The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Policy Adviser in Policy Analysis. This is an unclassified, at-will, full-time exempt position within the State of Nevada.
About the PUCN: The PUCN is a quasi-judicial regulatory agency that, among other duties, ensures investor-owned utilities comply with all applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the agency, please visit the PUCN website at http://puc.nv.gov.
The Position’s Key Areas of Responsibility:
Evaluates, analyzes and interprets utility data and presents the results to the Commissioner or Presiding Officer.
Assists in drafting Commission opinions and orders.
Provides technical assistance to the Commission during hearings and rulemaking sessions based upon analysis.
Analyzes evidence presented in utility hearings.
Asks clarifying questions of witnesses at workshops and hearings to clarify the record.
Advises the Chairman, Commissioners and Utilities Hearing Officer in various areas of utility regulation.
In close association with the Presiding Officer determines the appropriate recommendation to the Commission.
Prepares and presents testimony to legislative committees.
Makes presentations to various state, local and federal agencies.
Tracks activities of federal and regional entities including the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Communications Commission and provides briefings to Commissioners on these activities periodically in writing or orally.
May be expected to perform additional job-related duties and to have or develop additional specific job-related knowledge and skills.
Must have a high degree of organizational professionalism, leadership qualities, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment in collaboration with Commissioners, other policy advisers, attorneys, economists, engineers, and auditors. Must be able to work with a broad range of people without letting personal opinions or positions influence work procedures, products or processes. Must be able to research, analyze, produce, review and edit work product; compile and summarize information and prepare correspondence, periodic or special reports related to assignments; and contribute effectively to the accomplishment of the team or agency goals, objectives, and activities. Required skills also include planning, prioritizing and executing timelines without the need for supervision. Must be available for travel (typically up to 10% of the time).
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, economics, econometrics, finance, environmental studies, or a closely related field and five years of professional level experience in evaluating, analyzing and interpreting utility data; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Professional engineer preferred.