Employment Opportunities


Executive Director

Organization: Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
Description: The Executive Director is responsible for assuring the Chairman and Commissioners are provided with accurate, and timely advice and administrative support from technical and administrative departments, respectively, in order to make informed decisions and to develop appropriate utility regulations and internal policies and procedures.

Develops systems and procedures necessary for the efficient operation of the Commission, in order to meet goals and objectives on a timely basis. Procedures incorporate meaningful objectives, measures and criteria for evaluating staff efforts. Provides expert advice, research and analyses and serves as an advisor to the Commission in formal rate cases and other proceedings involving utility/energy related matters.

The incumbent must have the ability to provide workable solutions to new, difficult and/or controversial issues while accomplishing planned objectives in a timely fashion. Judgment and ingenuity are required to interpret, coordinate, and apply various guidelines, policies, and regulations.

The Commission offers challenging, innovative work experiences and seeks a highly motivated and well-rounded Executive Director with substantive experience in the utility regulation environment. The Executive Director plans, directs and coordinates the day-to-day technical, administrative, and consumer services programs of the Commission. Supervises and manages the Office Directors in the following divisions: the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis, the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Administrative Matters, the Office of Consumer Services, the Office of the Commission Secretary, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of the Agency Fiscal Officer.


Salary: $115,704.00 - $161,985.00
Closing Date: August 28, 2015
Contact: Natalie Taylor (ntaylor@psc.dc.gov)
http://www.dcpsc.org/employmentops/Employmentops.asp

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)

Administrative Law Judge 3

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: 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.

The PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time Administrative Law Judge 3 vacancy in the agency's Administrative Hearings Division. This position is classified, unrepresented, 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 PUC is seeking an attorney in good standing with a state bar and who possesses the ability to conduct complex administrative hearings and rulemakings, and analyze and solve problems of broad scope and difficulty involving regulated utilities. This position requires the use of creative and strategic thinking as applied to matters having significant long-range impacts in constantly evolving regulatory frameworks.

The person in this position conducts and manages complex contested case and rulemaking proceedings brought before the Commission, making evidentiary and other procedural rulings, analyzing complex legal, factual, and policy issues, and preparing and presenting independent, written legal and policy analysis to the Commission.

Major duties include: • Preside over and mediate extremely complex and highly technical PUC hearings, rulemakings and contested case hearings. • Prepare and issue procedural rulings, as well as protective orders. • Schedule and preside over conferences, hearings, or oral arguments. • Ensure full and fair inquiry of all relevant matters to provide an adequate factual basis for Commission decision making. • Analyze testimony, exhibits, transcripts, and briefs including financial, economic, and engineering evidence. • Make final determination of factual disputes; conduct extensive research of applicable law, regulations, case precedent and policy. • Independently prepare and present independent written legal and public policy analysis and recommendations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from an accredited law school with a LL.B. or J.D. degree and admission to the Bar of any state or federal jurisdiction;

AND

3 years of experience conducting contested case hearings or as a trial lawyer. Requested Skills

• Ability to conduct formal, quasi-judicial administrative hearings involving complex legal and policy issues affecting divergent business, consumer, and public interests.

• Knowledge of legal and policy issues related to the economic regulation of utilities, with experience addressing utility rates and service, industry restructuring, competitive market issues, network engineering, accounting, and financial practices.

• Ability to quickly absorb and assimilate complex and technical material and exercise sound legal judgment in addressing arguments and in forming strategies to resolve disputes.

• Ability to provide advice and interpretation of laws, rules, and policies to assist in resolving disputes, and to write clearly and effectively with good organization, grammar, and use of legal authority.

HOW TO APPLY:

1) Click on the "Apply" tab above to complete the State of Oregon employment application online. Your application must clearly show how you meet the "Minimum Qualifications" for this position. Be sure to complete the following sections: "Work Experience" and "Education." The "Work Experience" section must include the specific position(s) you have held, organizations for which you have worked, complete dates of your employment (month and year), and a detailed description of your duties and level of responsibility. A resume is not required to apply for this position and it will not be considered. 2) Attach your transcripts. To demonstrate you possess the identified educational requirements, you MUST attach your transcripts to your online application. Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show your name, coursework completed with a passing grade, degree received, and institution name. The PUC will accept scanned copies of official or un-official transcripts.

