Department Of Energy Energy Management and Marketing Specialist (EMMS) in Watertown, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Where would I be working?

Upper Great Plains Region

Energy and Marketing Division

Power Marketing B6300

Watertown, SD

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This position is part of the asset optimization group that develops and implements strategies for day-ahead resource offers, demand bids and Bilateral Settlement Schedules (BSS) to maximize the generation resources to serve firm load and optimize surplus generation revenue with the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) market. The incumbent is primarily responsible for formulating, submitting and verifying the demand bids in the SPP market for multiple settlement locations and asset owners. Coordinates hydro resources with the Corp of Engineers taking into account the physical and environmental limitations and outages during maintenance periods. Develops schedules and tags firm power allocations to Upper Great Plains customers in the east interconnected system.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation will be paid
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Federal employees with competitive status

Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility

Veterans eligible for VEOA or Veterans eligible for VRA (GS-11 and below)

Individuals with Disabilities

Career and Interagency Transition Assistance Plans Eligibles

OPM interchange agreement or a special appointing authority Eligibles

This position is also advertised to the public under announcement # PMA-17-WB-143-DE

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be available



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (AD-3 or GS-11) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as progressively responsible experience listed in item 1

1) Operational experience with a Regional Market, Independent Transmission System Operator or a Regional Transmission Organization.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (AD-4 or GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as progressively responsible experience listed in item 1 below and additional specialized experience listed in either 2, 3 or 4 below:

1) Operational experience with a Regional Market, Independent Transmission System Operator or a Regional Transmission Organization and;

2) Power system resource planning, scheduling and energy marketing; or

3) Power system load forecasting, scheduling and risk management; or

4) Experience in energy accounting procedures, statistics, or economics related to power scheduling, rates or billing.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application.

  1. Knowledge of control area, RTO and organized LMP market principals and operation.
  2. Ability to optimize the Federal generation resources to serve Federal load within the east and west interconnected systems and the Southwest Power Pool Market
  3. Knowledge of the day ahead power marketing functions for the east and west interconnected systems.
  4. Knowledge of NERC tagging, interchange scheduling and OASIS systems.
  5. Knowledge of load forecasting and the ability to submit demand bid transactions, resource offers and BSS schedules in the Southwest Power Pool market.
  6. Knowledge of Western's firm power customer contracts and the ability to develop firm power schedules and tags to fulfill customer allocations "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.


Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.


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Other Information
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.
  • If selected for this position, you may be on a rotating shift.
  • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process. If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
  • This position requires a valid state driver’s license. If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Selective Service Registration:

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-23

Salary: $79,081 to $115,680 / per year

Pay scale & grade: AD 03 - 04

Series: 0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

Appointment type: Full Time

Work schedule: Permanent

Job announcement number: PMA-17-WB-143-MP

Control number: 476887700