Senior Market Advisor (Electric), Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (Delegated Examining)

Washington, D.C
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 19, 2019
Full Time


If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than a top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked in the top 5 in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings.

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This position is located in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation's (OEPI) Division of Economic and Technical Analysis (DETA). OEPI coordinates the development of policies and rules that address emerging challenges in the electric and natural gas industries. DETA works to enhance existing market rules, processes, and operations in the electric and natural gas industries in order to promote competition and efficient market design, address emerging challenges, and send appropriate long-term investment signals.

The individual in this position has responsibility for performing as an authoritative technical subject-matter expert, coach, reviewer, and team leader and as an advisor to OEPI, other program offices and the Commission. The advisor will address complex energy market and policy issues which have a major impact on the natural gas industry and other markets. The advisor works individually, as a team member, or as a team leader, and can be assigned to multiple projects concurrently, often across offices and sometimes in a different capacity on each project. The advisor may be tasked with representing the Commission at technical conferences and industry liaison meetings. The advisor:

Major Duties:

- Performs comprehensive analysis of issues impacting natural gas and other energy markets regulated by the Commission.
- Analyzes and provides recommendations on specific policy proposals and develops generic policy proposals, ensuring that they are supported by the Commission's enabling statutes.
- Performs quantitative and qualitative research and analysis to examine the functioning of the natural gas markets for the purpose of identifying areas for potential reform.
- Employs economic and statistical techniques to ensure the quality of such analysis.
- Speaks on behalf of and represents the Commission at industry conferences.
- Participates as an expert on economic and technical market issues at industry conferences.
- Establishes good working relationships with high level representatives of all segments of natural gas and fuels industries.
- Serves as advisor to Commission management.

The advisor develops and analyzes available information sources in the electric industry to effectively advise on market structure, performance, policies and regulations. The advisor uses a comprehensive understanding of relevant market and regulatory issues, together with extensive knowledge of current Commission initiatives, to assess and analyze the effects of current market activity and proposed regulations, rules, and policies. To carry out these duties, the advisor must have expert knowledge of natural gas and electric market dynamics and industry practices, a mastery of analytic and evaluative methods including quantitative approaches, an understanding of Commission policies and initiatives, and an overall expert knowledge of current market conditions, trends, and developments in the electric industry. The advisor must comprehend current, and forecast future, market characteristics in order to identify potential and actual problems and opportunities, and assess the ability of various policy options to solve identified problems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must meet specialized experience.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All required documents must be received by the closing of this announcement. For this vacancy you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade level. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. most recent SF-50, transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. FERC employees must submit all the required documentation to include the SF-50 and transcripts (if appropriate).

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This position is EXCLUDED from the bargaining unit.

Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

For this position, specialized experience is defined as: You must have extensive experience as authoritative technical subject-matter expert, coach, reviewer, and team leader on complex energy market, policy, and competitive issues which have a major impact on the electric industry and other markets.


Additional information

In 2018, FERC was ranked by as the #2 mid-size agency in the Federal Government . We were also ranked as the #1 mid-sized agency in Work-Life balance, Teamwork, Senior Leaders, and Training and Development. As a " Best Place to Work ," we are always looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals. Begin your new career by joining a team that will let you make a difference!

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The ideal candidate will possess the following:

1. Mastery of public utility economic theory as applied to natural gas transportation and gas-electric coordination, and to the design of organized wholesale and interstate energy markets.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of current natural gas and electric market conditions, trends, and developments, along with skill applying new regulatory concepts and principles to changing Commission programs and regulated markets.

3. Demonstrated ability in identifying the need for policy reform and developing policy recommendations in response thereto, including the ability to lead the innovation of new regulatory theory or modification(s) to current theory.

4. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills to effectively present complex technical and/or policy ideas to a diverse group of audiences.

5. Demonstrated ability to serve as the Commission's representative in conferences and meetings with FERC Commissioners, representatives of the natural gas and other industries, state regulatory officials and other interested agencies or organizations.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible).

ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. To be well qualified, applicants must fall within the Best Qualified category. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: For more information on veterans' preference, go to the Vet Guide at:

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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