The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill multiple vacancies in this classification throughout the Power Enterprise Division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).
Who are we?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,400 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $963 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.sfpuc.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.
The Power Enterprise, within the SFPUC, has two separate power programs, Hetch Hetchy Power, San Francisco’s Publicly Owned Utility serving 150 MQ of retail load, and CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation program, serving 500+ MW of retail load. Power Enterprise serves this load with a combination of owned and purchased resources. SFPUC owns and operates the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Project, which includes hydro-electric power generation in Moccasin, California; solar arrays throughout San Francisco; and biogas cogeneration facilities, which together produce cost-effective energy with a zero greenhouse gas (GHG-free) emission profiles. Both of Power's programs supply portfolios exceed State minimum renewable content. Power Enterprise provides its retail customers with distributed energy resource programs. In addition to these retail electricity service offerings, Power Enterprise is responsible for San Francisco's street and pedestrian lighting.
This recruitment is for multiple positions in the Power Enterprise Division of the SFPUC. If you are interested in any of these positions, please complete the application linked below. Once you pass the first stage of the application process, you will have a chance to indicate which role you are interested in. Your unique qualifications for the position that you select will be considered in later stages of the application process.
The SFPUC is currently hiring for the permanent civil service (PCS) positions below:
Energy Efficiency/Renewables Project Management Specialist
This position will plan, develop, and manage energy efficiency and municipal renewable projects (e.g., solar, energy storage, and other advanced energy technologies); conducts a wide variety of research, analyses, and studies of technologies and potential projects; and assesses the energy potential or savings associated with renewable or energy efficiency technologies as well as their technical and financial viability.
Energy Data Systems Specialist
This position will report to the Energy Data Systems manager. Primary responsibilities will include: managing software implementation projects, including performing testing; conducting analysis on large sets of data; developing reports in Cognos; acting as a SME on power scheduling; tracking environmental attributes for load, generation and trades; managing power scheduling software; and becoming an SME for data required by PG&E, CAISO, billing, and government reporting.
Customer Account Specialist
Under direction of the Customer Engagement Manager, the Customer Account Specialist in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Power Enterprise performs advanced journey-level work supporting the City's efforts to expand access to clean energy programs for San Francisco electricity customers. The Customer Engagement Group is the main point of contact for power customers and will be responsible for the intake and resolution of all customer requests in order to facilitate access to SFPUC resources. This position will act as an account manager for both Hetch Hetchy Power and CleanPowerSF retail services through outreach and engagement with existing, new and relocating customers and requires exquisite attention to detail and sound professional demeanor.
Customer Programs Specialist
Under direction of the Customer Programs Manager, this position will support the City's efforts to provide electric utility customer programs that incentivize energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and GHG reductions. The Customer Programs group is responsible for the design and implementation of customer programs serving both Hetch Hetchy and CleanPowerSF electric customers. This position will lead specific customer programs through needs and feasibility analyses, design, implementation, and evaluation. Program development and management will be based on an understanding of, and familiarity with, current utility, energy industry, and sustainability/climate issues.
Origination and Power Specialist
Under general administrative direction of the Origination and Power Supply Manager, this position will 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.
CleanPowerSF Operations and Resource Planning Specialist
This position will perform a number of duties in support of CleanPowerSF planning and operations, including but not limited to conducting program long-term integrated energy resource planning; operational planning and coordination with other Power Enterprise and SFPUC groups; developing and administering new energy resource programming and service offerings; supporting power resource and professional service RFP development, contract negotiations, approvals, and contract management; ensuring regulatory compliance; and providing timely analytical and policy support on CleanPowerSF business and strategic planning matters.
Risk Management and Business Analyst
Under direction of the Risk Management and Business Analysis Manager, this position provides support in risk management, financial and business analysis, long term planning, and other analytical and policy support on matters that affect San Francisco's energy interests, in particular the operations and business opportunities of the CleanPowerSF program and the Hetch Hetchy Power program of SFPUC. Responsibilities include developing analytical tools to evaluate risk, contract evaluation and negotiation; assessing the City's rights and ability to develop and deliver power supply, transmission and distribution services; developing and designing rates for these services; fostering new load serving opportunities; and evaluation of new regulatory and legislative requirements.
