The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

Today, TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and relies on a flexible mix of energy sources – fossil, hydro, renewables, and nuclear power. TVA’s three nuclear plants – Watts Bar, near Spring City, TN; Browns Ferry near Athens, AL; and Sequoyah, in Soddy-Daisy, TN., – account for about 30 percent of TVAs energy – powering more than 4.5 million homes and businesses. With the addition of the first new commercial nuclear reactor brought on line in the US in the 21st century, Watts Bar Unit 2, TVA continues to invest in nuclear power as a key to achieving their mission of energy, environmental stewardship and economic development to make life better for the Tennessee Valley.

Role description

TVA is seeking a Director, Nuclear Plant Operations at their Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant to direct the Operations, Fire Protection, and Work Control functions of a nuclear plant in order to provide reliable and efficient generation to meet needs and operations safety requirements; provide for sufficient qualified and licensed personnel to satisfy regulatory requirements; and design and implement process improvements to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity while minimizing associated costs to improve competitiveness.

Reports To: Plant Manager

Direct Reports: 4 Managers

Indirect Reports: 115 – 300 management/specialist and represented employees

Location: Athens, Alabama


  • Direct the Operations organization to ensure the safe, efficient and reliable operation to the plant.
  • Direct the Work Control organization to ensure that work on plant equipment is planned and executed in a timely and efficient manner and administer the work control program in support of unit operations.
  • Direct the Fire Protection organization to ensure the safety of nuclear plant facilities and to safeguard the health and safety of the general public.
  • Interview, select, assign and motivate the organization’s personnel to best utilize individual and group capabilities.
  • Resolve specific inspirational and technical problems to aid the direct reports int he performance of their jobs.
  • Develop, implement and manage the organization’s budget and expenditures to provide the parts, equipment and personnel to maintain and improve plant performance.• Serve as an alternate chairman of the Plant Operations Review Committee to ensure site activities are conducted in a safe manner from a nuclear safety standpoint.
  • Ensure qualifications and NRC certification of operations is maintained to provide sufficient licensed operators to safely and effectively operate the plant in accordance with NRC regulations.
  • Coordinate with other plant organizations to optimize plant efficiency, reliability, availability, capacity factor, megawatt output and thermal performance.
  • Serve as the Site Emergency Director for nuclear plant emergencies to fulfill assigned responsibilities under the sire Radiological Emergency Plan.
  • Monitor plant activities to identify design changes and make procedural changes for improvements that are nuclear safety related, industrial safety related, or related to efficiency or productivity.
  • Direct plant activities to identify design changes and make procedural changes for improvements that are nuclear safety related, industrial safety related, or related to efficiency or productivity.
  • Direct plant shutdown or termination of an evolution when continuation would create unsafe conditions or non-compliance with regulations.
  • Develop subordinates skills as a means of fulfilling succession planning.
  • Administer disciplinary action in accordance with approved Human Resources procedures.
  • Support Outage Management to complete outage scope, increase outage safety and reduce outage duration.
  • Monitor operator training programs to ensure consistent plant operations among all shifts.
  • Implement process improvements and maintain standardization among all TVA nuclear units.

Essential skills

  • 12 to 15 years experience in operations or technical support activities of an operating nuclear plant; may be substituted for based upon nuclear experience.
  • Knowledge of plant operating practices and procedures.
  • BWR Experience Preferred
  • Previous supervisory experience preferably as a Control Room Supervisor or Shift Manager.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership experience.
  • Must meet ANSI N18.1 (1971).
  • Must hold or have held an NRC Senior Reactor License (SRO) on a site specific reactor design.
  • Maintain requirements for nuclear unescorted access; maintain S-2 medical requirements. SPP-1.1 applicable.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably engineering or related science. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, with related education, training and experience will be considered.

Desired skills

Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking someone who can make a long-term commitment and has the willingness and desire to progress through the organization.


The successful candidate will be offered an attractive salary and excellent benefits including relocation assistance.

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