3) Attach a cover letter to your online application of not more than two (2) pages. Your cover letter should clearly addresses your training and experience as it relates to EACH of the four requested skills listed in this announcement. The PUC will consider only complete applications submitted online by the closing date/time posted on this announcement. All requested supplemental information (e.g. cover letter & transcripts) MUST be submitted as an attachment to the online application.

The PUC does not accept paper applications, email applications or supplemental information/attachments not submitted as an attachment to the online application. The PUC will provide updates to candidates regarding the status of their application via email only. Minimum Qualifications will be determined based on: 1) Information provided in the "Work Experience" and "Education" sections of your application. If your description in the "Work Experience" section is too brief and/or insufficient to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position your application will not be accepted. 2) Transcripts demonstrating your graduation from an accredited law school with a LL.B. or J.D. Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show your name, coursework completed with a passing grade, degree received, and institution name. Transcripts must be attached to your online application, transcripts not submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application will not be accepted or considered.

The PUC will accept scanned copies of official or un-official transcripts. The selection process will consist of a review of the materials requested. Candidates most closely matching the needs of this position will be invited to interview.

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: PUC15-0014, Administrative Law Judge 3

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC15-00014

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


Salary: $6381.00-$9363.00
Closing Date: August 31, 2015
Contact: Stacy Wren (stacy.m.wren@state.or.us)
http://www.puc.state.or.us

General Counsel

Organization: New Mexico Public Regulation Commssion
Description: The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is accepting applications for the position of General Counsel. The position advises the Commission on regulatory matters, including rulemakings and adjudicatory proceedings involving the regulation of electric and gas utilities, telecommunications providers, and motor carriers; represents the Commission in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Manages and oversees day to day operations of General Counsel Division including case management and assignments. Involves day to day interaction with Elected Officials, Hearing Examiners and other Division Directors.

The position requires extensive knowledge of administrative law practice and procedures and of substantive law in the areas regulated by the Commission; ability to draft clear, concise legal documents; ability to prioritize within a heavy workload environment.

Minimum qualifications: JD from an accredited law school; ten years of experience in the practice of law, including at least four years of administrative or regulatory law practice and three years of staff supervision; admission to the New Mexico Bar or commitment to taking and passing Bar Exam within six months of hire. Background in public utilities, telecommunications, transportation, engineering, economics, accounting, litigation, or appellate practice preferred.

Salary: $80,000- $100,000 per year (with benefits). Salary based on qualifications and experience. This is a GOVEX "at will" position. The State of NM is an EOE Employer.

Apply: Via U.S. mail, submit letter of interest, résumé, writing sample and three references to: S. Vincent Martinez, Chief of Staff, NMPRC P.O. Box 1269, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1269. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2015.


Salary: $80,000-$100,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2015
Contact: S. Vincent Martinez (svincent.martinez@state.nm.us)
http://nmprc.state.nm.us/

Utility Division Director

Organization: New Mexico Public Regulation Commssion
Description: The Utilities Division Director serves the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and its Commissioners. The Utility Division Director is in the Governor Exempt Service, and is an "at will" position. This position will require extensive knowledge in all aspects of Gas, Water, Electricity and Telecommunications regulations. This position will oversee and manage the day to day operations of a technical staff consisting of accounting, economic and engineering professionals. This position requires preparation of testimony, review of utility testimony assignment of expert witnesses from staff and expert testimony.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree in business, finance, engineering, economics, accounting, or related field with 7 years of experience in the public utility and/or telecommunications sector or public utility and/or telecommunications regulation. Four (4) years of supervisory experience is required.

Salary: $80,000.00- $100,000.00 per year (with benefits). Salary based on qualifications and experience. This is a GOVEX "at will" position. The State of NM is an EOE Employer.

