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ABOLISHED 05/07/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-16 - Principal, Transportation Division, Public Utilities Commission (4512)

ABOLISHED 05/07/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-16 - Principal, Transportation Division, Public Utilities Commission

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: HF30
  • Class Code: 4512
  • Established: 11/08/1968
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct the activities of a branch of the Transportation Division of the California Public Utilities Commission engaged in the regulation of transportation and related utilities and companies; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

Incumbents in this class serve as administrative heads for branches of the Transportation Division. Each incumbent provides overall guidance and direction for one of these branches, and at the same time provides a general management resource. Each individual in this classification is expected to function effectively in any of the branches and is subject to rotation on a timely basis. Each incumbent will participate as a member of the top management direction of the Transportation Division.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes and directs the staff of a branch of the Transportation Division; participates in the overall policy development and management direction of the Transportation Division; secures, trains and evaluates the performance of personnel and takes or recommends appropriate action; coordinates the work of the branch with that of other branches of the Transportation Division; confers with the Chief and Assistant Chief of the Transportation Division, the Commissioners, the heads of other divisions and branches on matters pertaining to regulation of transportation and related operations; participates in hearings and testifies as an expert witness in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission, other regulatory agencies and courts; as assigned Examiner on ex parte matters, directs the preparation of and recommends drafts of opinions and orders for consideration by the Commission; confers with general public, officials of transportation concerns, Federal, State and local governments and civic organizations on matters dealing with transportation regulation and related subjects; participates in local, regional and national organizations concerned with transportation regulations and related matters; dictates correspondence and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Two years of experience with the California Public Utilities Commission performing the duties of a Supervising Transportation Engineer; Supervising Transportation Rate Expert; Supervising Transportation Representative; or Supervisor, Operations and Safety Section or Four years of experience with the California Public Utilities Commission performing the duties of a Senior Transportation Engineer, Senior Transportation Rate Expert, Senior Transportation Representative, or Senior Transportation Operations Supervisor.



Experience: Broad and extensive administrative or supervisory experience (more than five years) in the application, interpretation or development of transportation costs, operations, rates or tariffs including or supplemented by experience in the regulation of transportation companies. (Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least four years performing the duties of a class with a level of responsibility equivalent to that of Senior Transportation Representative.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for four years of required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: California Public Utilities Code and related acts and basic court decisions affecting regulation of transportation agencies; problems of transportation agencies including inventory, valuation depreciation, unit cost, taxes, investment and rate base; transportation economics, rate structures and classifications; operating principles and procedures in the transportation industry and factors influencing the maintenance of effective transportation rate structures; procedures relating to the conduct of hearings before the Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies; principles of public administration, organization, personnel management and supervision; the Commission's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: plan, direct and coordinate the work of a multi- disciplinary staff; prepare and present evidence and testify in complicated cases before regulatory agencies or the courts, and interrogate witnesses; analyze difficult transportation cases, draw logical conclusions and draft opinions and orders; establish and maintain cooperative relations with shippers, carriers, the public and others contacted in the course of work; speak and write effectively and conduct conferences and address an audience effectively; effectively contribute to the Commission's affirmative action objectives.

  Updated: 10/6/2017
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