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PROGRAM MANAGER SENIOR II

Recruitment #19-005483-0018

Introduction

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 and is charged with ensuring a safe, adequate supply of utility services at just and reasonable rates. The categories of regulated Public Service companies and other regulated or licensed companies; water and sewage (privately owned) companies; bay and docking pilots and certain passenger for-hire motor vehicle carriers.

GRADE

24

LOCATION OF POSITION

William Donald Schaefer Tower

6 Saint Paul Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Public Service Commission is a quasi-judicial regulatory agency that examines, decides and enforces matters relating to:  (1) rate setting, (2) quality of service, (3) safety and reliability, (4) operating authority, (5) Certificates of Public Convenience & Necessity, (6) complaints and disputes, (7) regulations, and (8) certain corporate transactions including mergers & acquisitions and the issuance of securities. The Commission employs a Technical Staff consisting of seven divisions to assist in meeting its statutory obligations. The Assistant Executive Director provides significant direction to the development, presentation and implementation of Technical Staff's energy and rate related policy recommendations and the management of Technical Staff's resources and workload.

The Technical Staff is under the direction of the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Directors and is comprised of the following operational divisions: Electricity; Telecommunications, Gas & Water; Energy Analysis & Planning; Engineering; Transportation; Staff Counsel; and Accounting Investigations. Each division is comprised of a Director, one or two Assistant Directors and varying levels of personnel. The Assistant Executive Director helps to manage, direct, coordinate, and evaluate the work of the Technical Staff as it relates to the: analysis of utility filings and tariffs, development and presentation of expert testimony, development of recommended changes to relevant statutes and regulations; leading workgroups and teams; monitoring industry developments and management of assigned resources.

In addition, the Assistant Executive Director may be required to serve as a liaison between Staff and the Commission, other State agencies, Commissions and Public Service Companies. As required, the Assistant Executive Director participates in or leads discussions, negotiations or stakeholder working groups with industry representatives in an effort to resolve complex regulatory matters under the Commission's review. As assigned, the Assistant Executive Director provides expert testimony and makes formal presentations regarding regulatory policy, rate setting or other Commission matters.

This is a Management Service position which serves at the will of the Appointing Authority.

POSITION DUTIES

The Assistant Executive Director manages the coordination, preparation and submission of Technical Staff policy recommendations submitted through an Administrative Hearing process to ensure that the Commission has logical, fact based, comprehensive, analyses of all matters that come before it. Technical Staff's administrative recommendations, referred to as "Bucksheets" are formal written reports that (1) describe utility filings and related requests, (2) provide relevant legal, technical and regulatory background information, (3) analyze the issues relative to Commission precedent, competitive impact and public interests and (4) recommend specific Commission action to be taken with timelines, if applicable. The Assistant Executive Director, with approval from the Executive Director, establishes overall bucksheet process goals, standards and controls to ensure compliance with Agency requirements. Bucksheets are the primary method by which Technical Staff conveys recommendations to the Commission.

The Assistant Executive Director, in conjunction with the Executive Director helps to manage, direct and coordinate Technical Staff's participation in regulatory cases as policy and technical witnesses. The Assistant Executive Director participates in the formulation of Technical Staff's policy positions and supports the Executive Director 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 and negotiations with industry representatives in an effort to resolve regulatory matters under the Commission's review.

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 also include:

1) Developing solutions to complex regulatory matters;

2) Developing significant work products of high technical quality;

3) Leading and participating in workgroups, committees, boards and agency meetings as assigned;

4) Reviewing, critiquing and approving analytical work products and reports for accuracy, sufficiency and compliance with established standards and policy;

5) Providing expert testimony, analysis, and presentations as required;

6) Taking an active role in Staff training and development;

7) Conducting studies and drafting reports and other business documents;

8) Identifying, designing, and implementing operational and technical process enhancements;

9) Monitoring and advising on industry developments and best practices;

10) Participating in the development, drafting and evaluation of proposed changes to statutes, regulations and policies;

11) Representing the Commission at interagency meetings, legislative hearings and other forums;

12) Completing special projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience reviewing technical work products and managing or leading teams in the development of regulatory policy is preferred.

Broad knowledge of Commission regulated industries and demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership.

Experience providing leadership, coaching and training to a professional staff. 

Demonstrated ability to foster a team oriented work environment is desired.

Experience with utility ratemaking principles is very helpful.

The position requires strong organizational skills, project & process management experience.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, diplomacy and complex problem solving abilities.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The evaluation 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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to:  Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.