Public Utilities Financial Analyst 3 - 4

Organization
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Organization Summary

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

About the Minnesota Department of Commerce

Commerce protects the public interest through a broad range of regulations and programs. We oversee more than 40 industry areas in Minnesota and license about 250,000 professionals and businesses to ensure that their services and products are fair, accessible and comply with state laws.

About the State Energy Office, Division of Energy Resources

We advocate on behalf of the public interest in regulated-utility matters; conduct environmental review of proposed energy facilities; oversee utility energy conservation programs; and administer the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected] and indicate what assistance is needed.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Metro
work remotely
Job type
full-time
Salary

Salary Range: $31.57 - $46.82 / hourly; $65,918 - $97,760 / annually Job Class: Public Utilities Financial Analyst 3 - 4 Classified Status: Classified Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Unlimited Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Commerce Dept / Commerce-MAPE Division/Unit: Energy Resources / Energy Regulation & Planning

Hours

Days of Work: Monday - Friday Travel Required: No Location: St. Paul Telework Eligible: Yes

Primary Duties

Job Summary

This vacancy is being posted at 2 job classes: PUFA 3 and PUFA 4.  Final job class will be determined based on successful applicant's qualifications.  

Hybrid work environment with potential for significant telework. Primary work location will be the Golden Rule Building in St. Paul.

The main function of the Energy Regulation and Planning Unit of the Minnesota Department of Commerce is to intervene, on behalf of public interest, in matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission relating to gas and electric utility rates, supply adequacy, and services.  This position will conduct analyses, prepare reports, and defend the Department’s position on revenue requirements, rate of return, public utility accounting/tax issues, cost recovery methods,  conservation, resource planning, service policies, renewable energy, distributed generation, regional/federal issues, and other issues.  

Experience

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Public Utilities Financial Analyst 3 Minimum Qualifications:

Four (4) years professional level experience in auditing or tax accounting.   (A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business, Finances or related field can substitutes as one (1) year of experience. An Advanced degree in Accounting, Business, Finances or related field can substitutes as eighteen (18) months of experience.)

Applicants who meet the above experience requirements will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Experience writing formal reports for external distribution
  • Ability to effectively communicate
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

Public Utilities Financial Analyst 4 Minimum Qualifications:

Five (5) years professional level experience in auditing or tax accounting.   (A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business, Finances or related field can substitutes as one (1) year of experience. An Advanced degree in Accounting, Business, Finances or related field can substitutes as eighteen (18) months of experience.)

Applicants who meet the above experience requirements will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Experience writing formal reports for external distribution
  • Ability to effectively communicate
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
  • Work experience in the regulated natural gas or electric utility industry. 
  • Experience managing and conducting financial audits.
  • Experience and/or education in tax accounting.
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness in an administrative proceeding.
  • Experience communicating/presenting (including in writing) policy positions, testimonies, or analysis results.    

Physical Requirements

Requires occasional moving of articles such as boxes, accounting records, laptop computer, and portable printer.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks to verify job-related credentials, criminal background check prior to appointment.

How to Apply

Job ID: 73485 Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Application Details

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected]. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Jody Northouse at [email protected] or 651-539-1504.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Jody Northouse at [email protected].

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