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Supplemental Questionnaire

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First Name


Utility Specialist - Power Operations


The purpose of this Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) is to describe your training and experience as they relate to the knowledge, skills, and abilities linked to the essential functions of this 5602 position (refer to the job announcement for a detailed description of these KSAs).

Questions A through D will be used to determine possession of minimum qualifications. Questions 1 through 6 will be evaluated and scored. Only the information you provide in your answers to these questions will be evaluated to determine your score in the selection process for this position. No attachments or additional documents such as resumes, cover letters, publications or employment applications will be considered (i.e. Writing 'see resume' or 'N/A' is not a sufficient response for questions 1 through 6).

The SQ will be presented to an expert review panel for an assessment and will be used as part of the examination process to determine candidates' score and rank on the eligible list. This Supplemental Questionnaire will account for 100% of the total weight of the candidates' final score. Insufficient or non-responsive answers and/or answers that are plagiarized or have falsified information may result in disqualification from the recruitment process.

The responses that you provide to this questionnaire should be consistent with the information on your application, and are subject to verification.

If there is a question regarding experience that you do not have, try to include examples of similar experience that would demonstrate your ability or potential to perform the specific function.

It is suggested that you review the questions before starting, prepare your thorough narrative-style responses in a word processing document, and then paste them into the questionnaire. Responses should be sufficiently detailed to assist in evaluating your qualifications for this position. Please limit responses to one page unless otherwise instructed. Again, please be complete and specific in answering the questions as your score will be based on this information.

We have provided the following link for tips on how to best prepare a SQ response. It is recommended that you copy and paste this link into a new browser to avoid losing your responses to your Supplemental Questionnaire:


Select the statement that best matches the highest level of education you have completed:

No college/university education
Less than one year (less than 30 semester, 45 quarter units) of college/university education
One year (between 30-59 semester, 45-89 quarter units) of college/university education
Two years (60-89 semester, 90-134 quarter units) of college/university education
Three years (90-119 semester, 135-179 quarter units) of college/university education
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree or higher

If you possess a baccalaureate or higher degree, please indicate the major, and the University where you gained your degree.


How many years of verifiable journey-level work experience in one or more of the following areas do you possess?

  • Planning, scheduling, cost estimating and resource projecting for mid to large scale projects;
  • Water Supply management and planning;
  • Power Operations planning and scheduling;
  • Analysis, interpretation and application of Utility Contracts and Regulations in  Power (electric and/or natural gas);
  • Utility market and environmental analysis and planning;
  • Power supply and transmission rates and contracts;
  • Generation, transmission or distribution planning and design;
  • Long-term utility systems planning.
No journey-level experience, but willing to learn
Less than 1 year of journey-level experience
Between 1 year to 1 year and 11 months of journey-level experience
Between 2 years to 2 years and 11 months of journey-level experience
Between 3 years to 3 years and 11 months of journey-level experience
Between 4 years to 4 years and 11 months of journey-level experience
Between 5 years to 5 years and 11 months of journey-level experience
Between 6 years to 6 years and 11 months of journey-level experience
Between 7 years to 7 years and 11 months of journey-level experience
More than 8 years of journey-level experience

Please select the statement that demonstrates your experience in energy efficency, renewable energy, power generation, distribution and transmission and/or natural gas operations.

No experience
Less than one year
Between 1 year to 1 year and 11 months of experience
Between 2 years to 2 years and 11 months of experience
Between 3 year to 3 year and 11 months of experience
More than four years

Please describe your education and work experience and how they relate to the energy industry. Please specify any relevant involvement with renewable technologies and projects or experience with energy markets and/or utility related projects and programs.


Please describe a time when you had conflict or a difference of opinion with a team member, co-worker, or a stakeholder on a project you were managing.   How did you resolve this situation? Please describe your interaction and communication efforts as you worked toward a resolution.


This position requires someone who can make independent decisions, plan their work, and supervise others to complete tasks.  Describe a challenging project you were in charge of completing.  How did you approach and supervise the project?  What was the result?


Please describe a time where you worked with co-workers, project stakeholders, or contractors on a team project.  Describe the project, your role, and your approach for engaging stakeholders/contractors to elicit their responses or secure their cooperation. 


Please describe a renewable energy project that you managed within the last ten years.  Describe the size of the project, your specific role, and specify the type of renewable technology involved as well.  How did you develop the scope of work, schedule, budget, and how did you identify project risks and mitigations.  


Please describe your experience developing and managing complex energy contracts.  Please describe your role in negotiating terms and conditions.  How did you analyze the responsiveness, quality and cost-effectiveness of proposals?


CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that all information is true and based on my education, training, skills, and experience. I understand that any false or incorrect statement may result in my disqualification of the selection process for this examination and/or dismissal from employment with the City and County of San Francisco. I also understand and agree that any information provided is subject to verification.