Job Posting: Auditor

Public Utilities Commission


$3,377.00 - $4,442.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties



ORA’s CWP Branch has primary responsibility for regulatory policy related to the communications and water industries. CWP is comprised of three sections - Rates and Revenues, Policy, and Customer Programs.   The Rates and Revenues Section primarily focuses on utility applications impacting rates and services.  The Policy Section helps advance California’s goals within the context of safe, reliable, and affordable utility services.  The Customer Programs Section focuses on the efficient and effective operation of utility public purpose programs to assist those Californians most in need.  Apart from having three separate distinct sections, the CWP Branch works in matrix fashion to efficiently allocate and adjust project staffing and allow staff the opportunity to specialize in one area but take on assignments in others. Incumbent may be assigned responsibility in other areas of ORA, as required.



Under general direction of the Program and Project Supervisor, incumbent is primarily assigned to assist in performing financial analyses on the requests of Class A water utilities and telecommunications utilities.  Incumbent conducts audits of recorded expenses and capital projects to determine reasonableness of recovery requests and utility forecasts.  Incumbent will organize and coordinate analysis and examination of utility records to determine compliance with regulatory requirements.  In addition, incumbent is responsible for analyzing, reviewing, and making appropriate recommendations on financial and accounting issues affecting public utilities and other job related work as required.  Incumbent regularly provides written testimony as an expert witness and is occasionally required to testify before the Commission.  Periodic travel (up to 10%) is possible.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

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Position #(s):
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$3,377.00 - $4,442.00
Auditor I candidates qualify for a “hire-above minimum” (HAM) with a starting salary of $3,546 per month for recruitment and retention purposes.
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Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

“The Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) is the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  ORA’s mandate is to obtain the lowest possible rates for utility services consistent with reliable and safe service levels, and the state’s environmental goals.  ORA is organized into seven branches (four handle energy matters, one water matters, one communications matters, and an administrative branch) with a staff of 159 employees comprised of economic, financial and policy analysts; engineers; and auditors. Please visit for more information on the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.

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Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Public Utilities Commission
Attn: Human Resources Division
505 Van Ness Ave, Room 3008
San Francisco, CA 94102

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Human Resources Division
505 Van Ness Ave, Room 3008
San Francisco, CA 94102
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Other - Cover Letter that describes experience related to the Required Experience & Qualifications outlined below. Applicants who do not submit a completed cover letter and resume with their application will not be given further consideration.  Please note that all information provided is subject to verification.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Staff
(855) 663-0222
Hiring Unit Contact:
Richard Rauschmeier
(415) 703-2732

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Mark Ferrara
(415) 703-5886
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


A successful candidate should have demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

  • Knowledge of auditing standards and practices

  • Experience reviewing and analyzing financial data

  • Ability to gather and synthesize information for written reports and presentations

  • Ability to communicate recommendations in an articulate and persuasive manner

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others to complete projects

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel and Word.


To become “list eligible” for consideration, interested candidates must successfully pass a civil service exam. 

**The Department of Human Resources currently administers the Auditor I online examination on a continuous basis.
You may apply and take the Auditor I Exam on line at : 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail