Utility and Energy Analyst 3 (Senior Economist)
Public Utility Commission - Salem, OR

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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.

The PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Program, Energy Division, Rates, Finance and Audit Section. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime. The PUC is 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 vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The person in this position conducts research on a broad range of energy issues to assist the Commission in evaluating the role of regulation and/or deregulation and in developing policies that encourage utilities to provide high quality services at fair and reasonable rates. Major duties include:

• Conducts complex economic, statistical, and financial research on a wide range of policy issues as assigned.

• Analyzes energy utility applications for authorization by the Commission to issue debt securities.

• Analyzes complex issues and evaluates other parties’ written testimony; formulates PUC objectives, policy, and strategy and writes testimony based upon analysis; defends testimony in formal hearings.

• Collaborates with other analysts in analyzing electric and natural gas rate issues.

• Leads or participates in teams to ensure proposed rates filed in compliance to Commission orders produce the level of revenues adopted by the Commission.

• Provides written testimony and verbally testifies in formal state and federal hearings concerning regulatory policies and recommendations.

• Prepares cross-examination questions to be asked of company and intervener witnesses; assists Attorney General’s Office in preparation of legal briefs.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or Economics.


Four years of professional-level work experience in Finance or Economics.


Seven years of work experience directly applicable to Finance or Economics; four of which must be at the professional level.

A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or Economics will substitute for one year of the professional level work experience.

A Doctorate in Business Administration, Finance or Economics will substitute for two years of the professional level work experience.

Desired Attributes

Professional level work experience with an electric or natural gas utility, a state public utility commission or energy-related public or federal agency.

Professional level work experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of an energy-related public agency or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation.

Knowledge of electric, natural gas utility or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation development of rates or charges.

Knowledge of electric, natural gas utility, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation marginal cost to supply service to customers.

Knowledge of electric and natural gas utility, or multi-million annual dollar revenue corporation cost of attracting capital.

Advanced degree in Economics or related field

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.

Additional Information:


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.

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.

Disabled Veteran
• 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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