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Program Manager - T and D Projects

Omaha Public Power District Omaha, NE



OPPDs Major Projects Deparment is looking for a Program Manager - T&D Projects to join their team!

he Program Manager T&D Projects is responsible for strategy alignment and coordinative oversight for the safe, efficient and economic execution of electric transmission, substation, and distribution infrastructure projects within the Major Projects program of projects. Major projects are broadly defined as new or rebuilt bulk electric level infrastructure required to connect and integrate new or existing generation assets or supporting infrastructure, including owned renewable (solar, battery, wind) assets, large customer interconnections, or other program level initiatives to reliably serve OPPDs customers.

Position will collaborate with sponsors, leaders, and subject matter experts across all technical disciplines to define specific project scope and comprehensively plan, prioritize, resource, measure and report on progress, delivery, and impact or benefits realization. This role is responsible for maximizing the value of strategic consulting partnerships by serving as the main point of interface between consulting partner and OPPD for all stages of projects in the portfolio from initiation through construction and commissioning, demonstrating agility to accomplish project milestones and deliver outcomes. Close coordination with all internal stakeholder groups will be required for seamless transition from project execution to operational infrastructure in required timelines and budget constraints. Due to the enterprise impact of these programs, there is a requirement to coordinate and provide progress reporting to executives, leaders, and other stakeholders within OPPD.

Position specific accountabilities:

Provide the required ownership and alignment of the Districts many functional areas required to support the execution of transmission, substation, and distribution projects within the Major Projects accountability.

  • Engage with stakeholders across the enterprise to evaluate project scope, schedule, risk, and resources as well as develop strategies required to deliver on program goals.
  • Identify, communicate, and drive broad technical and program management decisions on key system configuration and sequencing decisions to optimize system wide outcomes.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to project management, planning, engineering, construction, operations, environmental, and other OPPD staff in a matrixed arrangement to achieve efficient and predictable project deliverables.
  • Provide performance feedback to Managers of the Subject Matter Experts assigned to projects under the Major Projects portfolio of work.
  • Ensure satisfactory processes, controls, tools, and reporting are in place to drive engagement, facilitate feedback, and gain alignment from functional area owners throughout project lifecycles.

Implement the strategy and oversee the performance of external strategic consulting partnerships for the execution of multi-year major transmission, substation, and distribution projects within the Major Projects accountability.

  • Ensure external partners build and maintain a competent and capable team of resources accountable and empowered to deliver on the assigned goals.  
  • Develop and execute a focused change management experience between internal and external teams to ensure alignment around execution constructs and program deliverables.
  • Coordinate and monitor workflow and working relationships between internal and external staff to ensure clear delineation of role responsibility and consistency of work output.

Implement industry best practices in program life cycle associated processes, execution methodology, and supporting technology solutions to identify, asses, measure, prioritize, and effectively deliver on intended outcomes.

  • Perform evaluation of new projects in collaboration with sponsors and peers to determine optimal constructs to effectively execute all projects within the portfolio, while maintaining awareness of projects outside of the portfolio to preserve strategic alignment.
  • Develop and leverage defined performance analysis and metrics to measure effectiveness of the program strategy and resources, and to ensure that the program quality requirements are fulfilled.  
  • Coordinate and monitor all project controls to ensure expectations are met.
  • Ensure team members identify, manage, and mitigate risks consistently and elevate to the Executive Leadership Team or Enterprise Risk Management Committee(s) when appropriate. 




  • Bachelors degree in engineering, business management or related field or a combination of education and demonstrated work experience that provides the necessary skills to perform the essential job functions.
  • 6-8 years of experience in engineering, operation, or project management of large, complex electric transmission, substation, or distribution projects, managing the delivery of multiple assignments with overlapping priorities & timelines.
  • Evidence of the ability to work with multiple vendors/professional services to deliver on-time/on-budget projects.
  • Experienced in contract creation and management of external partners, along with various project management methodologies and tools.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite of office software, with experience in project management software such as Primavera P6, Aconex, Smartsheet, Procore, Autodesk or others.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work with technical, legal, financial, regulatory, government and executive level clients.
  • Must possess a strong working knowledge of substation, transmission, or distribution infrastructure.
  • Previous experience working in and/or leading cross-functional teams of 4 or more individuals with demonstrated ability to influence and effectively collaborate in team environments.
  • Demonstrated planning and facilitation skills.


  • Advanced degree in engineering, business management or related field
  • PMP Certification (Project Management Professional)
  • Combination of experiences on both electrical generation and electrical delivery fields
  • Prior experience managing project programs or portfolios > $50M+ including management of project teams of 10 or more.

Closing Statement


Salary Grade S7

Foundation $115,182

Midpoint $143,977

Where the Light Starts

What does it mean to be the source of light? On a basic level, it means operating from a place of honesty and integrity. Its how we achieve things. How we provide affordable, reliable, environmentally sensitive energy. Because it matters. Weve pledged to serve, honor, and care for this community. That means the 13 counties we service, and it means one another. It means the people right here at OPPD, proudly comprised and welcoming of every creed, race, age, orientation, and color. Being, where the light starts, means showing up for each other and the people we serve. Doing the right thing even when no ones watching. Were proud of our commitment. We reward creative problem solving. We recognize that consistency and reliability are tremendous resources. That providing these things to the community and each other is a privilege. Because we are leading the way the future is powered. We are the source of light. Out there. In here. Everywhere.

Org Marketing Statement


EOE:  Protected Veterans/Disability

How To Apply


Apply online at on or before December 8, 2023. 

Recruiter: Athena Roberson -  #LI-AR

**PLEASE NOTE** - Your application has not been submitted unless you have applied for a specific requisition.  If you have not chosen a specific opening, your application will remain in DRAFT form and will not be viewed by our Human Capital staff.

Date Posted November 18, 2023
Date Closes January 17, 2024
Requisition 297209
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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