Employment Opportunities


Director, Member Services and Advocacy

Organization: Organization of MISO States (OMS)
Description:

The Organization of MISO States (OMS) is seeking candidates for the position of Director, Member Services and Advocacy. OMS is the regional state committee for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) region representing regulatory entities in 15 states and Manitoba, Canada.

The ideal candidate will utilize existing energy industry experience to support the communication of OMS policies and positions to external entities like MISO and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We’re looking for someone who is enthusiastic about energy policy and ready to work hard on behalf of the collective interests of OMS members. See the attached position description for more detail.


Closing Date: July 3, 2015
Contact: Colleen Dougherty (colleen@misostates.org)
http://www.misostates.org/
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Executive Director

Organization: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN)
Description:

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. This is an unclassified full-time exempt position within Nevada State Government.
About the PUCN: The PUCN is a regulatory agency that ensures investor-owned utilities comply with laws enacted by the Nevada Legislature. For more information about the agency, please visit the PUCN website at http://puc.nv.gov.
The Positions Key Areas of Responsibility:

  •  Inform, discuss and advise Commission on administrative matters during open public meetings and implement Commission administrative actions.
  •  Perform other duties and assume other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Commission.
  •  Direct the development and implementation of the Commission's administrative: goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities.
  •  Ensure that programs and their activities are organized as effectively and efficiently as possible to ensure they are of good quality and relevant to the mission and vision of the Commission.
  •  Oversee the preparation, development and implementation of the Commission’s biennial budget and review financial reports to ensure budgetary goals are met and that the agency is operating efficiently and within budgetary guidelines.
  •  Oversee the administration of personnel to include recruiting, hiring, and retaining and ensure that sound human resource management practices and policies are in place and followed.
  •  Allocate resources and supplies to personnel in order to ensure they have the necessary tools to complete their job responsibilities to the highest potential.
  •  Maintain a culture to attract, retain and motivate a diverse staff of top quality personnel.
  •  Examine, justify and defend Commission’s administrative programs, policies and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  •  Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints, media inquiries, Commission concerns, issues and agency needs.

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Salary: Up To $117,030
Closing Date: July 10, 2015
Contact: Lisa Alfred (lisaalfred@puc.nv.gov)
http://puc.nv.gov
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Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Water Utility Analyst)

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: Oregon Public Utility Commission Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Water Utility Analyst)

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for regulating investor-owned utilities, privately-owned water companies, and the telephone industry. PUC's mission is to ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

The PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Telecommunications and Water Division, Retail Telecom & Water Regulation Section. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

The Senior Water Utility Analyst will be part of a team of analysts that work on matters related to the regulation of telecommunication and water service providers for both rates and service quality. This person will work closely with all regulated water utility companies by conducting reviews and analyses of the utility's financial records and service. These analyses look at the company's return on investment, cost of service, and other aspects of the utility in order to evaluate the company's ability to earn a profit, while maintaining reasonable rates and quality service for consumers. This person also prepares written documents that are presented to the Commission, utility companies, and the general public.

Major duties include:

• Performs financial analyses including; cost of service, return on investment, rate spread, and rate design for the water utilities that are regulated by PUC. Responsible for gathering relevant documentation through site visits and review of financial records in order to perform accurate financial analyses and make recommendations to the Commission.

• Participates in settlement conferences with management of regulated water utilities in attempt to reach agreement and avoid a formal hearing. This person articulates and defends Staff's position on the current issue and helps develop counter-proposals during the discussions with the water company.

• Independently analyzes issues and evaluates other parties' written testimony for accuracy, logic, and consistency with existing Commission policy; writes testimony based upon analysis; defends testimony in formal hearings. Prepares cross-examination questions for company and intervener witnesses, assists Attorney General's Office in preparation of legal briefs.

• Interviews utility customers and water utility staff during investigations of water matters (i.e. adequacy of service issues, property dispositions, service territory issues, and tariff and rule changes). Evaluates information and data received through the investigation process and makes a recommendation to the Commission on what action should be taken.

• Provides technical assistance, advice, and interpretations of agency laws, rules, and regulations to the Commissioners and PUC staff during water rulemakings, contested cases, and when staff members need specific assistance on water related topics.

