5602 Utility Specialist - Hetch Hetchy Water and Power

Renew And Restore Utility Specialist

Recruitment #PBT-5602-081631


Announcement amended to reflect clarification of minimum qualifications,
candidates who previously applied need not reapply.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.


Our mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and sustains the resources entrusted in our care. We are comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Wastewater, and Power. We provide retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco’s City facilities and properties. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Specialist will be the project management lead for the Renewal & Replacement Program. The newly established HHWP Renewal and Replacement Program (R&R) has a multiyear spending plan of approximately $96 million. This position is responsible for a variety of activities, and small to medium sized projects including condition assessments, asset life extension and premature failure of existing capital assets (projects intended to address productivity, efficiency, strength, quality or output of an asset due to deferred and underfunded maintenance and maintenance). A significant amount of work this position will be responsible for will not be able to be capitalized and be associated with deferred maintenance and/or operating funds. The objective of the position is to plan, organize, direct and control maintenance projects  from conceptual planning through design and construction, to close out of each job. The scope of the work is to oversee manage multiple facilities projects in Moccasin.
• Coordinating professional and technical engineering personnel, consultants, and Facilities Systems and Maintenance (FSM) staff, and other related staff engaged in planning, design, and construction of maintenance jobs that will be performed by FSM staff and/or Job Order Contracts
• Conducting scoping meetings, design review meetings with both Maintenance Engineering (ME) and FSM staff, and creating and maintaining documentation the decision process from conceptual through construction
• Analyzing work-hour proposals, motivating and monitoring job teams and budgets for conceptual through close-out for successful completion of jobs
• Coordinating the preparation of technical environmental reports and other documentation, designs, drawings, specifications, and cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment
• Reviewing federal, regional, and local regulations and legislation, and grant documents affecting work
• Monitoring operations to ensure compliance with policy directives, laws, regulations and contractual constraints
• Identifying operational constraints and develops, evaluates or recommends policies and procedures to improve operations, mitigate risks, increase revenues and decrease costs
• Developing and implementing seasonal, monthly and multi-year operating, financial and capital plans
• Developing and maintaining Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules
• Reviewing and analyzing Precedence Diagram Method (PDM) schedules for variances and trends
• Maintaining and making recommendation for improvements to the cost control system to track spending relative to project budgets and schedules
• Maintaining a cost estimate database by providing project cost estimates and reviewing actual construction costs relative to engineers' estimates
• Writing a variety of documents including reports; work plans; operating, financial and marketing plans; operating procedures and policy recommendations; documentation of forecast methodologies and model assumptions; and other types of written documents as needed to support the diverse work activities assigned to this class
• Supervising Utility Analysts and other technical personnel and provides technical support and expertise for assigned specialty area


Under direction, independently conducts complex studies and analyses; develops analytical models and systems; independently conducts contract negotiations; works with other program controls staff in developing cost, schedule and technical tracking systems for new projects, collecting data on the cost, schedule and technical progress on those projects; develops and implements seasonal and long-term operating, financial and capital plans; develops and implements operational goals and procedures; manages and administers wholesale and retail contracts, projects and programs; conducts infrastructure planning for new service territories; provides training of analysts and technical personnel; serves as a technical expert.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably with major coursework in Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other field related to the utility business; AND

Four years of verifiable journey-level work experience in one or more of the following areas: planning, scheduling, cost estimating and resource projecting for mid to large scale projects; water supply management and planning; power operations planning and scheduling; analysis, interpretation and application of utility contracts and regulations in either water, power (electric and/or natural gas), telecommunications, or a wastewater program; utility market and environmental analysis and planning; power supply and transmission rates and contracts; generation, transmission or distribution planning and design; or long-term utility systems planning.

Additional qualifying work experience as indicated in Minimum Qualification Experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year (equivalent to 2,000 hours) of additional qualifying work experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.  

• 12 months of construction management professional experience

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

• Select the job announcement
• Click on "Apply", read and acknowledge the information
• Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered or “I have Registered Previously”
• Follow instructions given on the screen

Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 for use by the public to apply for City jobs. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except City observed holidays.

You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-kUFHXhBjQ&feature=youtu.be

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training, and other information substantiating how applicants meet the minimum qualifications must be included on their application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether applicants meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification, or may lead to lower scores.

If there are any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Jonathan Pettey (415) 554-1636 or via e-mail at jpettey@sfwater.org Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

NOTE: Falsifying education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire which must be submitted during the online application process. The purpose of this Supplemental Questionnaire is to assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas, and may include but are not limited to knowledge of construction management, resource efficiency, and contract administration principles; ability to plan, organize, direct, and control maintenance projects; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; and ability to identify and resolve problems.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456 Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement including requirements, time periods, and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf 

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted at the time of filing to be considered. Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
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Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 21, may be required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident.

Announcement amended 05/14/2018 to reflect clarification of minimum qualifications
Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: 05/11/2018
Recruitment No.: PBT-5602-081631
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Team: PUC/JP 415.554.1636


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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