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The Public Service Commission (PSC) Chief Administrative Law Judge is responsible for regulating utility rates and services, providing research-based legal, technical, and policy advice

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Directs and oversees the Commissioners’ staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees, establishing objectives, identifying issues, needs, and policies to be addressed, planning and carrying out agency objectives, delegating authority, maintaining continuity among work teams, and monitoring and evaluating job results. Establishes, implements, and evaluates agency goals, objectives, policies and procedures, and short and long range plans. Renders decisions in complex utility cases as assigned by Commissioners. Directs PSC federal agency and court litigation team in development and execution of overall case strategy, and contributes legal and policy expertise to legal pleadings and settlement proceedings. Provides legal, technical, and policy advice to Commissioners and Commissioners’ staff, performs legal and technical research, prepares Commission orders and other legal pleadings, and drafts and evaluates legislation. Participates in development, preparation, submission, and implementation of Commission appropriation and budget. Serves as team leader on Commissioners’ staff projects by planning, scheduling, and assigning staff to ensure the overall execution of the projects. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal utility law, rules, regulations, legal precedents, standards of practice, and ratemaking issues affecting the electric, gas, water, and telephone utility industries. Knowledge of the state budgeting process. Knowledge of the operations of electric, gas, water, and telephone utilities. Knowledge of research, analysis, and investigative techniques. Knowledge of management practices and procedures. Ability to interact with and work collaboratively with utility personnel, the Consumer Utilities Ratepayer Advocacy Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Arkansas, legislators, other governmental officials, civic and community leaders, and members of the public. Ability to lead in establishment of and execution of Commission goals and objectives. Ability to provide information, instruction, legal, policy, and technical guidance to Commissioners and Commissioners’ staff related to utility ratemaking issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus seven years of experience in trial law and public utility regulation, including six years of supervisory experience. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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