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Oregon Public Utility Commission Policy Advisor

Oregon Public Utility Commission, Salem, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/21/2019

Job Description:

This is an exciting, newly created position that will give the right candidate insight and exposure to the real-time evolution of regulatory and business issues affecting providers of energy, telecommunications, and water services. An ideal candidate for this position would be someone who is interested in providing expertise to agency decision-makers, and helping lead efforts to understand the impacts of emerging policy changes on regulated industries.

As Commission Policy Advisor at the PUC you will have the potential to make a difference in the lives of millions of Oregonians. An exciting and rewarding employment opportunity with the hottest topics in the energy, telecommunications, and water sectors awaits you.

The goal of this recruitment is to staff this position on a full-time basis. However, at the agency's discretion, candidates interested in part-time employment may be considered.

What you will do!

The Commission Policy Advisor assists all Commissioners by providing advice on a wide range of policy and regulatory issues. The Advisor will carry out the objectives and goals of the agency and provide external affairs and Legislative support, as directed by the Director of Policy.

The Commission Policy Advisor assists the Executive Director and the Director of Policy in creating policy for the Commission by analyzing all pertinent issues and information regarding the impact of proposed policy on the provision of services to customers of regulated utilities, and determining the resources necessary to implement such policy in order to ensure the efficient and effective provision of utility regulation.

What’s in it for you!

•Helps inform Commission decision-making by serving as a policy advisor, and ensures Commissioners have information necessary to make informed, well-developed decisions.
•Assesses the impact of proposed legislation with considerable utility policy implications. Evaluates, through study, major legislative proposals. Makes recommendations on impacts of legislation to ensure key components of legislation are clear and actionable by the Commission.
•Completes objectives by participating in seminars, conferences, and workshops; and by the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze information from research to develop relevant policies. May direct task groups assigned to particular research projects and coordinate studies with utility company personnel.
•The PUC also maintains a satellite office in Portland, and, with supervisor approval, this position comes with flexibility for working on-site at the satellite office one to two days per week.


•Juris Doctorate or a post-graduate degree in Public Policy or a closely related field.
•Work experience developing public policies affecting utility operations and regulation.
•Work experience performing special studies by independently conducting analyses of utility-related issues or proposed courses of action as requested by the policy makers or senior management or corporate personnel.
•Work experience preparing legislative (or other) reports, and background information and position papers
for use by policy makers in testifying before the Legislature or other bodies.
•Professional-level work experience developing written comments intended to inform or influence the decision makers of an organization and subsequent experience delivering oral presentations explaining your findings, responding to questions, and defending the analytical or quantitative methods you applied to reach your conclusions.
•Professional-level work experience managing complex and overlapping projects that require: guiding and mentoring assigned employees; developing project schedules; coordinating internal and external resources; reviewing the written work products of others; working in partnership with legal resources; facilitating conversation with and amongst stakeholders; evaluating compliance and/or best practices with established State and/or Federal statutory requirements.


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. 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.

Visit the PUC jobs page at:, for more information and to complete the online application.


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.


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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