5602 Utility Specialist

Recruitment #PBT-5602-066260

Introduction

Amended to extend filing deadline to expand candidate pool.

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

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Who are we?

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

The Redevelopment Utility Specialist is responsible for coordinating the SFPUC Wastewater Enterprise’s review of planning and design submittals for new sewer systems in development areas in San Francisco.

Essential duties
• Coordinates submittal intake, workflow planning, and review planning and design documents for developer-designed and -constructed infrastructure, including for conformance with City Subdivision Regulations, SFPUC Standards and Specifications, SFPUC system permit requirements, and industry standards.
• Reviews and comments on infrastructure plans; master utility plans; development agreements; hydraulic and hydrology studies; designs plans and specifications; utility-applicable conditions to tentative maps; easements; variance requests; agreements; and licenses.
• Secures review input from applicable divisions and bureaus, resolves conflicting comments, and provide clear design direction.
• Identify and resolves policy issues that arise through project review, and facilitate ongoing updates to SFPUC design standards.
• Manages compliance as required for timely review of submittals.
• Where applicable to new sewer facilities within public rights of way, coordinates with other developer project teams, SFPUC Water and Power Enterprises, other City Departments, and other agencies.
• Ensures that wastewater infrastructure is designed and built for the SFPUC Wastewater Enterprise in a manner that minimizes future maintenance, provides regulatory compliance, and meet Wastewater’s operational and strategic business plan goals.

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. Two years (2) of verifiable experience in the planning, design, and/or construction of wastewater facilities infrastructure.

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.

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:

  • Experienced in the preparation of technical engineering analyses, modeling, utility design, and construction of sewerage system projects.
  • Documented background in the review and permitting of sewer systems.
  • Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.

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

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit 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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of the qualifying experience and education, at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of verification of qualifying experience and education. When requested, applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign and/or non-accredited college or university may be required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment. 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. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Janina Villanueva, by telephone at (415) 554-1635, or by email at jvillanueva@sfwater.org.

 

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight 100%)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure the knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas and may include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of utility: Basic concepts and terminology related to utility operations and analyses; resource efficiency; concepts of and power and wastewater systems; market characteristics; Knowledge of laws/regulations: Laws and regulatory rules pertaining to section activities; ability to interpret and apply regulations, contracts and policy directives; use independent judgment within established policies; Knowledge of statistical analysis: Statistical analysis concepts and techniques; computer applications related to the work; Critical Path Method schedules; Precedence Diagram Method schedules; and cost variance and trends; ability to develop independently conduct complex analytical studies; ability to develop and employ complex analytical models; Knowledge of contracts: Basic contract administration; Knowledge of records/reports: Record-keeping principles and practices; program controls; ability to use computer database and report generation software to create management and other reports; Knowledge of planning: Ability to develop and implement operating, financial and capital plans; conduct resource optimization; Ability to communicate: Ability to instruct others in work procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; and Knowledge of technology: Knowledge of computer applications related to work; translate technical terms and concepts for non-technical users.

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

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 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.

Conclusion

Terms of Announcement:

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 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.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Exam Type:  CPE
Issued:  June 22, 2018, Amended 7/10/18 to extend deadline.
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5602-066260 (01097640)
PUC/JV/415-554-1635

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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