Rate Design Specialist (Job Classification: Public Utilities Rates Analyst 3 or 4)

Organization
MN Public Utilities Commission
Organization Summary

Our mission at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, adequate and efficient utility services at fair, reasonable rates consistent with State telecommunications and energy policies. It does so by providing independent, consistent, professional and comprehensive oversight and regulation of utility service providers. One of the key functions of the commission in performing this mission is to balance the private and public interests affected in each docket, and to make decisions that appropriately balance these interests in a manner that is “consistent with the public interest.”

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

PURA 3: $29.92-$44.38 hourly or $62,473-$92,665/annually

PURA 4: $32.13-$47.65 hourly or $67,087-$99,493/annually

This position is being posted at two job classification levels: Public Utilities Rates Analyst 3 and 4.  Final classification will be determined based on experience and education of the successful candidate.

Hours

M-F, Business hours are 8-4:30.

Primary Duties

Description: This position provides policy and technical analysis and interpretation of complex gas and electric utility regulatory matters and other energy-related issues for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, with an emphasis on rate design.

Job Duties:

A Rates Analyst 3 advises the Commission on complex economic, regulatory and energy policy issues to ensure rates that result in the reliable provision of electricity and gas services. The incumbent would be expected to develop, analyze and interpret, orally and in writing, written records in dockets before the Commission on such topics as: time-varying rates, customer charges, gas utility innovation plans, and demand flexibility and distributed energy resources program design. The incumbent would also be responsible for conducting research and preparing written or oral reports on other regulatory and policy issues before the Commission.

A Rates Analyst 4 performs the job duties of a Rates Analyst 3 with the following additional responsibilities: coordinate and provides technical direction to other staff and lead on more complex regulatory and policy issues before the Commission. The incumbent may also lead or participate in workgroups, regional/national forums, and legislative issues.

Experience

Qualifications

Public Utilities Rates Analyst 3 Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in accounting, economics, business, finance, energy, law, public policy, statistics, electrical engineering or related field AND 3 years relevant work experience in a utility regulatory agency, a telecommunications company, or other relevant experience.

OR

Advanced Degree in accounting, economics, business, finance, energy, law, public policy, statistics or related field AND 2 years relevant work experience in a utility regulatory agency, a telecommunications company, or other relevant experience.

OR

An equivalent combination of education and/or relevant work experience in a utility regulatory agency, a telecommunications company, or other relevant experience.

AND

  • Knowledge of basic economic, financial and other business principles.
  • Experience writing formal reports for external distribution
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

Public Utilities Rates Analyst 4 Minimum Qualifications:

Graduate degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Energy/Public Policy, Planning, Statistics, Law (JD), or related field AND At least 4 years’ experience as a Rates Analyst 3 equivalent with a regulatory agency or utility OR

At least 5 years’ experience with an organization concerned with energy or utility issues other than a regulatory agency or utility

OR

Bachelors’ degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Energy/Public Policy, Planning, Statistics, Law (JD) or related field AND At least 5 years’ experience as a Rates Analyst 3 equivalent with a regulatory agency or utility

OR

At least 6 years’ experience with an organization concerned with energy or utility issues other than a regulatory agency or utility.

AND

  • Advanced knowledge of economic, regulatory, and other business principles.
  • Experience writing formal reports for external distribution
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Experience leading and coordinating teams on complex projects or programs.
  • Ability to manage workload and multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience conducting research, investigations, and complex analyses of regulatory and policy issues.
  • Experience with stakeholder process design and facilitation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

Preferred Qualifications for Public Utilities Rates Analyst 3 and 4:

  • Advanced degree or experience in economics and/or rate design
  • Demonstrated understanding of rate design principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the electric and/or natural gas industries.
  • Demonstrated understanding of utility economic, financial, ratemaking, energy forecasting, and other regulatory concepts and practices.
  • Ability to perform and present data analysis
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.
  • Ability to conduct research, investigations and to perform complex analyses of regulatory and policy issues.
  • Ability to manage workload and multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience conducting research, investigations, and complex analyses of regulatory and policy issues.
  • Experience with stakeholder process design and facilitation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
How to Apply

Please apply at: https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/ and search Job ID:  57492

If you have questions about applying for jobs, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

Additional Requirements

Applicants selected to interview will be asked to submit a writing sample.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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 an accommodation, please email [email protected] for assistance.

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