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Regional Manager - Canals


Syracuse, NY, US


The Regional Manager Canals provides overall Leadership and Direction of Operations for the Canal Corporation, NYPA’s subsidiary state-wide system which consists four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain.  Responsibilities include Finance, Maintenance, Labor/Human Resources, Safety, Security, etc. 

The Regional Manager Canals is accountable to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the successful execution of his/her responsibilities.  This includes overseeing and directing the work of the technical infrastructure team which includes the operation, maintenance and safety expertise needed to operate and maintain the NYSCC System, as well as, the essential services to support sound environmental, safety and planning programs.  The oversight broadly includes leading and setting strategic direction for the Environmental and Safety compliance and its programs, all facets of Asset Management, Engineering planning and design, construction, project management, Operations and Maintenance of Canal structures, as well as Emergency Planning, Dam Safety, and Water Management for the state-wide canal system. 

The Regional Manager is an executive leadership role with responsibilities for strategic leadership in policy formation, technical excellence, regulatory compliance, and departmental planning and budgets. 


• Responsible for outage scheduling for the respective Generation facility
• Responsible for modifications to the respective Generation facility assets
• Responsible for the maintenance of the respective generation system facilities to include planning, budgeting, accounting, maintenance, database, training, technology, benchmarking, and regulatory compliance.
• Responsible for compliance with environmental rules, regulations, laws and strategic plan targets at the respective Generation station.
• Responsible for compliance with all internal and external (such as DOSH) safety rules, regulations, laws and strategic targets at the respective Generation facility
• Develop and maintain a fair and equitable relationship with the bargaining unit to ensure the availability of an effective workforce pursuant to the bargaining unit agreement.
• Participate in negotiations, grievance processing, contract administration and labor management committees with a keen awareness of the impact regional decision have on the other sites that administer the same contract.
• Be a key driver of change management activities including: partnering with colleagues in effectively changing the culture, instilling a sense of empowerment, accountability and ownership within their own group and others they may work with consistently maintaining high standards for performance.
• Develop section and/or capital budgets; monitor and forecast expenditures; recommend purchases of equipment; solicit and evaluate bids
• Manage employees in a highly technical utilities section to include: prioritize and assign work; conduct performance evaluations; ensure staff are trained; and make hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations
• This position has the potential to have a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management or response and as such will require training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) ICS-100, ISC - 200 and FEMA IS-700 systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Extensive knowledge of Canal system operations, maintenance, system applications, engineering concepts, operating criteria, and compliance monitoring and enforcement rules. 
• Ability to understand complex engineering projects and applications
• Substantial knowledge of Canal system operations, generation and lock structures
• Thorough understanding of real estate, assets and community dependencies
• Working knowledge of licensing requirements 
• Complete knowledge of State initiatives that are evolving and ability to prepare and adapt corporation to changes
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Must be able to give comprehensive presentations at technical conferences and NYPA and Canal Trustee meetings, represent Canal interests in public forums, and provide expert testimony on NYSCC operations and related system matters before Federal and State regulators or local boards.
• Must possess a high level of “common sense”, the ability to prioritize work across all of Canal assets, an ability to delegate comprehensive technical problems to the appropriate manager/staff for resolution, and a willingness to make policy and strategic decisions in a changing industry environment.
• Exceptional planning skills and be able to lead managers and staff in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan including performance measures for the entire system.
• Capable of administrating multiple complex projects, setting project priorities, and establishing deadlines.
• Strong leadership and negotiations skills; ability to represent Canal policy positions and influence decision-making while participating as Canal's representative at the highest level at government, industry and regulatory meetings.
• Strong managerial skills and a demonstrated ability to manage and motivate a large technical staff that deals continually with complex engineering and operational matters. 
• Must demonstrate the highest integrity and set an example for Canal staff in dealing with day-to-day internal and external business matters.  
• Should possess the professional capability, intellect, caliber and track record to gain the trust and respect of other executives quickly.
• Capable of questioning intelligently, debating constructively, challenging rigorously and deciding dispassionately.
• Ability to listen sensitively to the views of others. Should possess the professional capability, intellect, caliber and track record to gain the trust and respect of other executives quickly.

Education, Experience and Certifications

• Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Construction Management; 
• Master's degree in Business Administration, desirable.
• Minimum 15 years of experience with working knowledge of waterway system operations and planning, engineering and construction practices related to Canal’s various assets,
• Minimum 10 years of management experience in a union environment.
• P.E. license, desirable.

Physical Requirements

• Sedentary, desk position; phone work, views computer screens and inputs data, prolonged sitting with some walking.
• Willingness to travel approximately 25-45%.


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