Utility Specialist - Wastewater Enterprises

Utility Specialist: Resource Recovery and Capital Planning

Recruitment #PBT-5602-099162

Introduction

5602 Utilities Specialist - Wastewater Enterprise
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Recruitment #PBT-5602-099162


August 27, 2020: Due to the Public Health Order issued by the City and County of San Francisco, we have removed the closing date and temporarily extended the posting to "Continuous" status. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since the announcement may close at any time. Applicants who already applied will be included in the applicant pool and need not reapply.


August 20, 2020: This announcement has been amended to extend the filing date and allow for additional applications. Applicants who already applied will be included in the applicant pool and need not reapply.


This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC 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

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

5602 Utility Specialist: Resource Recovery and Capital Planning

The 5602 Utility Specialist serves as the Wastewater Enterprise Resource Recovery and Capital Planning Liaison to the Infrastructure and Finance Bureaus. The position plays the lead role in integrating Enterprise policy, Levels of Service, delivery capacity, affordability and asset management needs to advance capital investments and demonstrated value to the ratepayer of San Francisco. The position leverages intricate relationships between the SFPUC and various stakeholders and sponsors process improvement initiatives using sound, evidence-based research and analysis to advance business and operational solutions that collectively benefit the SFPUC’s triple bottom line. It also provides strategic direction for projects addressing issues of sustainability, process improvements, and changes to utilities to provide better service to customers.

Essential duties and responsibilities include: 

  • Serves as the primary capital planning liaison between the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise and its Finance and Infrastructure bureaus. 
  • Cultivates and maintains positive working relationships with key stakeholders within Wastewater, Infrastructure and Finance as well as from other City agencies, ratepayer advocates and community stakeholders to gain their cooperation and support to further capital program interests and objectives.
  • Serves as the department liaison to the SFPUC ratepayer affordability efforts and advances resource recovery projects to improve operational affordability through reduced energy, chemical and concrete demand. 
  • Works closely with the Wastewater Capital Planning Director to coordinate the work of consultants, by defining the scope and budget of capital improvement contracts, providing information and direction, reviewing and commenting on their work products, and reviewing and approving billing.
  • Acts as a program facilitator and provides leadership to cross functional, departmental, and/or jurisdictional teams in order to achieve important city objectives related to city-wide climate informed capital planning and climate action planning and carbon sequestration. 
  • Partners with other city departments, utility agencies, and stakeholders to generate and implement resource recovery solutions that result in efficient use of water, wastewater, energy, and financial resources and reduce the overall Wastewater Enterprise carbon footprint.
  • Utilizes strategic critical thinking and program management skills to develop long-term resource recovery and capital planning strategies which include complex feasibility analysis based upon detailed technical and financial data. 
  • Supports the development and adoption of formal processes to determine the priority of capital projects and guides the reconciliation of competing demands to ensure projects are delivered based off social, environmental and financial sustainability.
  • Oversees and conducts technical evaluations of capital projects; evaluating economic, environmental and social returns on investments; incorporates results of analyses into broad communications to provide recommendations to SFPUC senior leadership on projects which provide the greatest ratepayer value and mitigate organizational risk.
  • Directs, evaluates, and considers evidence-based research, benchmarks, and metrics to inform critical sustainability and resource recovery decisions at the enterprise or organizational level to reduce costs, reduce resource consumption, and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Develops and implements multi-year operating and capital plans to deliver upon department levels of service and makes recommendations for process improvements focused on advancing sustainability and resource recovery efforts. 
  • Class 5602 performs other related duties as required

Equal Employment Opportunity: The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic
characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation,
gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected
category under the law.


Minimum Qualifications

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

  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.

SPECIAL CONDITION:

  • Twenty four (24) months or two (2) years of demonstrable work experience in resource recovery projects or programs in the water and wastewater sectors.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

DESIRED 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.

  • Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other field related to the utility business.
  • Forty eight (48) months or four (4) years of demonstrable work experience in resource recovery projects or programs in the water and wastewater sectors.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and special condition  requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

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 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

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.

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

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact David Jung, Senior Human Resources Analyst, by email at DJung@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Examination (100%)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire examination that must be submitted during the online application process. All applicants must complete the supplemental examination. The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire Examination 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. These may include, but are not limited to:

1.     Knowledge of power and wastewater systems

2.     Knowledge of market characteristics and statistical analysis concepts and techniques; ability to independently conduct complex analytical studies; ability to develop and employ complex analytical models

3.     Knowledge of cost variance and trends

4.     Knowledge of resource recovery projects or programs in the water and wastewater sectors

5.     Ability to develop and implement operating, financial, and capital plans

6.    Ability to use independent judgment within established policies

7.    Skill in translating technical terms and concepts for non-technical users

8.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work


A passing score must be achieved on the Supplemental Questionnaire Examination 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.


Candidate 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/Score Report:

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.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 a selected candidate, 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.

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

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

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

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance 
Issued: July 31, 2020; amended August 20, 2020; amended August 27, 2020
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5602-099162
PUC/DJ (415) 508-7211

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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