5602 Utility Specialist - Utility Field Services

Recruitment #TEX-5602-098554


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary Exempt (TEX): This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment shall not exceed 36 months.

Who are we?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.


Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org.

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

There are currently two (2) Utility Specialist positions available for:

  • Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Program
  • Wholesale Distribution Tariff (WDT) Project


Under direction, independently conducts complex studies and analyses; develops analytical models and systems; independently conducts contract negotiations; works with other program controls staff in developing cost, schedule and technical tracking systems for new projects, collecting data on the cost, schedule and technical progress on those projects; develops and implements seasonal and long-term operating, financial and capital plans; develops and implements operational goals and procedures; manages and administers wholesale and retail contracts, projects and programs; conducts infrastructure planning for new service territories; provides training of analysts and technical personnel; serves as a technical expert.




The Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Program is a program to license existing SFPUC Poles for outdoor DAS to be installed and operated by wireless carriers. There are currently four carriers that have 12 year Master License Agreements to attach to City-owned streetlight poles. The incumbent will work with Department of Technology, City Attorney's Office, Public Works, Planning & San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to finalize the DAS Objective Standards to comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order to process DAS licenses and permits. The incumbent will also implement new DAS objective standards and process 4G & 5G licenses. The last phase of the project will focus on phasing out 4G DAS. As 5G technology becomes standardized, the carriers anticipate removing their 4G DAS equipment and replacing them with 5G equipment.

Essential functions:

  • Develop scope, schedule and budget for large, complex capital projects for Utility Field Services;
  • Maintain detailed and well-organized project administrative records and files;
  • Prepare written reports and technical memoranda to document analyses and recommendations;
  • Prepare reports for Commission action and coordinate contract document review and finalization;
  • Conduct and manage feasibility studies, alternatives’ analyses, pilot testing, and specialized technical studies for projects involving small cell/DAS-related Advanced Metering Infrastructure;
  • Review and verify consultant invoices and staff charges, and approve payment;
  • Prepare regular project updates;
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams including staff and consultants in comprehensive planning and designing of major capital projects;
  • Participate in professional work groups and organizations to understand industry trends and best practices, and for continued professional growth; and
  • Perform other job related duties, as required.


The Wholesale Distribution Tariff (WDT) Project will monitor inception to construction, reduce backlog of as-builts, schedule project activities, and establish scopes of work, construction timelines and coordinate related activities. Incumbent will check in and coordinate with clients, contractors and other Power Enterprise groups to assure construction is progressing as planned. Incumbent will manage and administer Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs), Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs), Letter of Agreements (LOAs) and other types of contracts and agreements with clients, particularly other City Departments, to ensure high priority projects are technically correct, operationally efficient, and within service territories. Incumbent will drive efforts to enter system design and interconnection drawings into a Geographic Information System. Incumbent will also serve as a technical expert responding to related questions.

Essential functions:

  • Create processes needed to coordinate work between Asset Management, Distribution Engineering, Redevelopment group, Utility Field Services within Power Enterprise;
  • Create processes needed to coordinate work between SFPUC Distribution Engineering group and other City departments;
  • Identify and resolve gaps between Distribution Engineering and Field Services (i.e. material procurement);
  • Work with the purchasers as needed;
  • Work with Field Operations and Asset management to locate all of the SFPUC’s owned or controlled assets;
  • Reduce the amount of maps to be digitized in the queue;
  • Make sure as-builts and inspection work are property coordinated of the contracting process through the various City departments, legal review, permitting, finance, purchasing, and all other approvals;
  • Ensure contractors are in compliance with design drawings, specifications, and all other contract provisions to approve work products from contractors and consulting engineers in coordination with SFPUC staff;
  • Provide good customer service by meeting with customers, coordinate/review engineering details, discussing priorities and construction schedules;
  • Lead distribution projects, including the design coordination, procurement of materials, payment processing, construction, and close out;
  • Develop and track the budget and schedule to ensure the project goals are achieved;
  • Develop schedule for all projects, track progress, organize and schedule coordination meetings;
  • Coordinate all stages of the contracting process through the various City departments, legal review, permitting, finance, purchasing, and all approvals; and
  • Perform other job related duties, as required.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Minimum Qualifications

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

  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; AND
  2. Four (4) 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.

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


  • A broad-based science and planning-related background, and experience with the Power Utility industry. 
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment and experience with operations and issues associated wireless telecommunications small cells and outdoor Distributed Antenna Systems are a plus.
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and Asset logging are a plus
  • Knowledge of Databases and work order processes.
  • Experience with maintenance of utility and power assets

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and 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.

If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2. 

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.     

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

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
  • 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

Need help completing the application?

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.

We communicate by email.

You may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, you must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on your computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, you should set up your 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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu. You will receive a confirmation email that your online application has been received in response to every announcement for which you apply.  You should retain the confirmation email for your records.  Failure to receive the email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of advice:

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.

Have questions about the application process?

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Human Resources analyst, Tina Siu, by telephone at 415-554-2403, or by email at tisiu@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire (MQQ - Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 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 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 a selected candidate, 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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification. All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: November 22, 2019
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: TEX-5602-098554
PUC | TS | 01144197 | 01143896 | 415-554-2403


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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