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Chief, Office of Economics

DC Public Service Commission

Location: Washington, District of Columbia US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: Executive Management
Date Posted: March 16, 2022
Reference Code: 16510

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission), a leading utility regulatory agency is seeking a talented Chief, Office of Economics (OE), with extensive utility or regulatory experience, who can make a professional difference in the Nation’s Capital.  As a team leader within the Commission staff, you will be involved in a challenging variety of utility regulatory cases and initiatives.  This position reports to the Director, Office Technical and Regulatory Analysis, and OE members work closely with other technical staff teams involved in finance and accounting, engineering, as well as compliance and enforcement matters. In addition, the Chief of OE consults regularly with members of the Office of the General Counsel and the Commissioners.

In this role, you will have an opportunity to interface with key stakeholders from federal and state agencies, including staff members with other state utility commissions, FERC and the federal DOE.  Additionally, you will interface with other regulatory bodies, including NARUC, OPSI, PJM, as well as utility executives and professionals. You will have opportunities to gain significant industry exposure and unmatched experience as a member of a leading regulatory agency with a proud 100+year history of regulatory excellence.

The successful candidate will be responsible for a full range of managerial duties over economic analysis activities.  The Chief of OE supervises a current staff of six economists, including two environmental economists. The ideal candidate provides expert advice to the Commission on economic issues for both electric and gas investor-owned utilities, as well as certain telephone utility services. The Chief of OE, reviews documents filed in formal proceedings including testimony, briefs, commission orders, motions, public notices, rulemakings, and other reports.  

The Chief of OE serves as case manager in a variety of formal cases and rulemakings, and works closely with the OTRA Director, other OTRA Chiefs, and members of the Commission’s Office of General Counsel.  The Chief of OE also attends Commission hearings, public meetings, and a myriad of stakeholder working groups and technical conferences.  Additionally, the Chief of OE, is very involved in key Commission initiatives, cases, and rulemakings, regarding clean renewable energy, climate goals and utility GHG emission metrics reporting, grid modernization and DER deployment, as well as the District’s RPS program. The Office of Economics also reviews and processes RPS facility certification applications on a daily basis.

The Commission offers a competitive salary range, a generous travel stipend for public transportation and parking, as well as an attractive benefits package.  The Commission’s benefits package encompasses a flexible menu of comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance options, as well as a strong set of portable retirement benefit and savings options.  The Commission also offers attractive vacation and sick leave time, as well as paid holidays.

The Commission also seeks to optimize work-life balance through an attractive set of work schedule options, including, generous teleworking options.  As an organization dedicated to professional development and learning, the Commission encourages participation in regulatory and industry association activities, as well as participation in educational and professional training.  Tuition reimbursement is also available.

Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to manage complex economic analysis projects and lead an economic analysis team.   Mastery knowledge of evolving technology used to provide both electricity and gas services and in-depth knowledge and experience in electric and gas utility ratemaking, cost of service studies, utility rate design analysis, clean energy and climate economic analysis, as well as emerging utility regulatory issues. Mastery knowledge of theoretical and applied microeconomic theory, and energy economics. Strong technology, presentation, and communication skills, as well as excellent writing abilities.

Licensures, Certification and Other Requirements

None.

Education/Work Experience

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in economics or related areas is preferred. Ten years of total professional economic experience in a utility or state/federal regulatory environment is preferred.  Experience in environmental economics, distributed energy resources (DERs), small generator interconnection standards and renewable energy programs, utility climate and clean energy plans, grid modernization, and utility rate cases is preferred. Proven supervisory and project management experience is required. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 14 level in the District of Columbia Government service.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Work Environment

The work is performed in an office setting.

“If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.”

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.