Apply: Via U.S. mail, submit letter of interest, résumé, to: S. Vincent Martinez, Chief of Staff, NMPRC P.O. Box 1269, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1269. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2015.


Salary: $80,000-$100,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2015
Contact: S. Vincent Martinez (svincent.martinez@state.nm.us)
http://nmprc.state.nm.us/

Assistant General Counsel

Organization: Missouri Public Service Commission
Description: The Missouri Public Service Commission, the state agency responsible for the regulation of public utilities and telecommunications providers, is seeking a highly responsible attorney for the position of Assistant General Counsel, with an emphasis on employment law and general litigation. This position will report directly to the General Counsel and also provide advice on issues involving general personnel policy, contracts, business processes, and other responsibilities as assigned.

This candidate must have a combined 5 years of litigation experience in either the civil, administrative or employment law areas. The candidate selected for this position must demonstrate an ability to manage or coordinate all stages of complex case litigation and trial practice before all levels of the courts as well as state or federal agencies. The successful applicant will have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and external contacts; strong oral and written communication skills; and proven ability to effectively develop trust, respect and cooperation across all areas of an organization and staff levels. Experience in government regulation and personnel law is preferred, but not required. The candidate must be admitted to practice law in Missouri and be a member in good standing of the Missouri Bar. This position is located in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The annual salary is $70,902. To be considered for this position, please submit an application, resume, a copy of all transcripts, technical writing sample, and salary history by 5:00 pm August 31, 2015 to the MO Public Service Commission, Reference Number GC040815, PO Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102 or via e-mail to pscjobs@psc.mo.gov. For additional information visit http://psc.mo.gov/General/Career_Opportunities.


Salary: $70,902
Closing Date: August 31, 2015
Contact: Sheryl Gregory (pscjobs@psc.mo.gov)
http://psc.mo.gov/General/Career_Opportunities

Program Manager, International Department (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 Manager for its international energy regulatory programs. The candidate will work on energy regulatory programs for developing countries and supervise other staff.

Responsibilities: The Program Manager has significant responsibility related to designing and implementing programs to achieve results for larger, more complex regional and/or new innovative projects. The Program Manager serves as a supervisor for designated staff and as a project leader for a small team of staff small team. The Program Manager splits time between project implementation and supervision of staff implementing national-level projects.

Requirements: • Requires sound knowledge of the energy sector and issues facing emerging and transitioning economies. • Prior experience as a supervisor is required. • An advanced degree in Energy/Environmental Science, International Relations, Public Administration or a related field and 5-7 years of professional experience is required. Coursework in economics is very helpful. • Experience coordinating international and domestic workshops in developing countries. • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English; very strong communication, organizational, strategic thinking abilities. • Knowledge of electricity sector and energy policy highly desired. • Knowledge of the nonprofit field and/or USAID agreement requirements is desired. • International travel to developing countries required (approx 25-40% of time, with limited domestic travel). • Fluency in Russian or French is requested.

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.

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: August 31, 2015
Contact: Bevan Flansburg (bflansburg@naruc.org)

Program Officer, International Department (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, email: bflansburg@naruc.org. No telephone calls. Must be US citizen or have US work permit, and valid passport. EOE


Closing Date: August 31, 2015
Contact: Bevan Flansburg (bflansburg@naruc.org)

Paralegal Specialist

Organization: Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
Description: The Paralegal Specialist is responsible for assisting attorneys on a wide range of legal support services. Conducts legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be applicable to particular legal matters. Analyzes, evaluates and summarizes factual aspects of cases, in order to proofread and verify citations. Investigates, compiles and evaluates legal and factual information and becomes thoroughly familiar with the details of a case and its legal issues. Determines the specific information needed and the best approach to obtain information. Provides direct support for all phases of litigation before the Superior Court, the United States District Court of the District of Columbia, and designated courts, pleadings, motions, memoranda, pretrial statements, and other papers for review by attorneys. Prepares final versions of orders, memos, pleadings, motions, and other legal documents. Develops statistics to provide leads and supportive data. Prepares charts, graphs, exhibits, and other documents to illustrate results. Maintains logs and other reference materials reflecting the status of work in progress. Maintains an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to ensure compliance with all relevant deadlines. Initiates action to ensure legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established timeframes.


