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Power Dispatcher at City of Seattle, WA

Power Dispatcher

City of Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Full-Time
Position Description

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.

Seattle City Light has an opportunity for safety-focused, detail-oriented Power Dispatchers to join the System Operations Center. The System Operations Center is a 24-hour operation and plays a critical function in the real-time operation of Seattle City Light (SCL) hydroelectric projects and municipal electric power systems.

The Power Dispatchers work under limited supervision, communicate with customer service, distribution, maintenance and repair personnel within City Light, as well as outside utility staff and customers as necessary to exchange information.They work on developing strong safety methods and practices associated with dispatching work, in part, by conducting field visits to investigate problems, verify equipment status, properly identify locations of equipment failures and carry out related field duties. These positions are the most customer facing job within the System Operations Center with our customer-owners and will report to the Chief Power Dispatcher of distribution.

Job Responsibilities

* Plans and executes switching to maintain the system's integrity so field crews may work safely on equipment and then returns the system to normal.
* Investigates alarms and calls from customers, substation operators, and police and fire dispatchers to determine whether power needs to be restored. Analyzes reports and data; plans and directs switching to restore outages; dispatches crews to make repairs; and informs appropriate departmental personnel about outages.
* Issues clearances, keeps or holds them open for routine and emergency requests after researching and planning switching sequences.
* Maintains various logs such as Power Dispatcher Logs, Service Dispatcher Logs, and clearances.
* Maintains and updates records, maps and drawings of the distribution system and equipment.
* Monitors the distribution system using computer monitoring systems and reports from substation operators.
* Answers customer calls regarding customer outages and any abnormal conditions. Dispatches crews after analyzing the situation or takes other appropriate action as necessary.
* Maintains and updates data and computer programs.
* Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.


Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:


Requires a total of two years performing the work of an Assistant Power Dispatcher. Such experience must have included training in the duties of an Assistant Power Dispatcher (Scheduling). (Equivalent education, training and experience which provide demonstrated possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.)


* May be required to be on call 24 hours/day to respond to emergency situations.
* Required to work nights, evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
* Required to work rotating shifts.
* May be exposed to hostile or abusive customers who are telephoning the utility.
* Required to be at work station during the entire shift.


Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

* Ability to work in a team environment, perform work and make quick decisions in high-pressure situations.

Additional Information

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or withoutnotice.

Application Process.

Please submit the following with your online application:

* A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
* A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light 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. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includesconviction and arrest records in compliance with theSeattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance,SMC 14.17and theCity of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3. A driving history review may be conducted in compliance withSMC 4.79.020.Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page:[ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Power Dispatcher />

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