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Close Date: 12/31/2019

The ideal candidate will have the skills to lead and manage a team of motivated professionals implementing the state’s energy policies in a way that balances sustainability, technology change, ratepayer impacts, and the health of the energy marketplace. Join the PUC, where we are shaping the future together. Apply now!!

The Energy Resources and Planning Division (ERP) establishes utility regulatory policies for supply-side and demand-side resources to meet customer needs at the lowest cost and risk. We design, execute, and monitor strategic initiatives that range from large Integrated Resource Plans to small pilot programs around new technology, such as distributed energy storage systems.

The PUC sets utility rates and terms of service through broad delegated legislative powers, and must balance the interests and rights of multiple organizations and individuals representing divergent and conflicting business, consumer, and public interests. Investor-owned utilities currently receive approximately $4 billion in revenues annually from 2.4 million Oregon consumers. The PUC’s decisions on individual issues may be in excess of $100 million in annual revenues paid by Oregon consumers.

The successful candidate for this position will manage a team of professional staff conducting innovative, highly complex policy research, long-term planning, and program development that focuses on large-scale compliance efforts and market development at the wholesale level.

The activities overseen by this manager’s team will cover topics that sit at the very center of the utility current business model and strategic planning. These topics range from integrated resource planning, renewable portfolio compliance, and review and approval of transmission investments to more cutting-edge topics such as harnessing granular data for resource valuation and assessing Oregon utilities participation in regional markets. Specifically, this job will:

* Supervise a team of five (5) professional staff (utility, energy, policy analysts).
( As part of a management team, assist in policy and procedure formulation, development, and implementation as it pertains to electric and natural gas utilities, particularly in relation to large-scale planning and utility business programs driven by legislative or governor direction.
* Conducts or directs research and studies on emerging regional markets, the value of renewable, non-emitting resources to the utility system, the market impacts of new technology, modeling customer demand, and the impact of proposed legislation, like Cap and Trade, on utilities and the broader marketplace.
* Establishes short- and long-term goals and administrative policies.
* Evaluates program needs, priorities, and allocate resources.
* Reviews draft technical reports and formal testimony written by utility analyst staff and provides feedback to ensure coherence with Oregon Statues, Oregon Administrative Rules, and agency policy.
* Liaison with other state and federal agencies and industry organizations.

What We Need

Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation.


Two years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation; AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.

Requested Skills & Desired Attributes

The most competitive candidates will possess the following background, skills, and experience:

Management Experience -

* Responsible for management duties, such as but not limited to, planning, organizing, directing, staffing, coordinating day-to-day activities of professional staff, performance management, etc.
* Lead professional staff interacting with electric and natural gas utilities and/or closely associated stakeholders.
* Effective team development skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and strong communication skills (verbal and written) are required.
* Experience leading professional staff through organizational change.
* Strong time-management skills and ability to balance delivery of on-going operational services with the accomplishment of work that supports attainment of short- and long-range goals.
* Assess agency operations, processes and controls; identifies, documents and presents recommendations for improvement and suggestions for management consideration.

Technical Expertise

* Requires excellent interpersonal, facilitating, and alternative dispute resolution skills because of the participation in public workshops and forums directed to reach consensus on complex issues where parties are frequently at opposite ends of the spectrum of possible solutions.
* Direct and plan technical research projects related to utility resource planning and market development. Plans, monitors, and coordinates work of utility analysts engaged in gathering, compiling, analyzing, reporting and presenting data. Ensures projects completion within statutory and procedural timelines. Evaluates studies completed by others.
* Proficient in the energy industry, such as, energy policy, environmental policy, regulatory economics, energy economics, and environmental economics.
* Clean energy policy design, oversight, and evaluation.
* An understanding of regulatory affairs pertaining to utility regulatory practices as demonstrated through involvement in such things as filings related to technical research, economic analysis, legal opinions, or compliance reports.
* Collaborative and able to work with a variety of stakeholders with varying interests.

Candidates whose experience, as described in their resume and cover letter, and most closely match the qualifications and requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

How to Apply

To submit a complete application, you must utilize the State of Oregon “Workday” recruitment system. Utilizing the Workday system:

* Create a Workday account OR Login to your Workday account;
* Complete and submit your electronic application; and
* Upload your current resume’ and cover letter as an attachment to your Workday application.

*Current State of Oregon employees: you MUST apply through your internal State of Oregon employee Workday account and attach the required material.
* For more information about applying for positions with the State of Oregon via Workday, you may visit the Oregon job opportunities website:

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Questions / Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need an alternate format to apply, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 378-6265 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Please be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.

The PUC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity

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