Job Details

Position Title:Electric Resources Analyst I/II
Reference Number:12.049
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:Open/Promotional Exam 12.049
Date Opened: 01/30/2013


Electric Resource Analyst I: $6632 to $8888 MONTHLY (26 PAY PERIODS ANNUALLY)
Electric Resource Analyst II: $7454 to $9990 MONTHLY (26 PAY PERIODS ANNUALLY)

FINAL FILING DATE: Accepting the first 50 qualified applications or closing at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

TENTATIVE TEST DATE: Oral Interview Exam: Wednesday, February 20, 2013


The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Electric Resources Analyst I/II. The normal work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A flex schedule may be available.

Receives general supervision from higher level supervisory and management staff in the performance of a variety of complex and technical analytical duties in planning, evaluating, procuring and managing the risk associated with the Electric Department’s electrical supply resources, and performs related work as required.


– This is the entry-level class in the Electric Resources Analyst series. This class is distinguished from the Electric Resources Analyst II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including technical and analytical work in an electrical resource program. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.

ELECTRIC RESOURCES ANALYST II – This is the full journey-level class within the Electric Resources Analyst series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Analyst I level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, including independent program responsibility. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. They may exercise direct supervision over assigned staff. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Analyst I level or, when filled from the outside, require prior work experience.

Performs general administration and complex analytical work for programs within the Wholesale Services Division; identifies current and future load/resource balances; prepare analysis and recommendations for electricity and natural gas purchases/sales to maximize portfolio value while remaining within risk limits; prepare analysis, negotiation and administration of contracts and agreements including power supply and natural gas contracts; conduct resource planning studies; provide analysis of electricity and natural gas market price trends and data; maintains and proposes improvements to the electricity and natural gas price risk management program; evaluates technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility of contracts and projects; develops, modifies, and maintains computer-based models, usually in spreadsheets or databases; represents the City on inter-utility working groups; answers questions and provides information to other departments, the City Council, the public and outside agencies; prepares written materials for management, employees, the City Public Utilities Commission, the City Council, and the public; makes oral presentations as required.



Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university major course work in engineering, mathematics, economics, business or another analytical field.

Experience: Some experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: energy planning, business operations and decision analysis, economics, statistics, energy related business law, financial or engineering analysis, or development and implementation of programs and activities.

Knowledge of: General techniques of mathematical and statistical analysis and modeling; principles and methods of decision analysis; basic computer programming principles including electronic spreadsheets and databases; principles and methods of economic and cost/benefit analysis; modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment; basic report preparation.

Ability to: Perform complex analysis by developing and operating computer analytical programs; present complex and technical information in a manner easily understood by the general public; work independently, in the absence of supervision; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

On a continuous basis: Sit at a desk or in meetings for long periods of time; know and understand all aspects of the job; analyze various types of statistical reports, spreadsheets and technical information relating to assignments; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; analyze and solve operational
and technical problems; know, understand, interpret and explain department policies and procedures, rules and regulations related to operations.

Intermittently: Twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, computer and communicate through written means.

Working Conditions: On a continuous basis, work indoors in an office environment.

License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.

ELECTRIC RESOURCES ANALYST II - In addition to the qualifications for Electric Resources Analyst I

Experience: One (1) year of increasingly responsible experience in energy planning, business operations and decision analysis, economics, statistics, energy related business law, financial or engineering analysis, development and implementation of programs and activities.

Knowledge of: Advanced principles, practices and methods of planning and analysis; computers; quantitative analysis methods; pertinent federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, agencies and responsibilities; electric production economics.

Ability to: Plan, organize and coordinate activities and complex analyses; develop and operate analytical computer programs.

License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.

Applications and responses to supplemental questionnaire will be screened to those most meeting the needs of the department. Those applicants may be invited to an oral interview exam (weighted 100%). Final appointment is contingent upon a check of past employment references, passing a City-paid pre-employment medical exam, a drug and alcohol screening test, and a fingerprint check.


It Is Mandatory That You Complete This Supplemental Application. Your application will be rejected if you do not provide all the necessary information. The Electric Resource Analyst I/II is a generalized position that covers many aspects of resource planning. The following questions will reflect this diversity. Please provide your best answers to the following; limited experience may not necessarily disqualify you from the position.

1. This position often uses mathematical or analytic models to simulate physical or financial systems to make resource procurement decisions. Please describe analytic models you have used to make decisions and how you created/used them. How did you validate them against reality? How have you included financial analysis such as Benefit/Cost Ratio, Discounted Cash Flow or Net Present value into your analysis? Any experience in electric utility models such as production cost models, resource balance models, etc. should be included in your answer.

2. Often the power supply function consists of developing, managing and using contracts for resources such as transmission or output from a power plant. Please describe your experience decomposing a contract to understand both the parts and the whole. Secondly, please describe, with examples, any experience negotiating terms and conditions for a contract or a contract amendment. Any experience in contracts in the power supply domain, such as purchased power agreements, tariffs, transmission agreements, etc. should be included in your answer.

3. The power supply section seeks to financially optimize the value and risk of its energy portfolio utilizing the physical components of the electric system, such as power plants and transmission resources and operations. Please discuss your ability (by example) to understand any physical system’s capabilities and constraints. How have you used this knowledge of capabilities and limitations to reach a goal? Any examples in the electric utility operational domain should be included in your answer.

4. Regulation is becoming an ever increasing component of electric utility operations and decision making. Please describe a circumstance where you have needed to learn and comply with a federal, state and/or local regulation. Secondly, please provide an example where the advent of a new regulation has caused you to recommend or implement a change in direction for your company.

5. A valuable skill is the ability to make complex issues understandable to people outside your domain of expertise. Please provide an example of how you would make a complex topic of your choice understandable to elected officials or the general public so they could make informed policy decisions or provide informed policy support.

Job Status:Regular / Benefitted, Salary