City of Farmington
  • 26-Sep-2018 to 31-Oct-2018 (MST)
  • System Control Center
  • Farmington, NM, USA
  • 28.7255 - 43.8100
  • Hourly
  • Regular-Full Time

Full Benefits





DEPARTMENT:  Electric Utility/System Control


SALARY RANGE: $28.7355-$43.8100 / Hour    


TYPE OF POSITION:  Regular, Full-Time          

DAYS WORKED:  Monday-Friday

HOURS WORKED:  8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.


Resumes submitted without a City of Farmington application will not be considered in our job selection process.


The Compliance Officer is responsible for implementing and providing independent oversight over the FEUS Internal Compliance Program established to ensure compliance with federally mandated operations, planning, physical and cyber security standards. 

The main purpose of the Compliance Officer position is to research, review and interpret laws, rules, and regulations to prevent violations, penalties, and fines associated with non-compliance with FERC, NERC, and WECC standards, rules and regulations under which the Electric Utility must operate by establishing and insuring implementation of mitigation plans, conducting unscheduled audits and regularly reviewing the Electric Utility's compliance program with the laws, standards, rules, and regulations.

The Compliance Officer works under the supervision of the Assistant Director - Regulation and Operation, and maintains independent access to the Electric Utility Director.

The Compliance Officer acts as the Primary Compliance Contact and liaison between FEUS and NERC/WECC regarding compliance matters.

Coordinates the activities of Compliance Specialist position(s).


Research and disseminate information relative to meeting:

  • the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rules and regulations;
  • the North American Electricity Reliability Council (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) standards;
  • the NM Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) rules and regulations; and,
  • any new laws, rules and regulations which may come into existence that could have an impact on the electric utility's business;
  • Reviews, implements compliance requirements and audits for compliance any other rules, regulations, guidelines, and standards that may impact the electric utility's business and may cause it to be in violation, fined and/or sued.

Implement FEUS Internal Compliance Program and associated practices including:

  • Annually review and update the FEUS Internal Compliance Program (ICP) and Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Process (CMEP);
  • Ensure timely implementation of new or revised Standards by SME;
  • Schedule regular internal reviews to verify compliance;
  • Chair the Reliability and Security Committee (R&SC);
  • Schedule regular meetings with the R&SC and SME's to disseminate information;
  • Participate in Standards Development process including commenting and balloting;
  • Establish and monitor internal controls to prevent, detect, and correct possible violations;
  • Develop and provide compliance training for staff, contractors, and vendors ;
  • Adopt and implement a strategic risk management plan: anticipate risk, access the risk, act against the risk, and adopt a plan;
  • Establish measurable compliance targets and goals.

Develop and/or implement a comprehensive compliance tracking solution including a process for updating all applicable NERC and WECC Reliability Standards and Requirements; track compliance activities, document management, and records retention.

Administer compliance elements of the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP). CEMP related responsibilities include; coordinating preparation of self-certifications, assisting in responding to spot check request, assisting in responding to requests for information, aiding in the preparation of self-reports, exception reporting, responding to complaints, and supporting compliance investigations.

Assure FEUS programs are modified to assure compliance with new or revised Reliability Standards.  Assure compliance practices are administered consistently with requirement interpretations, NERC Compliance Application Notices (CANs), and current with industry lessons-learned and practices.

Review the federal register (FR) for any potential new rules and regulations applicable to the electric utility's business as they might pertain to existing and future power contracts, generation, gas and coal contracts, environmental and safety issues.

Review the operations and record keeping of all applicable electric utility divisions to ensure they are compliant with all laws, standards, rules and regulations.  Should there be areas of non-compliance, the Compliance Officer is responsible for the development and submittal of self-reports and mitigation plans to ensure the electric utility is compliant with FERC/NERC/WECC standards, rules and regulations  and any other appropriate laws, standards, rules and regulations associated with FERC compliance which may be enacted in the future. 

Responsibilities include determination of the facts and circumstances, coordinating root or apparent cause evaluation, and coordinating mitigation and corrective action plans.

Effectively interface with counterparts at NERC and WECC.

Ensure the implementation of the mitigation plans by regularly reviewing the progress of the electric utility divisions.

Ensure the preparation of all required FERC, NERC, and WECC reports.

Electronically file all requisite documents with WECC, NERC, and FERC on the WECC web portal.

Provide input on strategic planning and budgets for Compliance Division.

Maintain all records required for NERC and WECC compliance audits.

Coordinate any compliance audits performed on the Electric Utility by outside entities.

Conduct unscheduled compliance audits and prepare reports to the Electric Utility Director;

Chair the Electric Department's Compliance Committee.

Report regularly to the Department Head on gaps and activities.

Travel is required to attend schools, conferences, and meetings.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


This position is subject to the City of Farmington's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy that includes:  pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing and follow-up testing. 

Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or technical sciences.  In addition to education requirements, minimum requirements shall include minimum of five years' experience in compliance, engineering, operations, or planning with NERC compliance functions directly associated with the bulk electric system.

Knowledge of, or prior experience with FEUS procedures and processes, Reliability Coordinators, FERC/NERC/WECC reliability standards, or similar experience with monitoring and reporting on regulatory mandated processes preferred.

Advanced computer skills including: extensive knowledge of computer based word processing systems such as Word; spreadsheets such as Excel; computer-based graphics such as Power Point and ability to create presentations using computer graphics; email, Internet, computer-to-computer faxing, scanning and Windows based operating systems.

Extensive knowledge of office equipment to include, but not be limited to, scanners, facsimile machines, copiers and telecommunications equipment.

Working knowledge of computer network architecture including, but not limited to network hardware devices such as switches, routers, and firewalls, as well as communications protocols such as TCP/IP, ICCP, and serial communications protocols.

Basic knowledge of EPA, OSHA, NMDOT, and CDOT rules and regulations.

Candidate must possess an understanding of the electric generation and/or transmission systems. Maintain and apply working knowledge of Reliability Standards and meet management's expectations for effective internal business controls.

Ability to: interpret and integrate complex data and information, including standards; prepare compliance submittals and reliability-related technical documentation; understand problems from a broad, interactive perspective and discern applicable underlying principles to conceive of and develop strategic solutions.

Effectively present ideas and concepts in oral and written formats and use consultative and facilitation skills to gain consensus; maintain confidentiality; foster positive work relationships with internal and external customers, business partners, neighboring utilities and regulatory organizations and authorities.

Working knowledge of FERC, NERC, and WECC rules and standards.

Ability to research issues on the internet.

Ability to develop plans of action and implement such plans.

Must be a self-starter, work independently and meet specific deadlines with an accurate work product.

Knowledge of personal computer and various software packages.  Experience with AutoCAD or other drawing software.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Ability to work under stress and handle stressful situations.

Ability to read, understand and interpret complex laws, standards, rules and regulations.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Must demonstrate ability to communicate with others through oral and written media.

Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, outside entities and the public.

Ability to operate tools and equipment listed.


Motor vehicle, personal computer including word processing, spread sheets, specialized compliance software, AutoCAD, load flow analysis and engineering software, telephone, fax and copy machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear.

The employee must lift 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside inclement weather conditions.  During field work the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, traffic, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  Equipment installed in substations may be in proximity to energized, high-voltage equipment requiring knowledge and utilization of safe working practices.

The noise level in the field work environment is occasionally moderate to loud.  The noise level in the office setting is quiet.


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