At the State of Connecticut, Department 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.
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 is statutorily charged with regulating 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 telecommunication infrastructure;
Implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.
PURA is looking for an accountant/auditor (Utilities Examiner 1) for its new Utility Performance and Analysis 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.
This position is located in New Britain, CT. This is a full-time (40 hours) per week, Monday through Friday with the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
As a Utilities Examiner the incumbent will:
Assist on the cross-disciplinary work assigned to the new unit, 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.
Be a part of the team responsible for 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.
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes:
Excellent health and dental coverage;
A generous retirement plan;
Paid time off;
A healthy work - life balance!
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In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).
Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
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.
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.
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The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Erica McGuinness at email@example.com.
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.
One (1) year of professional work experience in finance working on issues related to energy policy and utility regulations;
Experience with grid modernization, clean and renewable energy, energy affordability, broadband/telecommunications, electric reliability and resilience, climate change policies and/or performance-based regulation;
Experience and proficiency in data and other analysis;
Experience in report or similar writing;
Experience in project management, as well as the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to work independently; and
Experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 applications, including SharePoint and Teams.
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.
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.