5602 Business Planning Specialist

Utility Specialist, Power Enterprise

Recruitment #PBT-5602-901011


This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

About the Power Enterprise of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a City department that provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco's municipal departments and other retail customers. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $700 million.

The Power Enterprise of the SFPUC provides 100% greenhouse gas-free Hetch Hetchy Power to meet the municipal requirements of the City and County of San Francisco, including operation of Muni streetcars and electric trolleys, street lights, electric vehicle charging stations, and municipal buildings such as public schools, hospitals, libraries, and the Airport. We also provide electrical services to residential and commercial customers, including at the San Francisco Shipyard and Treasure Island.

Position Description

Under general direction, the Business Planning Specialist provides long term planning, business strategy development, service offering and program design and implementation, and other analytical and policy support on business and strategic planning matters that affect the SFPUC as a publicly-owned electric utility, San Francisco’s development and operation of its community choice aggregation program (CleanPowerSF), and San Francisco's energy interests more broadly. Responsibilities include developing analytical tools to evaluate current operations and new business opportunities; contract evaluation and negotiations; determining the financial feasibility of capital improvements including infrastructure for redevelopment areas and other projects; development and delivery of service offerings and programs including power supply services, transmission and distribution services, and energy efficiency or renewable energy programs; developing and designing policies and rates for these services and incentive programs; fostering cost-effective customer growth and identifying prospective new electric customers of the City; developing market analyses, budgets, and customer outreach programs; evaluating new regulatory and legislative requirements; and advocating for agency and City interests before a variety of regulatory and legislative bodies.

Essential functions of these positions include  

  • Developing analytical and predictive models; conducting technical and economic feasibility, cost-benefit, and risk assessment analyses of sales and service offerings and capital projects. 
  • Developing and implementing multi-year operating, financial and capital plans. 
  • Directly negotiating and/or supporting negotiations of complex, multi-year sales and service contracts. 
  • Identifying operational, capital and regulatory constraints and develops and recommending strategies to improve operations, mitigate risks, increase revenues and decrease costs. 
  • Serving as technical and subject matter expert, including provision of oral and written testimony. 
  • Supervising and training Utility Analysts and other technical personnel. 
  • Developing persuasive written and oral analyses and arguments, as well as developing quantitative analyses (spreadsheet and model development) and written summaries of those analyses. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably with major coursework in Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other field related to the utility business;


2. Four years of verifiable journey-level work experience in one or more of the following areas: 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 either water, power (electric and/or natural gas), telecommunications, or a wastewater program; utility market and environmental analysis and planning; power supply and transmission rates and contracts; generation, transmission or distribution planning and design; or long-term utility systems planning;


Two (2) years of verifiable experience in energy efficiency, and/or renewable energy, and/or power generation, and/or power or natural gas transmission/distribution planning or operations, and/or water conservation, and/or climate protection programs.

Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualification may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Strong program/project and contract management skills.
• Experience working on various regulatory, technical, and/or financial issues in the energy and/or electric power sectors.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

-Select the desired job announcement (PBT-5602-901011)
-Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
-Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have
Registered Previously”
-Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.
All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Erin Loftus, by telephone at 415.554.1625, or by email at eloftus@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight – 100%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire that must be submitted during the online application process. The Supplemental Questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: strong program/project and contract management skills; knowledge of basic concepts and terminology related to utility agency operations and procedures; knowledge of laws, regulatory rules, and concepts pertaining to power systems; ability to use independent judgment within established policies; record keeping skills; ability to forecast long range plans; accounting or finance skills; ability to conduct analyses, knowledge of statistical/quantitative modeling techniques; computer skills; supervisory skills; strong written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment; and interpersonal/public relation skills.

Only candidates who are most qualified and whose backgrounds best match the position will continue in the selection process.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.
Candidates’ scores on this examination process may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience, at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification  

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List: The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


 Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.
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Combined Promotive and Entrance – 5602
Amended: Extended until COB 12/11/2015 to broaden applicant pool.
Issued: November 06, 2015
Recruitment No.: 901011
Micki Callahan, Director
Department of Human Resources
Team: PUC/EL (415) 554-1625


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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