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 is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill a full time vacancy in the agency’s Utility Program, Telecommunications and Water Division, Universal Service and Regulatory Analysis Section. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime. The PUC is fully funded through fees paid by the utilities we regulate.
This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill other openings as they occur.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The person is this position ensures that consumers and competitive service providers receive safe and adequate telecommunication service from the incumbent companies at the lowest possible cost while allowing these companies an opportunity to earn a return on investment sufficient to attract capital and thereby sustain its financial health. Major duties include:
• Provide advice and assistance in the processing of non-routine, complex, competitive-provider certification applications and cancellations.
• Serve as the section lead on certification related projects that do one or more of the following: change the language or requirements of the certificate; change certificate application forms; or change the scope and form of the information collected from competitive providers.
• Coordinate and review annual recertification reports from Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETC) for federal universal service funds. Analyze new ETC applications and identify issues for further investigation. Coordinate meeting schedules and circulation of documents among parties in ETC cases.
• Assist other members of the Telecommunication Division with both special and routine studies involving statistical and financial analysis that may involve tasks such as; identifying data sources, reviewing statutes and rules, gathering and organizing data, analyzing the data, and writing reports and public meeting memos to provide information to agency Managers and the Commission.
• Lead production of periodic reports related to the telecommunications industry in Oregon that includes information related to both incumbent and competitive providers of local exchange and intrastate toll services.
• Manage Oregon Universal Service Fund (OUSF) Board nominations process. Process payphone provider requests for OUSF refunds. Assist the section manager with OUSF board meetings.
Work is generally performed in a standard business office environment. On occasion, may be required to interact with telecommunications providers and consumers who may be hostile or uncooperative. Also on occasion, may be subject to adversarial cross-examination as an expert witness in formal proceedings. Some travel, occasionally including both overnight and extended travel, for purposes of attending meetings, workshops, training classes, seminars, and conferences may be necessary. May be expected to drive on State business and so must have a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record, or provide an alternate reasonable method of transportation. May lift and move materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
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 Engineering, Economics, Accounting, or Finance AND
Two years of work experience in engineering, economic analysis, finance, accounting, or auditing.
Five years of work experience in any of the above fields; two of which must have been at the professional level.
A Master’s or Doctorate degree may substitute for one year of the work experience.
• A person knowledgeable about the major issues facing telecommunication utilities and professional level work experience for a telecommunications utility or regulatory body.
• An accomplished communicator, with experience presenting complicated information in a public setting and facilitating conversations with experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency.
• Work experience exercising independent judgment or decision making in accordance with established policies, procedures and tariffs, statutes, and administrative rules in a utility or regulatory environment.
• A person with advanced skills in accounting and financial modeling, as well as, experience with statistical programs (e.g., SAS, Stata, EViews, etc).
Only candidates who meet the above “Minimum Qualifications” for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the desired attributes of this position will be invited to an interview.
HOW TO APPLY:
Follow the “Apply” link above to complete the State of Oregon employment application online. Only complete applications submitted online by the closing date/time posted on this announcement will be considered. The PUC does not accept paper applications, email applications or supplemental information/attachments not submitted as an attachment to the online application. Updates provided to candidates regarding the status of their application will be sent via email only.
Your application must clearly show how you meet the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for this position(s). Be sure to complete the following sections: “Work Experience” and, if applicable, “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. Minimum Qualifications will be determined based on the information provided in the “Work Experience” and/or “Education” section(s) 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. A resume is not required to apply for this position and it will not be considered.
Transcripts are required to be attached to your online application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show your name, coursework completed with a passing grade, degree received, and institution name.
If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 373-7949 or (503) 373-1413 (TTY) Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM (PST).
The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice. Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget shortfall, the Governor has ordered mandatory unpaid furlough days for employees. This position will be required to take furlough days in the 2012-13 biennium.
If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC.
Eligible veterans’ who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be given veterans’ preference. To receive preference you MUST attach to your electronic application the following documentation:
• A copy of your DD214 or DD215; OR
• A letter from the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.
• A copy of your DD214 or DD215; AND
• A copy of your veterans’ disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Additional information on veterans’ preference in employment may be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs website at: www.oregon.gov/ODVA/HireVetsFirst.shtml or by calling 1-800-692-9666.
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