Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Director, Office of Electric Reliability in Washington, District Of Columbia

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. Join the team and help solve the challenges of managing today's energy markets and set policy direction for the energy industry at large.

The Commission is looking for an experienced senior level executive to serve as the Director, Office of Electric Reliability. The selected individual will provide vision and leadership in the development and execution of overall policies, programs, and issues associated with protecting and improving the reliability and security of the Nation's Bulk-Power System through effective regulatory oversight.

FERC has a certified SES Performance Appraisal System. The salary range for each SES position is determined by the level of responsibility and duties of the incumbent.

FERC is rated by Bestplacestowork.org as the #1 mid-size agency in the federal government! We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals. Begin your new career by joining a team that will let you make a difference.

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As the Director, Office of Electric Reliability, you will provide vision and leadership in the development and execution of overall policies, programs and issues associated with protecting and improving the reliability of the Nation's Bulk- Power System.

Additionally, you will be responsible for directing:

  • Compliance with approved mandatory standards by the users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system.

  • The processing of all reliability-related electric utility rate filings, including the evaluation of their engineering aspects and potential impacts to the bulk power system.

  • The identification and analysis of events on the nation's bulk power system and longer-term assessments of resource adequacy and reliability.

  • An outreach program for developing and preserving relationships with the energy community including other federal agencies.

  • The oversight of work by the office’s component divisions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens.

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must meet specialized experience.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • Must meet mandatory technical and executive core qualifications.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment; have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer; and go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.


To qualify for this position, you must address the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications questions.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

  1. Extensive knowledge of and experience with the Commission-approved reliability standards, or the practices and procedures of utilities, for (1) planning or operating high-voltage transmission or generation facilities; or (2) protecting the cybersecurity of such facilities or other critical infrastructure.

  2. Demonstrated experience providing direct leadership oversight to a workforce of electrical engineers, cybersecurity staff or similar technical staff on issues involving the regulation or performance of (1) planning or operating Commission-regulated high-voltage transmission or generation facilities; or (2) protecting the cybersecurity of such facilities or other critical infrastructure.

  3. Demonstrated experience directing the work of an organizational unit to address foregoing issues and ensure the success of one or more specific major programs or projects.

  4. Demonstrated experience developing strategic plan goals, monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals and taking action to improve performance.

For this position, specialized experience is defined as:You must have specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. This level of experience must demonstrate progressively responsible experience in the leadership/executive and technical areas.

Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must also clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES. A summary of the key characteristics for the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at this link: http://opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp

Additional information

You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the Executive Core Qualifications in addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications. When describing your technical qualifications, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

Applicants will be evaluated on their resume, Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates. In order to properly review your qualifications, please ensure that your resume clearly indicates evidence that you qualify for the Senior Executive Service position and that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's).

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): In order to be considered for the position, applicants must submit a narrative statement separately addressing each of the five ECQ's. Each statement should contain at least two examples describing experiences and accomplishments/results specific to that ECQ. As a guideline, 1-2 pages per ECQ is sufficient. Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES. A guide to assist with writing the ECQ narratives can be found at this link: http://opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp

Definitions for the Executive Core Qualifications and Competency Definitions can be found at this link: ECQ Training To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position.

Current and former Federal employees must submit their most recent SF-50.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET three business days before announcement's closing date. FERC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, it will not be sent to Smart Hire.

Step 2 - Apply Online. Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to FERC's Smart Hire website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application. If this is your first time on FERC's Smart Hire website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission. You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents. You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or 2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Smart Hire if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finish" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in Smart Hire by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number is provided on the cover-sheet.

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Agency contact information
Rita Howsare







FERC 888 First Street, NE Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect consideration for this position.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493200200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/07/2018 to 03/28/2018

Salary: $126,148 to $189,600 per year

Pay scale & grade: ES ES

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent