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City of Tacoma WA Modeling and Optimization Devops Analyst in Tacoma, Washington

Modeling and Optimization Devops Analyst


$116,771.20 - $149,718.40 Annually


Tacoma, WA

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Tacoma Power’s Power Management division group is currently looking for a Power Analyst, Senior to join their dynamic team. This position leads the development, implementation, improvement and continued operation of the models that form the backbone of Power Management’s analytic capabilities that are used by various internal groups. The models are written in the programming language Go.

These models empower data-driven decisions and the implementation of strategies that determine actual operations of the power system and interactions with the wholesale power markets and long term power resource decisions. The complexity of Tacoma Power’s hydro-electric system and the bulk electric system, as well as the uncertainty of weather and market changes, require significant modeling capabilities to accurately reflect and simulate the operations of those power systems and markets in order to perform analyses and produce meaningful strategies and decision support.

The position also develops trading strategies to take advantage of market opportunities across multiple wholesale markets, where coordination is required since each transaction in one market impacts opportunities in other markets.

The position is responsible for ensuring the continued reliable operation of the above analytic capabilities and for the systematic improvement of those capabilities, improvement of the accuracy of the modeling, the resulting strategies and output of analyses. This will be accomplished by creating tools and capabilities for the deployment of models, and for evaluating the performance and accuracy of models, analyses, and strategies using quantitative analysis and simulation.

Power Management is responsible for managing the operation and optimization of Tacoma Power’s resource portfolio and maximizing the value of our interactions with the wholesale energy market on a 24/7 basis. Tacoma Power expects annual wholesale power market transactions in excess of $70M per year between purchases and sales. The nature and complexity of the market has changed and will continue to do so with the advent of a sub-hourly market. In spring 2022, Tacoma Power expects to join the CAISO’s Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development, implementation, deployment, and maintenance of multiple complex models to predict, forecast and simulate the operations of the Tacoma Power system and the bulk electric system

  • Models for forecasting and simulating dispatch of hydro-electric resources including detailed operations of the Tacoma Power system taking into account reservoir and river constraints and Balancing Authority responsibilities

  • Models for forecasting and simulating dispatch of thermal and other resources

  • Simulation systems for performing market and system analysis, for the short, medium and long term

  • Market simulation systems for simulating prices and transactions

  • Build and maintain deployment pipelines for models


An Equivalent combination to:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in engineering or a related field AND

  • Five (5) years of increasingly-responsible experience in system design and operations, planning, engineering, energy policy or economics

Experience with the GoLang desired;

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn! (

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power

Tacoma Power ( is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Do you have an equivalent combination to: graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in engineering or a related field AND five (5) years of increasingly-responsible experience in system design and operations, planning, engineering, energy policy or economics?

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    Describe your experience in the wholesale energy market.


    Describe your experience with the development of models or software applications.


    Describe your experience with deployment pipelines for models or software applications.


    Please describe your experience with the programming language Go.


    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe an experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


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Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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