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

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The mission of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) is to:

"Ensure that safe and reliable utility services are provided to consumers at just and reasonable rates while fostering the use of competitive markets to achieve these objectives"

In support of that mission, the Safety, Reliability, and Security Division administers programs that ensure utility facilities meet national and state safety codes.

PUC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill one full-time vacancy in the Utility Safety, Reliability and Security Division. This position is classified, non-represented and is not eligible for overtime. The PUC is an other funds agency, 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 serves a key, on the ground, investigation, inspection, and auditing function, necessary for the PUC to ensure safe operation of utility and power facilities.

In Oregon, utility poles are used by electric utilities, telecommunications providers, cable operators, and other various government entities. When violations of the Oregon Administrative Rules and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) pertaining to use of these facilities occur, the violations must be classified and addressed. The person in this position conducts audits of utility facility inspections, and manages the collection of detailed inspection findings, violation deferral agreements, and deferral plans of correction. This person will also provide reports and expert witness testimony on energy and telecommunications operations methods, and provide leadership in joint use planning between stakeholders for pole attachments. Major duties include:

• Conducts field audits/investigations across the state of Oregon of electric and telecommunications operators to verify compliance with applicable Oregon Administrative Rules. The audits and investigations will be performed at operators’ facilities across the State. Conducts in-depth investigations and analysis of operator’s electric supply and communication facilities. Analyzes records and performs field inspections of utility energy and telecomm facilities. Reviews companies’ standard procedures, inspection reports, system failure information and project cost estimates. Independently evaluates the operation and maintenance of the utilities network systems. When appropriate, recommends preventive measures to eliminate or reduce possible recurrence of similar violations.

• Responsible for the consistent interpretation and enforcement of policies adopted through PUC Commission order.

• Responds to inquiries from the public, the utility or energy industry, state agencies and PUC management and staff. Interpret and apply Oregon Administrative Rules’s applicable to pole attachment contracts and dispute resolution on a variety of functional areas

• Provides consultation and recommendations on energy and telecommunications operations. Responsible for violation report preparation, writing, and presentation to each operator audited on investigative findings. Responsible for technical accuracy of data and findings. Serves as expert witness and policy advisor in docketed proceedings.

• Represent the Commission, and acts as spokesperson about Commission policies with other state or federal agencies, industry associations, utilities, local governments, community organizations, and members of the public on Commissions safety and pole attachment rules.

• This position is with a division that responds on a 24/7 basis to utility accidents, emergencies and State disasters supporting Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the State’s Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in disaster response, recovery and mitigation efforts.

• Works with the Attorney General’s office to discuss regulatory policy, clarify case issues, develop cross-examination or complete review questions for utility and intervener experts or applicants, and participates in preparing legal briefs used in contested case proceedings. Prepares testimony, and defends testimony under adverse legal cross-examination in public meeting, court, legislative and other legal proceedings.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires field work throughout the state of Oregon up to sixty percent of the time. Frequent statewide travel of one or more days is required, which includes driving in hazardous traffic and weather conditions, and in areas of rough terrain. Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain an acceptable driving record. Possible exposure to contentious situations with the public in remote areas. Work may include ascending/descending platforms, and using stairs/ladders to access facilities and worksites to complete inspections. Requires considerable walking in rough terrain when inspecting new construction and existing facilities. May lift or move up to 20 lbs. for several hundred yards. Must be competent with Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint). Work is completed under strict timelines and changing priorities.

When in the field, there may be exposure to electrical, natural gas, cryogenic, and other hazards. Employees must possess the knowledge and experience to identify hazards and protect themselves and others at all times.

Employees in this position are required to share responsibility with others in the division to provide twenty four hours a day, seven days a week (24/7) immediate response to emergencies, accidents and natural disasters anywhere in Oregon.

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

AND

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

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

• Work experience with National Electric Safety Code (NESC) standards and inspections.

• Work experience with electric or telecommunication utility facility safety standards.

• Work experience in utility facility incident/failure investigations.

• Experience presenting technical information to individuals or groups who may not have a strong technical background.

• Experience developing written comments and recommendations intended to inform or influence the decision making of a public agency.

• Work experience in a non-traditional work environment (i.e. fieldwork, working in a remote area, private property) interacting, in a professional, diplomatic and respectful manner, with individuals who may exhibit anger or frustration.

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:

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE
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:

Veteran
• 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.

VISIT OUR AGENCY WEBSITE AT:
www.puc.state.or.us

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:
550 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

The State of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

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