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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 456B
Category: Regulatory Services


This is the journey level of the series. These positions perform economic, financial, or policy analysis and provide technical assistance on complex regulatory matters. The work assigned is on issues that are considered complex a majority of the time. Complex issues consist of numerous legal, technical and/or factual issues, the analysis of several related and unrelated issues, and require the incumbent to exercise judgment regarding which rules, procedures, materials, previous orders and/or processes that should be used. Tasks are less structured. The effect of filings/issues on the parties involved is considered moderate. The incumbent has a working knowledge of the industry program and overall regulatory regulations and has latitude to resolve issues and problems. The supervisor provides general direction regarding work assignments. On assignments which contain a portion of a more complex issue, close supervision and guidance is provided by either the supervisor or higher level analyst.

Typical Work

Review and analyze service quality performance reports filed by Class A telecommunications companies and update appropriate web site; 

Identify problem areas in the reports; and contact company on problem areas and how to correct problems;

Determine and recommend appropriate action by the agency;

Review and analyze solid waste companies’ requests to raise rates based on increases in operating costs;

Prepare a clear and concise written memorandum reporting the results; prepare proposed order; and present to the commission at open meeting;

Provide technical assistance to companies and attorneys by explaining and interpreting commission rules and regulations on the requirements under state law for a company intending to change ownership;

Analyze reported expenses for maintenance and operations of an electric utility company seeking a general rate increase;

Prepare clear and accurate written testimony reporting the results; recommend appropriate adjustments; and defend testimony during discovery, deposition, and cross-examination;

Analyze cost study of a telecommunications company filing a new version of a tariffed service and determine if rates are reasonable relative to cost;

Review and analyze special contract for service by a natural gas utility to an industrial customer;

Determine issues, if any, and prepare appropriate documents;

Review, analyze and prepare summary of stakeholder comments, proposed responses, and proposed draft rule language in a rulemaking to modify the date on which the interest rate on customer deposits is determined.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in economics, accounting, business or public administration, finance, social sciences, engineering, law or related field and three years of professional research or analysis experience with an institution engaged primarily in regulatory matters; or two years at the first level or equivalent.

An advanced degree in one of the fields listed above will substitute for one year of the desired experience.

Class Specification History

New class. Replaced 42640 Regulatory Analyst; effective June 1, 2005.
Revise class. Revises definition; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
(12/30/2009) Correction to desirable qualifications; changed last sentence in first paragraph to read first level, not second level.
Salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2015, effective 7/1/2015.