• Responds to inquiries and concerns related to water matters from customer groups, the general public, local organizations, and water companies. Communicates current policy and regulations to individuals with varying background knowledge and understanding.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or a closely related field and four years of professional-level experience in accounting, economic analysis, or finance.

OR

Seven years of work experience in accounting, economic analysis, or finance; four of which must be at the professional level.

A Master's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or a closely related field will substitute for one year of the professional level work experience.

A Doctorate in Accounting, Economics, Finance, or a closely related field will substitute for two years of the professional level work experience.

Requested Skills

• Professional-level work experience in a utility or regulatory setting.

• Professional-level work experience for a water service provider or a state public utility commission working on water service, rate, and regulation topics.

• Professional-level work experience performing financial analyses that included; review of financial reports and accounting records, cost of service, return on investment, rate spread, and rate design.

• Work experience interacting with utility customers and utility staff to resolve water service, rate, and regulation matters and questions.

• Experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency.

• Professional-level work experience making presentations in a public setting.

HOW TO APPLY

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us, click on "Jobs at PUC" and view the following announcements: PUC15-0009, Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Water Utility Analyst)

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC15-0009

PUC is an EEO/AA employer.


Salary: 5028.-7379.
Closing Date: July 10, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us)
http://www.puc.state.or.us

Principal Technical Advisor, Energy Regulation (Washington, DC)

Organization: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Description: The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a 501©4 trade association, seeks a Principal Technical Advisor for its international energy regulatory programs. The Principal Technical Advisor will serve as an in-house technical expert to guide and support NARUC's international projects that work with energy regulators in transitioning and emerging economies in Africa, Asia, Caribbean/Latin America, Eurasia and/or other geographic regions.

Responsibilities The Principal Technical Advisor will work closely with various levels of staff in the International Department to develop project workplans that lead to results to be shared with the project donors. The Principal Technical Advisor may serve as a training instructor, workshop facilitator and/or draft research or deliverables as needed. In addition, the Principal Technical Advisor will play a significant role with donor outreach and new project development.

The position is grant-funded and is conditioned upon continued donor funding and satisfactory performance of duties.

Requirements Requires significant experience and practitioner-level knowledge of a broad range of energy regulation issues. Under NARUC's programming for results design, the Principal Technical Advisor must be able to identify necessary stepping stones and phases for various energy reform processes, including but not limited to tariff methodology, incentivizing renewable energy, grid system expansion and stability, independence and transparency of the regulator, unbundling and accounting, promotion of investment, etc. The position requires strong strategic-planning experience and sound knowledge of reform issues faced by emerging and transitioning economies.

The Principal Technical Advisor must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail. The position will work with numerous international program implementation staff within the department and must be able to juggle multiple projects with short deadlines.

International travel required (approx 25-40% of time).

Education and Experience An advanced degree and 6-8 years of professional experience in energy regulation is required. Experience in working with emerging and transitioning economies is desired.

Must be extremely proficient in Microsoft Office. Must be US citizen or have US work permit. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ms. Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC, www.naruc.org/international. No telephone calls. EOE


Closing Date: July 10, 2015
Contact: Erin Hammel (ehammel@naruc.org)

Communications Officer, International Programs (Washington, DC)

Organization: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Description: The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a 501©4 trade association, seeks a Communications Officer for its international energy regulatory programs. The Communications Officer will serve as an in-house expert for the international department in order to better share project milestones and successes with project donors.

Responsibilities The Communications Officer will prepare news story articles, based on information provided from program staff and/or desk research, to highlight small and large-scale forward progress by the foreign energy regulatory partners. The Communications Officer will review, edit and/or prepare trip reports, monthly, quarterly and annual reports, workplans, Board reports and other key documents. The Communications Officer will ensure that all publications meet donor marking/branding requirements. The Communications Officer will contribute to the design of report and story formats and ensure consistency in content and format. The Communications Officer will also play a key role in the re-design and maintenance of the international programs' webpages.

The position is grant-funded and is conditioned upon continued donor funding and satisfactory performance of duties.

Requirements Requires significant writing and editing experience, with the ability to ensure that reports and results are conveyed in such a way as to be readily useful and understandable by those who may not have in-depth knowledge of energy regulation. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in preparing results that show the highlights and challenges faced in reform processes happening in emerging and transitioning economies.