Salary: $53,585.00 - $69,092.00
Closing Date: September 1, 2015
Contact: Natalie Taylor (ntaylor@psc.dc.gov)
http://www.dcpsc.org/employmentops/Employmentops.asp

“PIPELINE SAFETY ENGINEER”

Organization: Maryland Public Service Commission
Description: The Maryland Public Service Commission, a State agency regulating public utility companies, is recruiting for a Pipeline Safety Engineer. The main purpose of the position is to ensure that gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems in Maryland are designed, operated, and maintained in a safe manner in compliance with the Federal Department of Transportation Pipeline Safety Regulations. This is accomplished through inspections and enforcement programs.

The scope of the engineering work includes the inspection, testing, investigation, and evaluation of physical facilities used by public utility companies in the production and distribution of their products and services. Applicant must be a resourceful, detailed oriented self-starter with excellent time-management, inter-personal and communication skills.

Detailed Duties Include:

Perform thorough reviews of pipeline operator's facilities and operations. Verify that operations are conducted in accordance with good engineering standards and practices.

Ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations by reviewing procedures, records, and practices of pipeline operators.

Ensure that the pipeline operator's written plans are thorough and follow sound engineering standards. Evaluate the field operations of the operator's personnel to determine if their performance conforms to the operator's plans and procedures.

Prepare documents, reports, and letters based upon the results and findings of inspections and investigations.

Make recommendations and develop enforcement actions based upon findings of inspections and investigations.

Able to respond to pipeline emergencies that may occur in the State.

Undertake and complete other assignments and projects assigned by supervisor.

Attend training as recommended and obtain the minimum required test score.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of engineering experience conducting inspections, tests, investigations and evaluations of physical facilities used by public utility companies in the production and distribution of products and services.

Notes: 1. Professional engineering experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education. 2. Professional engineering experience may be substituted at the rate of two years for each one year of the required experience as defined above. 3. Possession of a Master's degree in engineering from an accredited college or University may be substituted for the required experience. 4. Candidates may substitute U. S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Engineering classifications or Engineering specialty codes in the Environmental field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A professional engineering license preferred. The ideal applicant should have experience in dealing with compliance issues and possess good investigative skills.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATES:

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS: Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated for this position. Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this position. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment eligibility list for one year. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. Therefore, include a copy of your college degree or transcript and Foreign Degree Evaluation Report with your application, if applicable. This office, with your written consent, will verify your prior applicable work experience. For education obtained outside the U.S. you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.

As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, applicants should be prepared to present acceptable documentation showing their identity, U. S. citizenship or alien status, and their authorization to work in the United States.

TO APPLY: Please visit http://jobaps.com/md/jobs/psc/ to apply to this position. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. It is STRONGLY preferred that you apply online, however, if you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty6 attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via email, fax, or deliver in person. Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. Application inquiries can be directed to the information listed below or you may call 410-767-3623. The fax number is 410-333-1263. TTY users call Maryland Relay Service. Our mailing address is: Maryland Public Service Commission Attn: Cindy Mann, HR Division Secretary 6 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202-6806

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.


Salary: SALARY RANGE: $52,150-$83,726
Closing Date: September 2, 2015
Contact: Joyce Milles (joyce.milles@maryland.gov)
http://psc.state.md.us

Executive Director, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates

Organization: National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (“NASUCA”)
Description:
NASUCA is an association of 53 consumer advocate offices, including statutorily authorized offices from 41 states and the District of Columbia as well as other non-profit advocates such as AARP and the National Consumer Law Center. NASUCA’s members are designated by the laws of their respective jurisdictions to represent the interests of utility consumers before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The offices focus on the electricity, gas, telephone, cable, water, and wastewater industries, reviewing a variety of issues including affordable rates, consumer protection issues, service quality, reliability, price stability, and the interface of regulation and environmental policy. NASUCA assists member offices and coordinates among them to promote an exchange of information relating to these issues and interacts with federal agencies and other national organizations involved in utility regulation. NASUCA holds two Meetings each year for the full membership and regular meetings throughout the year of its Executive Committee, the Heads of Offices, and seven substantive working committees. NASUCA is currently seeking to fill the position of Executive Director.
 
