Overview

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
44 South Clinton Avenue
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625
NOTICE OF VACANCY
**This position may be eligible for telework up to two days per week**
POSTING NO.: 73-2022
TITLE: Broadband Director
SALARY: $125,000.00 – $140,000.00, Commensurate with Experience
WORKWEEK: 35 hours (NL)
EXISTING VACANCIES: One (1)
OPENING DATE: November 2, 2022
CLOSING DATE: November 30, 2022
DIVISION/LOCATION: Broadband Office
*The Board of Public Utilities is a great place to work*
Achieving 100% broadband access for all residents and business in the State of New Jersey is within reach. The Broadband Office in the NJBPU is working to meet that goal. This is an opportunity to help build and develop a team in this newly created role to ensure the State is maximizing and deploying unprecedented federal funding opportunities for broadband infrastructure, access and affordability; engage with stakeholders and leaders in unserved and underserved communities to identify barriers to broadband; and develop and implement an effective statewide broadband strategy.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under the general direction of the Chief of Staff or other supervisory position, the Broadband Director will supervise a team charged with developing and implementing programs and outreach to maximize funding New Jersey anticipates receiving through the Coronavirus Capital Projects Funding and the National Telecommunications and Information Agency’s Digital Equity and Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Programs.
WORK RESPONSIBILITIES
• Oversee broadband policies and program development and implementation to meet the goals of grants received through the Capital Projects Fund, BEAD and Digital Equity;
• Advise the Broadband Access Study Commission (BASC) and its consultant in developing a report of recommendations the BASC is statutorily required to deliver in 2023;
• Coordinate with the Governor’s Disaster and Recovery Office and across state agencies to ensure all broadband financial investments are coordinated and highly leveraged;
• Partner with the NJBPU Fiscal and Budget team to direct State allocations and management of federal grants;
• Represent the NJBPU in public stakeholder meetings and in speaking engagements on broadband; and
• Provide broadband policy advice to the Senior Staff and President of the NJBPU.
REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the fields of Public Administration/Public Policy, Economic Development, or Information Technology, preferred.
EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate will have at least 5-10 years’ experience in the following areas:
• Broadband deployment
• Community economic development
• Community outreach
• Public policy development
• Supervising and management
RESUME NOTE: Eligibility determinations will be based upon information presented in resume and proof of degree submitted. Applicants who possess foreign degrees (degrees earned outside of the U.S.) are required to provide an evaluation indicating the U.S. equivalency.
OPEN TO THE FOLLOWING: Open to New Jersey residents.
RESIDENCY LAW: Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70), also known as the “New Jersey First Act,” which became effective September 1, 2011, all persons newly hired by the Executive Branch on or after that date shall have one year from the date of employment to establish, and then maintain principal residence in the State of New Jersey.
WORK AUTHORIZATION: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and Personal Relationships Disclosure Form (Click Here). Please make sure to include the posting number in the subject line via email. All documents must be submitted by the closing date shown above to the following:
NJ Board of Public Utilities
Office of Human Resources
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625
humanresources@bpu.nj.gov
Visit us at https://nj.gov/bpu/
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ("NJBPU" or “Board”) is the state agency with authority to oversee the regulated utilities, which provide critical services such as natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, and cable television. The law requires the Board to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey.

The Board addresses issues of consumer protection, energy reform, deregulation of energy, and telecommunications services and the restructuring of utility rates to encourage energy conservation and competitive pricing in the industry.
The Board is also responsible for monitoring utility service and responding to consumer complaints.

The Board is considered a quasi-judicial body, meaning that it functions similar to a court or judge. Anyone may file a petition (or a request for action) asking the Board to consider a matter within its jurisdiction. Most often petitions are filed by the utilities, ratepayers, or interested parties, but sometimes the Board will initiate a matter on its own.

Once a petition is filed, the Board decides if it will retain the matter (which will become a case) or send the petition to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). If the case is sent to the OAL, a judge will make an initial decision that the Board will ultimately accept, reject, or change. Regardless of whether the case is sent to the OAL or retained by the Board, the case goes through a legal process that may involve public hearings, briefs, discovery, and testimony. The parties involved include the petitioner, the Board’s staff, and often the Division of Rate Counsel (the state entity charged with representing the ratepayers and consumers of New Jersey). Others may ask to be involved as an intervener or a participant, but those parties must meet certain standards provided in the regulations (N.J.A.C. 1:1-16.3) to be granted that status.

Members of the public are invited to voice their opinions at public hearings. Public hearings are listed on NJBPU's website and notices of these hearings appear in newspapers. All evidence, arguments, and comments provided at the public hearings are made part of the record to ensure that the OAL judge and/or the Board is making an informed and impartial decision based upon the facts as presented by both sides. It is important that the public provide its input at the public hearings to ensure these comments are included in the record of the case.

The Board then decides the case at one of its public agenda meetings, and will issue an order setting forth the reason for its decision. The Board’s decision may be appealed to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.