Reporting to the Exec. VP, Regulatory & External Affairs, the
position of the Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs manages and
conducts revenue requirement, cost of service and rate design
studies to ensure cost recovery and the equitable recovery of costs
among customers for electric, natural gas and telecommunications
services. Manages the Association's operating tariff and negotiates
special contracts for electric service to retail and wholesale
members. Develops alternative rate structures in response to
business conditions. Maintains effective ongoing communication with
the appropriate regulatory agencies, legislative committees, and
other utility groups to proactively address the interests of the
The Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs must excel in a
fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment, sometimes requiring long
hours to meet Association needs; this position requires both
successful independent and team working environments.
Manages regulatory filings including but not limited to general
rate case filings, simplified rate filings, fuel and purchased
power cost filings, gas contracts, charges and fees, power pooling,
line losses, avoided cost rates (average and marginal), special
contracts (retail and wholesale), operating tariff changes, special
contracts, and filings in support of telecommunications, natural
gas transfer pricing (and related studies), and dockets and related
proceedings studies before regulatory agencies.
Prepares and presents written and oral testimony, as required.
Provides direction in the development of filings and strategy in
response to Commission and intervenor inquiries.
Develops strategies, oversees timelines for regulatory filings
on electric, natural gas and telecommunications matters to ensure
cost recovery and compliance with Alaska Statute, Alaska
Administrative Code, the Association's operating tariff, and
financial and operating requirements.
Monitors state regulatory agency docket filings of interest to
the Association; participates directly and represents the
Association in Commission proceedings. Provides regulatory guidance
to the Association on existing and new regulations as needed.
Ensures the Association has all necessary and appropriate
information to timely analyze, propose and modify or implement
tariffs and rates that meet the Association's operational and
Develops and recommends retail and wholesale pricing strategies
consistent with the goals of the organization, including special
contracts and long-term wholesale power agreements. Prepares
strategies to ensure that the Association will be prepared to
address changing regulatory developments and market conditions.
Directs the preparation of economic and financial studies that
examine impacts of proposed Association activities. Directs the
preparation of contracts for consulting services and manages
outside consultants, as required.
Coordinates with other departments in the preparation of revenue
requirement studies (electric and gas) to ensure cost recovery.
Coordinates ongoing studies with other divisions and departments
and makes recommendations in view of regulatory and pricing issues.
Develops alternative rate designs, including seasonal and time of
use, in response to market and operational conditions.
Establishes the parameters, in a changing economic and
regulatory climate, for the preparation of revenue requirement
analyses, embedded and marginal cost-of-service studies, rate
design, load research, alternative and innovative rate studies as
authorized or required by regulatory agencies, state or national
legislation, power supply agreements and other special
Represents the Association before the Regulatory Commission of
Alaska, Alaska Legislature, Railbelt utility organizations and
other forums in the development of strategies and action plans to
address economic and regulatory environments.
Prepares guidelines and monitors tariff advice letters proposing
new or revised terms and conditions to operating tariffs based on
the goals and operational needs of the various divisions to ensure
the Association consistently promotes the objectives in its
Provides key inputs to the Association's Strategic Plan
consistent with regulatory and market requirements.
Manages capital credit allocation methodologies and the
allocation of retail and wholesale capital credits. Manages monthly
fuel and purchased power cost assignment on a customer-class
Prepares monthly reports and other routine reports, as
Develops long and short-range goals for the Regulatory Affairs
Department, consistent with the Association's financial and
operational requirements. Establishes appropriate review procedures
for all work completed by the Regulatory Affairs Department.
VP Regulatory & External Affairs: Reports to, receives
direction, guidance, and decisions from.
Manager, Regulatory Affairs: Confers with, provides direction
to, gives and receives information.
Rate Analyst: Confers with, provides direction to, gives and
Regulatory & Business Development Analyst: Confers with,
provides direction to, gives and receives information.
Key Accounts, Business Development, and Legal Managers: Confers
with, gives and receives information.
General Counsel: Confers with in obtaining the provision of
legal representation before regulatory and governmental
Other Departments: Seeks information from, shares information
with, and coordinates projects, including accounting, engineering,
dispatch, operations, generation, member services, administration,
land services, security, and others.
RCA: Coordinates the development of appropriate strategies to
address the Association's short and long-term financial and
FERC: Monitor its decisions and initiatives; propose and
communicate strategies to address requirements and impacts.
Legislature: Represents the Association in the development of
changes to laws and statutes to facilitate appropriate and
efficient regulation in the utility industry.
Utility organizations: Coordinate/negotiate appropriate
Consultants: Manage and establish general guidelines on
strategies, approaches and expected results.
Wholesale Customers: Explain Association regulatory approaches;
coordinate appropriate retail approaches for wholesale customer
Retail Customers: Communicate the Association's philosophy,
strategies and offerings to trade groups, large commercial
customers and residential customer meetings
Knowledge of all aspects of the requirements of a competitive
Knowledge and understanding of ratemaking theory and practice,
particularly the various approaches to cost-of-service is
Ability to withstand cross-examination in adversarial
proceedings Familiarity with primary hardware and software
requirements and data processing.
Familiarity with auditing, budgeting, economic, and statistical
concepts, principles and techniques.
Superior analytical and communication skills.
Ability to analyze and sold non-routine economic, financial and
Ability to prepare thorough, logical and defensible financial
and economic analysis, and rate studies which withstand the
scrutiny of regulatory agencies, consumer groups and other affected
Ability to accomplish report preparation and other departmental
work in a timely manner.
Ability to develop alternative and innovative rates in response
to business conditions.
Ability to work well with all levels of management.
Supervisory Responsibility This position supervises the Manager,
Regulatory Affairs and Administrative Secretary, Regulatory
Work is performed in a standard office environment. Frequent
long hours due to deadlines and considerable pressures from
adversarial regulatory proceedings. Occasional travel outside the
state may be requir ed. Minimum Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor's degree in economics, finance, business or related
discipline. Master's degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy,
or related is also required.
Fifteen years' experience working for a regulated utility, with
similarly complex duties through which the skills and abilities
have been developed and can be demonstrated is required. Preference
given to electric utility experience. Minimum of five years working
at a manager level, leading teams, or serving as the subject matter
expert for regulatory and/or ratemaking processes.
Must have experience in ratemaking, applying various approaches
to meet cost-of-service requirement(s). Must have experience
defending, supporting, and withstanding adversarial proceedings,
hearings, and/or cross-examination(s).
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