The Communications Officer must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail. The position will work with numerous international program implementation staff within the department and must be able to juggle multiple projects with short deadlines.

Education and Experience A degree in writing or a related field and 3-5 years of professional experience in the communications field is required. Experience in working with emerging and transitioning economies is desired. Demonstrated understanding and experience with USAID writing styles is strongly preferred.

Must be extremely proficient in Microsoft Office. Must be US citizen or have US work permit. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ms. Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC, www.naruc.org/international. Applicants who are invited to interviews will undergo a writing test. No telephone calls. EOE


Closing Date: July 10, 2015
Contact: Erin Hammel (ehammel@naruc.org)

International Program Officer (Washington, DC)

Organization: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Description: The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a 501©4 trade association, seeks a Program Officer for its international energy regulatory programs. The candidate will work on energy regulatory programs for developing countries.

Responsibilities: • Organize international exchanges, meetings, training programs, conferences in developing countries. • Implement monitoring and evaluation plans. • Draft correspondence and press releases. • Conduct research. • Prepare financial/expenditure documents, expense reports, and project budgets.

Requirements: • Bachelor's or Master's in Energy, Environment, International Relations or related field. • 2-4 years professional experience. Coursework in economics is very helpful. • Experience coordinating international and domestic workshops in developing countries. • Excellent communication, organizational, analytical and writing skills in English. • International travel to developing countries required (approx 25% of time, with limited domestic travel). • Knowledge of electricity sector and energy policy highly desired. • Knowledge of the nonprofit field and/or USAID agreement requirements very useful. • Knowledge of other languages from the developing world is a plus.

This position is for 12 months, with the possibility for extension depending on grant funding and performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package. This is a junior position that works closely with other staff, but does not entail supervisory responsibilities.

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ms. Bevan Flansburg, Deputy Director, International Programs, NARUC, www.naruc.org/international. No telephone calls. Must be US citizen or have US work permit, and valid passport. EOE


Closing Date: July 10, 2015
Contact: Bevan Flansburg (bflansburg@naruc.org)

Utility and Energy Analyst 3

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: Oregon Public Utility Commission - Senior Utility Analyst

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for regulating investor-owned utilities, privately-owned water companies, and the telephone industry. PUC's mission is to ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives. The PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per-month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

In support of that mission, the Safety, Reliability, and Security Division administer programs that ensure utility facilities meet national and state safety codes.

PUC is seeking a qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Safety, Reliability, and Security Division. This position is classified, un-represented and is not eligible for overtime.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The person in this position serves a key, on the ground, investigation, inspection, and auditing function, necessary for the PUC to ensure safe operation of utility and power facilities.

In Oregon, utility poles are used by electric utilities, telecommunications providers, cable operators, and other various government entities. When violations of the Oregon Administrative Rules and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) pertaining to use of these facilities occur, the violations must be classified and addressed. The person in this position conducts audits of utility facility inspections, and manages the collection of detailed inspection findings, violation deferral agreements, and deferral plans of correction. This person will also provide reports and expert witness testimony on energy and telecommunications operations methods, and provide leadership in joint use planning between stakeholders for pole attachments.

Major duties include:

• Conducts field audits/investigations across the state of Oregon of electric and telecommunications operators to verify compliance with applicable Oregon Administrative Rules and the NESC. The audits and investigations will be performed at operators' facilities throughout the State. Conducts in-depth investigations and analysis of operator's electric supply and communication facilities. Analyzes records and performs field inspections of utility energy and telecommunication facilities. Reviews companies' standard procedures, inspection reports, system failure information and project cost estimates. Independently evaluates the operation and maintenance of the utilities network systems. When appropriate, recommends preventive measures to eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar violations.

• Responsible for the consistent interpretation and enforcement of policies adopted through PUC Commission order.

• Responds to inquiries from the public, the utility or energy industry, state agencies, and PUC management and staff. Interpret and apply Oregon Administrative Rules applicable to pole attachment contracts and dispute resolution on a variety of functional areas.

