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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Project Development Manager in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Project Development Manager


Power Generation

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To implement programs for the development of new power generation, storage and transmission resources by directing and controlling the design, permitting, licensing, and engineering to meet SMUD’s requirements.

This position is a Civil-Service position with a salary range of: $129,480 - $171,507

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional registration in an engineering discipline in the state of California, and/or a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Engineering, Science or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience related to project development

Experience: Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience, including management of the development of and/or design and/or operation of generation, storage, transmission and distribution systems, and licensing and/or permitting projects through Federal, State and local jurisdictional authorities e.g. CEC, FERC, CAISO, USFWS, CADFW, FAA etc.

Skill To: Monitor and manage projects, develop and maintain project budget and schedule • Evaluate and resolve complex technical or management issues • Negotiate with internal and external management on projects • Coordinate the work of the function or unit with other SMUD entities • Interpret and apply SMUD policies procedures, applicable MOU and/or other special agreements • Compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences; explain complex and/or controversial policies • Regulations, procedures and/or activities internally/externally • Reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; plan, organize, prioritize and schedule projects • Analyze complex issues and develop/implement resolution alternatives; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to establish policy and procedures • Apply applicable laws, codes and regulations • Appraise situations and people accurately and adopt an effective course of action • Identify the key elements that must be modified to achieve a goal; • Interpret, analyze and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations and requirements; • Interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal/written information and ideas • Research, analyze and provide recommendations to achieve department objectives • Utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job • Communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally • Establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally

Knowledge Of: Principles, procedures and practices of project development, design and construction; • Principles, procedures and practices related to evaluation and decision making, contract laws and negotiation • Principles, procedures and practices related to surveying and computer applications • Principles, procedures and practices related to construction completion, turnovers, start-up and electric system operations including distribution, substations and generation • SMUD policies, procedures, applicable MOUs and other special agreements; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, directing and controlling work activities; policies and procedures for evaluating and recording performance results • Policies and standards for interacting with local, state and national authorities and agencies; techniques for exercising significant leadership and authority; performance management techniques related to Project Management; principles and practices for contract management; • Procedures and practices for cost control and project scheduling; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; procedures and practices for overseeing contractors/consultants work activities; procedures and practices for project budget management; project management software systems • Techniques and practices related to negotiations and compromise • Safety policies, practices and procedures • Standard operating procedures, modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; and, English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License (CDL) and a satisfactory driving record (not more than two moving violations in the last two years)

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your support! Stay safe and well.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Directs an in-house matrix organization and of internal and external stakeholders outside consultants and contractors in meeting SMUD power load requirements by planning, organizing, overseeing and implementing the design, licensing, permitting and engineering aspects of new power generation and transmission resources projects including project work plans, budgets, and schedules.

  • Overseeing projects by identifying project objectives; identifying internal/external project team; developing Request for Proposals; negotiating contract terms; developing project plans including schedule, cost, key work products and milestones; monitoring project progress and completion against plan/contract; revising schedules, scope, expenditures and assignments; reviewing work products; resolving conflicts and discrepancies; maintaining project records and files; participating in the overall review of the completed project results; and making recommendations for next steps.

  • Manages the project design/engineering process by directing and overseeing contractor/consultant/project team work activities including power plant configurations, engineering design studies, site constraints, transmission routing, power plant cost analysis, operation and maintenance programs, and other technical issues; resolves design and administrative issues; provides construction management advice and inspections.

  • Represents SMUD and/or acts as SMUDs liaison in a variety of settings including: public meetings and hearings; operating committees and work groups with other utilities, government agencies, industrial task forces, and other community organizations; developers, architects, engineers, host utilities, regulatory agencies (in conjunction with licensing management) and the public on project engineering related issues.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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