5602 - Utility Specialist

Recruitment #PBT-5602-087361

Introduction

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

Who are we?

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Under direction, the 5602 Utility Specialist 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; and provides training of analysts and technical personnel.

The incumbent in this position also serves as a technical expert; performs complex professional level strategic asset management duties in a variety of functional areas, such as industrial plant maintenance, operations, planning, purchasing, administration and evaluation and development of asset management-related policies and procedures essential to each functional area that affect the procurement, planning and forecasting required to adequately maintain current and future Wastewater enterprise assets.

Essential duties

• Monitors operations to ensure compliance with policy directives, laws, regulations and contractual constraints

• Develops analytical and predictive models; conducts technical and economic feasibility evaluations of proposed capital projects; incorporates results of analyses into cost/benefit assessments; conducts a wide variety of analytical studies related to assessment of operational effectiveness, financial and market risk, price sensitivity, and other complex studies as assigned

• Identifies operational constraints and develops, evaluates or recommends policies and procedures to improve operations, mitigate risks, increase revenues and decrease costs

• Develops training programs to implement policies and programs; trains analysts, technicians and other personnel on policies, procedures and compliance issues

• Writes a variety of documents including reports; work plans; general correspondence; operating, financial and marketing plans; program descriptions; operating procedures and policy recommendations; meeting minutes; documentation of forecast methodologies and model assumptions; legal and regulatory interpretations and issues; reports that explain schedule and cost variances and trends, provide cost-effective recommendations to mitigate adverse variances and to support negotiation of change order costs with contractors; and other types of written documents as needed to support the diverse work activities assigned

• Develops, implements and maintains database systems for wastewater treatment processes and other data

• Utilize and leverage existing reporting mechanisms to help monitor and develop key performance indicators and standard operating procedures for various functional areas in direct support of current Asset Management Program directives

• Develop, schedule, implement and coordinate short and long-term strategies and projects that support the goals and objectives of the Wastewater Enterprise Strategic Business Plan

• Procure, manage and implement capabilities for the Wastewater Enterprise to enhance current and future Operational and Maintenance asset optimization functionality

• Work across multi-functional areas to coordinate current Asset Management-related projects that intersect with current Purchasing and Planning functions which have a direct impact on the operational functionality, procurement and tracking of current and future Wastewater Assets to adequately maximize asset life cycles

• Work with Purchasing and Planning Supervision to develop short and long-term strategies and actions required to plan, schedule, procure and budget for capital improvement project assets in accordance with directives from higher-level management

• Provide technical support for existing and future mobile functionality in support of Asset Management goals and directives set forth by Wastewater management

• Assist in providing and managing transparent business processes which directly support Asset Management-related work in preparation for future asset audits, asset procurement and asset-related key performance indicators as directed by Wastewater management

• Supervises Utility Analysts and other technical personnel and provides technical support and expertise for assigned specialty area

• Contributes to the preparation of section operating and capital budgets, including revenue and expense forecasts and reporting of variances.

Class 5602 performs other related duties as required

 

Minimum Qualifications

1. 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 related field to the utility business;

AND

2. Four (4) 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 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.

SUBSTITUTION: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis (2000 hours = 1 year).

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

• Experience working across various functional areas to develop and implement Key Performance Indicators and Standard Operating Procedures directly related to wastewater assets

• Experience using asset management-related software such as DataSplice, FAMIS, PeopleSoft, Maximo, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio and Cognos

Verification:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

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.

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.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process.

Visit http://www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

• Select the desired job announcement
• Select “Apply” and 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 on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their 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, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org). 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 you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may result in lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Jon Godwin , by telephone at 415-554-1659, or by email at jgodwin@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE (QUALIFYING)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the MQSQ and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the MQSQ must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the MQSQ will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Supplemental Questionnaire (100%)

Applicants are also required to complete a supplemental questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. All applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire. The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas, which have been identified as critical for this position and include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of Wastewater Treatment Facilities Operations
  • Asset/Maintenance Management Best Practices
  • Capital Improvement Projects
  • Rehabilitation & Repair Projects Lifecycle
  • Skills in Maintenance Planning
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • Asset Risk Management
  • Ability to use applicable computer systems/programs related to the work

 A passing score must be achieved on the Supplemental Questionnaire in order to continue in the selection process and be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Candidates scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

CERTIFICATION RULE:

The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of 10 Scores The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions

Eligible List: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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 6 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/score report 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: https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?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.

Conclusion

Terms of the Announcement: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions

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 the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: https://www.jobapscloud.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.

Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

 Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding requests for seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification. All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT: 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 (include the specific union name), are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: December 5, 2018
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-5602-087361 (01138776)
PUC/JG/415-554-1659

Benefits

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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