Wildfire Mitigation Strategy Manager – 21-62092

San Diego Gas & Electric

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Primary Purpose:

Wildfire risk is the top risk for the company as scored by the Enterprise Risk Management team. The Wildfire Safety Division (WSD, a division within the CPUC) utilizes a maturity model survey to monitor and communicate progress of the innovations and future development of wildfire mitigation programs. The WSD is constantly updating the requirements for risk evaluation and scoring each initiative to mitigate wildfires. This role continually evaluates and develops wildfire risk models. Develops methodology and scoring for each initiative and informs the company and regulators each step of the way. Oversees the Wildfire Mitigation Program (WMP) team responsible for staying ahead of the wildfire mitigation work needed to keep local communities safe. Creates a comprehensive strategy for the company on reducing wildfire risk and communicating this strategy to executive management. Manages the risk of wildfire from power lines and develops ways to monitor, assess, and model the risk across various internal organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategic plan and forward-looking roadmap for wildfire mitigation. Develop risk reduction strategies and risk assessment models to allow prioritization of mitigations and risk reduction predictions. Develop, train, and oversee WMP team members. Coordinate required resources to complete activities needed to complete and implement WMP OIR. Seek/develop successful wildfire mitigation and vegetation management regulatory and legislative outcomes. Lead WMP related activities to ensure full compliance and risk reduction. Support the Emergency Operations Center functions in electric commodity liaison or distribution operations.
  • Lead and be the point of contact for the strategic approach to meet CPUC evolving requirements for wildfire risk and mitigations, including long-term plans for advancing risk reduction approaches. Manages WMP de-energization activities and ensure compliance-related tasks are performed within tolerance. Provides guidance in understanding changes in regulation and develop and update department procedures. Oversees preparation of all required documentation for audits (CPUC and internal). Participates as a subject matter expert (SME) during interviews with auditors. Reports progress on the wildfire safety strategy and represent the strategy to the CPUC, external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and lawmakers. Presents at meetings with legislators, regulators, external stakeholders, joint utility efforts, and other collaborations.
  • Collaborates with internal and external departments, and special working groups, such as Reliability Assessment Team and Enterprise Risk Group to continually improve fire mitigation activities. Increases cross company awareness of risk evaluation techniques and processes to allow for more innovation. Conducts the WSD issued Utility Wildfire Maturity Model Assessment survey annually to coordinate with the cross-functional teams and represent results to the WSD and other stakeholders. Gathers input from across the company for this survey, represent the results to the regulators, and other stakeholders.
  • Manages group budget. Reviews budget reports and forecast future spending. Evaluates spend and risk to rank the wildfire mitigation initiatives for cost/benefit analysis on risk reduction results.
  • Performs other duties as assigned (no more than 5% of duties).


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Business administration, finance, law. other related fields, or equivalent training and/or experience
  • 8 years – Relevant experience, such as project management, compliance and/or regulatory experience.
  • 2 years – Requires lead, project lead or supervisory experience.
  • Requires the ability to effectively; lead and manage projects.
  • Must demonstrate strong proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong leadership and personnel management skills is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the CPUC regulatory process is desirable.

Other Qualifications:

  • This position requires providing support during emergency operations.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.