Utilities Analyst

$67,306.72 - $112,177.31 Annually
Jul 23, 2018
Aug 20, 2018
Full Time

Reviews and analyzes complex information and data regarding regulated utilities that provide service in Fairfax County to identify issues, develop recommendations, and prepare materials addressing the provision of utility service, including items for distribution to the Board of Supervisors (Board) and education and outreach materials to county residents and businesses. Monitors regulatory proceedings, reviews regulatory filings, conducts research, performs analyses on a range of issues, and develops, prepares, presents and defends testimony or comments on selected issues. For formal regulatory proceedings in which the Board has authorized participation, is responsible for case and document management; develops and reviews discovery, develops cross-examination, participates in settlement discussions, and assists in the preparation of post-hearing filings including post-hearings briefs and comments. Participates in the development and implementation of programs related to the county's energy policy and related initiatives, including those regarding renewable energy and sustainability. Manages one or more community-oriented energy education and outreach efforts. Researches, develops, and distributes content for use by residential, business, faith-based, or other Fairfax County communities interested in energy education and related topics, and provides presentations upon request. Analyzes and reports impacts associated with legislation proposed before the General Assembly on subject matters including public utility regulation, energy, and telecommunications and cable communications. Participates in local or regional associations or organizations addressing energy and related topics. This position works under a team approach, with supervision by the senior utility analyst

Illustrative Duties Conducts research and analysis of financial and operating practices of public utility companies serving Fairfax County;Analyzes utility company operations and practices to estimate the cost of common equity of regulated investor-owned utilities;Participates in regulatory proceedings by preparing written testimony and exhibits, developing cross-examination and assisting in the drafting of post-hearing briefs or comments;Provides in-depth analysis and technical advice to the Board of Supervisors or their staff on public utility issues;Provides advice and assistance to County agencies on matters involving electric or natural gas service, including contract application and interpretation;Reviews regulatory filings of public utilities serving Fairfax County to identify issues that affect the county or it citizens;Prepares reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and Consumer Protection Commission on licensing issues, including those pertaining to taxicab services;Keeps informed of developments in the area of utility policy and regulation and their impact on the economic activities of the utility companies and consumers;Organizes and conducts community outreach events focused on energy efficiency and sustainability;Researches, develops and updates educational materials for use by business, residential and faith-based communities interested in energy efficiency and sustainability. Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities Knowledge of regulatory principles applicable to public utilities, particularly investor-owned public utilities;
Knowledge of energy efficiency principles and practices;
Ability to conduct independent research on complex issues involving policy, economic, financial or technical matters;
Ability to apply regulations, requirements and policies applicable to the subject matter or issue;
Ability to analyze and interpret economic or financial data or technical information;
Ability to use computer hardware and software;
Ability to write clear and concise memoranda, reports or other materials appropriate for various audiences;
Ability to speak clearly and concisely in a manner appropriate to the audience;
Ability to manage time effectively and meet applicable deadlines;Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with County officials, staff and citizens. Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor's degree in economics or finance or a closely related field and four years of professional experience closely related to the analyses or operation of regulated public utilities.

Not applicable.

  • Advanced degree in economics, finance, law, or related field.
  • Specialized training in areas related to energy and communications, such as energy policy, communications policy, energy efficiency, public education and outreach, or public utility regulation.
  • Thorough understanding of regulatory principles and state or federal utility regulations.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, multi-task environment requiring considerable attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A self-starter with extensive experience in conducting complex research and analysis. Demonstrated ability in creating and disseminating content for public outreach materials, including web pages.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills.
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

The position is sedentary working in a regular office environment. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and to sit for long periods of time. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include a written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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