Under the direction of the Vice President of Energy Resource Planning, the Program Manager will partner with internal stakeholders, consultants, cooperative members, and external developers to oversee and lead the execution of distribution-level projects. In this role, you will drive projects that will reduce power supply costs, increase distribution energy resources, and ensure resource adequacy. In the ground projects may include utility-scale solar, energy storage, geothermal, natural gas generation, and generation pilot projects (i.e. hydrogen). The Program Manager will be responsible for establishing and delivering on metrics to support Electric Resource Plans (ERP), Resource Adequacy, Clean Energy Plans (CEP), and the transition to the SPP WEIS market.
Essential Job Functions:
Responsible for maintaining overall project performance metrics which includes managing the scope, schedule, permitting, budget, maintenance, and safety performance for the full project lifecycle from planning through design, construction, and integration of the project with operations.
Develop mitigation and recovery plans to ensure project milestones are met.
Interfacing directly with the client and United Power management to report progress, costs, schedule, and risks across a portfolio of power supply projects.
Manage work tasks between United Power employees and third-party contractors.
Support Electric Resource Plan, Resource Adequacy, and Clean Energy Plan filings.
Support work necessary to transition into SPP WEIS and eventually SPP RTO West.
Coordinate grant and funding opportunities to reduce project costs.
Engage with Colorado state agencies including CDPHE, AQCC, and PUC.
Assist with the preparation of bid documents, development of requests for proposal responses and cost estimates.
Managing contract solicitations including document creation, pre-bid meetings, addendums, review of offers, and contract awards.
Ensure projects are executed in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and codes, and with Utility policies, procedures, and standards.
Creates, expands, and maintains professional and productive working relationships with peers and stakeholders. Works collaboratively with colleagues and fosters a spirit of cooperation in the workplace.
Performs other duties as may be requested or assigned to meet the needs of United Power in the interest of good management practice.
Must possess a valid Colorado’s driver's license or the ability to obtain one. Must have the ability to travel throughout service territory for member and business meetings.
Power Supply Program Manager I
A bachelor’s degree in the following disciplines: Project Management, Engineering, Construction Management; and six (6) years’ experience, or practical equivalent project management experience managing engineering or consulting project may be substituted for formal education.
Power Supply Program Manager II
A bachelor’s degree in the following disciplines: Project Management, Engineering, Construction Management; and eight (8) years’ experience, or practical equivalent project management experience managing engineering or consulting project may be substituted for formal education.
Sr. Power Supply Program Manager
A bachelor’s degree in the following disciplines: Project Management, Engineering, Construction Management; and twelve (12) years’ experience, or practical equivalent project management experience managing engineering or consulting project may be substituted for formal education.
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is desired.
Related experience working for or providing consulting services to electric utilities is desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong business acumen and project management expertise with a successful track record of implementing transformational customer experiences that drive and exceed business goals.
Process improvement and change management experience. Concrete examples of having identified problems and opportunities from a customer standpoint and proven results implementing solutions.
Passionate customer/member advocate with an innate desire to build programs that exceed their expectations.
Ability to establish clear outcomes aligned with strategy, manage to them, and effectively report on progress.
Ability to manage multiple complex and high visibility and/or high impact projects/programs simultaneously.
Demonstrated ability to manage ambiguity and react to change productively and handle other tasks as needed.
Excellent organizational and communication (oral, written, presentation, and facilitation) skills with the demonstrated ability to interact with all levels inside and outside of the Company.
Must have an in-depth knowledge reading staking sheets, construction plans, acquiring permits, maps, and a thorough understanding of voltage, amps, transformers, NESC, NEC, and knowledge of utility electric distribution systems.
Must have an in-depth understanding of ROW and traffic control requirements associated with electric utility design.
Must have a comprehensive knowledge of construction methods, material units, construction drawings (site plans, electric plans, drainage plans, landscape plans, grading plans, etc), land use and permitting activities, electric utility operations, including pricing, rate structures, energy management, and construction, design and material standards.
