Job Posting: Analyst, Climate Change Initiatives Section

Public Utilities Commission

Analyst, Climate Change Initiatives Section

$3,675.00 - $5,992.00

Final Filing Date: 6/28/2018

Job Description and Duties


The Electricity Planning and Policy Branch (EPP) of the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) has primary responsibility for activities in electric generation planning and procurement, including all renewable and energy storage resources, and greenhouse gas (GHG) and other climate change policies, including emissions market design.


EPP is seeking a PURA I to join the Climate Change Initiatives team.  Under the direction of the Program and Project Supervisor, the incumbent will serve as an entry level technical and policy analyst evaluating utility applications and Commission proposals, performing quantitative and qualitative analyses and providing written or oral presentations and testimony on behalf of ORA.  The successful candidate will work collaboratively with members of the Climate Change Initiatives team on a variety of energy policy issues related to climate change policies and programs.  The incumbent will participate in evidentiary hearings before the Commission, workshops, Procurement Review Group meetings, California Independent System Operator and California Air Resources Board proceedings, and other forums.  ORA provides an exciting and dynamic environment for an entry level analyst to gain experience related to a number of energy policy areas, especially focused on climate change issues at the forefront of today’s most pressing energy goals.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Analyst, Climate Change Initiatives Section
$3,675.00 - $5,992.00

* PURA I candidates qualify for a "hire-above minimum" (HAM) with a starting salary of Range A $4,601; Range B $4,985; Range C $5,992 for recruitment and retention purposes.
# of Positions:
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.

Department Website:

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: 6/28/2018

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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 Package Documents

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

  • Current version of the 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 as 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:
Karin Hieta
(415) 703-4253

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 must have demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct technical economic, financial, and/or policy analyses, identify issues, and recommend effective courses of action.

  • Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze data and develop conclusions, including the use of spreadsheets and other quantitative tools for data analysis and graphical representation of results.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write persuasive and clear testimony, reports, and comments.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize workload, meet deadlines, and work independently as well as cooperatively on a project team.




In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Knowledge of, or experience in, the electric industry.


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


**The Department of Human Resources currently administers the Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst I (PURA I) online examination on a continuous basis. You may apply and take the PURA I exam online at:


PURA I Exam Link -

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