• Provides consultation and recommendations on energy and telecommunications operations. Responsible for violation report preparation, writing, and presentation to each operator audited on investigative findings. Responsible for technical accuracy of data and findings. Serves as expert witness and policy advisor in docketed proceedings.

• Represent the Commission, and acts as spokesperson about Commission policies with other state or federal agencies, industry associations, utilities, local governments, community organizations, and members of the public on Commissions safety and pole attachment rules.

• This position is with a division that responds on a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (24/7) basis to utility accidents, emergencies, and State disasters supporting Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the State's Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in disaster response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.

• Works with the Attorney General's office to discuss regulatory policy, clarify case issues, develop cross-examination, or complete review questions for utility and intervener experts or applicants, and participates in preparing legal briefs used in contested case proceedings. Prepares testimony, and defends testimony under adverse legal cross-examination in public meeting, court, legislative, and other legal proceedings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, or a closely related technical or scientific field AND four years of professional-level work experience in electric utility operations.

OR

Seven years of work experience in electric utility operations; four of which must have been at the professional level.

A Master's degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or a closely related technical or scientific field will substitute for one year of the professional level work experience.

A Doctorate degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or a closely related technical or scientific field will substitute for two years of the professional level work experience.

REQUESTED SKILLS

• Work experience with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) standards and inspections as it applies to both electric and telecommunication facilities.

• Work experience with electric utility facility safety standards.

• Work experience in utility facility incident investigations.

• Experience presenting technical information to individuals or groups who may not have a strong technical background.

• Work experience interacting with different levels of utility management in a diplomatic and respectful manner to resolve technical issues.

• Experience developing written comments, recommendations, or proposals intended to inform or influence the decision making of a current or past employer.

• Work experience in field work (i.e., working in a remote area, private property, rights of way, with property owners).

HOW TO APPLY

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us click on "Jobs at PUC" and view the following announcements: PUC15-0010, Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Utility Analyst)

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC15-0010

PUC is an EEO/AA employer.


Salary: 5028.00-7379.00
Closing Date: July 15, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us)
http://www.puc.state.or.us

Assistant Attorney General

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: The Department of Justice seeks attorney applicants for an Assistant Attorney General position in the Business Activities Section of the General Counsel Division. This is a Salem-based position represented by the Oregon Association of Justice Attorneys.

The Business Activities Section has a diverse and stimulating practice, working directly with over 50 regulatory boards, commissions, and agencies to support their missions of public protection and to help ensure that their regulatory services and business operations are conducted in a sound legal manner.

The successful applicant will be primarily assigned as part of the legal team that works as staff counsel to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). The Section's PUC Team provides legal advice and assistance to the PUC and is led by an Assistant Attorney-in-Charge (AAIC) who is Commission Counsel and oversees all work of the Team with the PUC. The Section's Attorney-in-Charge may assign other clients and responsibilities to the successful applicant based on the Section's needs and the applicant's skills and experience.

The successful applicant should have knowledge of administrative law and experience in litigating contested cases. Knowledge and experience with utility law and utility commissions is also a plus. Applicants without experience in these areas may be considered, but must demonstrate a genuine interest in developing these skills and knowledge in these areas.

A strong work ethic, a commitment to public service, and excellent analytical, oral presentation and writing skills are required. Ability and willingness to work collaboratively and productively with colleagues and clients are also essential. This position may involve occasional travel within Oregon.

This position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or the Senior Assistant Attorney General level, depending on experience and other factors. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Jason Jones, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge or Kyle J. Martin, Attorney-in-Charge, Business Activities Section, at (503) 947-4520, or to Steven Wolf, Chief Counsel, General Counsel Division, at (503) 947-4540.

Qualifications:

• The successful applicant should have knowledge of administrative law and experience in litigating contested cases. Knowledge and experience with utility law and utility commissions is also a plus. Applicants without experience in these areas may be considered, but must demonstrate a genuine interest in developing these skills and knowledge in these areas.

• A strong work ethic, a commitment to public service, and excellent analytical, oral presentation and writing skills are required. Ability and willingness to work collaboratively and productively with colleagues and clients are also essential.

• All final candidates for employment must pass a thorough criminal background investigation.

• Applicants must possess a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Oregon and be eligible to practice law before the courts of the State of Oregon at the time of appointment.


