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Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst (Utility and Energy Ana
SALEM OR 97309
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Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst (Utility and Energy Ana
Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)



Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)


$63,384.00 - $93,024.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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Public Utility Commission

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5/10/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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*Note: If you previously applied under announcement number PUC18-0003 and qualified, you need not reapply. Your name will be included with the list of qualified candidates for this recruitment.

Technology innovation, changes in markets, and new legislative directives are shaping the current and future telecommunication industry. As telecommunications evolve, companies are tasked with being innovative to keep moving forward.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking individual to become our Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst who specializes in federal telecommunications policy. If you are looking for a challenging, rewarding career where you can make a difference, then PUC is a place for you.

PUC welcomes all interested candidates to apply for the full-time position of Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst in the Telecommunications and Water Division. An in-depth knowledge of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Orders and a love for helping to shape state telecommunications policy should be part of your expertise.

Duties & Responsibilities

This position identifies, monitors, and evaluates complex changes in federal telecommunications policies having a significant impact upon Oregon consumers. Additionally, this position obtains source materials, determines relevance, and provides analyses and summaries to advise appropriate agency personnel and develops recommendations for state intervention in proceedings of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a subject matter expert in telecommunications policy, this position provides technical support to Commissioners as they participate in policy discussions in external forums and communicate agency positions regarding Federal telecommunications legislation to Federal Lawmakers.

Major duties include:

+ Analyzes complex changes in federal telecommunications policy to provide in-depth prospective policy review of alternative proposals under consideration by the US Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and State-Federal Joint Boards.

+ Reviews telecommunication interconnection agreements or amendments to existing interconnection agreements and federal universal service reports to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, and orders.

+ Thoroughly researches issues affecting the regulation of the telecommunications industry and prepares related reports and memoranda to advise Commissioners and agency management.

+ Develops and assists Assistant Attorney General and Commission in correspondence and legal briefs to the FCC and Congress.

+ Presents memoranda or testimony in Commission public meetings and contested hearings.

Working Conditions:

Work is generally performed in a standard office environment, with frequent use of a personal computer. May lift and move materials weighing up to 25 pounds. On occasion, will be expected to present testimony in legal proceedings that may be contentious. This position is classified, un-represented, and is not eligible for overtime.

Some travel, including both overnight and extended travel, for purposes of attending meetings, training classes, and conferences may be necessary. May be expected to drive on State business and so must have a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record, or provide an alternate reasonable method of transportation.


The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol, and we maintain a Portland satellite office. PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, we provide opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month, and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Qualified applicants will clearly demonstrate in the "Work Experience" and/or "Education" section of their electronic application that they meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Public Policy, or a closely related field; and four years of professional-level work experience with state or federal telecommunications policy analysis.


Seven years of work experience with state or federal telecommunications policy analysis; four years must have been at the professional-level.

A Master's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Public Policy, or a closely related field will substitute for one year of the professional-level work experience.

A Doctorate degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance, a closely related field, or a Juris Doctorate will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.

Requested Skills

+ Work experience identifying and evaluating complex changes in federal telecommunications policies and making recommendations for state intervention at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

+ Work experience that demonstrates extensive knowledge of the current telecommunication industry including; knowledge of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other regulatory and legal trends.

+ Work experience analyzing documents related to federal telecommunication requirements such as; interconnection agreements, amendments to existing interconnection agreements, federal universal service reposts, etc.

+ Work experience providing policy direction, advice and consultation to key decision makers within an organization or government agency (i.e. executives, managers, commissioners, or board members).

+ Work experience conducting multi-disciplinary (i.e. economics, finance, accounting, and Federal Communications Commission procedural) telecommunications policy analysis.

+ Work experience analyzing complex telecommunications issues (i.e. regulatory treatment of VOIP services), identifying alternative solutions, and determining the potential impact of proposed actions.

+ Work experience demonstrating effective verbal and written communication skills.

Only candidates who meet the above "Minimum Qualifications" for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

Additional Information


1) Click on the "Apply" button above to complete the State of Oregon employment application online. Your application must clearly show how you meet the "Minimum Qualifications" for this position. Be sure to complete the following sections: "Work Experience" and "Education." The "Work Experience" section must include the specific position(s) you have held, organizations for which you have worked, complete dates of your employment (month and year), and a detailed description of your duties and level of responsibility. A resume is not required to apply for this position and it will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section.

2) Attach a cover letter of not more than two pages, addressing how your education and work experience relates to the requested skills in the job announcement. Please identify your work experience related to analyzing federal telecommunications policies, including familiarity with the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and FCC proceedings."

The PUC will consider only complete applications submitted online by the closing date/time posted on this announcement. Note: Grammar, clarity, conciseness, and professionalism of application materials will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

The PUC does not accept paper applications, email applications or supplemental information/attachments not submitted as an attachment to the online application. The PUC will provide updates to candidates regarding the status of their application via email only.

Candidates most closely matching the needs of this position will be invited to interview.


If you require an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 378-6265 Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM (PST).

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice. If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.


Eligible veterans who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach to your electronic application the following documentation:


A copy of your DD214 or DD215;


A letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.

Disabled Veteran

A copy of your DD214 or DD215;


A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Additional information on veterans' preference in employment may be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs website at: or by calling 1-800-692-9666.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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