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

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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 primary purpose of this position is to provide expertise to the PUC Telecommunications and Water Division in the areas of financial analysis, telecommunications network and service cost, telecommunications accounting, and jurisdictional separations. This position develops and implements rules and policy regarding complex telecommunications issues. Major duties include:

• Analysis of telecommunication financial reports and studies filled with the Commission for review or to support proposed rate changes. This analysis encompasses the review of engineering, economic, accounting, and policy assumptions made by the companies. Further, these reviews will be used to determine if the filings comport with PUC policies, rules, and statutes.

• Provides assistance with the administration of the Oregon Universal Service Fund. These activities include but are not limited to: 1) investigating of the operation of the fund and proposing changes that will improve its operation; 2) writing requests-for-proposals needed to hire auditors, administrators, and contractors and; 3) conducting research on various aspects of the fund and making presentations on the items researched to the Commission, the Advisory Board, or to industry associations.

• Analysis of complex and controversial telecommunications issues, the development of appropriate policy recommendations, and the communication of those recommendations in writing and verbally to the Commission.

• Making formal presentations to the Commission in support of Public Meeting Memos and leading workshops with participants from regulated utilities, other agency personnel, and other interested parties.

Working Conditions:

Work is generally performed in a standard office environment, with frequent use of a personal computer. On occasion, will be expected to present testimony under adversarial conditions. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Economics, Finance, or Accounting


Four years of professional-level work experience in engineering, economic analysis, finance, accounting or auditing


Seven years of work experience in any of the above fields; four of which must have been at the professional level.

A Master’s or Doctorate degree may substitute for up to one year of the work experience.

Desired Attributes

• Professional level financial analysis work experience in the telecommunications industry, or in a regulatory setting involving telecommunications issues.

• Work experience designing studies, performing secondary and/or primary research, performing quantitative/qualitative analysis on the subject, and writing up the findings.

• Experience making presentations in a public setting.

• Experience leading meetings or workshops involving individuals with conflicting interests.

• Professional level work experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency.

• Advanced-level knowledge and skills working with spreadsheets and Microsoft office software.

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. 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.

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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