Senior Resource Analyst

  • City of Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Clara, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $134,126.76 - $170,980.56 Annually USD

Job Description


Exciting opportunity to grow one’s career in electric resource management and acquisition. The Senior Resource Analysts support the Silicon Valley Power's aggressive goal of 100% 24/7 clean energy through resource planning, portfolio management, and power procurement agreements and structured transactions, along with requisite regulatory compliance. We are a community-oriented full-service utility with a trading function whose customers range from well-known cutting-edge companies to residential. A small interdisciplinary environment allows for interesting learning opportunities in a supportive team culture for a healthy life-work balance. Robust compensation package includes competitive salary, health benefits and CalPERS membership (see Benefits tab for complete description).

The Senior Resource Analyst is the supervisory position in the Resource Analyst series that performs professional level work for the City’s Electric Utility Department, Silicon Valley Power (SVP). Incumbents in this classification provide leadership and supervision to plan, coordinate, and direct electric utility supply, demand-side resource acquisition, and portfolio management. Incumbents exercise a high level of technical expertise, prepare written reports, and deliver oral reports for management, boards and commissions, City Council, and at meetings of outside agencies.

Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager’s Directive 100.

Additional Information:

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Applications must be filled out completely (i.e. do not write “see resume or personnel file.”). To receive consideration for the screening process, candidates must submit a Resume. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application packets may be submitted online through the “Apply Now” feature on the job announcement at . This position is open until filled: Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis for consideration to the position. If you are interested in applying you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, before the position is closed.

The City of Santa Clara is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. The City of Santa Clara is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408) 615-2080 or .

Typical Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under general supervision:
• Supervises and trains assigned staff; manages assigned activities including energy resource planning and procurement, supply and demand-side management plans, complex modeling and decision analysis, rate development, energy risk management, and forecasting
• Negotiates and administers contracts and agreements related to planning, project development, transmission purchase and sale, interconnection, power product purchases, balancing authority area and settlement agreements
• Manages consultant contracts and project schedule coordination and inter-utility coordination
• Facilitates strategic planning processes through data acquisition, analysis, decision process facilitation, report preparation, and critical activity analysis and tracking
• Coordinates development and implementation of short and long-term electric portfolio management plans
• Evaluates potential opportunities for power supply acquisition/optimization and power project participation
• Participates in the development of utility policies, resource planning, resource evaluation, and development of operating and risk management practices and procedures
• Participates in California Independent System Operator (CAISO) stakeholder processes where new market initiatives are discussed and advocates alternatives that maximize benefits to City customers.
• Negotiates, prepares, and administers energy and transmission contracts with various wholesale market participants to optimize power supply or transmission opportunities and resolve power supply issues
• Reviews contracts to ensure that obligations are met and evaluates opportunities to enhance returns on existing contracts
• Identifies and analyzes operational problems, conducts studies, strategically evaluates alternatives, and implements effective solutions for a wide variety of issues
• Monitors changes in California Independent System Operator (CAISO) tariff and products defined to increase reliability
• Monitors state and federal environmental legislation and interprets/analyzes potential impact to electric operations as well as long-term resource planning
• Provides input to legal proceedings that represent the City’s interests and provides reports related to compliance with existing legislation
• Represents the department and/or the City to the public, other agencies, regional, and sub-regional committees, including conducting public meetings, making presentations, and responding to requests for information
• Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
A combination of education and experience equivalent to:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Business, Accounting, or other related field from an accredited college or university
• Five (5) years increasingly responsible experience in any of the following areas: utilities resource planning or interconnections, commodity acquisition and portfolio management, utility stakeholder process, California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Market activity, Renewable Portfolio programs, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiatives and activities and/or California Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Cap and Trade program

Possible Substitutions:
• Four (4) additional years of relevant experience may be substitutes for the Bachelor’s Degree requirement

Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license is required at time of appointment and for the duration of employment.

