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Executive Assistant Director

Recruitment #17-005483-0021


The Maryland Public Service Commission ("Commission") is seeking an Assistant Executive Director to assist in the supervision and coordination of the Technical Staff ("Staff") of the Commission, as well as other duties the Commission prescribes.  The Maryland Public Service Commission regulates public service companies (i.e., public utilities) and is charged with ensuring a safe, adequate supply of utility services at just and reasonable rates. Public service companies provide utility services such as electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water, sewage disposal, and for-hire transportation.




Public Service Commission

6 Saint Paul Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Public Service Commission regulates gas, electric, steam heating, telephone, water, sewerage disposal and certain transportation companies operating in Maryland. The Commission examines and decides matters relating to: (1) rate setting, (2) quality of service, (3) safety, (4) operating authority, (5) complaints and disputes, (6) regulations, and (7) issuance of securities. The Commission employs a Technical Staff consisting of seven divisions to assist it in meeting its regulatory charge. The Technical Staff is under the direction of the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Directors and consists of the following operational divisions: Accounting Investigations, Engineering, Energy Analysis & Planning, Electricity, Staff Counsel, and Transportation. Each division is comprised of a Director, one or two Assistant Directors and varying levels of staff. The Assistant Executive Director helps to direct, coordinate, and evaluate the work of the Technical Staff as it relates to the analysis of utility filings, operations, day to day regulatory oversight and the presentation of testimony in formal and informal proceedings.

The Assistant Executive Director helps to provide direction in the formulation of Technical Staff policy positions and serves as a liaison between Staff and the Commission, other State agencies, Commissions and utilities. As required, the Assistant Executive Director participates in or leads discussions, negotiations or stakeholder working groups with industry representatives in an effort to resolve contentious regulatory matters under the Commission's review. The Assistant Executive Director participates in the development and implementation of overall energy and rate related policy goals for the Technical Staff. The Assistant Executive Director represents the Commission or Technical Staff at major industry and regulatory association meetings including the formal presentation of noteworthy regulatory approaches or developments in Maryland.


The Assistant Executive Director will help facilitate the development of Technical Staff’s strategic energy policy and rate making recommendations to the Commission.  This position participates in the management and oversight of a diverse professional staff across a broad array of economic, financial, engineering, accounting, managerial, and public policy disciplines.   Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills are required to perform the duties of this position, which include:

  •  Developing solutions to complex energy policy, rate making, and other regulatory matters.
  •  Provide and manage technical and policy oriented analysis to support the Commission’s regulatory    oversight.
  •  Managing  various administrative processes related to the review and analysis of utility and stakeholder filings;
  •  Leading and participating in workgroups, committees, boards and agency meetings as assigned;
  •  Participating in the management, development and delivery of Staff testimony in regulatory proceedings;
  •  Reviewing, critiquing and approving analytical work products and reports for accuracy, sufficiency and compliance with established standards and policy;
  •  Providing expert testimony, analysis, and presentations as required;
  •  Taking an active role in staff training and development;
  •  Drafting reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals;
  •  Identifying, designing, and implementing operational and technical process enhancements;
  •  Monitoring and advising on industry developments and best practices;
  •  Participating in the evaluation and drafting of proposed changes to statutes, regulations and policies;
  •  Representing the Commission at interagency meetings, legislative hearings and other forums;
  •  Completing special projects as assigned.


Education:  A graduate degree in economics, accounting, engineering, law, business or other relevant field.  

Experience:  Three years of progressive management experience with a public utility commission, regulatory agency, regulated public service company or consulting or related firm advising on utility or regulatory matters.


Experience managing or leading teams in the development of energy policy affecting electric and natural gas utilities

Public Utility Ratemaking experience

Broad knowledge of Commission regulated industries

Demonstrated ability to effectively provide leadership, coaching and training to a professional staff


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year. 


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.  For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, a paper application may be submitted to:

Department Of Budget and Management
Recruitment and Examination Division
Attn: Kigen Waugh
301 West Preston Street, Rm. 608
Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

For questions or concerns regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Kigen Waugh


Phone: 410-767-4933

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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