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Salary: $3,106.00 - $3,966.00
Posted: 02/01/2013

Job Description:
AUDITOR I – DIVISION OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATES, ENERGY COST OF SERVICE AND NATURAL GAS BRANCH Job Opportunity Bulletin Number: J417513026 Salary: $3106 - $3966 per month * Auditor I candidates qualify for a “hire-above minimum” (HAM) with a starting salary of $3262 for recruitment and retention purposes. Final Filing Date: February 15, 2013 Location: California Public Utilities Commission Division of Ratepayer Advocates Energy Cost of Service and Natural Gas Branch Natural Gas Section 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 or call (855) 663-0222. Questions concerning this position should be directed to David Peck at 415-703-1213 or e-mail at 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. Those applicants currently on an SROA list or employed by a surplus department in a specific classification designated as surplus will be given primary consideration. The Department of Human Resources currently administers the Auditor I online examination on a continuous basis. You may apply and take the exam online at To be considered for this position, you must be list eligible no later than February 15, 2013. *Copies of SPB Rules 430-433 are available in the Human Resources Office. Description: 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 Energy Cost of Service and Natural Gas Branch is responsible for representing ratepayer interests in proceedings involving energy general rate cases, utility audits, utility mergers, purchases and sales of utility assets, cost of capital, natural gas procurement and policy, natural gas transmission and storage infrastructure, natural gas cost allocation, and California natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline safety. Duties/Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the Program and Project Supervisor, incumbent is primarily assigned to assist in the review of gas incentive programs by conducting regulatory audits, evaluations, and reviews of gas utilities natural gas procurement costs recorded in their Purchased Gas Account (PGA) and interstate transportation costs. The incumbent will also assist in the audits of the natural gas procurement and interstate transportation costs of the three primary natural gas utilities. The incumbent will apply knowledge of the natural gas industry and market in order to complete this review and audit all details of utilities gas procurement activities including all gas-related transactions associated with gas hedging, exchange revenue, gas sales, hub revenues, over the counter trade transactions, and gas trading. The incumbent will prepare annual monitoring and evaluation reports of gas incentive mechanisms and certify the annual performance of the utilities pursuant to the incentive mechanisms. The incumbent will prepare reports summarizing the findings and recommendations. The incumbent will also assist in audits of energy general rate cases, catastrophic events cases, gas cost allocation proceedings and other cases regarding CPUC-regulated entities other than natural gas utilities, as required. Required Experience/Qualifications: The candidate selected for the position should have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas: Knowledge of accounting practices and auditing theory. Ability to conduct or assist in audits. Ability to gather data and synthesize information in a cohesive manner. Ability to handle multiple assignments with accuracy, to prioritize work, and meet deadlines. Ability to prepare work papers and exhibits to support audits. Ability to write reports, and articulate audit findings and recommendations in a persuasive manner. Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel and Word.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 680 - 251 - 4175 - 902
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
DRA - Energy Cost of Service & Natural Gas Br
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
David Peck
(415) 703-1213

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