Position Overview
 
The NASUCA Executive Director plays a central role in the strategic and operational success of the organization. The Executive Director must take a proactive leadership role in driving NASUCA’s mission to advocate for consumers, provide a forum for members to exchange ideas, improve consumer representation at the state and federal levels, and encourage greater consumer participation in the regulatory process. The Executive Director must maintain an ongoing dialogue and relationship with NASUCA members and member offices via all forms of communication. The Executive Director must also pursue the continual promotion of NASUCA and its members on a national basis.
 
NASUCA is seeking someone with knowledge and/or experience in utility regulation on both the state and federal level. The applicant should have an understanding of the consumer advocate perspective and should be free of conflicts of interest. The applicant should be able to work independently and have the ability to take direction from a diverse group. The applicant must demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills. Experience developing consensus among multiple state agency representatives and working with an Executive Committee or Board of Directors is preferred.
The Executive Director reports to the NASUCA Executive Committee and President. NASUCA currently operates with a full-time Executive Director and one staff member  located in a permanent office in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Executive Committee is open to proposals for the Executive Director to work from another location, but any proposal to do so must take into consideration the need for the Executive Director to maintain a presence in Washington DC with Congress, federal agencies, and other organizations, including attending frequent meetings in Washington, D.C. as well as locations throughout the country. Proposals must also account for the need to supervise staff and oversee NASUCA’s administrative and operational activities, coordinate the organization’s meetings and conferences, and maintain the website and records.
 
Responsibilities
 
The responsibilities of the Executive Director will include, but not be limited to:
  • Ensure the overall performance and effectiveness of NASUCA activities.
     
  • Track key regulatory and policy issues, at the Federal and State levels, as well as Con,gressional activities germane to NASUCA; and keep NASUCA’s members continually informed of these developments.
     
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders; represent NASUCA and consumers’ interests in governmental and industry forums where policy and regulatory discussions are being conducted and positions are being formulated.
     
  •  Plan and execute NASUCA’s two annual meetings.
     
  • Raise NASUCA’s profile and promote its brand with consumers, legislators, government officials,  regulatory commissioners, partner organizations, the utility industry, and media.
     
  • Participate in NASUCA committee deliberations and facilitate the planning and coordinating of committee meetings and work as necessary; report the output of committee work to the Executive Committee.
     
  • Help to formulate and facilitate the positions taken by NASUCA; communicate positions taken by NASUCA via traditional and social media, NASUCA’s website, NASUCA meetings, and governmental and industry forums.
     
  • Supervise and ensure the operational effectiveness of the NASUCA office and staff.
     
  • In collaboration with the President and Treasurer, oversee the NASUCA budget, as required.
     
  • Maintain NASUCA’s website with useful, current and issue-driven information.
     
  • Identify high-profile meetings, workshops and conferences where NASUCA representatives can participate as panelists and/or speakers; this includes the Executive Director participating, as necessary, as a moderator, panelist or speaker.
     
  • Follow up on all Executive Committee directives and report progress; timely respond to all requests from NASUCA members and stakeholders.
     
  •  Identify sources of, and secure, grant money to support NASUCA activities and travel.
     
  • Act as liaison with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) and applicable Federal and State regulatory agencies, industry groups, and other organizations, in order to provide timely input into their processes.
     
  • Act as liaison with non-member state agencies and consumer advocacy organizations to facilitate their participation in NASUCA activities corresponding to their statutory and organizational authorities. 
     
  •  Work to promote and increase NASUCA membership.
     
