Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Public Utilities Supervisor Of Technical Analysis (35 Hour)

Utilities Performance & Analysis

Recruitment #211216-6726EE-001

Introduction


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has an opening for a Public Utilities Supervisor of Technical Analysis to join the team. If you are a dedicated utilities professional ready to lead a team, we invite you to explore this opportunity! 

The 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. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut. PURA oversees many aspects of Connecticut's utility sector, including but not limited to: ensuring the prudence of electric system modernization, natural gas system expansion and water system infrastructure investments, reviewing mergers and acquisitions in all the above regulated sectors, conducting periodic utility rate cases, overseeing service quality, safety, and investment for the state's telecommunications infrastructure, and implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.

Position Details

This is a full-time, first shift recruitment that operates on a 35 hour per week schedule, Monday through Friday. This position will be located in New Britain, CT. The hired candidate must have the ability to travel to locations across the state of Connecticut for events and meetings.

Your Role

PURA has an opportunity for a talented industry professional to lead a dynamic new unit focused on innovative approaches to modernizing utility regulation, improving public utility performance, and realizing Connecticut’s public policy goals, including advancing the State’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets and delivering on the objectives of PURA’s own Equitable Modern Grid initiative.  

The Supervisor of Technical Analysis and the Utility Performance and Analysis unit will lead PURA’s cross-disciplinary work, including establishing a performance-based regulation (PBR) framework for the state’s electric distribution companies, developing a framework for testing and scaling novel technology and customer solutions, establishing an integrated distribution planning process to ensure alignment between utility planning and public policies, and conducting annual reviews of the electric utilities public policy-related expenses. 

The new unit will also be responsible for conducting discrete, quantitative analysis and studies as required by the Connecticut General Assembly and as requested by PURA management. Such studies may include, but are not limited to, the research questions contemplated in Docket No.17-12-03RE10, PURA Investigation into Distribution System Planning of the Electric Distribution Companies – Building Blocks of Resource Adequacy and Clean Electric Supply.     

The supervisor and new unit will also assist in the implementation of key portions of Public Act No. 21-159, An Act Concerning Equitable Access to Broadband, with the objective of ensuring the timely and equitable expansion of broadband access across the state.

More details about this role can be found in the class specification

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What We Can Offer You

Our employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, and a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees. 

Selection Plan

This is a competitive recruitment, open to the public.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

To Apply:

  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

What to Expect After You Apply:

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

Should you have any questions about the position, please contact Samantha Wasef, Leadership Associate – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Wasef@CT.Gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for supervising the professional, technical and clerical staff and activities of the Cable Television (CATV), Electric, Gas, Gas Pipeline Safety, Telecommunications or Water Section.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains section procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding section policies and procedures; performs complex investigations of utility rates, accounting, finance, engineering and related matters pending before section; responsible for accuracy and content of material developed by section staff; directs and coordinates staff in utilizing computer models and other analytical techniques to study utility proposals and their impacts; develops analytical models to support needs of section; participates in staff review of new financing, examinations of condition of utility plant, quality of utility service and accidents involving utility equipment; participates in staff assessment of existing and proposed technologies; prepares or reviews highly technical reports and correspondence; may testify as an expert witness; may supervise or perform cross examination of witnesses in departmental hearings; performs related duties as required.

Conducts technical and policy research and analysis on topics related to the Office of Utility Programs and Initiatives (OUPI) multi-disciplinary work including, but not limited to, renewable energy, affordability, clean energy innovation, broadband, reliability, security, and resilience programs, distribution planning, performance-based utility regulation, among others; coordinates and oversees several agency investigations at a time, executing on strategic direction provided by the Commissioners and the Director of OUPI, ensuring that the Authority’s standard practices are followed; studies and recommends methods of providing services more closely associated with cost and performance based rates; assists in establishing and maintaining a database on costs, demand characteristics and rates of companies for trend analysis, econometric analysis and special studies; and, assists in preparation for staff participation in formal hearings before department. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply and utilize computerized analytical techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of cable television (CATV), electric, gas, gas pipeline safety, telecommunications or water utilities; considerable knowledge of methodologies useful in analysis of cable television (CATV), electric, gas, gas pipeline safety, telecommunications or water utilities; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to prepare and edit complex technical documents; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience in cable television (CATV), electric, gas, gas pipeline safety, telecommunications or water utilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a discipline closely related to the section activities may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, engineering, economics, finance, environmental studies or a related field; and 
  • Advanced degree in renewable energy, engineering, environmental studies, climate change, public utility regulation, finance, or economics or a related field.
  • Experience applying management principles and techniques;
  • Two (2) years of professional work experience in energy policy or utility regulation;
  • Experience working on grid modernization, clean and renewable energy, energy affordability, broadband/telecommunications, electric reliability and resilience, and/or performance-based regulation;
  • Experience and proficiency in data and other analysis;
  • Experience in report or similar writing;
  • Experience with relevant agency policies and procedures and/or knowledge of public utility commission policies and procedures generally;
  • Experience applying management principles and techniques;
  • Experience in project management, as well as the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to work independently;
  • Experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 applications, including SharePoint and Teams.

Conclusion

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



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