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Chief Executive Officer


This is a Full-time position in Richland, WA posted June 8, 2021.

Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is accountable for the overall direction and management of Company and is responsible to execute the programs and policies approved by the 11-member executive board.

One of the CEO’s responsibilities is to ensure high standards of safety, reliability and cost performance of Columbia.

The CEO also leads Company to diversify its portfolio of generation assets, which will entail oversight of resource planning and subsequent project execution, finance and operation.

Company is not looking for a change agent, but is targeting individuals who can leverage the agency’s committed and highly qualified team to continuously improve performance and grow the business for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The CEO leads an organization comprised of approximately 1,000 employees, many of whom are union-represented, through the following direct reports:
Chief Nuclear Officer Vice President Corporate Governance and General Counsel Vice President Corporate Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer Vice President Energy Services & Development General Manager Corporate Support Services Senior Executive Assistant
Principal Accountabilities

Primarily responsible for nuclear safety and the health and safety of the public; and the overall vision and direction of EN’s business in providing cost competitive, reliable electric energy to benefit Northwest customers, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in cooperation with BPA and the region’s public power utilities.

Coordinate and direct the efforts of the senior executives and work with them and the executive board to develop agency current and long-range objectives, policies and goals.

Responsible for managing and implementing programs for accomplishing EN’s Strategic Plan goals and for directing and reviewing progress, focusing on efforts that will achieve the desired outcomes.

Accountable for ensuring successful funding of EN programs through acquisition and management of required funds, realistic budgeting, priorities and control of expenditures.

Maintain a positive relationship with the executive board and other governing boards by expeditious implementation of board policies and programs, by ensuring the flow of pertinent information to the board, by proper advance briefing on matters requiring board action and by appropriate responsiveness to board decisions.

Meet and support the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) expectations and requirements and maintain an open and candid communication link with NRC’s representatives.

Meet expectations and standards of excellence as defined by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).

Promote and maintain supportive relationships with senior representatives of the various organizations with which the agency interacts, including member utility districts and municipalities; the Department of Energy (DOE); BPA; INPO; state and local governments; federal and state agencies; public officials and public interest groups; major vendors and suppliers; contractors, consultants and other utilities and utility associations.

Develop and project a positive public image for EN through an effective public information program, including a cooperative interface with the media and a policy of free, full and timely disclosure of information.

Maintain an optimum workforce to achieve EN goals through recruitment and retention of qualified, proficient employees by providing challenging opportunities, competitive compensation and benefit programs, and equitable personnel policies, including active attention to Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action principles.

Foster a culture of continuous improvement by maintaining focus on the Excellence

Model and providing coaching at all levels of the organization.

Develop high-performing employees and leaders through coaching, mentoring, and timely feedback, including addressing performance deficiencies.

Through strong leadership, communication and by setting the highest standards, effectively engage and motivate employees.

The Successful Candidate

EN requires a bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering or other scientific or technical field; proven experience as a senior executive in nuclear power generation; and outstanding leadership experience to be able to direct a professional staff of senior executives in accomplishing the agency’s goals and objectives.

This position requires an individual with experience in commercial nuclear plant operations, and familiarity with associated laws and regulations, sufficient to ensure the effective operation of Columbia and satisfy the NRC, INPO and other stakeholders.

Additional expertise with resource planning and asset management of other traditional and renewable generation resources is beneficial.

In addition, the CEO must have executive abilities to plan, organize, develop and direct a staff of senior executives in establishing appropriate goals and objectives, and seeing that they are attained.

The incumbent must have the ability to establish and maintain a success-orientation and inspire staff to exceed goals and objectives.

This position requires superior communication abilities and demonstrated interpersonal skills to interface and effectively communicate, verbally and in written form, complex issues in the management of EN.

The incumbent must be adept at negotiation and compromise, skilled in strategic planning, and capable of quickly adjusting priorities in relation to constant shifting economic, political and regulatory conditions.

The ideal candidate will bring an understanding of, and capacity to navigate, changing power market dynamics, emerging market opportunities, and innovative energy solutions, along with knowledge of utility and public finance and evolving customer needs in order to deliver value to customers.

Priority Areas of Emphasis for the CEO and leadership team

Maintain Columbia Generating Station as a safe, reliable, cost effective non carbon emitting generating resource that provides long-term value to customers; and analyze opportunities to increase the output of the facility and extend its useful life.

Work with a wide range of regional stakeholders to promote the value of nuclear power as a carbon free high capacity resource that can help sustain the reliability of the Northwest power grid.

Evaluate the feasibility, and economic and environmental costs and benefits of proceeding with the financing, construction, operation and power marketing of next generation small modular reactors in conjunction with Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) grant awards where EN has partnered both with X-energy and TerraPower-GE Hitachi.

Based on sound business principles, pursue a portfolio of new and expanded services over time to members that are seeking new carbon free generation, technical support, or trying to achieve economies of scale to reduce cost or improve service to their customers.