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The Public Service Commission (PSC) Director of Electric Utilities Section is responsible for identifying major policy implications and developing, coordinating, and executing strategic plans

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Coordinates with other section directors/managers across legal, accounting, cost of service, quality of service, finance, engineering, and utility industry specific functions regarding planning and scheduling. Provides directions to employees within the Electric Section and employees responsible for the electric quality of service function regarding the development, analyses, and interpretation of accounting, financial, economic, engineering, and operating information, identification, and analysis of potential regulatory issues, evaluation of the relative merits of alternative courses of action and coordination of issue development within cross-sectional teams. Leads the preparation and execution of the overall case strategy with cross-sectional, multi-disciplinary teams, prepares witness for hearing and cross examination regarding contested issues, and contributes technical expertise to settlements, motions, comments, and briefs. Maintains and shares technical knowledge of federal legislation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules and precedents that relate to utility policies and procedures. Identifies and researches federal and state electric utility industry regulatory issues and policies related to the development of competitive wholesale electricity markets, market power, affiliate transactions, reliability standards, transmission interconnection, distributed generation, regional transmission organizations, federal energy legislation, and other electric industry initiatives. Performs research and analysis to interpret the policy and define the scope of the issue, determine the appropriate implementation strategy, and evaluate the impact on Arkansas and regulated utilities. Testifies as an expert witness in hearings before the Commission regarding contested issues in rate cases, the implementation of statutory requirements, rules, and generic industry regulatory and policy issues subject to extensive cross examination and Commission questions. Writes requests for proposals for professional services contracts, evaluates and selects professional consultants, manages the budget, and directs and coordinates consultants work, including defining the nature and scope of the issues to be researched and analyzed and preparation of testimony or reports. Performs administrative duties by drafting or reviewing drafts of legislation and policy, preparing reports, and responding to requests for administrative information from state agencies. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and commission precedent related to the utility industry. Knowledge of emerging economic, technological, legislative, judicial and regulatory issues and trends affecting the utility industry. Knowledge of the operations of electric utilities. Ability to work collaboratively with the Office of the Attorney General, utility executives and their consultants, and other interested parties. Ability to plan and coordinate work within the Electric Section and meet the objectives of cross-sectional, multi-disciplinary teams. Ability to provide information, instruction, and technical guidance related to utility industry accounting, financial and economic concepts, regulations, and standards of practices. Ability to research policy issues and trends affecting public utilities, analyze their impact on utility rates and regulations, and propose new or revised policy Ability to interpret and apply rules, laws, and policies affecting public utilities to specific situations and prepare and present verbal and written reports and information. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of others. Ability to use computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, business, engineering, or a related field; plus five years of experience in analyzing utility industry accounting, financial, economic, and operational information, including one year 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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