Utility Specialist – Origination and Power

Full-time
San Francisco Water Power Sewer
Description
Who are we?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.
Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.
Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.
We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org
We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.
Division Description:
The Power Enterprise comprises two business units: Hetch Hetchy Power, the municipal utility, and CleanPowerSF, the community choice aggregator.  Origination and Power Supply group is in the Operations Division supporting the energy management needs of these business units.
Position Description: 
Under general administrative direction of the Origination and Power Supply Manager, develop and negotiate long-term Power Purchase Agreements with energy suppliers. Work collaboratively with Hetch Hetchy Power and CleanPowerSF program staff to analyze supply needs and strategies using the Portfolio Management Tool. Assist with the Integrated Resource Planning, executing short-term energy contracts,  professional services and other contracting needs.
 
Essential Functions: 
  • Manage procurement of short-term and long-term energy contracts.
  • Develop and issue RFPs for energy purchases.
  • Develop analytical and predictive models; incorporates results of analyses into proposals/recommendations and reports; develop presentations; conduct a wide variety of analytical studies related to assessment of operational effectiveness and other complex studies as assigned.
  • Directly negotiates, develops and manages professional service contracts, rates and service terms; provides negotiation support on division-wide multi-year contracts; establishes rate policies and negotiating parameters for short-term purchase and sale transactions and agreements; meets and negotiates with energy suppliers.
  • Liaison with Power Enterprise work groups and City Attorney.
  • Communicate technical ideas and concepts to business users, vendors, and to non-technical persons.
  • Supervise Utility Analysts and other technical personnel and provides technical support and expertise for assigned specialty area.
  • Monitor operations to ensure compliance with policy directives, laws, regulations and contractual constraints.
  • Identify operational constraints and develops, evaluates or recommends policies and procedures to improve operations, mitigate risks, increase revenues and decrease costs.
  • Develop, implement and maintains database systems for power supply contracts, portfolio positions, energy consumption and other data
  • Class 5602 Utility Specialist performs other related duties as required.
Equal Employment Opportunity:  The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably with major coursework in Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other field related to the utility business; AND
  2. Four years (4) of verifiable journey-level work experience in one or more of the following areas: planning, scheduling, cost estimating and resource projecting for mid to large scale projects; water supply management and planning; power operations planning and scheduling; analysis, interpretation and application of utility contracts and regulations in either water, power (electric and/or natural gas), telecommunications, or a wastewater program; utility market and environmental analysis and planning; power supply and transmission rates and contracts; generation, transmission or distribution planning and design; or long-term utility systems planning
SUBSTITUTION: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Special Conditions: 
  • Twelve (12) months of verifiable experience in the Energy Market
  • Twelve (12) months verifiable experience in the Electricity Sector/Energy Market
The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience in energy data analytics, power project valuations, decision analysis and standard energy modeling and simulation software packages and an understanding of wholesale energy market and trading concepts
  • Degree in engineering, economics or business administration
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.
Verification:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.
Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.
If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.
Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.
Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.
Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.
Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

HOW TO APPLY

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Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen
In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.
We communicate by email.
You may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, you must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on your computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, you should set up your email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: @sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu. You will receive a confirmation email that your online application has been received in response to every announcement for which you apply.  You should retain the confirmation email for your records.  Failure to receive the email means that the online application was not submitted or received.
Word of advice:
All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.
Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.
Have questions about the application process?
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Monica Guzman, by email at Mguzman@sfwater.org.
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