Sacramento Municipal Utility District Senior Organization Effectiveness Consultant (Business Partner) in Sacramento, California


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Senior Organization Effectiveness Consultant (Business Partner)


Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

No. of Openings:



Please note that there are two recruitments. One vacancy is a limited term appointment, and one is a permanent position.

This posting is also intended to create an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies and can be active for up to two years.

A Senior Organization Effectiveness Consultant (Business Partner) at SMUD partners with an individual Executive and her/his leadership team - providing expert advice and counsel on organization culture, employee communication, organization design, change management, executive and leadership development, employee engagement, and human capital strategies such as strategic workforce planning, succession planning, and performance management. The focus of the role is always strategic. But depending on the individual leadership team and the needs of the business unit, this support could sometimes include the tactical. As a Business Partner, you will collaborate with other units within Workforce Enterprise Services to ensure seamless and effective coordination in the delivery of enterprise goals. As a member of the Business Partner team, you will collaborate on strategy, best practices, tools and approaches.

One successful candidate will work with SMUD’s Grid Assets Operations group.

  • Grid Assets Operations consists of approximately 550 employees (450+ represented) in two major operating units within the Energy Delivery Business Unit. The Line Assets department consists of Line Design, Vegetation Management, and Transmission & Distribution Line Construction and Maintenance. The Substation, Telecom, & Metering Assets department includes Substation Maintenance & Construction, Elec Techs, Network, Substation Design, Telecom, Field Metering, and Civil Engineering. These client groups, and this position, are located at SMUD’s East Campus Operations Center and often require early shifts.

A second successful candidate will work with Workforce Enterprise Services and the Chief Legal Office.

  • Workforce Enterprise Services encompasses Environmental, Safety & Real Estate Services; Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion; Procurement, Warehouse and Fleet; and Facilities Operations. Their overall mission is to provide people, services and solutions and services that make “powering forward” possible.

  • Our Chief Legal Office provides the highest quality legal services, strategies, and solutions to enable employees to ethically and efficiently achieve business objectives and SMUD’s strategic directives on behalf of our customers. ​ It includes the General Counsel, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Reliability Compliance and Coordination as well as Records and Information Management teams.

NOTE: This position is posted until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. This posting may close any time after Thursday, March 28, 2019. For immediate consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The full time position is a Civil Service position with a salary range of: $105,780 - $140,076

The limited term position is a non-Civil Service (at-will) position with a salary range of: $105,780 - $140,076

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience supporting new leaders to enable them to be successful with fundamental HR responsibilities like performance management and recruitment.

  • Experience partnering directly with senior-level leaders.

  • Experience designing and implementing programs and strategies to support employee engagement and/or organizational culture.

  • Experience designing and implementing organization change plans and employee communication.

  • Experience providing both formal and informal leadership development and coaching

  • Master’s degree in related field.

  • Coaching certificate or credential

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Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Hiring Interview

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Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree with major or specialized courses in Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Organization Effectiveness, or a related field or equivalent experience. (If no degree, nine (9) years’ experience is required.)


Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience influencing Senior Leaders in the areas of organization development, workforce, operational planning and/or process design and implementation and/or continuous improvement. Working knowledge of leading an organization through large scale change.


Principles and practices of Organization Development, including individual and organizational change management. Principles and practices of relationship building, influence and communication. Typical business operation, including the application and administration of policies, rules, regulations and operating procedures, as well as business planning. Application of process improvement, process modeling, project management and strategic planning best practices. Fundamentals of Human Resources practices. Fundamentals of contract administration.


Provide leadership and build mutually beneficial relationships at all levels of an organization; think strategically to develop short/long term integrated strategies; analyze and interpret policies and procedures; make formal and informal presentations clearly and concisely to individual or groups; reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; effectively communicate verbally and in writing; analyze complex issues and develop/implement resolution alternatives; solve problems creatively and quickly; work collaboratively and effectively with senior-level staff; exercise good judgment; work well under pressure of deadlines; influence decision makers to support the achievements of the enterprise.

Position Type:

Limited Term

Position Location:

Sacramento - Bradshaw

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing short- and long-term strategies related to employee engagement, workforce planning, organization development, talent management, succession planning, and performance management within the business unit.

Spearheads Workforce Initiatives within the business unit by performing workforce/gap analysis and valuation; identifies appropriate organization development opportunities; process change initiatives; develops tactics and teams needed to bring projects to fruition.

Promotes progressive advancement of the desired culture for the enterprise and supports change management by providing advice and guidance to the business unit; facilitates internal collaboration across all subject matter processes.

Champions Workforce and SMUD wide initiatives and ensures a strong partnership and mutually beneficial acceptance of and accountability for both workforce and business unit needs.

Develops and implements employee communication strategies for the business unit to support ongoing initiatives, programs, and processes.

Partners with Enterprise Performance office to support project planning, budgeting and project management processes; facilitates planning and discussion with senior leadership as necessary.

Monitors, evaluates and reports on workforce program productivity, effectiveness, efficiency and suggests improvements where necessary.

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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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