Salary: $93,000.00 – $100,000.00 Annually
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-03777
Department: Utilities and Transportation Commission
Opening Date: 06/07/2023
Closing Date: Continuous

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is seeking three (3) individuals to provide accounting, energy policy, technical, and economic analysis in contested cases and other matters before the commission, including pending legislation and emerging policy issues. Energy and Accounting Policy Advisors provide research, analysis, and decision-making advice to the commissioners, executive director, administrative law judges, assistant policy director, and administrative law and policy director on issues related to regulated utilities, including rate cases, clean energy, energy efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, energy reliability and security, smart grid technology, grid modernization, changing regulatory environment, energy markets, power costs, energy justice, and other emerging and increasingly technical and challenging issues. This recruitment will remain open; however, the hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment any time after a minimum of seven days. It is in the applicants’ best interest to submit their completed application materials as early as possible. 

About the UTC and Employer Initiatives
The UTC protects consumers by regulating the rates, services, and practices of investor-owned utilities and private transportation companies to ensure they are safe, equitable, reliable, and affordable. The UTC is continually recognized for its excellence and integrity as a regulatory agency, as we challenge the status quo and ourselves to ensure equitable outcomes for our customers and the people of Washington. At the UTC, we recognize that our employees are the key to the agency’s success. We are committed to our work but value balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth, and offers continued learning opportunities, meaningful work, and a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about benefits, please visit

The UTC is a great place to work and has implemented several, while developing additional, initiatives that create a great working environment, including:

  • We value diverse perspectives and employ people of all backgrounds. We are actively involved in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the UTC by way of a cross-divisional, collaborative committee. The focus of the committee includes employee engagement and education; reinforcing UTC values; and maximizing the value of diversity and identifying strategies for inclusion.
  • We have modernized our workplace with workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers, and improved building security and employee safety. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UTC has supported extensive mobile work arrangements across the agency.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules and mobile and telework options. (Depending on job duties).
  • We have a formal mentoring program to provide and encourage employee growth and development, while also promoting informal mentoring relationships and sharing of knowledge across the commission.
  • We have an engaging wellness program which focuses on all nine elements of wellness: spiritual, physical, social, environmental, occupational, emotional, intellectual, nutritional, and financial. We also have on-site shower rooms/lockers at our headquarters with proximity to several fitness centers in the area.
  • We have a comprehensive continuous improvement program focused on using Lean tools and principles to solve problems and continuously improve work processes. 

What will you do as an Energy and Accounting Policy Advisor? 

  • Research and analyze state, regional, and national energy policy.
  • Advise on formal adjudications on assigned issues and energy topics.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Analyze utility plans and reporting.
  • Write memos and prepare presentations for commissioners or leadership team members to present at agency events, legislative hearings, and conferences.
  • Lead team projects to develop and implement inquiries and rulemakings to develop agency policies and rules.
  • Bill tracking and analysis.
  • Participate in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and other national/regional organizations in rotation with other policy advisors. 
  • At the agency and division levels, engage in trainings and actively engage in efforts to promote energy justice, anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications we are looking for:  

 Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, public policy, or related fields, or four years of work experience in utility regulation.


  • A minimum of three years of work experience performing utility regulatory accounting and public utility regulation, preferably with a state or federal utility commission or a public utility company or an advanced degree in accounting, finance, economics, public policy, or a closely related field will substitute the required work experience.

Reminder:  Apply even if you do not think you fully qualify. You may just be the needed candidate for this or other roles!

 Position Specific Competencies:

  • Critical Thinking Skills 
  • Writing and Communication 
  • Project Management 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Competencies
Competencies for Leadership 

  1. Advocates and Models our Culture and Value.
  2. Cultivates a Shared, Strategic Vision for EDI.
  3. Fosters Learning
  4. Makes the commission more accessible to underrepresented and marginalized communities. 
  5. Leads and Navigates Change 
  6. Embraces and Embeds Inclusion in Decision-making 

Competencies for All Staff 

  1. EDI Knowledge, Understanding, & Commitment 
  2. Self-Awareness and Commitment to Growth 
  3. Cultivating Mutually Beneficial and Trusting Strategic Partnerships 
  4. Inclusive Excellence & Allyship 
  5. Measuring for Success and Improvement 

 Demonstration of UTC Core Competencies (expected of all employees): 

  • DEI Knowledge, Understanding, & Commitment 
  • Self-Awareness and Commitment to Growth 
  • Cultivating Mutually Beneficial and Trusting Strategic Partnerships 
  • Inclusive Excellence & Allyship 
  • Measuring for Success and Improvement 
  • Customer Focus  
  • Results  
  • Communication Skills  
  • Adaptability/Flexibility  
  • Self-Development  
  • Continuous Process Improvement  

Demonstration of UTC Values: (expected of all employees): 

  • Respect 
  • Professionalism 
  • Integrity  
  • Accountability 

Additional Agency Competencies:

  • Customer Focus 
  • Results Focus
  • Communication Skills 
  • Adaptability/Flexibility 
  • Self-Development 
  • Continuous Process Improvement 

Although not required, preference may be given to candidates who have the following desired qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Accounting and or finance knowledge and experience. 
  • Experience managing teams and developing project plans.
  • Experience developing and applying regulatory and ratemaking policies and standards.
  • Experience participating in the legislative process.
  • Knowledge of commission policies, rules, procedures, goals, objectives, and strategies and the body of commission precedent; Administrative Procedure Act and quasi-judicial legal process.

To Apply
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their application to be considered for this position: 

  • letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position. 
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.
  • A list of three professional references with current telephone numbers, including your current or most recent supervisor (or you may include this information in the Reference section of your application). A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.

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