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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. EMS Systems Architect I, II, III, or Senior (IRC38645) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for Energy Management System (EMS) related Windows and UNIX system administration, Ensures proposed changes to the EMS environment are appropriate for the EMS SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems and compatible with existing system architecture. Writes scripts to automate system functional testing and CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) compliance related tasks. Participates in patch management and deployment. Performs system backups and monitors security events. Coordinates system architecture, EMS systems operations with other Tri-State Information Systems departments and with other concerned departments at Tri-State. Responsible for monitoring systems and security events and assuring compliance with NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) cyber security requirements.


There is one position available and the position will be filled at one of four job grade levels: EMS Systems Architect I, job grade NB17; EMS Systems Architect II, job grade NB19; EMS Systems Architect III, job grade NB21, or Senior EMS Systems Architect, job grade NB23. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules including compressed work week and telecommuting opportunities to work remotely up to 50%, Life Insurance, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Senior EMS Systems Architect

Hiring Salary Range: $102,000-$128,000

EMS Systems Architect III

Hiring Salary Range: $84,000-$105,000

EMS Systems Architect II

Hiring Salary Range: $69,000-$87,000

EMS Systems Architect I

Hiring Salary Range: $57,000-$72,000

Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring salary range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.

Job Requirements


  • Perform Windows and UNIX administration and programming, as required.

  • Establish and maintain appropriate systems operations standards and architecture models including Linux Security Policies and Active Directory Group Policies.

  • Prepare status reports for the EMS Manager on assigned projects.

  • Assure compliance with NERC Cyber Security requirements to include development and on-going administration of EMS policies and procedures.

  • Writes programs and scripts to automate system functional testing and Cyber Security Control Testing (CSCT) to meet NERC/WECC (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) CIP regulations for control systems.

  • Provide technical assistance, resolve problems and client questions regarding all Tri-State supported and vendor-supplied software and hardware used for support of the EMS system and associated applications.

  • Monitor system and security events and generate periodic security reports.

  • Monitor, resolve and/or repair all EMS system hardware and software problems; schedule vendor repairs for any problems that cannot be resolved in-house.

  • Perform research and investigate operating environment developments to maintain the efficient functioning of EMS computer hardware and software.

  • Provide assistance in the preparation of the annual budget.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements.

  • Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Assist with the automation of system monitoring and compliance procedures.

  • Generate compliance reports routinely, related to system security and event monitoring.

  • Work irregular hours, to include responsibility for the rotating department on-call duty requirement.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.

  • Time management: the ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.

  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Technical skills in the application of principles and practices of computer science and information systems including basic computer hardware, software applications, and operating systems.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong team player.

  • Advanced knowledge of operating systems concepts and systems security.


Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Business, or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education.

  • Training and/or equivalent experience in the operating systems related areas of electric utility real time systems

  • Hold one or more of the related recognized Information Technology or Operation Technology certificates, or equivalent experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Ability to apply and strong knowledge of, principles and practices of computer science and operating systems concepts.

  • Ability to apply principles and practices of basic computer hardware, operating systems and software applications.

  • Ability to apply principles of operating systems design and architecture, operating systems security policies, Active Directory and GPOs (Group Policy Objects), system logs and event monitoring.

  • Ability to write code or scripts for automation

  • Ability to make clear, consistent, and timely decisions.

  • Ability to maintain clear and open communication with peers and customers.

  • Ability to maintain cooperation and collaboration.

  • Ability to work in partnership with other teams and functional areas.

  • Ability to deliver high quality and innovative service to internal/external customers.

  • Ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical employees and others.

  • Knowledge of Linux administration.

  • Knowledge of Active Directory administration.

  • Knowledge of process control and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA).

  • Knowledge of operating systems security policies and logging mechanisms and local firewalls.

  • Knowledge of operating systems advanced security tools such as Security Enhanced Linux (SE Linux).

  • Knowledge of change management and configuration management principles.


  • Eight (8) or more years of Information Technology (IT) or Operation Technology (OT) experience.

  • Windows Server and Active Directory

  • LINUX Systems

  • Virtualization technologies (VMWare and Hyper-V)

  • Administration of Tripwire

  • Administration of Splunk

  • Administration of Ivanti

  • Security and networking tools such as Nessus, Nagios, Cyberark, RSA, etc.

  • Backup software management tools

  • Those with less experience will be hired at the EMS Systems Architect I, II or III job grade level, as appropriate.


  • Willingness to travel as needed for meetings, conferences and training. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, and bend. Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, direct/ monitor/coordinate the work of others, present information to others and work under pressure.

  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to moderate level of noise. Majority of duties are performed indoors primarily at a desk.

This job description is not all inclusive but rather serves as a general guideline of the current needs of the position and can be modified at the discretion of management to meet current business needs. Experience and education requirements are the primary basis for awarding this position, however substitutions that are essentially equivalent may be made as they relate to the essential functions, duties, and responsibilities of this position.

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Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,480 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

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