Job Posting: Project Co-Lead, Procurement

Public Utilities Commission

Project Co-Lead, Procurement

$6,954.00 - $8,706.00

Final Filing Date: 7/27/2018

Job Description and Duties


ORA’s Electricity Planning and Policy (EPP) Branch is responsible for representing ratepayer interests in electric generation planning and procurement; energy resource cost recovery; renewable portfolio standard (RPS) implementation, research and development, and greenhouse gas (GHG) policy including design of emissions markets.


The positions are in the Procurement Section of the EPP Branch.  The successful candidates may work on projects involving production cost simulation and capacity expansion modeling; integrated resource planning; electricity procurement; resource adequacy; electric generation planning, including conventional and renewable energy; energy resource cost recovery; energy markets; energy research; and related issues.


The Procurement Section of ORA’s Electricity Policy and Planning Branch is seeking  two (2) Senior Policy Analysts (PURA IV) to conduct complex and varied technical, economic, quantitative, and policy research and analyses pertaining to a broad range of energy issues.  The analysts should be comfortable evaluating various program aspects, including ratepayer impacts; program budget and expenditures; cost tests and forecasts, including models and inputs; regulatory priorities; and interaction with State and federal law.  In addition, the incumbents will be expected to independently develop written reports, memoranda, sworn testimony, and comments in CPUC proceedings; serve as an expert witness for ORA on the results of completed studies and analyses; make formal presentations and advocate on behalf of ORA; and advise CPUC management, staff, and others.  The analysts will represent ORA in CPUC meetings, workshops, and other regulatory forums with exposure to the media, the Legislature, and other agencies.


Under the general direction of the section supervisor, the analysts may serve as a lead technical analyst and/or project coordinator responsible for directing and overseeing multi-disciplinary teams of analysts, engineers, lawyers, and, at times, student interns.  Incumbent will work on a broad range of regulatory issues pertaining to ORA’s advocacy, integrated resource planning; production cost simulation and capacity expansion modeling; conventional and renewable energy; resource adequacy;  energy resource cost recovery; energy markets; energy research; and related issues. The analysts should have a strong interest in production cost simulation and capacity expansion modeling, integrated resource planning, resource adequacy, reliability, integration of renewable energy onto the electric grid, incorporating greenhouse gas goals into long term procurement planning, ensuring accurate recovery of authorized funds, and emerging energy markets.


Projects will require coordination with other senior analysts to contribute to ORA’s advocacy in related proceedings, including renewables, greenhouse gas, and customer programs. Incumbents will also be called upon to provide expert analyses on other programs and activities in the Office as needed.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Project Co-Lead, Procurement
$6,954.00 - $8,706.00
# 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 and water policy matters, and an administrative branch) with a staff of 165 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: 7/27/2018

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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - The application will require a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) which must address the candidate’s experience and qualifications in the “Required Experience/Qualifications” section of this job posting, as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
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:
Radu Ciupagea
(415) 703-5235

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.


The application will require a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) which must address the candidate’s experience and qualifications as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the position outlined below.  The SOQ shall be in 11 point, Arial font, no longer than two (2) typewritten pages.  Candidates will be rated on the content of their statements as well as their written communications skills. If a candidate submits more than two (2) pages, only the first two (2) pages of the SOQ will be evaluated.  The content of the SOQ should provide the reviewers with sufficient details and specific examples for each of the topic areas under the “Required Experience/Qualifications” area of this bulletin to demonstrate the candidate’s ability to serve as a Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst IV in the Electricity Planning and Policy Branch.  Statement of Qualifications will be evaluated using standardized rating criteria to select the candidate that is most qualified for the position.  In the event there is more than one highly qualified candidate, hiring interviews may be conducted.  Applicants who do not submit a completed SOQ with their application will not be given further consideration.


Please note that all information provided is subject to verification.  For each of the topic areas discussed in the SOQ, please include the name(s) and phone number(s) of supervisor(s) and/or manager(s) who are knowledgeable with your work and may be contacted for verification.


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

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct the most complex technical, economic, financial, and/or policy analysis and recommend effective courses of action.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, and coordinate projects and project teams, to work well in a team environment, and to establish and maintain cooperative and positive working relationships with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments with accuracy, to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, and with minimal supervision, to analyze situations accurately and to recommend and take effective courses of action.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to keep management informed of work and proceeding status, to prepare testimony, and to write reports, memos, letters, and comments.
  • Demonstrated ability to testify as an expert witness in formal CPUC proceedings or comparable experience, make presentations before decision-makers, defend controversial positions, and articulate recommendations in a diplomatic and persuasive manner.



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:

  • Expertise working with production cost simulation and capacity expansion modeling.


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 (PURA) online examination on a continuous basis. You may apply and take the Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst IV (PURA IV) Exam on line at:

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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