CEQA PROJECT MANAGER - PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY ANALYST III
California Public Utilities Commission
Location: Sacramento, California
Type: Full Time
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: JC-358930
Would you like to help California combat global warming and help improve the states aging infrastructure? Do you have a strong interest in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or energy planning issues? If so, the Infrastructure Permitting and Planning Branch in the Energy Division is looking for you!
Significant new investments are required in order to support the State’s transition to a low-carbon energy infrastructure. To realize these goals, new transmission lines have been planned and are being built throughout the State to integrate renewable energy. At the same time, significant investments to improve distribution level infrastructure are required to improve the safety, delivery and reliability of electricity and gas.
The CEQA and FERC Branch plays an important role in permitting transmission and substation facilities throughout the State and is responsible for the development of environmental documents in accordance with CEQA and overseeing projects in construction.
Although this position primarily supports energy infrastructure, the CEQA unit provides permitting services to the whole CPUC and supports telecommunication and rail projects as well. This provides staff the opportunity to diversify their professional portfolios by having a verity of projects and permitting challenges.
Under general direction of the section Program and Project Supervisor, the Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst III (PURA III) - California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Project Manager will have lead responsibility in conducting complex economic, policy and/or technical analyses and research to support Administrative Law Judges (ALJ), Commissioners, and Advisors in the permitting of utility infrastructure projects including electric transmission lines, gas pipelines, telecommunication facilities, and rail projects. Job duties include managing the development of CEQA and other environmental review documents and related processes. The CEQA Project Manager will also oversee the construction compliance of utility infrastructure projects.
The CEQA Project Manager will review and recommend action on “advice letter” requests from utilities in compliance with prior Commission orders. The CEQA Project Manager reviews and disposes of advice letter filings. Advises and consults with Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) regarding rulings and proposed decisions, provides technical support for ALJs in formal proceedings before the Commission, prepares briefings, performs policy research, and prepares alternate decision drafts for Commissioners and their advisors. The CEQA Project Manager is responsible for writing and issuing Requests for Proposals for Consultant services, manages the selection process and acts as contract manager overseeing the development of CEQA/ other environmental documents and construction monitoring of infrastructure projects. The CEQA Project Manager will facilitates workshops and/or stakeholder meetings as needed.
The CEQA Project Manager will also perform original research, analysis, and makes recommendations on findings and determining the broad policy or analytical framework for the future programs, procedures, and processes. This may involve providing support to multidisciplinary teams, acting as a leader on a project requiring substantial expertise. The CEQA Project Manager will represent the Energy Division at working groups with utilities and other stakeholders, oversees Program Administrators, and uses sound judgment to ensure program rules are efficiently and effectively implemented. The CEQA Project Manager will advise Commissioners, their advisors, management and other decision-makers regarding issues in the assigned areas.