Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has an opportunity for a strong, collaborative, and creative leader to lead WAPA’s information technology teams and application of information technology to improve business processes through implementation of Enterprise Architecture and IT planning procedures and the protection of WAPA’s mission critical and essential IT and OT systems through strengthened cyber security management and technical controls.
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is a member of WAPA’s senior executive team and serves as a principal advisor to WAPA's Administrator and to other WAPA senior executives on the application of information and operations technology to improve business processes and serve power delivery, power marketing and transmission system maintenance needs. As the leader of 230+ federal and contract technology staff located throughout the 15-state service territory, this key executive will partner effectively across WAPA and DOE to advance WAPA’s mission through the use of effective enterprise architecture, data strategy and cyber security.
Duties will include, but not limited to:
Providing oversight to the operations and service delivery of WAPA’s technology including mission critical operational and marketing tools, financial system, work and asset management tools and a wide array of toolsets enabling value added, cost effective work in all areas. Directing organizational activities and frames strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluations of long-term organizational objectives.
Instituting innovative IT solutions by shaping strategic objectives during the program planning and resource acquisition and allocation processes and produces an information resources plan which is fully integrated into WAPA's strategic plan and annual and long-term budget and capital plans.
Coordinating with other senior managers to develop plans and measures that address cyber security threats and risks as well as coordinates with systems managers, developing cyber security policies and guidance.
Ensuring that activities are carried out consistent with the laws and regulations that govern and guide them such as executive orders, cyber security directives and national policies governing IT (i.e., the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act of 2016 the Clinger-Cohen Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996, the Government Information Security Reform Act of 2001, the Federal Information Systems Management Act of 2002, etc.).
Developing key relationships throughout DOE to help direct and deliver cost effective solutions that benefit both DOE and WAPA customers.
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The ideal candidate for this position has significant leadership experience and knowledge in designing, developing, producing, testing, and maintaining all types of technology solutions; experience in leading and developing effective partnerships with a wide array of people at every level including government agencies, vendors and industry for the purposes of continuous learning, process improvement, change management and effective collaboration; and identifying best practices and effectively managing a 24x7 system necessary to keep the lights on.
Applicants must have strong leadership skills and business acumen to manage and supervise a diverse staff responsible for all facets of information technology services. This will include networks, business systems, operational controls, cyber security measures, and critical infrastructure protection.
In addition, a candidate should have demonstrated ability integrating key agency goals and priorities into organizational programs while balancing change and continuity, improving customer service, increasing program performance, and ensuring accountability, and developing and maintaining strategic technology plans and integrating those plans into WAPA’s capital planning and budgetary planning processes. Candidates must demonstrate sufficient experience in IT, OT, SCADA systems and leading IT organizations in an electric utility environment. (See Mandatory Technical Qualifications for specific requirements).
Internal Number: DOE-HQ-WA-19-00237-SES
We're one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. We also market power from the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired plant near Page, Ariz. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.