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Administrative Law Judge

Oregon Public Utility Commission, Salem, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/22/2019

Job Description:

Job Description:

Job Description:

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hiring an administrative law judge, to become part of our team working for the public interest in Oregon. We are seeking an accomplished, energetic, and public spirited attorney or judge who can manage complicated proceedings and support thorough and well-reasoned decision making. At the PUC, Commissioners and Staff make a difference in the lives of Oregonians every day, and are responsible for ensuring that utility services are safe, reliable, and reasonably priced.

The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, and we maintain a Portland satellite office. PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career, with a professional work environment focused on balance and accountability. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, we provide opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month, and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

As a PUC Administrative Law Judge you will:

Conduct complex administrative hearings and rulemakings, as well as analyze and solve problems of broad scope and difficulty involving regulated utilities. PUC Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) use of creative and strategic thinking as it applies to matters having significant long-range impacts in constantly evolving utility regulatory frameworks. Major duties include:

•Conducts and manages complex contested case and rulemaking proceedings brought before the Commission, making evidentiary and other procedural rulings, analyzing legal, factual, and policy issues, and preparing and presenting independent written legal and policy analysis to the Commission.
•Draft and discuss substantive decisions on energy, water, and telecommunication topics.
•Preside over and mediate extremely complex and highly technical PUC hearings, rulemakings and contested case hearings.
•Schedule and preside over conferences, hearings, or oral arguments.
•Ensure full and fair inquiry of all relevant matters to provide an adequate factual basis for Commission decision making.
•Analyze testimony, exhibits, transcripts, and briefs including financial, economic, and engineering evidence.
•Make final determination of factual disputes; conduct extensive research of applicable law, regulations, case precedent and policy.
•Build a factual record in proceedings that supports well-founded decisions.

What are we looking for:

•An attorney in good standing with the Bar of any state or federal jurisdiction.
•A minimum of three years of work experience conducting contested case hearings or as a trial lawyer.
•Ability to conduct formal, quasi-judicial administrative hearings involving complex legal and policy issues affecting divergent business, consumer, and public interests.
•Knowledge of legal and policy issues related to the economic regulation of utilities, with experience addressing utility rates and service, legislatively mandated utility standards and programs, industry restructuring, competitive market issues, network engineering, accounting, and financial practices.
•Ability to quickly absorb and assimilate complex and technical material and exercise sound legal judgment in addressing arguments and in forming strategies to resolve disputes.
•Ability to provide advice and interpretation of laws, rules, and policies to assist in resolving disputes, and to write clearly and effectively with good organization, grammar, and use of legal authority.

Visit the PUC jobs page at:, for more information and how to apply.

Additional Information about employment with PUC:

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.

If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill other openings as they occur.

Grammar, clarity, conciseness, and professionalism of application materials will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

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 Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.


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