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Avista Utilities System Operator EIM/Reliability in Spokane, Washington


Closes: May 16, 2021Salary: DOQ

Job Description

Responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the bulk electric system (transmission and generation) under normal, emergency and black start conditions, complying with the NERC and WECC reliability standards. This position is expected to operate the disciplines (Balance and Interchange, and Energy Imbalance Market desks) as assigned. Support transmission system operator. Monitor and approve all real time E-tags and schedules utilizing Avista transmission system. Monitor and maintain operating Reserves. Will eventually be responsible for the real time operation of Avista Utilities electrical transmission system.


Requires knowledge or experience in basic and advanced electricity, print reading, power generation, transmission, distribution operation. Must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision. This position requires quality leadership, instantaneous decision making, and ability to perform without error under stress for extended periods of time. Must have proven ability to react progressively with good judgment under stressful situations. Excellent math, communication, and knowledge of generation and transmission are required. Previous EIM experience a plus. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered. This person must be able to work rotating shifts. Will be required to obtain and maintain NERC system operator certification. This is a multi-step position, employees are expected to progress in meeting the identified responsibilities of all the steps such that the employee fully advances to Transmission System Operator position.

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Avista’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

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Licenses & Certifications


  • NERC Background Check

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)