Oversees and executes a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Program for Dam Safety through plans, policies, procedures, response resources, and internal/external partnerships to address operational readiness, emergency response measures and risk management for dam safety incidents or failures related to earthquakes, floods, internal erosion or other types of normal operation dam safety issues. Manages the Dam Safety Emergency Preparedness Program to ensure alignment with the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety and other federal guidance on Dam Safety as appropriate.
Supervisory Responsibility — No direct supervisory responsibilities, but indirectly manages efforts of TVA dam safety staff across organizations in support of the Emergency Preparedness goals. May direct the work of up to 40 contractors.
Budget Responsibility — Manages the program budget of up to $0.5M, manages contracts associated with the program, and supervises project budgets as needed. Additional potential to impact and influence budget allocations and utilization in multiple TVA organizations relative to Dam Safety Emergency Preparedness initiatives.
Owns LRM -SPP-27.006, Emergency Preparedness for River System Dams, and RO-SPP-35.001, River Operations Emergency Response Plan. Conducts programmatic reviews and assessments of the Emergency Preparedness Program to document compliance. Also, reviews agency level procedures, for example, TVA-SPP-27.006, TVA-SPP-35.001 and TVA-SPP-35.200 to ensure Dam Safety’s alignment with these procedures.
Identifies and implements continuous improvement initiatives to ensure policies, principles and procedures meet or exceed industry best practices and performance for Dam Safety emergency preparedness. Benchmarks industry best practice through participation in workshops and conferences and interaction with federal agencies and private organizations.
Develops and implements budgets to ensure comprehensive and efficient execution of the Dam Safety Emergency Preparedness Program.
Oversees the maintenance and operation of Dam Safety emergency operations centers (EOC) in Chattanooga and Knoxville. This includes developing EOC staffing schedules, providing training to new team members, and having a working knowledge of EOC equipment and emergency management software systems. Directs and/or supports emergency response activities at onsite command posts.
Manages the Dam Safety emergency exercise and drill program. Develops, organizes, and critiques dam safety emergency exercises. Ensures corrective actions are documented and addressed in a timely manner through after-action reports.
Develops, maintains and distributes the Dam Safety Emergency Action Plans (EAP) and supplements.
Represents Dam Safety in various emergency plans/programs including the TVA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and Agency Emergency Response Plan (AERP).
Develops and maintains external emergency preparedness partnerships and agreements with private, local, state, and federal stakeholders (FEMA, DHS, state and local emergency management agencies). Works directly with local, state, and federal emergency management agencies to develop and maintain working relationships for more effective emergency response which includes making one-on-one contacts during annual EAP distribution, coordinating cooperative efforts on drills and exercises, and attending meetings and training sessions provided by outside agencies.
Identifies, develops and delivers training sessions for Dam Safety and affiliated staff on emergency preparedness procedures, plans, techniques and tools including Dam Safety EAPs, Dam Safety Awareness, and NIMS/ICS.
Represents TVA’s interests in industry associations and federal interagency committees, for example the Dept. of Homeland Security Information Network - Dams Sector, Government Coordination Council.
Serves as the Emergency Preparedness subject matter expert on the Dam Safety Steering Committee and provides direction for Dam Safety staff in the application of potential flood damage analysis, flood risk evaluation, emergency preparedness. Interacts directly with the L&RM Management Team to establish, communicate, and fully comply with program requirements.
Works with the Dam Safety Risk Senior Program Manager to: (1) Apply engineering principles and failure mode analysis (seismic, geotechnical, hydrologic and structural) to TVA dam risk assessments and incorporate driving failure modes into EAPs, (2) Implement and update L&RM-SPP-27.008, (3) Assure qualitative and quantitative risk analysis techniques are appropriately applied by providing technical oversight and guidance, and (4) Manage outside risk cadres or other risk-related consultants and contractors.
Directs and closely monitors TVA River Management and external consultants to ensure that the consequences of dam safety failures are well understood and meet the needs of Dam Safety’s risk informed decision making process. Provides similar direction and oversight for hydrological hazards analysis performed to support Dam Safety’s risk informed decision making process.
Education — Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or other related discipline required and a post-graduate degree is highly desirable. A professional license is preferred.
Experience — Minimum of 5 years of dam safety experience and 2 years of generic emergency preparedness/response experience is required. Demonstrated competence in Dam Safety emergency preparedness and response is highly desirable. Demonstrated familiarity with dam design, construction and performance and with the Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety is preferred.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities — Must demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills plus strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills, and be highly skilled in process and program development and improvement tools. Familiarity with process improvement methods, program management and program delivery methods, benchmarking, best practices research and analysis techniques, programmatic training development and delivery are highly desired. Knowledge of FEMA and FERC related rules and regulations on programmatic dam safety issues is highly desired. Familiarity with Dam Safety risk assessment methods and practice highly desirable. Working knowledge of dam and levee design and evaluation including risk analysis, seepage, stability, hydrologic and seismic issues is desired. Candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on position / access requirements and essential job functions.
Internal Number: 510418
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