Regional Manager, Upper Great Plains Region

Department Of Energy
Full time Full day
Watertown, SD

  • Duties




As a key member of WAPA's senior executive team, the UGP Regional Manager will exercise managerial authority and strategic leadership over power marketing, transmission planning, operations and maintenance, along with safety, environmental, procurement, financial, and HR support within the UGP region. The Regional Manager will also collaborate with WAPA's Offices of the CIO, COO, CFO and other offices in support of cyber/physical security and financial stability, to further WAPA's mission.

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Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has an opportunity for a strong, collaborative and creative leader to lead WAPA's Upper Great Plains (UGP) region, one of four regional offices comprising WAPA's fifteen state footprint. The UGP region manages and/or operates transmission facilities in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska to market power from the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Western Division. UGP's transmission system in both the eastern and the western interconnection is managed from an operations center at its office in Watertown, S.D. Its transmission system is in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and its eastern footprint is part of SPP's integrated market.

As the Regional Manager, Upper Great Plains region, Western Area Power Administration, you will:

  • Lead the Region in carrying out WAPA's mission in a quality-conscious work environment that is sensitive to the needs, interests, and concerns of customers and stakeholders.

  • Participate as a member of WAPA's senior executive team in (1) developing WAPA's overall long-range direction, goals and strategies; (2) developing and leading high performing teams to deliver quality, customer-focused service; (3) employing excellent business principles and safe, effective, and efficient operating practices; and (4) fostering commitment to good power system stewardship and organizational citizenship in accomplishing organizational goals.

  • Initiate, plan, develop, and implement broad power resource development, transmission, distribution, and marketing policy for the Region.

  • Represent WAPA at negotiations and other decision-making conferences and establish working and consultative relationships with Federal, State, and local governments, public and private interest groups, and employee labor unions to ensure widespread input into the data collection, analysis, and decision-making processes.

  • Ensure the safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the Region's power system including the development and application of operations and maintenance policies and procedures which comply with and supplement NERC reliability standards.

  • Develop long-range engineering plans and modify the Region's power system facilities in order to replace or upgrade power system infrastructure, construct facilities to serve new customer loads, and to enhance the physical security of facilities as appropriate.

  • Implement wholesale power and transmission rates sufficient to assure the timely repayment of the Federal investment in facilities and appurtenances.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel (1-5 nights per month) may be required to attend conferences, meeting and training.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0340 Program Management

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the eVerify program.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

  • New appointees must successfuly complete a 1-year probationary period.

  • Must pas a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment.

  • CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

  • PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance.

  • DRUG TESTING POSITION: As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

  • MOBILITY: It is anticipated that the incumbent will serve in the position for no more than four years before rotating to another executive position within the Program Office based on mission needs.


Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out assignments of the position. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address all of the mandatory ECQs and/or MTQs, (if required) is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all MTQs. If you are a non-SES employee or Non-Career SES employee, you must address each ECQ and MTQ. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of your application. Your application must demonstrate that you possess these qualifications. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): Additional information regarding the following five ECQ's listed below is available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM's) Web site at SENIOR Executive SERVICE

You must submit a written narrative addressing each ECQ generally not to exceed two (2) pages per ECQ for a total of no more than 10 pages. Any information in excess of ten (10) pages WILL NOT be considered. Also, adhere to the following OPM guidelines:

  • 1 inch margins,

  • 12pt font minimum and

  • It is recommended to present each ECQ within 2 pages with no less than 2 examples.

  • Try to limit introductory summaries to 2 paragraphs (it counts towards 10 page narrative limit).

  • Lastly, ensure your examples quantify your experience (numbers, percentages, and timelines), use measurable results when possible and focus on substance of story.

A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (C-C-A-R) model when preparing written ECQs narratives.

Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.

Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or environment in which you worked to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

Result: Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.

For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link:

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ listed below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:

  • MTQ 1 Demonstrated electric utility knowledge related to the safe, secure, environmentally sound and reliable operation and maintenance of a high voltage electrical transmission system, including the management and operations of electric utility transmission assets, negotiation of complex transmission, operations and maintenance contracts for the delivery of Federal power on a wholesale basis.

  • MTQ 2 Leadership skills that demonstrate business acumen and the ability to manage and direct a power marketing organization, including the ability to develop short and long-term power and transmission contracts and marketing strategies.

  • MTQ 3 Demonstrated knowledge of the electric utility industry, including demonstrated experience with FERC open access requirements, electric energy markets, and the formation, functions and operation of regional transmission organizations (RTOs).


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