Be a Part of Something that Matters
At WECC, we affect the lives of 80 million people by mitigating risks to a reliable bulk power system in the West. The grid is changing rapidly as environmental regulations, economics, technology, and customer demands push the power industry to new limits. At the same time, what used to be low probability events, such as extreme weather and major cybersecurity breaches, are now occurring at a pace and level of complexity that we have not seen before. Help us further our important work by joining our team as the Director, Enforcement to promote a culture of reliability and security by focusing on known and future risks as we enforce standards to help registered entities mitigate those risks.
In this role, you will implement and manage the enforcement components of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP). You will be responsible for demonstrating rigor, competency, discretion, and fairness in processing enforcement actions within the guidance of the risk-based CMEP and ensuring the appropriate enforcement mechanisms are used and are equal to the risk posed by potential violations. You will ensure that internal processes and procedures align with NERC’s Rules of Procedure, WECC’s Regulatory Philosophy, and WECC’s Long-term Strategy and are in full support of the CMEP. You will also work closely with other areas of the Reliability and Security Oversight team to ensure a seamless WECC oversight experience for Registered Entities.
Relocation to Salt Lake City, Utah, is required for applicants that currently reside outside of that area.
- Be a key manager in the Oversight team, promoting a collaborative, trusting culture in which everyone is a leader.
- Ensure WECC processes align with NERC policies and guidance concerning the CMEP and risk-based oversight processes.
- Direct enforcement activities and strategy, including management of a multi-talented staff that includes enforcement attorneys, engineers, and risk-focused subject matter experts.
- Facilitate settlement negotiations, mitigation assistance, and enforcement hearings as necessary, while ensuring WECC is conducting its enforcement and mitigation activities according to our Regulatory Philosophy.
- Develop an appropriate strategy for the department, keeping in mind the balance between our regulatory obligations and collaboration with our Registered Entities.
- Employ “outside-in” thinking when interacting with Registered Entities to ensure we are always cognizant of how our actions affect our stakeholders.
- Analyze complex Notice of Penalty matters for adherence to the NERC Rules of Procedure, technical feasibility, appropriateness to the Reliability Standards, comprehensiveness of information, and consistency of assessed penalty and sanctions.
- Review, analyze, and act on department metrics and trends, focusing on improvement of violation inventory statistics as well as the general performance of enforcement and mitigation engineers, analysts, and attorneys.
- Develop and track key initiatives that help WECC meet its annual scorecard metrics.
- Develop relationships with important internal and external stakeholders.
- Help prepare documents for the NERC Board of Trustees Compliance Committee and for filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other applicable government agencies.
- Participate in periodic process review and organizational assessment to foster continuous improvement and organization growth.
- Develop and manage annual department budget.
- Prepare materials for and present at Reliability and Security Workshops, WECC Board meetings, NERC Board of Trustees meetings, and FERC meetings.
- Develop and manage team and individual development to increase expertise and competency; build bench strength for the department.
- Assist with recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, and mentoring of enforcement analysts, enforcement attorneys, and mitigation engineers.
You will enjoy this role if you have—
- A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school, and a license in good standing to practice law in at least one U.S. state.
- At least 10 years of management experience, five of which include managing multiple levels of teams within an organization.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in utility operations, planning, CIP, regulatory or administrative law, or at least five years’ experience as an enforcement attorney.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of CMEP.
- Demonstrated knowledge of NERC Reliability Standards.
- Experience using data and statistical analyses to provide management with appropriate and timely business decisions.
- Understanding of legal and regulatory issues related to the monitoring and enforcement of compliance with Reliability Standards, including risk assessment, internal controls evaluation, mitigation, and basic auditing concepts.
- Familiarity with COSO, GAGAS, and IIA standards.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and mediation skills including the ability to successfully negotiate challenging issues to an agreeable conclusion.
- Management skills including the demonstrated ability to establish objectives, execute policy, and monitor resources.
- Excellent organizational skills with an ability to work on and finish many projects simultaneously.
- Excellent presentational, written, and spoken communication skills.
At WECC we—
- Seek information and ask for help,
- Are accountable,
- Embrace the challenges and rewards of change,
- Treat everyone as a colleague,
- Pursue continuous learning,
- Focus on results over completing activities.
WECC offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, a 401(k) plan, and paid personal time.
Be a part of something that matters!