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Regulatory Affairs Consultant 

Non-Union Position
Rates/Regulatory 2; PortlandOregon (US-OR)  
Regular FT 
Posting # 4247  

 

The Role:

 

About the Rates and Regulatory Affairs Team:

 

NW Natural’s Rates and Regulatory Affairs Team leads the company’s regulatory efforts by working closely with all of our stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions with our regulatory commissions and ensure regulatory compliance of our daily operations.  Our role is unique in that we work and interact closely with a variety of both internal and external stakeholders to accomplish our regulatory objectives.  Our day-to-day workload is dynamic, flexing in response to regulatory deadlines and business needs, yet always anchored in the company’s core values: integrity, service ethic, caring, environmental stewardship, and safety. 

 

As our Regulatory Affairs Consultant, you will be a key resource for both internal and external stakeholders in managing and coordinating NW Natural’s regulatory activities and compliance.  The overall responsibilities include:

 

Participate in regulatory proceedings, representing the Company in regulatory settings.  Prepare regulatory filings and participate in regulatory proceedings before our state public utility commissions.  Provide support to internal stakeholders regarding interpretation and compliance with NW Natural’s tariffs, state laws and rules pertaining to utility regulation, and the regulatory requirements imposed by state utility commissions. Assist in ongoing regulatory compliance activities and maintenance of regulatory compliance program.  Responsible for reviewing and assisting with interpretation of orders of state regulatory commissions and performing tasks required under those orders.  Assist Rates and Regulatory Affairs team on other tasks as needed.  

Day to Day:

 

  • Participate in regulatory proceedings related to low-income customer assistance programs, environmental policy, renewable natural gas, energy efficiency, resource planning, and business development.  Also assist, as needed, with preparation of the integrated resource plan, purchased gas adjustment filings, deferral applications, annual results of operations reports, and rate adjustment filings.  
  • Track and participate in general energy regulatory proceedings to assess and monitor impacts for NW Natural.
  • Develop expertise regarding the Company’s tariffs, state statutes and rules pertaining to utility regulation and regulatory requirements of state utility commissions.
  • Assist in the team’s participation in regulatory proceedings and ongoing compliance activities before state public utilities commissions.  Work closely with external stakeholders, including consumer advocates and utility commission staff.
  • Assist in the development and administration of SharePoint-based regulatory compliance tool.  
  • Develop new tariffs and make revisions to the Company’s existing tariffs.
  • Review Commission orders to identify and document necessary compliance actions or follow-up and document such reviews in the compliance site.
  • Contribute to a team environment responsible for managing the Company’s relationship with and requirements of state utility commissions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate peak periods.
  • Support Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Manager.

Come on your first day with:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years of regulated utility experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience resulting in proven compliance, rule interpretation and/or analysis skills that can be applied in a regulatory environment.  
  • Experience with regulated utility industry, the role of regulation, and familiarity with tariffs strongly preferred.  
  • Excellent verbal communication skills including communicating with stakeholders, sometimes under contentious conditions, and delivering presentations for varied audiences.
  • Excellent written communication skills to prepare presentations and draft formal documents filed in regulatory proceedings.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including the ability to establish trust, credibility and to influence actions and negotiate outcomes.  
  • Proven ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders at all levels with tact, confidentiality, diplomacy, and efficiency.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail. 
  • Ability to quickly gain knowledge of relevant company policies, procedures, practices, and applicable federal, state, and local government laws and regulations.  
  • Proficient computer skills including Word, and basic functions within Excel. SharePoint experience preferred.  
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently to accomplish responsibilities.
  • Must have ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate occasional peak periods.

What we offer:


Work life balance 

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 2 Weeks' Sick Time 
  • 11 paid holiday which includes 3 floating holidays. 
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • 1500 Sq foot exercise facility, onsite yoga classes, massage, and secure bike room. 

Financial 

  • Meaningful Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Generous 401K company contribution and match. 
  • 15% Discount on ESPP
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement 

Discounts 

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TRI Met Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless 

 

Base salary range: $90,350.00 - $128,750.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Level X, % target
                                           Level X, % target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    

 

Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.

https://www.nwnatural.com/about-us/the-company/careers

 

Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions. 
 

Deadline: 02/07/2023

 

All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.

 

NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at employment@nwnatural.com or  (971) 979-6341.

 

NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.


Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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