  •  Maintain the financial records of NASUCA, to the extent required, including accounts of receipts and expenditures, subject to audit, and consistent with legal requirements and standard business practice.
     
  •  Attend and represent NASUCA at governmental and industry meetings as directed; monitor the activities of those meetings and provide summaries of outside meetings and events to the Executive Committee.
     
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Professional Experience and Qualifications 
The Executive Director position requires knowledge of the utilities industry (electric, gas, telecommunications, water, and wastewater) and experience working on utility issues. Familiarity with the state and federal regulatory environment is required. Knowledge and understanding of the legislative and executive branch arena with access to key contacts is preferred. In addition, experience developing consensus among multiple state agency representatives and working with an Executive Committee or Board of Directors is preferred. A Bachelor’s Degree is required. A graduate degree or post-graduate work in an appropriate field (such as economics, law, engineering, or public administration) is desirable. 
 
Personal Traits and Qualities
 
The Executive Director position requires strategic planning, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. The Executive Director must be able to effectively coordinate a large body of work through committees and work groups composed of state agency representatives. He/she must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently, while taking direction from a diverse membership. He/she must have strong skills in the areas of coordination, facilitation, consensus building, relationships building, communication and organization. He/she must have the ability to creatively and effectively represent the organization in a positive fashion. The Executive Director position requires a person with high standards of accountability, conscientious work ethic, high integrity and trustworthiness, confidence and credibility, and a passionate commitment to utility consumer causes.
 
COMPENSATION AND WORK REQUIREMENTS:
 
The position offers very competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package. The position is currently located in Silver Spring, Maryland. If an applicant seeks to work from a location other than Silver Spring, Maryland, the applicant should explain how the applicant proposes to perform the functions and duties of the position from an alternative location.
 
APPLICATIONS AND REFERRALS:
 
Applicants should send a current resume in Word format and a summary of relevant experience/credentials by September 8, 2015. to:
 
Stefanie A. Brand, Director
New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel
140 East Front St., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 003
Trenton, N.J. 08625
 
Or via email with the subject heading “NASUCA ED Position.” to:
 
 sbrand@rpa.state.nj.us
 
Questions can also be directed to Ms. Brand at this email address.


Salary: Very competitive
Closing Date: September 8, 2015
Contact: Stefanie A. Brand, Director (sbrand@rpa.state.nj.us)

Senior Economist

Organization: Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
Description: This position is located in the Office of the Economics of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission). The Commission oversees the utility and competitive companies that provide natural gas, electricity, and telecommunication services to District of Columbia ratepayers. The Office of Economics is responsible for economic analysis of cases and issues related to the industries and activities regulated by the Commission. The incumbent performs economic and market-oriented studies related to the restructuring of the electric, natural gas and telephone industries in the District of Columbia into more competitive markets. Conducts technical reviews, analyses, and research on electricity and gas issues such as dynamic pricing, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, and DC Power Line Undergrounding (DC PLUG) Initiatives. . Reviews and critiques submissions based on the Electric Company Infrastructure Improvement Financing Act of 2014. Analyzes economic and public policy issues such as merger, market power, market structure, load forecast, natural gas and electric distribution rate case related issues and recommends alternatives/options to the Commission decision makers.

This position requires a knowledge of a wide range of pertinent legislation, economics principles, accepted methods of conducting economic analyses and Commission policies, practices, and procedures. Initiating and using professional expertise in the preparation of testimonies and exhibits.

