Public Utilities Specialist

Company Name: Bonneville Power Administration
Phone Number: (503) 230-4325
City: Portland
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97232
Job Title: Public Utilities Specialist
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Energy Services / Energy Efficiency
Posting Start Date: December 6, 2016
Salary: $99,785 – $129,723
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Job Title: Public Utilities Specialist

Hiring Organization: Bonneville Power Administration

Job Announcement Number: DOE-BPA-16-12250-DE

SALARY RANGE: GS-14: $99,785 – $129,723
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday December 6 – Monday December 19
DUTY LOCATIONS: Pasco, WA or Spokane, WA (One position will be filled from this job announcement at one of these duty locations. Duty location to be determined at time of selection.)
WHO MAY APPLY: Open to all US Citizens.


The Bonneville Power Administration is a federal nonprofit agency based in the Pacific Northwest. Although BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, we are self-funding and cover our costs by selling our products and services. BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants. The dams are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. About one-third of the electric power used in the Northwest comes from BPA.

BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory. Our service territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

BPA is currently looking for a Public Utilities Specialist to serve as one of six Customer Account Executives (AEs) and as a technical authority, technical lead, and expert advisor on all laws, policies, standards, directives, and guidelines governing business relationships for NW Public Power customers.


As a Public Utilities Specialist, you will:

  •  Serve as one of six Customer Account Executives and as a technical authority and expert advisor on all laws, policies, standards, directives, and guidelines governing the business relationship with NW Public Power customers.

Be responsible for sales volume, revenue, overall financial return objectives, and overall achievement of customer satisfaction for assigned customers; stakeholder outreach; and coordination among BPA offices and other Federal Agencies

Experience Required:


Confidential Financial Disclosure: Selectee will be required to complete the Office of Government Ethics Standard of Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450e) within 30 days of assuming this position and annually.

    • When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer ALL of these questions completely and truthfully. If you do not answer ALL questions your application may be rated ineligible or incomplete.
    • A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
  • A probationary period of 1 year may be required.


A qualified candidate’s online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

GS-14: (1) Apply knowledge of Federal laws, policies, and practices to negotiate and implement long term agreements and related contracts for the sale of utility services (e.g., electric, water, gas, communications) or similarly complex bulk commodities marketed to other businesses in a highly regulated environment, and (2) Conduct economic and financial analyses to support implementation of contracts and policies.
There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide a separate narrative written statement. Instead, 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.

  1. Electric Utility Fundamentals – Knowledge of generation, transmission, and/or distribution concepts in the wholesale or retail markets of providing electricity to consumers; Knowledge of the business practices, regulations, rate structures, and operating characteristics of the electrical utility industry; Ability to apply knowledge of the laws, regulations, standards, policies, concepts, principles, practices, rate structures, and contractual relationships applicable to electric utility customers.
  2. Contracting and Procurement – Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
  3. Customer Service – Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  4. Oral Communication – Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  5. Written Communication – Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  6. Problem Solving – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  7. Teamwork – Fosters commitment and team spirit; encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; manages group processes; works with others to achieve goals.

“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.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

How to Apply:

NOTE: Please refer to the complete vacancy announcement at: NOTE: Please refer to the complete vacancy announcement at: to view additional requirements, qualification requirements, guidelines on how to apply, and detailed information on this position.

To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on 12/19/2016.

Posting End Date: December 19, 2016