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Energy Northwest Regulatory Affairs Manager - 7013 in Richland, Washington

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Regulatory Affairs Manager

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Energy Northwest

Full/Part Time


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General Summary

Provide leadership and management direction to supervisors and their staffs responsible for licensing, and regulatory affairs activities - all necessary to support operation of Columbia Generating Station.

Provide leadership of regulatory affairs for Energy Northwest to ensure regulatory requirements are identified and implemented. Establish and maintain primary external regulatory interfaces with the NRC, FERC/NERC, ANI, NEIL, EFSEC, and other Washington state agencies. Also establish and maintain an effective professional relationship with INPO.

This position functions in a highly stressful, time constraining, regulatory environment. This person is called upon at critical points of time during plant operation to provide the necessary resources, skills, and material to address critical nuclear safety and licensing issues or to keep the plant running. A significant amount of regulatory scrutiny is focused on this individual and a significant amount of the regulatory perception of Energy Northwest derives from the performance of this individual.


Provide leadership, management direction, and consultation to assure nuclear safety, licensing, and regulatory issues are identified, addressed, and resolved to reduce the potential for negative impacts to public and personnel safety, plant reliability, licensing schedules, and to Energy Northwest's public confidence and trust. This is accomplished by setting and communicating clear expectations and providing adequate resources. Provide direction to establish requirements and programs to monitor and assess effectiveness. Staff the organization with qualified personnel. Evaluate staff performance, recommendations, work products (e.g., submittals to the regulator), and research. Independently discuss significant regulatory issues with senior managers of Energy Northwest, NRC, INPO, NEI, legal firms, other utilities, owners’ groups, vendors, or Washington state agencies.

Provide advice and recommendations to Senior Management on trends and performance of Energy Northwest regarding issues of regulatory performance and nuclear safety.

Create and communicate the vision, strategic objectives, and key business initiatives for the Regulatory Affairs organization. Establish policies and procedures.

Represent Energy Northwest in a senior capacity at various industry work groups, workshops, and conferences or as a member of an industry group.

Prepare a business plan and annual budget for the department; operate the department within budget limitations; report and explain variances.

Apply and support the application of sound leadership principles, expectations, and techniques.


Required education/training includes:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Education, Business or Behavioral Sciences, or Science, or related field from an accredited college or university.

Required experience includes:

  • 4 years supervisory/management experience.

  • Five years nuclear power plant experience utilizing a 10CFR50 App. B corrective action program.

  • Effective use of team-building, continuous improvement, management development, performance management, management assessment tools, competencies, and other such programs.


Active or previous SRO license, SRO certification, or BWR Management Certification. If selected candidate does not meet this, he/she must attend and satisfactorily complete the next Management Cert class provided by EN. This requirement may be waived by the Site Vice President.

Management of resources using training processes, methods, and theories, e.g., Systematic Approach to Training, Adult Learning Theory, qualification management.

Regulatory Affairs or Licensing experience is preferred

Salary Range

Salary: $136,406 minimum to $170,507 midpoint, $204,608 career excellence

Typically, selected candidates are hired at a salary rate between the minimum and midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience and qualifications, market rate, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.


Energy Northwest (EN) offers a highly competitive and substantial benefits package which allows employees (and their families) to enroll in medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits include flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, supplemental life insurances, credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance. EN offers three retirement programs to qualifying employees including a matching 401(k) deferred compensation plan, the Washington State Pension Plan (PERS), and a 457(b) savings plan. Employees will also accrue 160 hours of personal time per year and nine paid holidays throughout the calendar year.

Other Compensation

Other available compensation includes our annual bonus program (“At-Risk Compensation” program), inducements, relocation, and various monetary recognition programs, when approved.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate due to race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

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This position is open until filled.