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Director, Operational Technology

Company Overview
Intersect Power is a team of friends driven to preserve our planet for future generations through low-carbon energy and infrastructure solutions. Founded in 2016, the privately held clean energy company develops and owns some of the world’s largest clean energy resources serving customers in retail and wholesale energy markets across North America. The company is redefining the scope of the clean energy industry by enabling new pathways between clean electricity and the broader economy to enable the deep decarbonization of our economy. We are on an aggressive growth trajectory and are staffing key positions.
About This Position
This role will be responsible for managing the operational technology strategy and activities. The Director will work closely with Operational Compliance, IT, Engineering, Legal, and others to collaboratively maintain project physical, cybersecurity and NERC CIP Standards, provide strategic leadership in the identification of upcoming requirements, and manage the cross functional planning and implementation process. This position is a key contributing role to the Operations Team. This position will report to the VP of Operations.
Overview of Department
The Operations Team is currently composed of ten team members in Operations, Compliance, and Asset Management roles. The Director, Operational Technology will be a key team member as we  operate a 2+ GW PV and 2+ GWh battery portfolio in 2024, and continue to bring additional assets online including CIP Medium implementations.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead Operational Technology implementation to support requirements with NERC, NIST, and ISO27001 standards, and others as necessary
  • Serve as CIP Senior Manager for operating projects
  • Manage activities related to risk analysis, internal controls implementation, documentation verification, monitoring, and reporting
  • Monitor existing and new Operational Technology requirements, identify impacts to NERC programs and Reliability Standards, and communicate impacts to leadership 
  • Develop and lead implementation of cybersecurity requirements including oversight of consultants and service providers
  • Support troubleshooting at operating sites during downtime events or when network health is impacting plant performance. Effectively guide service providers for timely resolution of issues.
  • Lead and make regulatory filings which may include managing and coordinating outside counsel, consultants, internal SMEs, and other project personnelPartner with cross-functional teams and subject matter experts throughout the organization to analyze, recommend, and support implementation and standardize technology specs, as needed
  • Design and manage internal processes to assess, investigate potential noncompliance events, and design corrective actions and mitigation plans
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with regulators, internal teams, and third-party service providers
  • Actively participate in industry organizations, conferences, workshops, and forums regarding internal controls for existing and new standards and requirements
  • Support compliance and NERC Reliability Standards on-boarding of projects during the construction phases
  • Infrequent site visits to ensure compliance and oversee equipment audit with vendor

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, engineering, or similar discipline or related work experience
  • 7+ years of work experience in NERC Reliability Standards, Cyber & Physical Security and the electric regulatory industry
  • Management of managed security services provider activities and documentation
  • Excellent knowledge of desktop and systems design, information security concepts and practices, EMS and SCADA systems, Windows and Linux operating systems, and NERC CIP standards and related internal controls
  • Working knowledge of firewall and switch configuration files for various manufacturers
  • Ability to effectively read and create network block diagrams
  • Knowledge of common industry and IT application network ports and ranges
  • Related auditor or professional certifications or licenses (e.g., CIA, CISSP, CISA)Ability to work on many projects simultaneously with only periodic guidance
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, including project management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skillsFamiliarity with ERCOT and CAISO
*A note on qualifications: Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role. 

Physical and Sensory Requirements

  • Mostly sedentary work; using standard office equipment including: a computer, keyboard, and telephone. 
  • Position is part of a remote team, with regular electronic and video communication
  • Position requires up to 25%  travel including ~4 weeks a year of company-wide meetups.
  • Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email [email protected].

Salary & Benefits:

  • U.S. & Canada: Join our dynamic team and enjoy a range of unbeatable benefits that truly prioritize your well-being and work-life balance:
  • Salary: $155,000-$170,000 USD base salary with 25-30% annual target bonus
  • Exceptional Healthcare:  Access comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans with 100% premium coverage for both you and your dependents. 
  • Financial Security:  Benefit from a 3% non-elective employer contribution to your 401k or RRSP, ensuring your financial future is on the right track.
  • Time Off:  Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) +  two company-wide vacation weeks (Fourth of July & End of year). We believe in the importance of rest and relaxation.
  • Family-Friendly Policies:  Experience up to 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave, with an additional 6 weeks for birth parents. We support you through the exciting journey of parenthood.
  • Mental Health and Well-being:  Access mental health and behavioral coaching services through Ginger, providing you with the support you need to thrive both personally and professionally.
  • Family Planning Support:  Navigate family planning with ease through our partnership with Carrot, ensuring a seamless experience for new parents.
  • Perks:  Enjoy a variety of perks, including a $150 USD monthly food stipend on UberEats and a pet insurance allowance. We care about the little things that make a big difference.
  • Tech-Ready:  Gear up with our new hire tech package, including a laptop, monitor, docking station, webcam, headphones, and more. Set up your home office with provided furniture, including a desk and chair.
At Intersect Power we believe in fostering a supportive and enriching environment for our team members. Join us and experience a workplace that truly values you, inside and outside the office!
Note:  We welcome applicants who do not have current enforceable non-compete restrictions that would hinder their employment with us. If you are currently under a non-compete agreement with a previous employer, we kindly request that you carefully review the terms of that agreement and ensure that your potential employment with us does not violate those terms. 
Unsolicited resumes or referrals from third-party recruiting firms or agencies are not accepted by Intersect Power.
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