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Program and Project Supervisor, Public Utilities Commission (3504)

Program and Project Supervisor, Public Utilities Commission

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: HD60
  • Class Code: 3504
  • Established: 01/14/1944
  • Revised: 10/16/1984
  • Title Changed: 10/16/1984


Under general direction, to plan the work and supervise the staff of a section of the Public Staff or Evaluation and Compliance Divisions of the Public Utilities Commission engaged in the regulation of gas, electric, telephone, water or steam heat utilities; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans and organizes the work and directs the staff of a section of the Public Staff or Evaluation and Compliance Divisions concerned with service, safety, certification, operations, earnings, valuation and rates of one or more types of public utilities; confers with the Director or Assistant Director and other staff members on Division policies and objectives and coordinates the work of the section with other sections of the Division; performs very difficult technical work relating to public utilities, including the administration of rate tariffs, the preparation of service and construction standards, test procedures, valuations, and rate bases, the making of rate and earnings investigations, analyses and estimates of future requirements, studies of the application of rules, regulations, and studies of the elements of the cost of service; trains staff and evaluates their performance and takes or recommends appropriate actions; represents the Commission, the Director, or Assistant Director in conferences; participates in investigations and hearings and testifies as an expert witness in proceedings before the Commission and courts; and prepares correspondence and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience at the level of Senior Utilities Engineer in the California state service. or


One year of experience in California state service performing economic, engineering, financial or statistical analysis related to the regulation of a gas, electric, communications or water utility in a class at the level of Public Utilities Regulatory Program Specialist II.



Experience: Broad, extensive (more than five years) and progressively responsible technical experience with a gas, electric, communications, or water utility, or with an allied industry involving familiarity with the operation of one of these utilities or with a utility regulatory agency. At least two years of this experience shall have been in a responsible administrative capacity. (Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least one year in a class at least equivalent to Senior Utilities Engineer or Public Utilities Regulatory Specialist II.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in engineering, economics, public policy, accounting, statistics or other related fields. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: California Public Utilities Code pertaining to utilities other than transportation utilities and basic court decisions affecting public utility regulations; valuation of properties of utilities, including inventory, depreciation, unit cost, taxes, and rate base; rate-fixing procedures, including the development of revenues, expenses, taxes, depreciation, rate bases, and rate of return; physical properties of utilities and of standards of safety and service; utility financial structure, terminology, and prescribed accounting classifications for utilities; principles and methods of personnel management and supervision including understanding of and effectiveness in carrying out State and departmental equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies; procedures of conducting hearings before the California Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies; conservation, rate design and alternative cost assessments.


Ability to: Plan, direct, and coordinate the work of a staff of assistants; conduct conferences; do research work, analyze data and write reports and orders; plan and supervise the preparation of exhibits; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; effectively contribute to the Commission's affirmative action objectives.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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