Salary: 5658.00-11096.00
Closing Date: July 15, 2015
Contact: Jill Woods (jill.l.woods@doj.state.or.us)
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1178015/assistant-attorney-general-business-activities-section

Infrastructure Analyst (Utility Specialist I-II)

Organization: Public Utility Commission of Texas
Description: Perform complex to advanced quantitative and other analytical work on a broad range of electricity issues. Work involves identifying, analyzing, and providing recommendations on issues related to electric infrastructure planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. Work under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


Salary: $3,763.17 - $5,416.67/mo
Closing Date: July 17, 2015
Contact: recruiter@puc.texas.gov
http://www.puc.texas.gov
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Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Economist)

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION - Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Economist)

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for regulating investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, privately-owned water companies, and certain telecommunications providers. The PUC's mission is to ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

The PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Energy Rates, Finance, and Audit Division. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime. The Utility Program has responsibility for regulation of the investor-owned utility companies in Oregon. Regulation must balance the interests of all customer classes in a dynamic environment.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The person in this position will conduct a wide range of applied financial research concerning utility financing matters as well as conduct economic and financial research on a broad range of energy issues. The incumbent will assist the Commission in evaluating the role of regulation and/or deregulation and in developing policies that encourage utilities to provide high quality services at fair and reasonable rates.

Major duties include:

• Evaluates and assesses short-term and long-term load forecasts of electric and natural gas utilities. Researches and analyzes load data to explain the impact of economic factors, weather, and energy efficiency programs on customer usage and overall utility loads.

• Conducts complex economic research and mathematical analysis on the short and long run costs of distribution, transmission, generation, and customer costs. Identifies and requests additional data needed from the utility companies to make accurate investigations and rate reviews.

• Reviews pricing proposals developed by utilities and assesses the merits and drawbacks of the proposal with a focus on the concepts of economic efficiency and administrative costs.

• Analyzes energy utility applications for sale or lease to ascertain whether the proposed transaction meets the statutory requirements. If the application does not meet statutory requirements, determines what conditions are needed. Develops formal written comments for the Commission to review.

• Analyzes topics and evaluates other parties' written testimony for accuracy, logic, and consistency with existing Commission policy; writes testimony based upon analysis; defends testimony in formal hearings. Prepares cross-examination questions for company and intervener witnesses, assists Attorney General's Office in preparation of legal briefs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, Business Administration, or a closely related field AND four years of work experience in economic analysis, finance, or public policy.

OR

Seven years of work experience in economic analysis, finance, or public policy; four of which must have been at the professional level.

A Master's degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, Business Administration, or a closely related field will substitute for one year of the professional-level work experience.

A Doctorate in Economics, Finance, a closely related field, or a Juris Doctorate will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.

REQUESTED SKILLS

• Graduate Degree in Economics or a closely related field.

• Work experience as a professional-level staff member for an electric or natural gas utility, state public utility commission, or an energy-related public or federal agency.

• Professional-level work experience estimating marginal costs and developing rates charged to wholesale or retail customers for an electric utility, natural gas utility, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.

• Professional-level work experience conducting economic policy studies for a utility, regulatory body, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.

• Professional-level work experience estimating future sales or costs involving transactions that have a value in multi-million annual dollars.

• Advanced knowledge and regular work experience with complex Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Only candidates who meet the above "Minimum Qualifications" for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

HOW TO APPLY

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us click on "Jobs at PUC" and view the following announcements: PUC15-0012, Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Economist)

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC15-0012

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.


Salary: 5028.00-7379.00
Closing Date: July 24, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us)
http://www.puc.state.or.us

Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Economist)

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION - UTILITY AND ENERGY ANALYST 3 (SENIOR ECONOMIST)

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is responsible for regulating investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, privately-owned water companies, and certain telecommunications providers. The PUC's mission is to ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

The PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Energy Resources and Planning Division. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime. The Utility Program has responsibility for regulation of the investor-owned utility companies in Oregon. Regulation must balance the interests of all customer classes in a dynamic environment.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The person in this position will conduct a wide range of applied research concerning the development of regulatory policies for electric and natural gas utilities. This position provides financial, accounting, economic, statistical, and econometric-oriented analytical expertise in the regulation of utilities. The Senior Economist will support analyses of a wide range of energy policies and proposals including; energy utility integrated resource plans, resource procurement and competitive bidding, hedging policy and strategy, power cost and purchased gas adjustment filings, proposed energy legislation, and renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

Major duties include:

• Analyzes electric and natural gas utilities' Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs), power cost adjustment mechanisms, purchased gas adjustments, and hedging practices.

