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Alameda, California
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Operations - Field
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Full Time
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System Operations & Substation Superintendent




(System Operations & Field Services Superintendent (7715))




$123,526-129,702-136,187-142,996-150,146 annually.  Excellent benefits include a 4-day, 36 hour work week.


March 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


Candidates will be notified in writing.




Under general direction, manages, coordinates, plans, organizes, reviews system operations activities and functions.  Performs other related work as required.




Develops and implements comprehensive system operations programs; plans, organizes, and supervises the work of several functional groups engaged in the operation of electrical transmission and distribution systems; schedules, assigns and supervises the work of all system operations personnel to maintain appropriate staffing levels; monitors workloads, assigned projects and the quality of work output; ensures the continuous safe and timely response to electric system emergencies by system operations and field personnel; reviews work progress of subordinate supervisors and lead workers; coordinates system operations with other divisions, departments, citizens, and outside agencies; confers with and advises staff on policies, procedures, problems, priorities, and methods; monitors and ensures NERC cyber security compliance and takes pro-active action to address cyber security issues; ensures effective operation of electrical transmission and distribution systems including electrical substation and distribution equipment using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA), Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters and other equipment; monitors and supervises radio, telephone and SCADA system operations; develops and implements, when approved, plans to acquire and integrate technological solutions that enhance safe and reliable power delivery; may coordinate switching activities on the transmission and distribution systems with personnel, customers and power suppliers; supervises the planning and implementation of switching orders to provide clearances for system operations and field personnel; maintains logs and reporting functions involved in the transmission and distribution systems and customer assistance information, such as outage reports, system abnormal reports, and call center activity report; maintains a balanced and reasonably loaded system; investigates abnormal system operations; reviews and revises system operations and procedures manuals; monitors procedures compliance; participates in and prepares various studies and reports; conducts investigations of system problems, outages and makes recommendations for corrective action; reviews construction drawings and coordinates related work and materials; schedules and oversees work of contractors; establishes work schedules and provides project status reports; and supervises, trains, and evaluates system operations staff.




Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive process where a candidate’s performance and suitability for the position will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:




  1. Graduation from high school supplemented by classes in advanced electrical theory and mathematical theory as applied to electric utilities.
  2. Five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in the operation of an electric transmission and distribution system including switching, load tap changing transformers, high voltage breakers, control boards, switchgear, and SCADA and AMI systems.
  3. Possession of a valid State of California Class C Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.


KNOWLEDGE OF the principles and practices of electrical theory; electric utility operations and equipment; electrical transmission and distribution; power scheduling practices; SCADA system operations; AMI system operations; supervising electric system operators; and safe work practices and procedures.  Knowledge of journey level work in electrical transmission and distribution systems; materials, equipment, tools and methods used in electrical construction, installation and maintenance; State of California General Orders 95, 128, and 165; Electrical Safety Orders is highly desirable.


ABILITY TO effectively and efficiently manage, plan, direct staff, and oversee the activities of a 24-hour operation of electrical transmission and distribution systems; plan, administer and evaluate work programs and schedules; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; interpret and apply established procedural and safety requirements; read and interpret electrical transmission and distribution maps and drawings; interpret and apply relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations; interpret and apply complex governmental regulations; track project budgets; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare reports; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, contractors, and the general public and supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.




As a critical member of the Emergency Management Organization, respond to after-hours emergency management responsibilities and calls as required, including technical advisor on-call duties.




The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate’s technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance.  If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the tentative test date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.


Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List.  A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City’s Civil Service Rules.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate with the highest rating on the most heavily weighted portion of the exam or if weighted 100% on any given portion, based on the earliest application date and time.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background.  The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required the U.S. Department of Justice.





  1. Apply ONLINE at or
  2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501.


Applications along with Supplemental Questionnaire must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application.


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.






City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


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