STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: UTILITY ANALYST I
Class Code: 9650-24 Date Established: 05-20-92
Occupational Code: 7-1-4 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To research, investigate, and provide preliminary recommendations on rate structures, services, policies and economic issues regarding the regulation of public utilities.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Researches data regarding utilities and prepares preliminary drafts of reports regarding rates or services.
· Reviews data for potential errors which could result in financial errors affecting utilities and consumers.
· Tracks current developments and trends concerning utility performance evaluation.
· Conducts site inspections and investigations of utilities as required.
· Communicates with utilities officials, representatives, consumers, government officials, and special interest groups in gathering information for setting rates.
· Prepares interrogatory statements for use in commission proceedings to develop and extract information regarding public utilities rates.
Skill: Requires skill in developing formats and procedures for special applications OR in investigating and reviewing the use of equipment and data for a specialized function.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving direct service objectives by assessing agency service needs and making preliminary recommendations for the development of alternative short-term program policies or procedures. Errors at this level result in incomplete assessments or misleading recommendations causing a disruption of agency programs or policies.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
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: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with major study in the field of business, mathematics, finance, economics, or engineering. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Three years' experience in the analysis, regulation or management of public or private corporations or the operational phases of public utilities. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: None required.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the accounting and engineering factors involved in rate structure determination. Knowledge of public utility operations. Knowledge of the laws, and regulations pertaining to the operation and regulation of public utilities. Knowledge of engineering, economics and financial principles and practices in the field of public utilities. Ability to investigate and analyze difficult technical and public relations problems. Ability to prepare reports and/or exhibits in the development of investigations and analyses. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and local officials, utility representatives and the general public. 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 10/21/04