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Enforcement Analyst

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Washington DC Full-Time
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Enforcement Analyst

Position Summary

The Enforcement Analyst (Analyst) manages the Enforcement oversight process and regional coordination of compliance data in accordance with the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP). The Analyst maintains the integrity and performs analysis of enforcement data that is provided to the NERC Board of Trustees Compliance Committee (BOTCC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This includes independent decision making as a subject matter expert (SME) on oversight of Regional Entities, data validation and collaboration with Regional Entities, and conducting analysis of violation processing. The Analyst also prepares and analyzes Notices of Penalty, reviews Mitigation Plans and activities, prepares and analyzes documents for presentation to the BOTCC and FERC, determines the priorities of violations to be processed, manages the timely internal processing of Notices of Penalty, and ensures the consistency of presentation for Notices of Penalty. This position reports to the Senior Counsel and Director of Enforcement Oversight.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Work with the Director of Enforcement Oversight, manage and perform oversight of Regional Entity processes, and provide feedback to ensure consistent application of the CMEP, including:

●  Review Find, Fix, Track, and Report (FFT) issues and Compliance Exceptions prior to and after posting

●  Perform annual sampling of FFTs and Compliance Exceptions, including collaboration with FERC and Regional Entities

●  Plan and coordinate process reviews, including preparation of criteria, notifications, timeline, and reports

●  Provide feedback internally and to Regional Entities to offer improvements to ensure consistency across the Regions

 Work with the Manager of Compliance Analysis, Reporting, and Tracking as well as manage the NERC compliance reporting system, for example, development, coordination, testing, and maintenance, including:

●  Maintain the integrity of Enforcement files and databases as well as update information as needed

●  Collaborate with other departments, vendors, and Regional Entity staff

●  Recommend improvements to data management system and modifications to business rules, and implement feedback to achieve challenging goals

●  Manage the compliance reporting system budget and ongoing support tickets

 Participate in the preparation of Notices of Penalty and other documents for the BOTCC and for filing with FERC, including:

●  Participate in team activities to prepare Notices of Penalty for BOTCC approval and filing with FERC (drafting, reviewing, editing, and proofreading)

●  Analyze complex Notice of Penalty violations for technical feasibility, appropriateness to the Reliability Standard(s), comprehensiveness of story, and consistency of assessed penalty

●  Communicate with Regional Entities to clarify open issues in the Notices of Penalty and maintain relationships with the Regional Entities while providing oversight to the Notices of Penalty

●  Consider all internal NERC comments made during the internal review, providing answers, and preparing the documents for BOTCC presentation and further action

 Prepare appropriate reports and documentation for presentation to the BOTCC and FERC according to applicable regulatory obligations by performing data analysis to update key enforcement metrics and trends

 Develop and implement changes to Regional CMEP processes and recommendations to improve reporting processes

 Manage the monthly internal review process for noncompliance

 Conduct the review and approval of Mitigation Plans for noncompliance with NERC Reliability Standards

 Manage the NERC templates for handling noncompliance through various processing methods

 Familiar with and adhere to Information Technology security policies and procedures

 Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with five to eight years of relevant experience

  Strong ability to work in a team-oriented environment, including working effectively with managers, external vendors, and Regional Entity staff

  Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

  Strong interpersonal, communications, and written skills

  Strong project management and analytical experience

  Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with minimal direct supervision

  Ability to manage and solve complex issues and problems

  Exceptional negotiation and conflict management skills

  Excellent organization and leadership skills

  Excellent collaboration and team-building skills

  Exceptional attention to detail

  Strong word processing and database skills including ability to use advanced formatting with Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Access, and Adobe Acrobat

  Ability to proofread and perform quality assurance of all documents

Additional desired attributes include:

  Familiarity with NERC Reliability Standards and the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP)

  Knowledge of bulk power system planning and operations

  Familiarity with regulatory compliance oversight and enforcement within a recognized industry, government, or government-authorized agency

  Experience with appeals or similar regulatory proceedings

  Familiarity with Microsoft Management Studio, Transactional SQL, and query building as well as SQL Server

  Understanding of relational databases

Other

  Background check will be conducted prior to employment

  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire

  Limited travel is necessary

  This position is classified as exempt

  This position is located in Washington, DC

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and salary history in electronic format to hr@nerc.net.

 

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Effective Reliability Standards that are clear, consistent and technically sound, coupled with a strong standards enforcement program, form the foundation of NERC’s efforts to help maintain and improve the reliability of North America’s bulk power system. NERC provides a number of additional programs and services designed to support owners, operators and users of the bulk power system in their efforts to attain operational excellence. These include identifying issues before they have a chance to become critical, sharing best practices, supporting training and education, monitoring the international electric grid, benchmarking performance to provide the industry with an objective lens through which to view itself, and more as described below.

Reliability Standards
Reliability Standards are the planning and operating rules that electric utilities follow to ensure the most reliable system possible. These standards are developed by the industry using a balanced, open, fair and inclusive process managed by the NERC Standards Committee. The Committee is facilitated by NERC staff and comprised of representatives from many electric industry sectors.

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