5602 - Utility Specialist

Recruitment #PEX-5602-089826

Introduction

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent-Exempt (PEX) appointment, full time position not to exceed three (3) years. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process, is considered “at will”, and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

WORK LOCATION: 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

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

 

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Under the direction of the SFPUC’s Water Resources Planning Manager, the Utility Specialist will be responsible for providing technical assistance to San Francisco's Non-potable Water Program and Purified Water Program. 

 

Responsibilities will include modifying the SFPUC technical assistance program, conducting site assessments of water treatments systems and making recommendations; analyzing responsibilities for onsite non-potable and potable water providers and recycled water users; reviewing highly technical water quality data, analyzing treatment trains; creating tracking and database systems; monitoring  cross-connection control and backflow device testing; analyzing potable water offsets, responding to customer inquiries, conducting special studies and preparing reports and managing contracts and budgets.

 

Essential duties

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

 

2.      Develops analytical and predictive models; conducts technical and economic feasibility evaluations of proposed onsite water treatment systems; 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, energy consumption, and other complex studies as assigned.

 

3.      Identifies onsite water treatment system operational constraints and develops, evaluates or recommends policies and procedures to improve operations, mitigate risks, decrease energy and decrease costs.

 

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

 

5.      Develops and implements policies and guidelines for developing new non-potable and potable water supplies.

 

6.      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 model assumptions; legal and regulatory interpretations and issues; reports that explain schedule and cost variances and trends; and other types of written documents as needed to support the diverse work activities assigned to this class.

 

7.      Develops, implements and maintains database systems for onsite water treatment systems, potable water offsets energy consumption and other data.

 

8.      Supervises the preparation of section operating and capital budgets.

 

9.      Occasional off-site visits to PUC offices and work-sites in the Bay Area.

 

Class 5602 - Utility Specialist performs other related duties as required.

Definition

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

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 field related to the utility business; AND

 

2. 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; AND

 

3. LICENSE: Valid class C driver's license.

 

SUBSTITUTION: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

 

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

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

·         Experience with non-potable and purified water recycled water regulatory and permitting requirements, recycled water quality requirements, conducting site assessments, recycled water site system design and construction, recycled water technologies, system retrofits, cross-connection control and backflow prevention, preparing technical assistance documents and public education materials. 

·         Experience in water resources planning. 

 

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, Danny Wan, by telephone at 415-554-1648 or by email at dwan@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. 

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

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: https://sfdhr.org/veterans-preference

 

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.

 

Issued: October 2, 2018
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PEX-5602-089826
PUC - DW (415) 554-1648

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.

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