21 days old

Tolt Relicensing Coordinator/Assistant Program Manager (SA 2)

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Payrate
    $9,335,448 To $14,008,392 Yearly
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Position Description


An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration. Please DO NOT attach resumes and cover letters, as they will not be considered in the review of candidate's qualifications.  

The Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is hiring four permanent, full-time positions working as integral members of the Tolt Relicensing Team to secure the next Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the City to continue hydropower and water supply operations on the South Fork Tolt River for the next 30-50 years.  All four positions require robust program management skills including developing scopes of work, maintaining schedules and budgets, working closely with consultant teams, and leading internal subject matter experts to meet FERC relicensing milestones.  In addition, these positions require liaising with State and Federal Agencies, Tribes, and other interest and advocacy groups identified as Tolt Licensing Participants. Together, these positions will manage implementation of the new license in close coordination with Seattle City Light, working within their disciplines of expertise and communicating programmatic updates to City leadership and stakeholders.
The Tolt Relicensing Coordinator will directly support and report to the Tolt Relicensing Program Manager in the Water Planning and Program Management Division within the Water Line of Business.  This role will be an integral program management team member responsible for overarching coordination across SPU and Seattle City Light, consultant teams, and internal multidisciplinary teams. Under the new FERC license, this position will serve as the overall SPU Tolt FERC Program Manager.
About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?  

We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities



Job Responsibilities


  • Coordinate and facilitate communication of a large multidisciplinary, interdepartmental, matrixed team, comprising environmental scientists, planners, engineers, to engender a collaborative and productive relicensing environment to meet FERC milestones and license requirements.
  • Assist the Tolt Relicensing Program Manager with FERC reporting; budget tracking; QA/QC invoices and reports; budget reconciliation; contract/agreement management; and stakeholder coordination.
  • Apply specialized knowledge or multidisciplinary technical expertise to secure environmental compliance permits required to obtain a FERC license and maintaining compliance with those permits over time. 
  • Support complex negotiations and stakeholder engagement, representing City interests to state/federal agencies, Tribes, and other interest/advocacy groups. 
  • Administer consultant contracts, including preparing scopes of work/budgets, reviewing study plans, technical reports, and submittals from consultants/contractors.
  • Monitor progress and provide status reports/briefings on SPU's Tolt Program, providing presentations for City Light and SPU leadership and other interested internal and external parties as needed.
  • Oversee day-to-day management the Project SharePoint site, Project Document/Data Management system and Public Library webpage for external sharing of Project documents and data developed during relicensing.
  • Provide logistical support and communication/coordination during fieldwork conducted in support of Tolt hydro relicensing process and related consultation with external Licensing Participants. 
  • Attend all unit, division, and SPU all-staff meetings, as well as required training.
  • Support other duties related to water supply planning, wholesale customer support, and budgeting for the Water Line-of-Business as required. 
  • Interact and work with a multicultural and diverse group of individuals and teams.
  • Perform work in alignment with the City of Seattle’s Racial Equity & Social Justice framework.

Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain the complete listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change as conditions require.





Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience and advanced professional experience relevant to the performance of essential duties above at a high level.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Natural, Physical or Environmental Sciences, Planning/Public Administration/Policy (with emphasis on Natural Resources or Environmental Sciences) or related field.

Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.


License Requirements: At the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License.


You will be most successful in this role if you possess one or more of the following: 

  • Excellent project management skills, and the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks. 
  • Experience overseeing consultant contracts or consulting in a related field of work. 
  • Exceptional communication, facilitation, and/or negotiation skills. 
  • Experience in drinking water system planning, working with/for electric utilities, relicensing of hydroelectric projects, or implementing habitat conservation plans.
  • Experience working well with Tribal governments, state/federal agencies, and diverse stakeholders, with proven success in building positive relationships to achieve results. 
  • Demonstrated history navigating complex, multidisciplinary, and sensitive issues, with successful outcomes.
  • Excellent analytical skills and computer skills, including SharePoint and Microsoft Suite of tools, to monitor, evaluate, and communicate programmatic results.  


Additional Information


City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate:

All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.
Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences.
Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page www.seattle.gov/util/.


Posted: 2022-11-10 Expires: 2022-12-25

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