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Senior Project Manager/Asset Manager
Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) is seeking qualified applicants for immediate hire for the position of Senior Project Manager to manage SCPPA’s current (but increasing) portfolio of 44 assets and projects.
SCPPA is a joint powers agency and was created in 1980 by the Publicly Owned Utilities (POUs) in Southern California to provide joint planning, financing, developing, constructing, operating and maintaining projects for the generation or transmission of electric energy. SCPPA’s Members consist of 11 cities and one irrigation district: Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Burbank, Cerritos, Colton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Vernon, and the Imperial Irrigation District. Collectively, our Members serve over two million residential and business customers in Southern California, representing a population of approximately five million people.
Under general direction, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for monitoring utility projects for operational performance, contract compliance, budget, and expenditures for SCPPA’s current operating projects, which includes traditional and renewable generation, transmission, and natural gas reserves projects. The Senior Project Manager actively participates in project meetings and represents the Members interests in these projects. The total annual budget is over $900 million.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manage SCPPA assets and Operating Agents to ensure they are in compliance with all elements of their contracts and budgets.
  • Identify and resolve contract, budget and performance issues with the various agencies involved with current assets and projects.
  • Create individual annual budgets for operating projects. Work in close coordination with Accounting, Operating Agents and Power Purchase Agreement counterparties to forecast generation and expenses.
  • Coordinate with legal department to identify and resolve contract and related legal issues in current projects.
  • Represent SCPPA in operating and management committees for joint participation projects.
  • Lead SCPPA’s Natural Gas Working Group and support the Renewable Working Group and Finance Committee as needed.
  • Prepare and present items to the SCPPA Board that involve budget, compliance, performance, outages, and negotiations.
  • Maintain electronic database of all project information to allow Members and SCPPA staff to access project records and documents.
  • Execute monthly natural gas sale and purchases transactions. Cultivate and maintain trading relationships.
  • Support financing activities as needed.
  • Report project budget variances quarterly, including explanation of variances.
  • Prepare a 10-year forecast for each project annually.
  • Coordinate between SCPPA Accounting department, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Accounting Staff, and Project Participants.
  • Coordinate between SCPPA Project Participants and project operators.
  • Develop written and oral reports describing the status of projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
To view the complete job description, information on benefits, and how to apply, visit our website at www.scppa.org and click on the Careers link.

This recruitment is Open Until Filled, with a first review of applications received by November 1, 2021. Interviews will be held in early to mid-November.
Position: Senior Project Manager/Asset Manager
Organization: Southern California Public Power Authority
Location: Glendora,  CA 
United States
Salary: $146,803 - $198,185 (USD) Annually
Posting Start Date: 10/4/2021
Date Posted: 10/5/2021

Knowledge of:

  • Utility industry operations and power markets
  • Electric utility generation, transmission, and distribution system
  • Organization, procedures, and operations of California public utilities
  • Municipal Utility governance and organization
  • Utility project contracts including performance guarantees, penalty sections, expiration date issues, re-negotiations and new regulations that impact an existing contract.
  • Issues specific to various generation sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, as well as natural gas, coal, hydroelectric and nuclear.
  • Power purchase agreements to interpret the specific financial or technical issues that arise during the course of an agreement.
  • Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and modern information systems.

Ability to:

  • Read and understand project agreements
  • Manage priorities to ensure the most critical project issues are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Explain complex issues and communicate effectively in writing and orally to all parties involved in the management of SCPPA projects.
  • Conduct onsite review of a project to observe issues in a dispute and clarify the contractual obligation of any party to the current agreement.
  • Use accounting software and Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Work independently and in groups
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Members, counterparties, contractors/vendors and partners. Conduct critical thinking and offer credible solutions
  • Analyze complex data
  • Perform technical research and present findings

Minimum Requirements:

 A Bachelor’s degree in engineering, finance or other relevant major is required with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in an operating utility or similar organization. Experience in a publicly owned utility or joint powers authority; general knowledge of engineering principles, accounting practices, and contracts; and familiarity with types of electric generation and transmission is preferred. Advanced degree may be substituted for experience.


The current annual salary range is $146,803 to $198,185 depending on experience and qualifications. SCPPA offers generous benefits as part of the State of California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Application Process:

Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application, resume and three references combined into one PDF file to jobs@scppa.org to the attention of Salpi Ortiz, SCPPA Administrative Services Manager.
This recruitment is Open Until Filled, with a first review of applications received by November 1, 2021. Interviews will be held in early to mid-November.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/1/2021
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Organization Information
Southern California Public Power Authority
1160 Nicole Court

Glendora,  CA 91740
United States
(626) 793-9364
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