• Uses econometric models to; forecast energy consumption and peak demands, forecast market prices, and determine present value of resource options. The results are incorporated into PUC testimony, comments, and/or memos presented to the Commission.

• Plans, organizes and conducts detailed analyses and performs specialized quantitative and qualitative analyses in support of the development and implementation of the State of Oregon's Energy Policy.

• Assists in the development of regulatory policies relating to energy issues. Identifies new policy alternatives which provide utilities better incentives to provide service more efficiently.

• Assists in preparing complex economic studies of regulated utilities including; capital investment proposals, forecasting of cash flows, and company revenue requirements. • Analyzes topics and evaluates other parties' written testimony for accuracy, logic, and consistency with existing Commission policy; writes testimony based upon analysis; defends testimony in formal hearings. Prepares cross-examination questions for company and intervener witnesses, assists Attorney General's Office in preparation of legal briefs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified applicants will clearly demonstrate in "Work Experience" and/or "Education" section of their electronic application that they meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Candidates using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications must attach their educational transcript(s) to their electronic application.

A Bachelor's degree in Economics or a closely related field AND four years of work experience in economic analysis.

OR

Seven years of work experience in economic analysis; four of which must have been at the professional level.

A Master's degree in Economics or a closely related field will substitute for one year of the professional-level work experience.

A Doctorate in Economics or a closely related field will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.

REQUESTED SKILLS

• Graduate Degree in Economics

• Professional-level work experience for an electric or natural gas utility, state public utility commission, or an energy- related public or federal agency working on energy resource plans, power costs, purchased gas adjustments, or related energy matters.

• Professional-level work experience analyzing and estimating energy market prices.

• Professional-level work experience conducting economic policy studies for a utility, regulatory body, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.

• Professional-level work experience estimating future sales or costs involving transactions that have a value in multi-million annual dollars.

• Advanced knowledge and regular work experience with complex Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and other statistical software.

Only candidates who meet the above "Minimum Qualifications" for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

HOW TO APPLY

To view the complete job announcement including minimum qualifications, salary information and application instructions please visit our jobs page at: http://www.puc.state.or.us click on "Jobs at PUC" and view the following announcements: PUC15-0013, Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Economist)

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC15-0013

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.


Salary: 5028.00-7379.00
Closing Date: July 24, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us)
http://www.puc.state.or.us

International Travel Logistics Coordinator (Washington, DC)

Organization: The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Description:

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a 501©4 trade association, seeks a Logistics Coordinator for its international energy regulatory programs.  This position is temporary with the possibility for extension to permanent, depending on grant funding and performance.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package.

The Logistics Coordinator supports Program Staff in logistical arrangements for NARUC’s international programs.  NARUC’s international energy regulatory programs promote international exchange between U.S. public utility commissions and regulators in Eastern Europe & Eurasia, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  The Logistics Coordinator would be assigned to support various designated Program Staff at various periods, rotating among the team to assist as needed depending on the size, complexity and timing of various events. 

Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years professional experience is required.  In-country living experience in a developing or transition country is useful.  Demonstrated experience with non-profit organizations and sound knowledge of USAID/State Department regulations and procedures is required.

Responsibilities:

The position coordinates international and domestic logistical arrangements, including but not limited to:

  •             Airfare (U.S. and international)
  •             Hotel Contracts (sleeping rooms and/or catering/conference arrangements)
  •             Ground Transportation
  •             Group Meals
  •             Medical Insurance
  •             Visa applications

Requires strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail, with excellent time management and communication skills.  The Logistics Coordinator must be able to manage multiple tasks and report to multiple Program Staff at the same time.  The Logistics Coordinator must be able to work well in both a team setting and individually. 

The Logistics Coordinator may be asked to travel to international events to serve as a secondary support staff person, as noted below. 