Regulatory and Legislative Specialist
Under direction of the Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Manager, this position 1) participates in advocacy on current energy regulatory and legislative matters that affect the Power Enterprise and San Francisco; 2) evaluates the impacts of existing and proposed regulations and legislation on the Power Enterprise and on San Francisco using analytical and policy tools; and 3) contributes to strategic initiatives that support the Power Enterprise and City wide energy initiatives.
Essential Duties for all Listed Positions (will include some or all):
Monitors operations to ensure compliance with policy directives, laws, regulations and contractual constraints
Develops analytical and predictive models; conducts technical and economic feasibility evaluations of proposed capital projects; incorporates results of analyses into cost/benefit assessments; conducts a wide variety of analytical studies related to assessment of operational effectiveness, financial and market risk, price sensitivity, and other complex studies as assigned.
Develops and implements seasonal, monthly and multi-year operating, financial and capital plans. Develops and maintains Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules; reviews and analyzes Precedence Diagram Method (PDM) schedules for variances and trends; maintains and makes recommendation for improvements to the cost control system to track spending relative to project budgets and schedules; and maintains a cost estimate database by providing project cost estimates and reviewing actual construction costs relative to engineers' estimates.
Directly negotiates large seasonal and yearly 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.
Identifies operational constraints and develops, evaluates or recommends policies and procedures to improve operations, mitigate risks, increase revenues and decrease costs.
Develops training programs to implement policies and programs; trains analysts, technicians and other personnel on policies, procedures and compliance issues.
Writes a variety of documents including reports; work plans; general correspondence; operating, financial and marketing plans; program descriptions; operating procedures and policy recommendations; meeting minutes; documentation of forecast methodologies and model assumptions; legal and regulatory interpretations and issues; reports that explain schedule and cost variances and trends, provide cost-effective recommendations to mitigate adverse variances and to support negotiation of change order costs with contractors; and other types of written documents as needed to support the diverse work activities assigned to this class.
Develops, implements and maintains database systems for hydrologic, water supply, power operations, marketing, energy consumption and other data.
Supervises Utility Analysts and other technical personnel and provides technical support and expertise for assigned specialty area.
Supervises the preparation of section operating and capital budgets, including revenue and expense forecasts and analyses and reporting of variances.
The 5602 will perform other tasks as assigned.
Additionally, the candidate pool resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill non-permanent Temporary Exempt (TEX) and Permanent Exempt (PEX) positions. These positions are excluded from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointment Officer. The duration of these appointments shall not exceed 36 months or 24 months depending on the type of appointment/category.
The SFPUC is currently hiring for the exempt position below:
Category 18 Temporary Exempt (duration shall not exceed 36 months)
Under direction of the Power Enterprise’s Redevelopment Manager, this position is responsible for reviewing development plans; preparing technical and financial assessments and reports in evaluating the feasibility of the City and County of San Francisco (the City) to be the exclusive service provider of electricity and/or natural gas for development projects and new service territories within the City; working with project staff, staff from various City Departments, and developers and planners to support new electric infrastructure in redevelopment areas; and responding to requests for information (RFIs) on the energy utility systems. The position also provides as-needed technical support and utility expertise in support of the SFPUC Power Enterprise’s work with other SFPUC Enterprises and City Departments.
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.
If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:
Education: 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.
Substitution: Qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Experience: Four years 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.
Desirable Qualifications: The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
Experience in working with a large diverse workforce of people with different culture, backgrounds and opinions.
Experience conducting complex data analyses.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Customer Programs Specialist Position
Experience managing utility energy programs from the design phase through implementation and evaluation.
Special Conditions: Some positions may require additional qualifications such as special conditions that may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.
Note: Specified positions may require possession of a valid Class C driver license.
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.