Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Utilities Examiner 1

Hybrid

Recruitment #220923-1049AR-001

Introduction


CoAre you passionate about making a difference and being part of a dynamic team? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), has an exciting opportunity for a Utilities Examiner 1 located at their office on 10 Franklin Square in New Britain, CT with hybrid telework options available.  

ABOUT US

The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) acts as the advocate for consumer interests in matters which may affect Connecticut consumers relating to electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications.  The OCC is a statutory party to all proceedings before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and is authorized to appear and participate in any regulatory or judicial proceedings, federal or state, in which the interests of Connecticut utility consumers may be involved, or in which matters affecting utility services rendered or to be rendered in this state may be involved.  In addition to representing consumer interests before PURA, the OCC participates actively in proceedings before federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), state and federal courts, and promotes the interests of consumers at the Connecticut legislature and in regional and national forums. 

The OCC is engaged in investigating, evaluating, and providing recommendations on innovative energy policies and programs and utility regulation in Connecticut. The OCC’s work covers a wide range of topics, including:

Wholesale and retail electric and gas markets and rates;
Water rates, system infrastructure improvements, and resource planning;
Energy infrastructure and electric system modernization (e.g., gas pipelines; electric transmission lines);
Energy efficiency and demand response;
Utility service quality and storm response;
Renewable energy, distributed generation, and grid modernization;
Electric vehicles and energy storage; 
Policy development on issues relating to electricity, natural gas, and water; and
Telecommunications service, service quality, and infrastructure, broadband access, and telecommunications policy.

ROLE HIGHLIGHTS

The OCC is seeking a Utilities Examiner 1 to be part of the agency’s technical staff comprised of motivated, highly skilled people trained in a variety of technical fields such as accounting, finance, and rate design, as well as work with attorneys with a background in energy and utility law and will participate in utility proceedings in the electric, gas, water, telecom, and cable industries. 

The ideal candidate will have accounting or finance experience and interest in distributed energy resources, non-wires solutions and related technologies to work in dockets related to PURA’s Equitable Modern Grid (EMG) and performance-based-regulation (PBR) initiatives, including working on cost-benefit and bill impact analysis, rate design and recovery issues.  

The Utilities Examiner will also work on rate cases of electric, gas and water regulated entities.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal)
  • Excellent health and dental coverage
  • Retirement plans and more!
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work; and
  • Encouraging a healthy work life balance

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Selection Plan

TO APPLY

• In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
• The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
• Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
• All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AFTER YOU APPLY

• This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
• Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
• 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
• The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at benjamin.beaudry@ct.gov.

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

Conducts or participates in examinations and audits utilities subject to regulation; participates in the review of utility company annual reports; 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.

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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

  • Experience in analyzing, interpreting and evaluating utility company or private sector financial statements, accounting records and documents;  
  • Experience participation in accounting audits and company financial statement reviews;  
  • Experience in oral and written communication skills; 
  • Experience working independently to prepare written reports;   
  • Experience working in energy policy or utility regulation;                                        
  • Experience with project management methodologies;                                             
  • Accounting or finance experience related to distributed energy resources, non-wires solutions and related innovative grid technologies, including working on cost-benefit and bill impact analysis, and related rate design and recovery issues; 
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, Access, SharePoint, or Teams;
  • Experience preparing comprehensive reports including narrative and statistical sections;
  • Experience using Electronic Data Processing (EDP) systems for financial management.

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.