For the complete vacancy announcement and application instructions, visit: http://www.dcpsc.org/employmentops/Employmentops.asp


Salary: $90,292 - $116,320
Closing Date: September 12, 2015
Contact: Natalie Taylor (ntaylor@psc.dc.gov)
http://www.dcpsc.org/employmentops/Employmentops.asp
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Assistant Consumers’ Counsel

Organization: Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel
Description:


Pay Range :
$65,000.00 - $99,500.00 Annually
Job Location :
10 West Broad Street, Suite 1800 Columbus, OH 43215
Hours of Work :
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Division :
Legal
Promotional Bid :
Unclassified position (may include promotion, transfer or demotion)
PCN :
20001951
 
Provides legal services on behalf of Ohio residential utility consumers concerning state and federal regulatory cases. Provides legal advice to the Consumers’ Counsel and others.  Prepares and litigates utility cases involving complex matters at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and also in other forums, including provides advocacy in appellate courts. Assists in process of retaining consultants, and functionally supervises consultants in regulatory proceedings based on case assignment. Analyzes and conducts complex legal research on utility issues affecting Ohio residential consumers regarding, among other things, proposed state and federal legislation, administrative rules, regulatory hearings. 

Coordinates or assists with activities of various teams within department and office. Performs other duties as assigned.
 Minimum Qualifications:
License to practice law in the State of Ohio with minimum 5 years or equivalent experience in public utility regulation. Working knowledge of administrative rules, policies and procedures, judicial and administrative proceedings and processes, legislative process, legal advocacy, federal and state governing regulation of utilities, accounting, finance, economics; supervision; and public relations. Familiarity and experience with word processing programs including Microsoft Word and use of technology for efficiency in legal services; ability to conduct on-line research; willingness to work more than forty hours per week as needed. Commitment to public service.
 
 Supplemental Information:
Unusual Working Conditions:  Can include overnight travel

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and a drug test. Per the Ohio Revised Code 124.151(B), all newly hired employees will be required to have their compensation deposited directly to a financial institution. The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. When contacted for an interview, an applicant who requires special accommodations due to a disability should notify the Office of Human Resources at the time he/she is contacted so that proper arrangements can be made for the interview.

The applicant is required to provide details of minimum qualifications and job duties on the application form. Failure to provide the information will preclude consideration of the applicant. If an interview is offered, supporting documentation/paperwork (e.g., college transcripts, copy of pertinent license or certifications, etc.) may be required at the time of the interview.
Unusual Working Conditions: n/a
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and a drug test. Per the Ohio Revised Code 124.151(B), all newly hired employees will be required to have their compensation deposited directly to a financial institution. The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested candidates should apply online at: Consumers' Counsel Posting Assistant Consumers' Counsel


Salary: $65,000.00 - $99,500.00 Annually
Closing Date: September 14, 2015
Contact:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ohio/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1220126&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271.0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E

Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst)

Organization: Oregon Public Utility Commission
Description: 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.

PUC is currently seeking one qualified candidate to fill a full time vacancy in the agency's Utility Program, Utility Safety, Reliability and Security Division. This program exists to protect the public against the risks to life and property inherent in the transportation of natural gas by pipeline. The program's goal is to prevent natural gas pipeline accidents and failures through safety inspections and enforcement, education programs, and policy development. The PUC has statutory authority to levy Civil Penalties against operators who fail to comply with safety regulations. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime.

The Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst's primary purpose is to enforce natural gas pipeline safety programs per Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), and related US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) regulations. The person in this position will provide senior level engineering and analytical expertise to the agency's pipeline safety program, with emphasis on operator integrity management programs.

Major duties include:

• Ensures that operators of natural gas pipeline facilities meet the Federal requirements for integrity management programs (transmission and distribution) and comply with ORS 757.039 and related USDOT PHMSA and PUC rules and policies. If operators are not in compliance, this person cites violations of deficiencies found and makes appropriate recommendations to operators. This person may request an operator shut down a facility, if found (in their judgment) to be unsafe.

• In partnership with the Chief of Pipeline Safety, this person establishes and implements procedures and policies that will be used by the division to determine if operators are in compliance with the Federal requirements for transmission and distribution integrity management programs.

• Performs field inspections of operator's facilities and operator's work practices as well as conducts audits and reviews of operator's facility inspection manuals, training manuals, methods, and records.

• To eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar incidents, the Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst determines preventive measures and distributes this information to appropriate organizations and parties. Additionally, this person conducts training to educate operators regarding state and federal regulations.

