Senior Utilities Engineer (Specialist) – Division of Ratepayer Advocates, Electricity Planning and Policy Branch
Job Opportunity Bulletin Number: J351013023
$8122 - $9870 per month
Final Filing Date:
February 14, 2013
California Public Utilities Commission
Division of Ratepayer Advocates
Electricity Planning and Policy Branch
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).
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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 Human Resources Office.
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 137 employees composed of economic, financial and policy analysts; engineers; and auditors.
The Electricity Planning and Policy Branch (EP&P) of DRA is responsible for representing ratepayer interests in electric generation planning, procurement, cost recovery, transmission planning and siting, renewable portfolio standard implementation, advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid, and greenhouse gas policy including design of emissions markets.
Under the supervision of the Program and Project Supervisor of the Infrastructure Section, the Senior Utilities Engineer (Specialist) will perform varied, complex technical engineering research and analysis in public utilities regulation. The incumbent will be responsible for project coordination and lead technical work related to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), Smart Grid, and other infrastructure-related investigations, including transmission, distribution and generation, as assigned to the incumbent from time to time. This will include researching related customer-owned devices such as programmable communicating thermostats, home area networks, and in-home displays. Together, AMI and related customer-owned devices enable improved customer energy management. The incumbent will also provide technical and policy input to the Smart Grid investigation and related areas.
The incumbent will conduct complex technical engineering and cost analysis in the technical feasibility and design of AMI and Smart Grid, and their efficacy in reducing utility operating costs and promoting State policies. Planned utility expenditures in AMI alone exceed $4 billion over the next several years. The incumbent will perform complex technical research and analyses including cost/benefit studies of AMI systems, and design of AMI and Smart Grid. The incumbent will use sophisticated analytical techniques, prepare and present written reports and testimonies regarding DRA’s recommendations and analysis of the programs. The incumbent will conduct workshops and public forums and will also advise DRA management and advocate DRA’s recommendations before Commissioners, advisors, and Commission decision makers.
The incumbent will also manage and work with outside consultants as necessary. In-depth analyses of technical and policy issues pertaining to other infrastructure-related projects, including transmission, distribution, and generation are required, and include technical economic, and market feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and network security, privacy issues, reliability, risk, and safety. The incumbent may contribute to DRA’s advocacy efforts on the cost effectiveness of AMI, Smart Grid, and other infrastructure-related programs. This would involve working with various DRA teams to help integrate infrastructure programs into the Commission’s long term strategic planning efforts, long term energy procurement plan, and climate change efforts. The engineer also may be called upon to provide expert analyses on other programs and activities in the division as needed.
The candidate selected for the position should have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
Demonstrated ability to conduct engineering, economic, and policy research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend effective courses of action.
Demonstrated ability to analyze data and develop conclusions, including the use of spreadsheets and other quantitative tools for data analysis and graphical representation of results.
Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to keep management informed of work and proceeding status, to prepare testimony, and to write reports, memos, letters, and comments.
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments with accuracy, to prioritize and meet deadlines, to work well in a team environment, and to establish and maintain cooperative and positive working relationships with others.
Demonstrated ability to testify as an expert witness in formal Commission proceedings or comparable experience, make presentations before decision-makers, defend controversial positions, and articulate recommendations in a persuasive manner.
Experience or knowledge in engineering issues related to electricity transmission, distribution, and generation and use, including cost, safety, security, risks, and reliability.
If you are not a current or former State employee, you must first take an examination to obtain list eligibility. This does not apply to Student Assistant vacancies.
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