5602 Utility Specialist

Energy Scheduling & Settlements

Recruitment #PBT-5602-085352

Introduction

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

About the 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 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

The Power Enterprise, within the SFPUC, has two separate power programs, Hetch Hetchy Power and CleanPowerSF. SFPUC owns and operates the Hetch Hetchy hydro-electric power generation system in Moccasin, CA, solar arrays throughout San Francisco, and biogas cogeneration facilities, which together produce cost-effective energy with a zero greenhouse gas emission profile. The CleanPowerSF program, which is San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregator and managed by the SFPUC, provides a cleaner energy option that traditional PG&E service for businesses and residents throughout the SFPUC’s service area.

Position Information

Under the direction of the Energy Scheduling & Settlements Manager, the Utility Specialist will perform a wide variety of duties related to energy trading, energy scheduling and complex procurement planning analysis. This position will utilize scheduling software tools to submit day-ahead and real-time schedules, execute energy trades to maximize revenue and minimize costs, as well as perform complex modeling and analysis to develop short and long-term procurement plans.

Essential duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Daily scheduling activities and coordination with water operation
  • Congestion Revenue Right (CRR) transactions and Congestion Monitoring for the Publicly Owned Utility (POU) and CleanPowerSF
  • Comprehensive Settlements Analysis and Monitoring
  • Daily scheduling activities and coordination with water operation
  • Perform functions related to compliance with California Independence System Operator (CAISO) reliability requirements and resource adequacy programs
  • Settlements Statements Invoice Processing
  • Keep informed of California Independence System Operator’s (CAISO) new initiatives and policy changes
  • Implement policy changes to Publicly Owned Utility (POU) and Clean Power portfolios
  • Provide ad hoc analysis for budget, power procurement, etc.
  • And other related duties and tasks

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 (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 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.

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

SPECIAL CONDITION: 12 months of journey-level experience in Electricity Sector/Energy Markets

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

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with the Electric Energy business;
  • Experience analyzing complex regulatory or business requirements.

Verification of Experience and/or Education

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.

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 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 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, @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 you meet the 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 qualifications.

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

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Tiffany D. Tran by telephone at 415.554.2416, or by email at TDTran@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight 100%):

Applicants will be prompted to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not limited to: knowledge of CAISO and Energy Industry Standards; ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions; skills in collecting, analyzing and organizing complex and technical data; skills in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail; and skills in using computer software related to energy scheduling and settlements.

The Supplemental Questionnaire will be rated and scored. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the Supplemental Questionnaire in order to be reviewed in the rating process.

Note: Candidates must achieve a passing score on the selection component described above in order to move forward in the selection process.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of 10. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List: 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 six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. Upon approval of the Human Resources 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 go to http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=13693. Search that document by title or job code to find the departments.

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

Requests:

Applicants with disabilities who meet the eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

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.

Terms of Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except with superseded by federal, state and 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.

 

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance (CPE)

Issued: August 17, 2018

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5602-085352 (01093001)

PUC/TDT/415.554.2416

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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