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Title:  Distribution Line Design Supervisor

Department:  Line Design

Sacramento, CA, US, 95827-3824

Category:  Utility System Management/Operations

Minimum Pay Rate: $116,145

Maximum Pay Rate: $169,852

Posting Type: Open 


Please Note:

  • This position is posted until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.
  • This posting may close any time after February, 21, 2023. For immediate consideration, applicants are encourgaged to apply early. 
  • You must clearly demonstrate, on your resume, that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required in the minimum qualifications listed in this posting. 
  • All communications regarding this hiring process will be via email. SMUD is not responsible for mail that is directed to your junk mail inbox so please be sure to add SMUD to your safe senders list.  



Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years. We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions. We're one of the region's largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing and retaining some of the most talented employees around.


The position provides leadership, management and accountability for distribution line design to ensure safe, efficient, cost effective and high quality electric services for SMUD customers.
Employee Benefits:
Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
457 and 401(k) plans available
Flexible Savings Account
Short and Long Term Disability
Employee and Spouse Life Insurance


Provide leadership, management and accountability for distribution line design to ensure safe, efficient, cost effective and high quality electric services for SMUD customers.

Nature and Scope

Supervise, direct, plan, organize, and document design activities for SMUD's electric distribution system assets including repair, modification, additions, planning and overseeing customer requests to ensure a technically sound and cost effective design and construction program that provides high workforce productivity and work quality. Manages personnel including contracts and contractors as assigned; performs performance management, discipline, evaluations, selection, training, motivating and mentoring.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work may include, but is not limited to, the following: (NOTE: While in general all the functions and requirements listed are essential, individual positions and/or locations may not require all duties be performed.)


  • Supervises, plans, and coordinates work activities, including assigning work crews, preparing and issuing work packages for completion of distribution line work including repair, modifications, and additions; prepares technical documents, effectively manages work through use of SMUD computer and software systems; provides detailed work instructions to address defined problems and related work scope.
  • Ensure the safety of SMUD employees, contractor staff, and customers through adherence to established SMUD policies and goals.
  • Oversees, schedules, and coordinates distribution design work by assessing SMUD personnel resources and workload requirements; identifies need for staff augmentation, and contractor support to complete required work; verifies material and equipment availability and access; develops alternative approaches to work, including providing guidance to designers; creates, verifies, and issues work orders; issues contracts to external contractors as needed.
  • Conduct reviews, perform post-job audits to identify performance variances and to insure that work performed was done as planned, and develop improvements.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with internal clients, including managers, supervisors, project managers and others, and with developers, customers, outside agencies and local governments to minimize risk and protect SMUD, optimize efficiency, improve relationships, and achieve the objectives.
  • Manages customer expectation including contracts and contractors as assigned; performs performance management, discipline, evaluation, selection, training, motivating, mentoring, and development of non-represented and represented personnel, as assigned; provides staff training and mentoring; promotes staff safety and a safe work environment; participates in selecting and orienting new personnel; evaluates work performance results; responsible for leading teams to accomplish objectives.
  • Manage customer expectations by providing realistic feedback and communication to the customer on work in progress.
  • Represent SMUD on governmental, industry and professional organizations and committees pertinent to the work processes assigned.

Required Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent

Required Experience

  • Ten 10 or more years of progressively responsible work experience in design, construction, modification, maintenance or operation of electric distribution systems. Three 3 years in a lead and/or supervisory role.

Required Licenses/Certificates

  • Valid California Drivers license

Knowledge Of

Principles and practices of electric distribution and customer service design, construction, maintenance and operations, Federal, State, codes, and regulations; SMUD rates rules and regulations; principles of best practice customer service; metrics and unit costing principles; principles of supervision; OSE MOU, SDPs, special agreements; contracting principles including proposal development, negotiations; principles and practices for taking disciplinary action and conducting investigation; project management principles; budget development and administration.

Skills To

Provide leadership and effective supervision of a work group; translate measurements into effective performance measurements and accountabilities associated with specific work and individuals; communicate with upper management a clear understanding of the status of the work alternative scenarios and investment strategies; conduct benefit and risk; develop and motivate employees working in a team environment; resolve operational and personnel conflicts when they occur; measure, diagnose, and design work process changes and make a business case for the change; represent SMUD in a technical and professional manner; handle customer complaints to a successful conclusion; readily adapt to changing situations; express ideas effectively both in writing and oral communications; be an effective member of the SMUD leadership team.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge and current use of California General Order 95, 128 and 165.
  • Knowledge and current use of National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Knowledge and understanding of joint pole ownership such as Northern California Joint Pole Association (NCJPA)
  • Budget and resource planning experience
  • Project Management experience

On-site Work

This role will be an on-site role that will require being in person at one of SMUD's campuses daily to complete work tasks.


Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD celebrates diversity, and inspires an inclusive culture based on trust and respect to create belonging and connection among our employees, customers, and communities. By working together, we are powering positive, equitable opportunities for all. We aspire to be a workplace where you can be yourself, achieve your best, and thrive together.


An example of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is when SMUD signed the California Equal Pay Pledge in 2020: 

  • This requires equal pay for employees who perform “substantially similar work,” when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility at the time those employees started within that classification.
  • As such, initial hiring salary range is not subject to negotiation and salaries will vary over time based on performance.


SMUD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected characteristic. All employment decisions are made on the basis of individual qualifications, merit, and business needs and interests.


Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater.



SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  129