Must be extremely proficient in Microsoft Office.  Must be US citizen or have US work permit.  Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ms. Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC, www.naruc.org/international.  No telephone calls. EOE

 


Closing Date: July 31, 2015
Contact: Ms. Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC (ehammel@naruc.org)
http://www.naruc.org/international

Environmental Analyst and Utilities Analyst

Organization: Vermont Public Service Board
Description:

The Vermont Public Service Board seeks to fill two vacant positions: an Environmental Analyst and a Utilities Analyst.  The Public Service Board regulates electric, energy efficiency, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities in Vermont.  Issues decided by the Board include, among others; siting of utility facilities and non-utility renewable generation facilities; utility rates and other financial matters; and renewable energy, energy efficiency and telecommunications policies.

The Environmental Analyst and Utilities Analyst positions offer a unique change to participate in Vermont's regulatory process that implements policy decisions which often have statewide, regional, and national significance.  Specific duties include reviewing utility-related filings; drafting proposed rules; assisting in the development of Board policy on utility-related matters; presiding over contested cases as a quasi-judicial hearing officer, with responsibility to identify significant issues; conducting thorough hearings in a fair, professional, judicious manner; preparing comprehensive proposed decisions.  The analysts would also advise the Board in cases that the Board hears directly, with responsibility to identify, research, and analyse significant issues, manage the procedural elements of the cases, work as part of a team, and draft the Board's orders.

Judicial temperament, excellent writing and analytical skills are required.  A strong candidate will have prior experience in facility siting and permitting, utility regulation, or related areas, including the telecommunications or energy industries.  the Board also highly values experience with financial or business decision-making and public policy analysis and formulation.  For the Utilities Analyst position, experience with financial analysis is desirable.

Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree and at least two years professional experience in accounting, auditing, economic or financial analysis, business or public administration, permitting, planning, physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field.  Graduate work in related fields may be substituted for the required experience on a semester-for-six-months basis.

Salary commensurate with applicant's background and experience in accordance with the Public Service Board's pay plan.  The pay plan can be found at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/sites/dhr/files/Documents/Compensation/DHR-Public_Service_Board_Pay_Plan.pdf

The State of Vermont offers an excellent total conpensation package. 

Position open until filled.


Closing Date: July 31, 2015
Contact: Business Manager (psb.businessmanager@state.vt.us)
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Financial Analyst

Organization: The Office of the Minnesota Attorney
Description:

The Office of the Minnesota Attorney General seeks a Financial Analyst with an advanced degree in accounting to join the Office’s utilities group, which advocates for residential and small business utility ratepayers in public utility rate cases and other financial matters.  This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified professional to join a highly committed team that works hard to advocate on behalf of small business and individual customers in the state. 

Job Duties:

This position provides expert analysis and recommendations in utility rate cases and other matters at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  The position will focus on accounting issues and the analysis and review of utility financial information.  This position works closely with attorneys and financial analysts with backgrounds in accounting, finance, economics, and other areas to accomplish highly technical and complex research on rate setting, evaluation of cost recovery requests, rate design, and other consumer protection issues.  Financial analysts present testimony in administrative hearings and assist in the preparation of comments and analysis.  The Office handles matters involving all sectors of public utilities, including electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications.

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in accounting, MBA with concentration in accounting, or licensure as a CPA.
  •  Past experience preferred.
  •  Demonstrated writing skills with technical analysis.

Applicant must have the ability to perform assigned job responsibilities with a high level of professionalism and competency, have good academic credentials, outstanding financial, analytical, and communication skills, and excellent judgment and character.  Applicants must be able to serve the public with a high level of distinction and have the skills and work ethic to put forth the very best work for the people of Minnesota.  The selection process is highly competitive.

 This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.  Please forward a resume and cover letter to the following:

 

June Walsh
Office of the Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
900 Bremer Tower
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
ag.jobs@ag.state.mn.us

 The Minnesota Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer.  If you need reasonable accommodation for a disability, please call June Walsh at (651) 757-1199 or (651) 297-7206 (TTY), or 800-366-4812 (TTY toll free) to arrange an accommodation. 

