Utility Policy Analyst II

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Class Number: 
7821
Annual Salary Range:
$54,276.00 – $75,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$2,261.50 – $3,158.00
Pay Grade: 
A32

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Definition

This is difficult professional policy analysis work for the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

An employee in this class is responsible for coordinating highly complex internal policy development activities and acting as a liaison to federal and related agencies for the purpose of balancing utility, residential and commercial concerns to promote efficiency and economy of utility operations. Work involves planning, organizing and coordinating complex PSC, state and federal legislative matters related to utility programs, and participating in the establishment of PSC priorities. Work also involves preparation of information for public dissemination; analysis and tracking of legislation; and coordination of the most difficult federal, state or inter-agency projects. Technical supervision is provided to lower-level Utility Policy Analysts. General supervision is received from the Manager, Utility Policy & Federal Affairs, who reviews work for attainment of objectives; however, the employee is expected to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out assignments.

Job Duties

Provides technical supervision and advice to lower-level policy analysts.

Coordinates complex regulatory activities with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and/or other affiliated agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Rural Electrification Administration (REA).

Serves as a PSC liaison to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and other organizations; may serve as a staff member on boards such as the State/Federal Joint Board.

Evaluates position papers, methodologies or standards emanating from utility-funded research and development organizations, e.g., the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), the American Gas Association (AGA), the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the Gas Research Institute (GRI) and other affiliates to determine their relevance or adequacy.

Reviews federal regulatory documents, program guidelines, journals and related reports, or inspects electronic bulletin boards for filings, orders or bulletins and evaluates the impact on state regulations; files comments establishing a PSC position as necessary.

Represents the PSC in matters of government-related policy by discussing the overall intent of programs or projects with administrators or planning groups, addressing rate-making issues and determining broad guidelines for studies.

Develops and provides testimony at regulatory or legislative hearings to present staff positions.

Coordinates information for the purpose of developing rates, tolls and tariffs.

Maintains liaison with government agencies affected by proposed or pending legislation.

Evaluates utility proposals; organizes and documents findings of studies; formulates recommendations for implementation of new systems, policies, procedures or organizational changes affecting rates, wages or budget decisions; plans and prepares reports to management defining problems and possible solutions.

Attends inter- and intra-state conferences and settlement hearings on federal issues and provides direction to consultant attorneys who file motions.

Monitors issues such as operating costs associated with fuel, the impact of regulation on utilities, territorial disputes between utilities, and special regulations such as the "cold-weather" rule.

Evaluates and initiates actions concerning legislative activities in order to produce a concise regulatory position; coordinates the preparation and submission of fiscal notes.

Researches and prepares responses to requests for information from state and federal agencies, other states and the general public.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
BUSINESS SERVICES; COLLEGE GRADUATES

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One year of experience as a Utility Policy Analyst I with the Missouri Public Service Commission.

OR

Five years of professional experience in management analysis, fiscal or financial analysis, operations research or industrial engineering, of which three years must have been in a utility or regulatory environment; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in operations research, industrial engineering, industrial psychology, finance, accounting, economics, business or public administration, or a closely related field. (Graduate work in the specified educational areas may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required general experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Thorough knowledge of the background, philosophy and objectives of the Public Service Commission, and the legislative and regulatory process.

Thorough knowledge of current social, economic and industrial environments particularly relating to the group of utilities to which the employee is assigned.

Considerable knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and database software packages associated with personal computers.

Some knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective supervision and training.

Ability to obtain and evaluate general and computerized management information.

Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare clear and concise reports.

Ability to work with mathematical statistics, probability and application, experimental design, statistical inference and econometrics.

Ability to plan, coordinate and oversee development of legislation for the PSC.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at the state and federal level with utility representatives, state and federal regulators and legislative committees.

Ability to travel extensively.

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