Public Utilities Specialist US Department of Energy US Department of Energy 202 reviews



    Where would I be working? Southwestern Area Power Administration, Office of Corporate Operation , Division of Power Marketing and Transmission Strategy (9100)
    One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK. 74103


    At the GS-11 and GS-12: This position has been reconstructed downward in order to provide progression to the full performance level. The employee receives on-the-job training and closer supervision in the performance of duties leading to the next higher level.

    At the full performance level of GS-13, the Public Utilities Specialist is responsible for the implementation of Southwestern Power Administration's (SWPA) marketing policy with interaction among current customers, other utilities, and state/federal officials. Responsible for support and research for the development of individual SWPA power marketing contracts, and the implementation of SWPA's power marketing policy through those contracts.

    Customer Contract Development – Develop contract negotiating strategy and the SWPA contracting position, and present to management for each assigned contract. Develop and negotiate original contracts, amendments to existing contracts, and other agreements with public and private organizations for the sale, purchase, or interchange of electric power.

    Customer Relations – Promote good customer relations, attend meetings with customers, customer groups, arid/or potential customers to discuss needs, develop criteria for power supply, develop and explain contract provisions and procedures used in administering the contracts.

    Policy Development and Implementation – Recommend revisions to established contract criteria based upon changing laws and/or policies, regulations, and conditions.

    Analysis – Initiate, review, and analyze various engineering studies and recommend auxiliary to the basic power contracts.

    Travel Required

    25% or less – Overnight travel of 5 or more nights per month may be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    13 – Full Performance Level is a GS-13.

  • Job family (Series)

    1130 Public Utilities Specialist

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
    • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

    This position requires you to be able to successfully pass a public trust background investigation.


    You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:GS-9: Experience performing financial audits and/or preparing financial reports, processing accounting transactions and account reconciliations

    : To qualify at the GS-11 level applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:

    1. Experience working in an electric utility environment interacting with customers to address their needs and requests assisting with researching, analyzing, or development of policy in the electric power industry.
    2. Experience working in a team support role environment utilizing technical writing skills to develop, research, prepare, review, and/or manage contracts from development to execution, to include recommending revisions to established power contract criteria based upon changing laws, policies, regulations, and/or conditions.


    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

    : To qualify at the GS-12 level applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is1-year work experience that is equivalent to at least GS-11 level, defined as:

    1. Experience working in an electric utility environment with job responsibilities that involve interfacing with customers on technical, organizational, and policy matters in delivering electrical power and associated services to electric customers.
    2. Experience in technical writing in the development of associated contracts, agreements, correspondence, and white papers in the electric power industry.
    3. Experience multitasking on several types of contractual projects and research projects with various deadlines.

    4. Monitor, research, analyze, and develop recommendations to others regarding changes in the electric power industry from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) filings and actions.

    : To qualify at the GS-13 level applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:

    1. Experience working in an electric utility environment with job responsibilities that involve taking a lead role interfacing with customers on technical, organizational, and policy matters in delivering electrical power and associated services to electric customers.
    2. Assist staff with the development of unique/complex power marketing contracts in which contractual precedents or existing policy may not exist and research may be required.
    3. Experience in negotiation of contracts, preparing amendments, and other power marketing agreements for the sale, purchase, or interchange of electric power, transmission service, and system interconnection or transmission facility operation and maintenance contractual modifications.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    • In-depth knowledge related to the customers and marketing area of the electrical power industry, economic conditions pertinent to the marketing of energy, and applicable Federal and state laws and regulations, in order to perform recurring complex assignments related to the development and administration of power marketing contracts.
    • Ability to make effective oral and written reports and presentations to individuals and groups within and the outside customers including those placed at the highest levels of Government and the utility industry.
    • Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act and related Federal, state, and local environmental legislation and regulations and how they affect proposed rates and other power marketing policies.
    • Comprehensive business investigative, administrative, and organizational skills, including practical knowledge of financial analysis techniques, economic theory, and concepts sufficient to understand complex financial arrangements for such matters as non-Federal financing of facilities which may be controlled, maintained, and/or owned by the Government after completion.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Time-in-Grade: Current career or career-conditional GS employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional GS employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of
    one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current career or career-conditional federal employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meetallqualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



    At the GS-11 level only: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Transcripts MUST be Provided for consideration. A copy of your degree will not be suffice.

    Additional information

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page,Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
    • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
    • If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
    • If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.
    • Overnight travel of 5 or more nights per month may be required
    • The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
    • Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required.
    • It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    Current and former Federal employees: SF-50 that reflects your title, series and grade – Do not submit an award SF-50. (Standard Form 50 – Notice of Personnel Action). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!

    • Full position title;
    • appointment type;
    • occupational series;
    • pay plan, grade, and step;
    • tenure code; and
    • service computation date (SCD).

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claimswhich can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Displaced Federal employees:
    If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation(DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). ). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority.Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Selective Service Registration:

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Federal employees – Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees – Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Military spouses

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Special-Authorities-Those eligible under an interchange agreement

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