Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Utilities Examiner 1

Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

Recruitment #190416-1049AR-001

Introduction

At the State of ConnecticutDepartment of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 

DEEP's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. In the industries that are still wholly regulated, PURA balances the public's right to safe, adequate and reliable utility service at reasonable rates with the provider's right to a reasonable return on its investment. PURA also keeps watch over competitive utility services to promote equity among the competitors while customers reap the price and quality benefits of competition and are protected from unfair business practices. 

PURA has an exciting opportunity currently available for a Utilities Examiner 1 (UE1). The UE1 serves a key role in rate cases, utility acquisitions, and utility financing. The addition of the UE1 will provide PURA with the necessary resources and expertise to fulfill its mission to effectively regulate public service companies.

PURA's UE1 position offers accountants the opportunity to cultivate their technical expertise while also participating in the development and implementation of sound regulatory policy. UE1s work with an experienced team of technical staff, engineers, rate specialists, lawyers, and policy advisers to effect PURA's broad statutory mandate.  

The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT. This city is a short distance from downtown Hartford with easy access to Boston and New York.  The region provides incredible quality of life with reasonably-priced housing, short commutes, and an array of outdoor and cultural activities.  

This position is 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (flexible). In addition, the state offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.  

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DEEP Human Resources, DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov, (860)424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive. Open to the public.

The selected candidate must have a valid driver's license and must be a US citizen or have a Permanent Resident Card or other work authorization.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Office of Consumer Counsel this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of complex financial statements and statistical exhibits submitted by public utilities companies

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Participates in design, preparation and review of annual reports of all utilities required to be filed with agency and auditing of books and records of utilities subject to regulation; participates in design and installation of new accounting systems and revision of established systems; assists in analysis, interpretation and evaluation of complex financial statements and statistical exhibits submitted by utilities in rate cases; assists in development of specifications for computerized financial and accounting models; may conduct cross examination of company witnesses on financial exhibits submitted in rate cases; may draft interrogatories; may assist in the preparation of briefs; may be required to evaluate propriety of proposed issue of securities by Connecticut utilities in light of current security markets and accepted utility capitalization structures; may advise on effects of changes on operating results of utilities subject to agency regulation; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of accounting and auditing principles and practices; knowledge of and ability to apply laws and regulations pertaining to public utilities; knowledge of utility accounting practices; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze and evaluate financial statements, accounting forms and accounting methods and procedures; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in accounting or auditing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the professional working level of Accounts Examiner or Accountant.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in accounting may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (l5) semester hours equalling one-half (l/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in business, accounting or finance may be substituted for one (l) additional year of the General Experience.
3. Certification in any one of the following may be substituted for one (l) additional year of experience: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  

Two (2) years of utility accounting experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.