• Makes recommendations to the Commission on Civil Penalties when violations are cited and partners with Department of Justice as subject matter experts when stipulations regarding compliance violations and remediation, or Commission orders, are drafted.

• Monitors natural gas pipeline accidents and incidents as reported by pipeline operators in compliance with OAR 860-024-0050. The data gathered regarding incidents may be reported as part of the agency's Key Performance Measures (KPM). This person prepares bi-monthly and annual summary reports of significant incidents which are presented to the Oregon Utility Safety Committee for educational purposes. • Conducts investigations, which may include contact with facility operators and members of the public, to determine possible violations of PUC and/or PHMSA regulations.

• Writes reports, correspondence, testimony and creates exhibits for enforcement of state and federal regulations. May be called upon to defend these under cross-examination in formal proceedings. • Initiates and leads workshops with utility management, outside parties, and attorneys as directed by agency management. • Proposes rules and policies to address integrity management and pipeline safety issues. • Advises PUC management, the Commission, the Legislature, and other state agencies as to the potential impact of proposed legislation or policies.

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 experience in natural gas utility engineering operations.

OR

Seven years of work experience in natural gas utility engineering operations; four of which must be at the professional level.

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

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

Requested Skills

• Completion of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Training & Qualification (T & Q) Courses, Fundamentals of Integrity Management course, and Safety Evaluation of Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) course provided by PHMSA.

• Work experience with the Code of Federal Regulation related to Pipeline Safety.

• Work experience in natural gas utility operation regulations.

• Work experience with natural gas utility pipeline safety standards.

• Work experience in natural gas utility pipeline incident/failure investigations.

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

• Experience documenting technical information for review by a federal agency.

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: PUC15-0015, Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Pipeline Safety Analyst)

OR

Visit the State of Oregon Jobs Page and look up job code: PUC15-0015.

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


Salary: 5028.00-7379.00
Closing Date: September 18, 2015
Contact: Dana Northrup (dana.northrup@state.or.us)
http://www.puc.state.or.us

Director, Office of Telecommunications

Organization: New York State Department of Public Service
Description:

The New York State Department of Public Service is seeking a Director to lead the Office of Telecommunications.  The director will serve in a senior leadership position, reporting directly to the Chair of the Public Service Commission.  Candidates should have experience and passion for addressing telecommunications issues (voice, video and broadband), both at the state and federal level, and the ability to develop and manage a diverse group of professional and administrative staff.  This person must be a strategic and innovative thinker with a proven ability to develop complex policies, and the capability of navigating potentially controversial situations.

The candidate must be an effective speaker, presenter, and writer; a strong advocate who is able to balance competing concerns; and a person who exhibits sound executive judgment.

The functions to be performed include the following:
(1)    General supervision, coordination and development of the work of the Office of Telecommunications.
(2)    Presentation and analysis of telecommunications matters in regulatory proceedings and policy matters before the Commission.
(3)    Principal policy level advisor to the Chair and the Public Service Commission on all facets of telecommunications.

(4)    Coordination and interaction with external entities, including those representing telecommunications carriers and consumer groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates should have a solid understanding of the telecommunications industries with significant experience; consideration will be given to candidates with engineering, law, or business backgrounds and experience with government or public service.  Candidates should have at least a master’s degree in a relevant subject area.

Salary:  The salary range for this position is $131,002 - $162,244 annually. 
  
Location:  The primary location for this position is flexible, either in New York City or Albany, with travel to the other location on a regular basis.
 
How to Apply:
 
To apply, send a resume and cover letter detailing education and experience to Recruiting@dps.ny.gov.  Include “Director/Office of Telecommunications” in the subject line.


Salary: $131,002 - $162,244 annually
Closing Date: September 30, 2015
Contact: Recruiting@dps.ny.gov (Recruiting@dps.ny.gov)
http://dps.ny.gov

Utilities Financial Analyst Office of the Minnesota Attorney General

Organization: Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
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. 
 


Salary: Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits
Closing Date: September 30, 2015
Contact: June Walsh (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