• Employees are required to pass initial and periodic comprehensive background checks, which may include fingerprinting, to meet Federal, State and/or industry security requirements
• Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
• California Independent System Operator (CAISO) scheduling and bidding procedures and protocols and CAISO market rules and tariffs
• Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Principles of utility planning involved in: the development, construction, operation within utility area, and joint action projects; energy trading and risk management; transmission and conservation of energy
• Principles of program evaluation, forecasting of load, energy, and market parameters using statistical or probabilistic techniques
• Principles and laws applicable to retail rate making
• Market operations related to bilateral and centralized market trading of wholesale power
• Microsoft Office Suite products including Word, PowerPoint, Excel
• Environmental and safety practices, procedures and standards
Ability to:
• Use complex computer models to perform resource planning, commodity price risk management, and price setting studies
• Use spreadsheet software programs, such as Excel, with a high level of expertise
• Interpret legislative and regulatory mandates impacting utility demand- and supply-side issues
• Manage projects, coordinate efforts of others, and prepare professional reports and requests for proposals
• Perform technical and analytical studies of energy supply and demand-side resources, energy usage and electric demand, power cost, rates, and revenues
• Develop financial models related to resources, costs, rates, and revenues
• Negotiate with representatives of other utilities and regulatory agencies regarding resource supply and/or compliance requirements
• Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines
• Travel to and attend out-of-town one-day meetings on a regular basis
• Create, review and submit reports
• Establish and maintain tactful and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including the general public
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals
• Walk or stand for extended periods of time
• Bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb and lift as necessary to perform assigned duties

City of Santa Clara Benefit Summary Overview for Bargaining Unit #5, 7, & 8
Employees Association

This summary provides a brief overview of the City of Santa Clara's benefits available to Bargaining Unit #5, 7, & 8 employees in 2024. In the event of any conflict between the information in this summary and the applicable official plan documents, City Manager's Directives (CMDs), Personnel and Salary Resolution, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the applicable official plan documents, CMDs, Personnel and Salary Resolution, or MOU will prevail over this summary. Benefits are subject to change.
  • Membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)
    • Classic Employees: 2.7% @ age 55 formula - employee pays 8.00% of gross pay, minus $61 bi-weekly
    • New Employees: 2.0% @ age 62 formula - employee pays 7.00% of gross pay
Medicare and Social Security (FICA)
  • Employee pays 6.20% up to $10,397.40(Social Security) and 1.45% (Medicare) of gross pay
Health Insurance:
  • City contribution up to 90% of the Kaiser Family premium per month, based on enrollment in a CalPERS health plan
  • Employees electing health coverage with premiums above the City health contribution will pay additional premium costs from salary on a pre-tax basis
  • The City’s contribution is prorated based on scheduled hours for part time employees
  • Coverage is effective as early asthe first day of the monthafter date of hire
  • If an employee enrolls in a plan with a monthly premium that is less than $946.86, they will be paid the difference in cash
  • Employees hired on or after 1/1/2022 who opt-out of City-offered health insurance and provide annual attestation and acceptableproof of alternative required coverage for themselves and their tax family, if applicable, are eligible for a cash-in-lieu amount of $250/month. Contact Human Resources for more details
Dental Insurance:
  • Choice of two Delta Dental plans; enrollment is mandatory
  • City pays lowest cost employee only plan; additional cost is paid by employee
  • Coverage is effective as early asthe first day of the monthafter date of hire
Vision Insurance:
  • Choice of two VSP plans
  • City pays lowest cost employee only plan; additional cost is paid by employee
  • Coverage is effective as early asthe first day of the monthafter date of hire
Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA):
  • City contributes $50.00 a month toward employee's VEBA account
  • Account funds may be used to pay for qualified medical expenses after separation from the City and after age 50 (pre-tax)
Life Insurance:
  • City pays for $15,000 of Basic Life Insurance coverage
  • Coverage is effective the first of the month after one calendar month of employment
  • Additional optional insurance may be purchased by the employee for the employee, spouse, domestic partner, and/or dependent children
State Disability Insurance (SDI):
  • Employee pays 1.1% of gross pay (includes Paid Family Leave)
  • 7 day waiting period. Weekly paid leave for absences due to non-work related injuries/illnesses. Benefit is based on past earnings. Refer to for more information
Paid Family Leave (PFL):
  • Up to 8 weeks of benefits within a 12-month period to care for a family member or to bond with a new child
  • No waiting period. Weekly paid leave benefit. Benefit is based on past earnings. Refer to for more information

