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Skagit License Assistant Manager

City of Seattle Seattle, WA
  • Expired: September 30, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. This position will report to the Skagit License Manager in the Environment, Land and Licensing Business Unit.
This is a permanent, full-time position as a program coordinator working closely with the Skagit License Manager, License Implementation staff, Skagit Project staff, and the Skagit Relicensing Team.  Specifically, this position will be responsible for coordinating relicensing activities and communications with internal and external consultant teams, stakeholders and City Light resource teams, Permitting leads, and subject matter experts.  This will involve assisting with coordination and planning required to implement the measures included in City Light's current Skagit hydroelectric project license as well as acting as program coordinator for the Skagit Relicensing Project. The role will require liaising with the many State and Federal Agencies, multiple Tribes and other interest and advocacy groups identified as Skagit Licensing Participants.  The position will serve as an integral member of the relicensing team and will assist with maintaining scope, schedule, budgets and communications in the FERC relicensing proceeding, and supporting relicensing negotiations with federal and state agencies, Tribes and other parties. The position will have broad responsibilities for a variety of tasks and for coordinating the activities of internal staff and consultants. This position will be tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Support Skagit Relicensing team, comprising environmental scientists, planners, engineers, consultants and legal specialists in all aspects of program management including planning, communication, work assignments, prioritization, flow, and scheduling.
  • Prepare of scopes of work, assignments and coordination of communications between City Light, consultant and legal teams for the Skagit Project relicensing process.
  • Assist with development of a compliance management system for the Skagit Project license and related activities.
  • Assist the Skagit License Manager with FERC reporting; budget tracking; QA/QC of reports; accuracy of invoices and project accounting, budget reconciliation; contract/MOA/grant management; and agency/tribal coordination.
  • Develop contract and project specifications, coordination of consultant and contractor selection processes, and negotiation of contracts for study plans necessary during relicensing.
  • Administer consultant and construction contracts, review study plans, technical reports and submittals from consultants/contractors for accuracy, clarity and effectiveness in meeting scope of work outlined in contract(s). Prepare/review reports for internal staff and external parties on progress; provide presentations for City Light leadership and the public to explain progress and plans.
  • Manage the project SharePoint and coordinate timely communication between internal and external teams.
  • Coordinate the logistics and support needed for the Skagit Project relicensing process and related consultation with external Licensing Participants.
  • Oversee day-to-day management of an Enterprise Data Management system and Public Library webpage for external sharing of documents and data developed during relicensing.
  • Assist with logistic support and communication during field work conducted in support of the existing Skagit Project license and relicensing. Ensure work is done in accordance with City Light safety policies and practices.
  • Attend all unit, division, and City Light all-staff meetings, as well as required training.
Education: Bachelor's degree in natural or physical sciences, environmental sciences, planning (with emphasis on environmental issues), public administration/policy (with emphasis on natural resources) or related field.
Experience: Minimum of three (3) years of experience in technical project management, permitting, environmental research, environmental law, impact analysis, environmental compliance, or a related field.
OR: Combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties
Certification/License:  Valid Washington State Driver's LicenseDesired Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Business Administration, Project Management, Finance or related field.
  • Background in working with or for electric utilities;
  • Background in relicensing of hydroelectric projects
  • Background in working with state and federal regulatory agencies, particularly the FERC, NPS, USFWS, WDFW and Ecology.
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication, as demonstrated by report, presentations or publications;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and effectively represent City Light issues and concerns;
  • The ability to work effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences;
  • The ability to handle multiple and varied assignments;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies applicable to permitting of typical utility related activities and environmental projects;
  • Experience in the use of Word, Excel, and databases.
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

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City of Seattle


Seattle, WA
98104 USA