STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION EXAMINER
Class Code: 7225-25 Date Established: 06-25-79
Occupational Code: 7-2-4 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To analyze finance and rate increase petitions and prepare studies of capital structures, rates of return, and cost of capital for the Public Utilities Commission.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Analyzes finance and rate increase petitions preparing studies of capital structures, rates of return, cost of capital and verification of exhibits.
· Prepares accounting, financial, and statistical schedules for the information of agency staff, or for final presentation in finance or rate cases.
· Performs field audits of company accounting and financial operations, including preparing audit report and recommendations for action.
· Determines cost of capital, including analysis of individual utilities security issues utilizing special knowledge of bond and stock.
· Performs field audits of utility books of accounts and financial operations gathering supporting data for information listed in submitted reports, preparing audit reports and recommending corrective action.
· Provides financial information regarding utilities to various parties including other government agencies, intervenors, interested parties and the public.
Skill: Requires skill in analyzing and interpreting data, policy and procedures OR in using equipment in order to arrive at logical conclusions or recommendations.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organization goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires partial supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including assigning job duties, providing training, giving instructions and checking work.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires reviewing summaries and reports and making management level decisions to solve problems or to achieve work objectives as well as articulating and expressing those solutions and goals. This level also requires formal presentations of solutions and goals to employees and the general public to increase the responsiveness of the agency toward the demands of its client system.
Complexity: Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking. This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action: Requires independent judgment in planning and evaluating work procedures and in supervising the development of professional, technical and managerial standards under administrative direction and according to broad departmental guidelines.
Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with a major study in accounting or business administration. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Five years' experience in a public accounting or certified public accounting firm including experience in physical operations and the field of automatic data processing.
License/Certification: Possession of a valid New Hampshire driver's license and/or have access to transportation for statewide travel.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the theory and practices of accounting in its application to government accounting systems including exposure to data processing functions. Knowledge of management practices. Knowledge of the functions of state government. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, initiative, and imagination in developing and maintaining operating policies and procedures. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with the general public, governmental departments, officials and other employees of the Public Utilities Commission. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 01/04/02