Demonstrated ability to interpret contract language and the understanding of applicable tariffs
Demonstrated ability to use computer software programs (e.g., e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and project management)
Demonstrated strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work with others to find solutions to customer requests
Appropriate technical expertise to facilitate technical solutions, as required
Knowledge of the utility industry
Ability to work effectively in a diverse work environment.
Supervision Received and Exercised:
Receive broad guidance and direction from the Vice President of Energy Resource Planning. Directs and manages projects where the work is assigned to internal personnel or external contractors.
Provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable and consistent with organization objectives.
Works under only general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions. Works are reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.
Decisions are made within the guidelines provided by management regarding modification to processes, workflows, purchases and prioritizing projects.
The position has the ability to make decisions regarding how to manage time at work.
Contributes to completion of specific programs and projects. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious project delays and considerable expenditure of resources.
Frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts. Represents organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.
Frequently interacts with contractors at construction meetings, in person or on the phone to discuss designs, and pre-construction meetings or site visits.
Frequently interacts with government officials/inspectors by phone or by email.
Frequently interacts with other employees, in person, over the phone or email to discuss projects, procedures and member needs.
Essential Physical & Mental Requirements:
Thirty percent (30%) is spent standing. Must be able to lift and/or carry approximately 25 lbs. when taking required equipment to vehicle or job site. Must be able to push and pull up to 50 lbs. when opening and closing cabinets, doors, and file drawers.
Must be able to operate controls while driving a vehicle.
Must be able to climb stairs or into a truck, or on occasion, make short climbs in mountain terrain at a job site.
Must have excellent balance when sitting, standing, or walking.
Must be able to stoop or kneel when getting into file drawers in the office or when on a job site with a customer.
Must be able to reach and use hands, arms, and fingers when driving a vehicle and working at a desk.
Must be able to talk clearly in an ordinary tone and hear ordinary conversation while working with customers and employees.
Must have adequate close-up vision for reading and writing. Must have distance vision accommodation, depth perception, color vision and field of vision when driving a vehicle.
Must be alert, precise, analytical, ingenuous, and persuasive. The required tasks also demand initiative, problem solving ability, and good judgment; alertness, persuasiveness, patience, and excellent communication skills, both oral and written; a good memory, concentration, reasoning, imagination, visual discrimination, aesthetic sense, and spatial perception.
The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions: No effective protection from weather.
The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
Typical hiring range:
Level I: $93,600 - $105,852 per year
Level II: $102,585 - $118,553 per year
Senior Level: $114,975 - $132,780 per year
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a generous benefits package that includes an employee retirement plan, 401K with match, paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance. For a full list of benefits, please visit our careers page at https://www.unitedpower.com/careers.
United Power is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. United Power prohibits discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, military or veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, this position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other job responsibilities as assigned by the immediate supervisor or management.
Management reserves the right to change position descriptions, specifications or work schedules to accommodate individuals with disabilities or as the need arises.
This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
At United Power, we don’t just employ people — we make them a part of our family.
United Power serves a diverse service territory spread across six counties — Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld — located along Colorado’s northern Front Range. We employ approximately 180 positions with competitive salaries and excellent medical and retirement benefits at three different offices.
Brighton: Our headquarters in Brighton is just 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver. Brighton is a rapidly growing city with all the advantages of Denver, yet still maintains a small town feel.
Coal Creek Canyon: The Coal Creek Canyon office is located at a higher elevation in one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain canyons. Enjoy a working environment surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and living in a tight-knit community.
Carbon Valley Service Center: Located at the intersection of Carbon Valley, just off I-25 and Highway 119, the Carbon Valley Service Center is in close range to our western communities.
All selected applicants are required to complete Section 1 of the Federal Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) and to provide identification and either proof o...f U.S. citizenship or proof of authorization to work in the U.S. In addition, United Power uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records.