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CONSUMER PROGRAM SPECIALIST 1 - UTC

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CONSUMER PROGRAM SPECIALIST 1 - UTC
454L
Category: Regulatory Services

Definition

In the Regulatory Services Division of the Utilities and Transportation Commission, performs professional activities related to investigating and regulating privately owned public utilities or transportation companies.  This includes organizing and managing consumer issues in a caseload of non-general rate cases; docketed tariff revisions; single tariff proposal notices; and initial, informal and non-docketed consumer complaints.

Typical Work

Independently plans, prepares, coordinates and conducts technical research studies, investigations or projects regarding public utility or transportation regulation, including quality of service and adequacy of customer notice; develops conclusions and recommendations for presentation to senior management and Commissioners and for publishable reports; 

Advises and consults with Commissioners, utility subscribers and customers, other governmental agencies, legislators, officials of civic or service organizations and regulated company management regarding application, interpretation or revision of Commission rules, policies and orders; rates or conditions of service; type, quality and adequacy of service; and customer notice; 

Receives, evaluates, investigates and mediates non-general rate case tariff revisions or initial, informal and non-docketed consumer complaints concerning rates or service for all regulated utilities; 

Facilitates meetings of groups seeking remedy of grievances; or adjustment or extension of utility service; 

Assists the project leader of interdisciplinary committees, study teams and special task forces formed to evaluate issues, present options and recommend Commission action on significant rate, service, notice or policy issues; 

Prepares expert written testimony in contested formal dockets on single issues related to regulatory theory, management effectiveness, industry or company practices and procedures; assists in preparing highly complex studies of sufficient theoretical and technical quality to withstand extensive review under cross-examination by opposing interests and to be sustainable under potential court review; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  research methodologies, principles of effective negotiation, conflict resolution and dealing with difficult people; investigative methods and techniques; theory of utility regulation and utility practices; current economic, social and political developments; sources of pertinent data; business principles and practices; basic computer science; current trends in public utility regulation; governmental agencies and their practices and procedures; industry specific history and trends, terminology, markets, operating practices and procedures; laws, rules, regulations and tariffs specific to the Utilities and Transportation Commission.   

Ability to:  reason logically; present facts, options and recommendations in a clear, concise, effective manner both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, staff, consumers and regulated industries; utilize a variety of analytical, investigative and research techniques and tools; provide innovation, creativity, fresh ideas and original thought to the regulatory process; exercise sound judgment; negotiate effectively.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree and two years of experience conducting professional level research, dispute resolution, investigation, or claims adjustment. 

OR 

One year as a Consumer Program Specialist Assistant.   

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for the Bachelor's degree.   

A Master's degree will substitute for the required experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 9-14-84
Revises definition, deletes distinguishing characteristics, revises minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Utilities Service Examiner 1): 6-28-93
New class code: (formerly 46480) effective July 1, 2007

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