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State of Massachusetts Regional Planner V in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is an adjudicatory agency overseen by a three-member Commission. It is responsible for oversight of investor-owned electric power, natural gas, and water utilities in the Commonwealth. In addition, the DPU is charged with developing alternatives to traditional regulation, monitoring service quality, regulating safety in the transportation and gas pipeline areas, and the siting of energy facilities. The mission of the DPU is to ensure that consumers’ rights are protected, and that utility companies are providing the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost. The DPU oversees the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline-related accidents, and the energy facilities siting process. The DPU seeks to promote safety, security, reliability of service, affordability, equity, and greenhouse gas emission reductions. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is responsible for oversight of electric, natural gas, and water utilities in the Commonwealth. In coordination with the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), the DPU and the EFSB jointly oversee the siting of major energy facilities in the Commonwealth to ensure a reliable supply of energy, with a minimum impact on the environment, at the lowest possible cost. For further information, please visit: Division Overview The Siting Division of the DPU is a diverse team of planners, engineers, economists, lawyers, and environmental specialists that reviews major energy facility proposals requiring EFSB/DPU regulatory approvals. Our mission is to ensure that approved projects are consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies, and serve the public interest. The work of the Siting Division takes place in a rapidly evolving energy landscape, with significant technological, regulatory, and market changes, and a growing emphasis on both mitigating and adapting to climate change, while maintaining reliable, safe, and cost-effective energy supplies vital to the Massachusetts economy. The projects we review are at the forefront of important energy, environmental, and technological trends that are transforming energy infrastructure in Massachusetts. For further information, please visit: Energy Facilities Siting Specialist – Department of Public Utilities, Siting Division As the Energy Facilities Siting Specialist you will be a key member of the Siting Division’s project teams that review the siting of proposed (and sometimes controversial) major energy facilities such as electric generating and energy storage facilities, electric transmission lines and substations needed for reliability and connecting growing offshore wind resources, intrastate natural gas pipelines, and large LNG storage facilities. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to represent and advise the Siting Division on the latest developments relating to energy/environmental issues in the Commonwealth. In addition to reviewing a wide-ranging portfolio of energy projects, you will be instrumental to the Siting Division as a technical expert on its reviews of major energy facilities. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. Siting Division reviews include evaluation of need for the project, alternative project options (such as energy efficiency and distributed energy resources), environmental impacts and mitigation measures, cost-effectiveness, and consistency with state energy/environmental policies, statutes, and regulations. EFSB/DPU siting authority includes construction permits, exemptions from local zoning, issuance of other state and local permits, rulemakings, advisory rulings and determinations, and compliance oversight. The Senior Energy Facilities Siting Specialist role is the logical next step in your energy/environmental career path if you are ready to leverage your energy expertise and passion for public service to help the Commonwealth advance its clean energy future. Your essential job duties will include (these are not all-inclusive): · Advising members of the Siting Division and senior government officials on engineering and technical matters relevant to energy facilities siting policy and decision-making · Investigating and exploring emerging technologies (e.g. battery energy storage systems, distributed generation), and advising on how these technologies affect the siting process · Drafting key sections of agency decisions and work products based on case evidence and sound analysis · Reviewing technical aspects of energy facilities project proposals; determining the completeness of applications; identifying areas for further technical inquiry · Analyzing the need for technical regulations and the development of technical policy · Conferring with local, state and federal government agencies to gather data and exchange information regarding the regulation of energy facilities · Representing the agency before legislative bodies, boards, commissions, committees, or federal or state agencies · Reporting to the Assistant Director of the Siting Division and providing guidance to members of the Division · Analyzing detailed energy project proposals of utilities and other energy project developers · Identifying issues in need of exploration during the proceeding, and developing potential solutions and recommended findings · Conducting site visits of proposed facility locations and demonstrating effective technical understanding of project designs, plans, construction methods, engineering, and potential impacts · Developing subject matter expertise on cases, special projects, and ongoing Division initiatives · Advising agency staff, DPU Commissioners, and EFSB Board members on pending cases and other matters with solid understanding, creative solutions, and sound judgment · Organizing and participating in public comment hearings, and exemplifying the importance of community engagement, environmental justice, and active public participation in Siting proceedings · Developing a robust evidentiary record by written questions to applicants and consultants · Questioning expert witnesses during hearings · Receiving and providing feedback on work products and other deliverables with team members The successful candidate will have: · Strong demonstrated background in energy and environmental matters · Knowledge of energy project technologies, project design, construction practices, and operations · Strong project management skills, including planning and assigning work · Strong editing and reviewing skills to develop clear and effective written work products · Ability to provide substantive procedural direction on assigned cases · Strong analytical skills, and an inquisitive approach · Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize disparate information and communicate that information succinctly · Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of interdisciplinary case teams · Ability to manage time effectively, and work in a productive, organized, and methodical way · Ability to work effectively in a hybrid remote work setting with certain required in-office days First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time technical or professional experience in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, transportation planning or land use planning, and (B) of which at least four years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for two years of the required (A) experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in urban or regional planning;, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually competed. NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of three years of the required experience. Substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitution will be permitted for the required (C) experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Engineering* *Organization: Department of Public Utilities *Title: *Regional Planner V Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 South Station Requisition ID: 230009CZ