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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 evolving at an unprecedented rate as environmental regulations, economics, technology, and customer demands continue to 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, have become more frequent and are now occurring at a pace and complexity that we have not seen before. Help us further our important work by joining our team as the Director, Entity Risk Assessment and Registration to promote a strong culture of reliability and security by focusing on known and future risks.
In this role, you will lead and manage the continued development and implementation of several different programs, including Entity Registration and Certification, Entity Risk Assessments, Regional Risk Assessment, Entity Internal Controls, and Internal Compliance Maturity Assessments. In this position, you will ensure 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 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP). You will also work closely with other areas of Reliability and Security Oversight to ensure a seamless oversight experience for Registered Entities. This position will report to the Vice President, Reliability and Security Oversight.
Relocation to Salt Lake City, Utah is required for applicants that currently reside outside of that area.
- Lead and manage the Risk Assessment program within the Reliability and Security Oversight team. This includes overseeing all entity Inherent Risk Assessments (IRA), Compliance Oversight Plan (COP) development, and monitoring of the Regional Risk Assessment.
- Lead and manage the Risk Assessment and Registration team. You will be accountable for using team strengths, development of short- and long-range plans, development of metrics and accountabilities, and delivery of work products, insights, and analyses with the goal of achieving WECC’s mission and vision.
- Lead the implementation of internal controls assessment activities and their links to audit and risk assessment work.
- Partner with teams throughout the Reliability and Security Oversight group, and throughout WECC, to support the success of all aspects of the CMEP.
- Ensure WECC processes align with NERC policies and guidance concerning the CMEP and risk-based oversight processes.
- Lead the team to develop annual risk-based monitoring plans and entity-specific monitoring scopes, based on prioritized risks.
- Develop and implement strategy for Risk Assessment, Internal Controls, and Entity Registration and Certification Programs.
- Ensure the timely and quality completion of various departmental projects and work products.
- Identify and implement process improvements to maximize the program’s efficiency, effectiveness, and stakeholder engagement.
- Work with CMEP colleagues within WECC and the ERO Enterprise on Risk Assessment, Registration, and Certification-related activities.
- Build relationships, educate, and inform industry stakeholders about CMEP activities and approaches supporting the Reliability and Security Oversight vision and strategies.
- Develop and track key initiatives that result in the attainment of WECC’s annual scorecard metrics.
- Develop and manage the annual department
- Participate in ERO Enterprise work groups and task forces.
You will enjoy this role if you have—
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent experience.
- At least 10 years of experience working in the electric utility or similar industry, in a compliance or regulatory, operational risk, or advisory services role, with a focus on one or more of the following: identification and categorization of risks to reliability and security, evaluation or implementation of programs to mitigate those risks, assessing internal control effectiveness and entity performance, and operationalizing business activities to maintain compliance with applicable laws or regulations.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible management experience leading teams of subject matter experts in a technically and operationally complex organization.
- Proven experience engaging in regulatory and compliance matters with industry and ERO Enterprise leaders, NERC, FERC, and other applicable governmental authorities.
- Proven experience working in the energy sector with knowledge and understanding of day-to-day utility operations from operational planning, cybersecurity, and compliance perspectives.
- Broad understanding of the mandatory reliability standards and risk management practices and issues affecting the reliability and security of the Bulk Power System and the Western Interconnection.
- Strong familiarity with COSO, GAGAS, and IIA standards, especially related to understanding entities, including internal controls, to understand their risks and their ability to mitigate them.
- The ability to build strong, working relationships within WECC, with the ERO Enterprise, and with external stakeholders.
- A willingness to cooperate with industry representatives in compliance forums to understand the challenges and risks that the industry might face.
- Superior communication skills, including the ability to communicate with and gain the confidence of a variety of audiences with clarity and persuasiveness, listen to and learn from multiple voices, exhibit intellectual curiosity, and quickly summarize technical information.
- Proven success in building, retaining, and developing high-performing, results-oriented teams and people.
- Strong conceptual, analytical, and organizational skills to inform strategy development and execution.
- Commitment to cultural and emotional intelligence and have an ability to work with a diverse group of constituents.
- A willingness and ability to bear high levels of responsibility and are always accountable for decisions and results.
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!