PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Title: PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY ANALYST III
Salary: $5,064.00 - $6,156.00
Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst III - Division of Ratepayer Advocates, Water Branch
Job Opportunity Bulletin Number: J461113019
$5064 - $6156 per month
Final Filing Date:
February 12, 2013
California Public Utilities Commission
Division of Ratepayer Advocates
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
How To Apply:
Interested candidates must submit an ONLINE JOB APPLICATION along with a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ).
If you need assistance completing the application, you may ask the Human Resources staff, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 663-0222.
Questions concerning this position should be directed to Diana Brooks at Diana.Brooks@cpuc.ca.gov
The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) shall be in 12 pt., Times New Roman font and not to exceed two (2) typewritten pages. Beyond the page limit and font size stated above, the format and organization of the information presented in the SOQ is at the discretion of the candidate. The SOQ should include a detailed explanation relating to each of the Required Experience/Qualifications bullets below in order to allow a reviewer to easily discern the candidate’s knowledge, experiences and abilities. Each candidate’s SOQ will be rated on their written communication skills, as well as the content of the abilities and experiences presented using standardized rating criteria to select the most qualified candidate for the position. In the event there is more than one highly qualified candidate, hiring interviews may be conducted.
Please observe the page limit. If a candidate’s SOQ exceeds the two-page limit, only the first two pages will be evaluated. Applicants who do not submit a completed SOQ with their application will not be given further consideration.
Please note that all information provided is subject to verification. For each of the topic areas discussed in the SOQ, please include the name(s) and phone number(s) of supervisor(s) and/or manager(s) who are knowledgeable about your work and may be contacted for verification.
Who May Apply:
Applicants eligible for lateral transfer (defined in SPB rules 430-433*), list appointment, voluntary demotion, reinstatement, or other State Civil Service eligibility under SPB rules will be considered. To become “list eligible” for consideration, interested candidates must successfully pass a civil service exam. Applicants currently on an SROA list or employed by a surplus department in a specific classification designated as surplus will be given primary consideration.
*Copies of SPB Rules 430-433 are available in the CPUC Human Resources Office.
Overview of the Division of Ratepayer Advocates:
The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) is an independent division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) advocating for utility ratepayers in Commission proceedings, workshops, and other forums that cover issues having significant economic, financial and/or policy impact on utility service. DRA’s mission is to advocate for customers of regulated utilities to obtain the lowest possible rates for service consistent with safe and reliable service levels, while ensuring customer and environmental protections. DRA is organized into five branches (three handle energy matters, one water matters, and one communications matters) with a staff of about 137 employees comprised of economic, financial and policy analysts; engineers; and auditors.
The Water Branch is responsible for the advocacy review of privately owned water utilities operations and the setting of water service rates. It is also responsible for the review of water utility ownership transfers, utility mergers, rate consolidation, water supply, water quality and complaint matters. It also participates in the development of water policy through investigations and rulemakings. There are nine Class A water utilities (10,000 service connections or more) comprising fifty eight ratemaking districts.
Under the general supervision of the Program and Project Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for analyzing water utility applications, investigations or rulemakings and developing and presenting advocacy recommendations in the following areas: water conservation programs and rate design, water supply infrastructure (wells, treatment plants, recycled water, desalination, etc.), general rate cases (sales forecasting and revenues, water utility expenses – operations and maintenance, administrative and general, utility plant, cost of capital and water rate design), low income programs and other water policy rulemakings.
The incumbent is responsible for the preparation of project reports, status reports, briefing papers, and making presentations to management, the utility, and the public. The incumbent may also serve as a project coordinator on smaller projects which requires identifying key issues and ensuring that deadlines are met including preparation of reports and making presentations to management.
The incumbent will work closely with utility staff, interveners, the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC) and customer groups to conduct research and technical analysis, to investigate, evaluate and develop recommendations on the rate cases and/or other regulatory issues relating to water utility regulation, with a focus on water conservation, water use efficiency and rate design. Incumbent will present written and oral testimony or reports in rate cases and other proceedings. The position requires an ability to analyze regulatory issues, work well in a team environment as well as independently under tight time schedules, coordinate with utilities and the public and participate in public meetings and hearings. The analysis of regulatory alternatives requires a good understanding of the underlying economic, financial and public policy issues.
The candidate selected for the position should have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
Water knowledge and experience - Demonstrated education and/or experience in water systems and water resources.
Policy development -- Demonstrated ability to conduct economic, financial and/or policy analysis resulting in policy recommendations.
Research and Analysis -- Demonstrated ability to identify issues, conduct research, analyze data, and develop conclusions in a cohesive manner and recommend effective courses of action.
Quantitative skills - Demonstrated experience to utilize spreadsheets and graphs (or other computer modeling tools) for data analysis and graphical representation of results.
Written and oral communication skills - Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Skill and thoroughness in preparation of written reports, testimony, comments and briefing materials.
Organizational skills - Ability to plan, organize and coordinate projects and work well under pressure with minimal supervision.
Working relationships - Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others and demonstrated ability in coordinating with management on assignments.
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