Senior Accountant

  • 103,605 - 133,476
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA Washington D.C. DC US
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
  • 22 Mar 18 2018-03-22

Senior Accountant with utility industry experience sought!

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission), a leading utility regulatory agency, is looking for a talented senior accountant with utility experience, who can make a professional difference in the Nation’s Capital.  As a senior accountant, you will be involved in a challenging variety of utility regulatory projects, including: ongoing financial analysis and monitoring efforts for electric and gas utility rate increase applications and $1B+ of infrastructure upgrades, electric and gas distribution strategic initiatives and long-term planning reviews, as well as distributed energy resource technologies, including campus and institutional gas-fired cogeneration and related energy systems.  

In this role, you will have an opportunity to interface with key stakeholders from federal and state agencies, including other state public service commissions, FERC and the SEC.  You will also interface with professionals of Fortune 500 energy companies, energy developers and providers, as well as regulatory professionals from across the Nation.  You will gain significant industry exposure and unmatched professional experience as a member of a leading regulatory agency with a proud 100+ year history of regulatory excellence.

This position is located in the Office of Accounting and Finance within the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis (OTRA) of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission).  The Commission regulates the utilities and competitive companies that provide natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications services to District of Columbia ratepayers.  The mission of the Commission is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas and local telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business and government customers. OTRA advises the Commissioners on accounting, economic, engineering, and financial issues in formal cases that are before the Commission.

The Senior Accountant is responsible for providing authoritative advice to the Chief of Accounting and Finance and the Commission on complex financial and accounting work associated with the examination and appraisal of utility companies.  Performs audits and investigations of energy and telecommunication entities, and develops creative solutions to controversial accounting and auditing problems.  Reviews rate cases and other regulatory filings by the utility companies.  Identifies accounting and auditing issues and prepares advisory memoranda to the Commission that includes summaries of issues, analyses, and identification of options and recommendations.  Evaluates utility companies’ claims, determines the adequacy and reliability of data, and determines the need for and nature of additional data required to complete the analysis.  Studies and evaluates existing systems of internal control to determine the level of system reliability; determines analytical procedures; and obtains sufficient reliable evidence through inspections, inquiries, and confirmation to provide a reasonable basis for an opinion.  Participates in preparing advisory memoranda, and rate case and investigative orders involving complex accounting and financial issues. 

The Commission offers a competitive salary range, a generous travel stipend for public transportation, as well as an attractive benefits package.  The Commission's benefits package encompasses a flexible menu of comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance options, as well as a strong set of portable retirement benefits and savings options.  The Commission also offers attractive vacation and sick leave time, as well as paid holidays, consistent with District government provisions.

The Commission also seeks to optimize work-life balance through an attractive set of work schedule options, including: Flex time schedules, Teleworking options, and Alternative Work Schedules, all available after a probationary period.  As an organization dedicated to professional development and learning, the Commission encourages staff to participate in regulatory and industry association activities, as well as educational and professional training. Tuition reimbursement may also be available.