 


Closing Date: August 31, 2015
Contact: June Walsh Office of the Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (ag.jobs@ag.state.mn.us)

Executive Director, NARUC

Organization: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REGULATORY UTILITY COMMISSIONERS
Description:

Position Overview

The Executive Director is responsible for all NARUC programs, activities and functions.  Member relations and outreach with external constituencies are primary responsibilities.  Serves as the chief staff advocate on behalf of State public utility commissions.  

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the NARUC Board of Directors (for policy direction), NARUC Executive Committee (for management direction and oversight) and NARUC President (for employment contract administration, performance evaluation).

Required Abilities and Key Attributes 

Requires strong strategic organizational, interpersonal and financial planning skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse membership. A thorough understanding of utility regulation is required.  Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and the ability to lead an organization through change is required.  

Education and Experience

Requires at least ten years experience working in a government, nonprofit or association environment in a senior level leadership position.  Accustomed to working with a Board of Directors.  Extensive experience in State and federal government affairs required. A Bachelor’s Degree in political science, public policy or related area is required.  An MPA, MBA, or JD preferred.  Experience leading an organization that receives grant funding is a plus.

Duties and Responsibilities Include

  • Responsible for all NARUC activities, functions, strategic planning, financial planning, and implementation of approved plans. 
  • Serves as staff liaison to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee.  Ensures that all Association committees are supported in their activities and that members’ requests are handled appropriately.
  • Working with the President, oversees the development and implementation of the Association’s business plan. 
  • Ensures that the Association’s goals and objectives are resourced appropriately and are compatible with long term strategic goals.
  • Working with the Executive Committee, standing Committee leadership and the General Counsel, is responsible for managing the Association’s advocacy of policies established by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for overseeing the CFO’s development of the annual operating budget, including the identification and implementation of new revenue programs and the identification and elimination of threats to existing revenue programs, for Board of Directors’ approval.
  • Working with CFO and appropriate staff, is responsible for compliance with all grant-related requirements of Federal grants applicable to NARUC domestic and international activities.
  • Directly supervises senior management staff and executive assistant.  Is responsible for the successful implementation of a performance evaluation and a salary administration program.
  • Working with the Treasurer, Investment Committee, CFO and appropriate staff, oversees the Association’s investments.,
  • Oversees the Association’s personnel and administrative functions.  As such is responsible for overseeing the successful recruitment and retention of staff and for the provision of an efficient, safe and productive work environment.
  • As an ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute, is responsible for maintaining a productive working relationship between the two organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The NARUC search is being performed by Proclivity Recruitment Solutions.  Please direct inquiries, including resume, to NARUC@Proclivity.org.  To ensure timely attention, please include NARUC in the subject line.



Contact: Proclivity Recruitment Solutions (NARUC@Proclivity.org)

Pipeline Safety Investigator

Organization: Alabama Public Service Commission
Description:
 

 PIPELINE SAFETY INVESTIGATOR – 61451

 (Continuous Announcement)

 

 

JOB INFORMATION

The Pipeline Safety Investigator is a permanent full-time position with the Public Service Commission.  Positions are statewide, in various locations throughout Alabama.  This is technical work in enforcing standards for the transportation of natural gas, hazardous liquids, and other gas by pipelines.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT

·   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited* four-year college or university in Engineering

 

NOTES

·   Experience in the maintenance, operations, or engineering fields working with a gas or hazardous-liquid pipeline system may substitute for the required degree on a year-for-year basis.

·   Applicants must possess a valid Alabama driver license at the time of appointment.

·   Extensive statewide and nationwide overnight travel is required.

 

EXAMINATION

·   Open-Competitive to all applicants

·   An Evaluation of Training and Experience as shown on application will comprise 100% of the final score.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  Complete an Application for Examination Form available at www.personnel.alabama.gov, the above address, or any Alabama Career Center Office.

  Apply by mail or by fax.  Applications will be accepted until further notice.  The State Personnel Department is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to mail service or faxing malfunctions.


Salary: $30,724.80 - $50,119.20 per year
Closing Date: December 31, 2016
Contact: Wallace Jones, GPS Administrator, 334-242-5778 (Wallace.Jones@psc.Alabama.gov)
http://www.personnel.Alabama.gov