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Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas NERC Specialist in Little Rock, Arkansas

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$61,200 - $129,000 a year

Overview

NERC Specialist

Little Rock, AR, USA

Compliance Services

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future.As a leader in the energy industry, we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.

The NERC Specialist manages Arkansas Electric Corporative Corporation’s (AECC’s) North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 693 and CIP standards compliance programs through collaboration with relevant subject matter experts and divisions; conducts risk-based assessments and related strategic oversight activities to fulfill compliance objectives; and provides internal consulting services to management and staff on NERC and related compliance matters.

Responsibilities

  • Manages and administers the compliance programs’ support functions, including oversight for corresponding processes detailed in AECC's NERC Compliance Plans, including but not limited to monitoring, reviewing, and assessing new and existing NERC regulations to comprehend their business effects on AECC into compliance programming.

  • Facilitates AECC's compliance reporting, including without limitation, self-certification, self-reporting and data submittals for NERC compliance matters, ensuring all reporting requirements are met; identifies and monitors key compliance performance indicators such as noncompliance issues, time between incidents and resolutions, any assessed fines and penalties, etc. and uses these metrics to inform executive leadership’s management of AECC’s compliance programs.

  • Works collaboratively with AECC's subject matter experts and functional area management to ensure NERC compliance; participates in NERC and regional compliance and related professional development workshops and conferences, as needed.

  • Develops and maintains effective and collaborative working relationships, communication approaches, and engagement with internal staff with a focus on stellar support and service; ensures engagement with applicable external parties and serves as AECC's project designee for NERC audits, mock audits, investigations, and mitigation plans.

  • Provides internal support services for compliance activities and is a technical compliance advisor whenever required.

  • Evaluates AECC's existing processes and procedures, suggests compliance improvements, and works collaboratively with AECC's subject matter experts and functional area management to identify and implement process improvements.

  • Creates and conducts risk-based assessments and related strategic oversight activities to achieve positive business outcomes, trains on risk awareness through strategic support and collaborative communication.

  • The ability to communicate effectively, engage collaboratively and support a high-performing team are essential functions of this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Business Administration or related field.

  • Strong analytical skills and an eye for detail.

  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including ability to manage, and meet, overlapping and demanding deadlines.

  • Ability to understand the business context that informs compliance matters issues.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to quickly develop a comprehensive understanding of NERC CIP and 693 standards.

Minimum Experience Required

  • Analyst III: Minimum 4 years of related experience required.

  • Senior Analyst: Minimum 6 years of related experience required.

  • Associate Analyst: Minimum 8 years of related experience required.

  • Technical Lead: 10 years of IT experience, including 5 years of cyber security, or 10 years of engineering experience.

Preferred E ducation Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Advanced degree in related field

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Benefits

  • 2 Retirement Plan Options

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • 9 Paid holidays

  • Educational assistance

  • Paid time off accrual

  • Short-term disability

  • Long-term disability

  • Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program

EEO/AA/M/F/VETS/DISABLED

Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

Job ID 2021-2342

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