experience will be hired at the Level I, II or III.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, and bend. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Mental demands : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, direct/supervise others, present information to others and work under pressure.

  • Work Environment : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to moderate level of noise. Majority of duties are performed indoors primarily at a desk.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

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