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance:
  • Benefit is 2/3 of basic wage up to $7,500; max of $5,000/month
  • City pays $.558/$100 of insured earnings
  • 30 calendar day waiting period
  • Coverage is effective the first of the month after one calendar month of employment
Deferred Compensation:
  • Voluntary plan through Nationwide Retirement Solutions
  • Employee may contribute up to the lesser of the IRS maximum or100% of gross compensation into a pre-tax 457(b) account or a post-tax Roth 457(b) account (or a combination of the two accounts) subject to IRS rules
Flexible Spending Account (IRS Section 125 Plan):
  • Employee may contribute up to $3,200per year in pre-tax dollars to a health care spending account
  • Employee may contribute up to $5,000 per year in pre-tax dollars to a dependent care spending account
  • Employee may contribute up to $315per month in pre-tax dollars to a commuter benefit plan
  • Vacation is accrued bi-weekly, cannot use vacation during first 6months of City service
    • For 1 -4 years of service: 10 days (80 hours)/year
    • For 5 -9 years of service: 15 days (120 hours)/year
    • For 10 - 15 years of service: 21 days (168 hours)/year
    • For 16 - 20 years of service: 22 days (176 hours)/year
    • For 21+ years of service: 24 days (192 hours)/year
Maximum vacation accrual is 450 hours Once per year, employees can elect to convert up to 40 hours of accrued vacation to cash to be paid out the following calendar yearSick Leave:
  • Sick leave is accrued bi-weekly for equivalent of 96 hours per calendar year with no maximum accrual
    • Up to 48 hours/year of accumulated sick leave may be used for family illness
    • Up to 40 hours/year of accumulated sick leave may be used for personal leave
Employee may convert sick leave to vacation once per calendar year (annual maximum conversion is 96 hours sick to 48 hours vacation) Partial sick leave payoff provision on retirement depending on years of serviceNon-Management Leave:
  • 24 hours of non-management leave credited to employees each January 1st
    • New employees hired between January 1st and June 30th receive 24 hours of non-management leave their first year
    • New employees hired between July 1st and December 31st receive 12 hours of non-management leave their first year
    • Unused non-management leave may not be carried over from one calendar year to the next
Compensatory Time Off (CTO):
  • Employees may accrue CTO in lieu of overtime hours (maximum accrual is set by department)
  • 16 hours of CTO is credited to employees each January 1st (prorated if hired after January 1st)
  • Seventeen paid eight-hour holidays per year (13 & 4 holidays between 12/25 to 1/1 of following year)

Reimbursements/Allowances (for specific classifications):
  • Raingear: Up to $120 per fiscal year for eligible classifications
  • Safety Boots: Upt to $237 per fiscal year for eligible employees
  • Walking Shoes: Up to $120 per fiscal year for eligible classifications (See MOU for details)
  • Tools: $500 per fiscal year reimbursement for Auto Foreperson classification
  • Phone allowance of $80/month for Senior Key Customer Representative(s) and Key Customer Representative(s) job classifications
Bilingual Pay:
  • Certified bilingual employees are eligible for $55/bi-weekly bilingual pay
Night Differential Pay:
  • Librarians and library support employees whose regular assignments are to City libraries are eligible for 5.0% night differential pay for all hours worked between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. so long as they work a minimum of 2 consecutive hours between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
  • All other employees are eligible for 5.0% night differential pay for all hours worked between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00a.m. so long as they work a minimum of 2 consecutive hours between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Standby Pay:
  • Employees in the classification of Electric Utility Programmer Analyst, Electric Utility Network Administrator, and Senior Energy Systems Analyst are eligible for standby pay of $100/week when assigned to work standby
Tuition Reimbursement Program:
  • Up to $2,000 per fiscal year for tuition reimbursement
Employee Assistance Program:
  • Confidential counseling to employees and dependents. Up to maximum of five (5) consultations per family member per incident per year
  • City paid benefit
Retiree Medical Reimbursement Program:
  • Employees who retire from the City with at least ten (10) years of service shall receive reimbursement to help cover retiree single health insurance premiums. The reimbursement maximum includes the PEMHCA minimum.
  • Up to age 65, retirees are eligible for reimbursement up to $416/month in 2024(amount adjusted annually)
  • After age 65, retirees are eligible for reimbursement up to $249/month in 2024(amount adjusted annually)

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