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Administrator and CEO

Western Area Power Administration

Location: Lakewood, Colorado US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: General Management
Date Posted: May 28, 2021
Reference Code: 21-PMA-WA-SES-363Rb


Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is responsible for Federal electric power marketing and transmission activities in 15 central/western states encompassing a 1.3-million sq. mile geographic area.  The power system is comprised of over 17k miles of transmission lines and represents nearly 6% of the Nation’s high voltage transmission.  Wholesale customers is over 630, including rural electric cooperatives, municipalities, public districts, investor-owned utilities, Federal/State agencies, and irrigation districts.


This position serves as the Administrator for the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA); which is the top Executive position within the WAPA senior leadership team.  In this capacity, the incumbent provides executive leadership in articulating the vision and clear strategic direction for WAPA-wide administrative programs functionally critical to WAPA's mission.  

The incumbent directs WAPA organizational activities, frames strategic plans based on broad organizational assessments and evaluations of long-term organizational objectives. He or she determines the financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations; identifies the need for major organizational improvements and develops the requisite plans and directs implementing actions. 

Directs and administers agency programs featuring highly sophisticated engineering concepts and unique problems related to the development, design, construction, operations and maintenance of the WAPA transmission system; the marketing of energy; the forecasting of system capability and requirements; the protection of all assets from physical, electromagnetic, cyber, and other threats; and administrative support of these specialized functions.

Ensures appropriate safety measures are incorporated into all programs and operations as part of a vibrant safety culture; Directs and oversees agency regional operations through regional managers.

Provides leadership, incentive, and the instrumentality through which National goals for electric power and transmission as set by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy are made known and achieved in the western and mid-western United States.

Provides leadership in broad policy establishment at the national level with officials of the Department of Energy, other Departments, and Congressional stakeholder, concerning power resource development, interregional power coordination, transmission planning and operations, and new or modified legislation for the industry.

Sets broad policy objectives for the disposition of electric power including goals and strategies for establishment and revision of wholesale power rates, repayment criteria, and billing and contracting provisions; Sets broad policy objectives for transmission infrastructure including implementation agency's transmission authorities and establishment and revision of transmission rates.

Provides leadership and direction for compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) applicable standards for providing non-discriminatory access to transmission and also with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards.

Oversees and provides direction and administration to WAPA’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, WAPA’s Senior Vice Presidents and Regional Managers, Chief Public Affairs Officer, and Chief of Staff.

Coordinates long-range marketing plans and project development activities of WAPA with other power marketing divisions, agencies, and organizations of the Department of Energy. Provides leadership in implementing and using new techniques and concepts in electric power generation, project development, and transmission planning and operations to provide for changing and expanding needs in the Nation's electric sector; to achieve maximum efficiency; and to use the natural resources of the nation judiciously, including minimizing environmental degradation to public, private, or Federal holdings in the area of origin.  Provides leadership, direction, and incentive to agency managers and supervisors in policies set by the Secretary of Energy, including but not limited to the employment of minorities and women.

Assures equal opportunity for all employees in agency policies and practices including recruitment, selection, placement, counseling, training, career development, promotion, and discipline Regularly evaluates subordinate managers and supervisors on EEO performance in meeting agency goals and objectives.


You’re making a great choice when you choose a career with the U.S. Government. A career with the federal government provides employees with a first-class 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.

WAPA offers a competitive base pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

• Health and Life Insurance

• Dental and Vision 

• Long Term Care 

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Thrift Saving Plan (401K equivalent) with up to 5% matching contributions

• Retirement Benefits

• Paid Annual and Sick Leave

• Paid Federal Holidays


Join WAPA’s team and “keep the lights on” for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America’s energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!