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Director Operations Control Systems


White Plains, NY, US


The Director Operations Control Systems directs and administers an engineering group whose responsibility is to design, implement and support the real time computer control systems for NYPA’s operating facilities.  Assist the operating facilities in maintaining and upgrading these systems.  These control systems are essential and critical to the safe and efficient operation of the generation and transmission facilities.

  • Responsible to ensure that NERC Reliability Standards Compliance tasks and evidence are executed, established, and/or maintained for the standards and requirements to which the Director is assigned in NYPA’s Compliance Responsibility Matrix and that the applicable NYPA policies and procedures are reviewed and updated annually and disseminated to all internal stakeholders.
  • Maintain awareness of changes and advancements in the industry and develop industry-wide expertise. 
  • Initiate contact with the operating facilities to determine equipment performance and equipment replacement schedules. 
  • Design, specification and procurement of real-time (plant) control and monitoring systems and associated data telemetry for new and existing generating and transmission facilities.
  • Develop, implement and ensure adherence to Authority policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for the specification, engineering design and implementation of specialized software for operation and engineering analysis.
  • Responsible for standard design and specification of real time systems such as RTU, PI Tagging and OT network architectures. 
  • Develop and implement programs to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Prepare and manage operating and capital budgets, provide technical evaluation, and generate cost estimates for process control and computer monitoring equipment for all operating facilities.
  • Establish management control procedures and reports.
  • Manage/monitor workload to accomplish the highest priority tasks in an acceptable timeframe with existing staffing levels and allocation of resources. 
  • Develop and maintain a technical staff with sufficient expertise to ensure that department objectives are met in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Manage employees including performance management, salary administration, succession planning and workload balancing.  Identify and recommend solutions to modify staff to meet NYPA needs.
  • May chair an external task force, support the internal cyber security committee and support NERC initiatives and compliance, including supply chain requirements .
  • Primary member on NYPA’s NERC CIP13 team.
  • Represent NYPA on industry committees for organizations such as APPA, LPPC, EPRI, and Doble, as well as special projects.
  • Coordinate and oversee design and framework development for Operations Technology areas associated with NYPA Strategic Initiatives such as Smart G&T, and Asset Management.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Solid technical/engineering background in computer control systems, both hardware and software.
  • Ability to remain current with the new technologies in the field. 
  • Full understanding of how NYPA interacts with outside organizations, including other utilities and regulatory agencies, and with its customers.  Intimately familiar with NYPA’s budgets, costs, and policies.
  • Possess substantial knowledge of related disciplines and understand the effects on the industry and its customers.
  • Ability to analyze different technical solutions presented for implementation by staff, to decide on a course of action. 
  • Extremely strong planning and administration skills, to effectively manage both operating and capital budgets.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong persuasive ability and skilled to lead a group of engineers in a cooperative manner to accomplish the group’s goals.
  • Ability to communicate work assignments to subordinates in a clear and concise manner; ability to communicate accurate performance feedback to individuals.
  • Ability to deliver presentations that are logical, smooth, and influential, both internally and externally.
Education, Experience and Certifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, B. S. (Engineering related or Computer Science)
  • 10 – 15 years involved in the engineering design, procurement, testing, installation, and maintenance of power plant control systems
  • Professional certification
  • Experience with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems in the Power Industry
  • Experience with Engineering Design Drawings & Schematics
  • Experience writing Engineering Technical Specifications
  • Extensive Computer Hardware Experience
  • Extensive Computer Software Experience
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to travel to the operating facilities for meetings and project supervision.


Military Occupational Speciality Codes
MOS - Army: 12A, 12B, 12P, 18C, 24A, 24Z, 51S 
MOS - Marines: 1120, 1302, 1310, 8824, 8831, 8832, 9622, 9624, 9630, 9631, 9632, 9636  
MOS - NavyEA, MME, UT, 2166, 2167, 2170, 2180, 2181, 2740, 4210, 4270, 4280, 5761, 5904, 5913, 5917, 5925, 5927, 5960, 5961, 5970, 5980, 7273  


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