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Supervisor, Hydro License Compliance

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Requisition ID # 47127 

Job Category : Compliance / Risk / Quality Assurance 

Job Level : Supervisor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : San Francisco

Department Overview

PG&E’s Power Generation Department manages and operates the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountains include 68 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 99 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 26 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).



Position Summary

The Hydro Licensing Compliance leadership positions manage compliance with the multiple FERC licenses covering the company’s significant nearly 4,000 megawatt (MW) hydropower system. The leaders provide direction to compliance teams to support Power Generation’s business goals, set goals and operational objectives, and implement work plans to achieve these goals. The leaders work closely with Managers and Supervisors in other sections of Power Generation and in other departments, and interface with external state and federal, government and non-government agencies. The incumbents plan and manage complex license compliance activities at the program level, and develop and maintain the systems, processes, and records used to assure compliance



Program Oversight: Oversees day to day operations and activities to for a portion of the License Compliance team to implement strategies and work plans necessary to achieve these goals. Contributes to development of team operational objectives, processes, procedures, and budget. Identifies opportunities for continuous compliance program improvement, making recommendations to Manager and/or Director. Ensures company and department policies and procedures are followed, including governance. Assists Manager and/or Director with consistency and communication of license compliance activities. Works closely with other Supervisors to ensure regulatory compliance. Actively participates in Hydro Licensing and Power Generation leadership teams, coordinating compliance program activities and leading some initiatives. Assists Manager and/or Director, by providing operational information to help develop and implement Hydro Licensing strategies and initiatives. Keeps Manager and/or Director informed of key license compliance issues. Actively participates in process improvement initiatives and special assignments.


 Managing Relationships: Develops and maintains constructive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, particularly at the Supervisor or Manager level, providing information, influencing and negotiating short term moderate scope issues. Internal stakeholders may include operations & maintenance, licensing, safety and environmental, law, and regulatory leaders. External stakeholders are primarily Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff at the region and national offices, state and federal resource agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Plans and conducts outreach meetings with state and federal resource agencies and external stakeholders. Helps anticipate and negotiate resolution to license compliance issues


License Compliance: Focused on a subset of the license compliance team, coordinates and monitors license compliance activities to ensure quality and consistency, and to achieve full license compliance. Takes corrective actions as needed to resolve license compliance issues at the program and project level.

Document Control: Oversees the activities to implement and maintain appropriate tools, systems, policies, and procedures. Ensures data integrity of license compliance information and management systems. Maintains FERC license documents and license-related records, standards, and guidelines.

Special Projects: May manage special projects of moderate scope and complexity. Receives project direction from Manager or Director. Assists Manager or Director on large scope, complex projects. May represent Power Generation in company-wide compliance initiatives. .

Industry Trends: Maintains knowledge of complex, rapidly changing regulatory, environmental and industry issues. Provides legislative review and support. Keeps team informed of compliance issues and trends.


Supervises a subset of the license compliance team to accomplish results through effective recruitment & selection, training & development, performance management, and rewards & recognition.

 Directly supervises a team of License Coordinators and one Project Management Analyst, all represented by ESC, and one Technical Assistant.

 Assign and manage license compliance work, license compliance initiatives, and special assignments.


Travel to field locations and off-site meetings up to 20% of the time; occasional overnight stays Occasional multi-day travel out-of-state to conferences and industry meetings




Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental or Public Policy, Resource Management, Biological or Ecological Science, Law, Business or a related technical discipline or equivalent related experience
  • 5 years of experience in regulatory compliance for hydro, environmental, or closely related field involving complex environmental and technical issues and interaction with regulatory agencies and other external stakeholders.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering, Environmental or Public Policy, Resource Management, Biological or Ecological Science, Law, Business or a related technical discipline
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, or State Bar Certification
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of hydropower operations, environmental issues and the industry regulatory framework.
  • Leadership skills to effectively supervisor regulatory compliance program team.
  • Financial and business acumen to effectively set department goals and develop and manage program budgets.


Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

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Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland