New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
44 South Clinton Avenue
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625


**This position may be eligible for telework up to two days per week**

*Candidates who applied for posting 17-2022 do not need to reapply*

POSTING NO.: 70-2022

TITLE: Program Specialist Trainee (Utility Response)

SALARY: $46,431.86 – $48,531.07

WORKWEEK: 35 Hours (NE)


OPENING DATE: October 20, 2022

CLOSING DATE: November 10, 2022

DIVISION/LOCATION: Division of Reliability & Security

*The Board of Public Utilities is a great place to work*

You will be part of a highly effective and collaborative team working to ensure that safe, adequate, and proper utility services are provided to all members of the public who desire such services.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under direction of the Division of Reliability & Security, Bureau of Emergency Management or other supervisory official, performs technical planning related to emergency management in accordance with guidelines set forth by the state and federal government; assists in professional, administrative and analytical work to promote the planning, operation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of lifeline sector utilities; does related work as required.

• Learns to collect and review regulated Utility Emergency Response Plans.
• Learns and assists in overseeing the Board of Public Utilities Internal Emergency Management Program.
• Collaborates with various BPU Divisions to ensure maintenance of the Board of Public Utilities Continuity of Operations Plan.
• Responsible for evaluation of regulated utility storm/disaster response performance, mitigation efforts and production of major event reports flowing storms/disasters, responds to actual energy emergencies as required and staffs the State Emergency Operations Center.
• Learns to coordinate the activities of the utilities sector and utility representatives assigned to the State EOC during emergency activations.
• May be required to work non-routine work hours.
• Participates in the review and analysis of utility and petroleum emergency operations plans and restoration practices.
• Learns to evaluate performance of the Energy Sector in response to incidents and weather events.
• Learns to conduct field inspections and represents the Division at meetings, conferences, and workgroups as required.
• Provides timely updates to NJBPU leadership during emergencies regarding Utility Emergency Response.
• Participates in emergency planning initiatives and meetings with public and private sector.
• Interprets federal and state emergency planning legislation.
• Learns to investigate potential violations of law, non-compliance with statutes, administrative codes and orders.
• Learns to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and factual reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
• Assists in preparing charts, tables, and other graphic representations needed for the planning, operation and implementation of program activities.
• Collect data to prepare clear reports of instigative findings, inspections, and surveys containing recommendations and solutions.
• Learn to review plans, specifications, and environmental impact documents.


EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree.

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 (https://www.nj.gov/bpu/about/employment/). 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
Visit us at https://nj.gov/bpu/

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job email your details to humanresources@bpu.nj.gov

About nj.gov/bpu/about/employment/

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.