Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Manager

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Jun 26, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Environmental Services Natural Resources
  • Salary: $146,681.59 - $188,052.81 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

Tacoma Power is seeking an Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Manager toprovide program management for the implementation of Tacoma Power's participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) managed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). In order to implement Tacoma Power's EIM program, the program manager will be responsible for coordinating and managing chartered cross-functional project work groups with designated key work stream activities, managing program staff and project managers through direction and leadership of complex and technical work, and assigning and reviewing the work of vendors, project staff, contractors, supervisors, and technical professionals assigned to the EIM program.

The program manager has the primary responsibility for program governance reporting to the Program Sponsors and Program Executive Steering Committee on content related to overall program status, risk/issue management, benefit realization and change control recommendations. Chair regular program status meetings to review status, schedules and issues and initiate corrective action plans or escalations for critical program issues. Provides regular communication of program status and issues to the Executive Steering Committee and TPU Stakeholders and conducts monthly Steering Committee update meetings. Reviews and recommends approval for the program deliverables as submitted from the work stream project managers.

As the EIM Manager, you will:
  • Build the project team; Build a team of internal stakeholders and subject matter experts and external consultants. For retaining external consultants this will include overseeing and developing an RFP, bid evaluation, and contract negotiation. The project team, which the Program Manager oversees, will be responsible for 6 CAISO tracks with a lead assigned to each track. The CAISO tracks include:
    • Track 1: Project Management
    • Track 2: Legal, Policy and Support
    • Track 3: Modeling Transmission and Generation Assets
    • Track 4: System Integration and Testing
    • Track 5: Metering and Settlements
    • Track 6: Operations Readiness and Training
Project planning and gap closure; the project team will work to identify, confirm, and present the scope and approach of the subsequent project activities. The main activities of this phase include finalizing the scope of work, finalizing the project plan, identifying detailed plans and timelines for gap closure, producing detailed business requirements and refining budget estimates. Gap analysis and closure will include an evaluation of existing systems/software and business processes. Implementation; this is the main phase where procurement activities will take place, vendors will be selected, and all elements needed to operate effectively in EIM will be implemented into the business or staged for deployment. Organizational alignment, resourcing, and training; training will begin well in advance of go-live and will consist of not only CAISO levels I, II, and III training but also specific training to aid with efficient operations. As part of this phase any additional positions that have been identified will be filled and the organizational changes needed for EIM will be affected. Testing and parallel operations; this phase will last for several months and will be comprised of CAISO structured and unstructured scenarios. It will also be the opportunity to do full end to end testing of all systems and perform a Site Acceptance Test ahead of going into a parallel operations phase. In addition, settlement runs will take place, and data will be provided to Tacoma Power for review. At the appropriate time, systems will be put in parallel operation and a readiness check will be undertaken. Go-live; this will include preparation activities for cut-over several days ahead of time both on the Tacoma Power side and the CAISO side, then Tacoma Power's data will be given to the market at prescribed timeframes before all interfaces become fully active goes live. This stage will also include activation of business continuity plans and the issuance of pre-prepared external communications.


  • Successfully implemented an Energy Imbalance Marketprogram;
  • 10+ years program management;
  • Demonstrated experience implementing enterprise programs and successfully engaging stakeholder groups;
  • Ability to navigate complex organizational dynamics including purchasing and procurement systems.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Rodney Croston, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn .

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable,walkablecities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of theTheaFossWaterway, the expansions of both theMultiCareand Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

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If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous