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  • 501305
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Sep 26 2021 MST


The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is one of the most unique state agencies in Arizona and one of only 13 public utility commissions in the country where commissioners are elected. Established by the Arizona Constitution, the ACC is a medium-sized agency with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Our mission is diverse—spanning utility rate making; securities registration and enforcement; rail and pipeline safety; and corporate business filings—and we boast an average employment tenure of nearly 10 years. Learn more by visiting www.azcc.gov.

Special Assistant to Commission

Job Location:

Address:  1200 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Posting Details:

Salary: $65,000 - $80,000 

Grade: 25

Job Summary:

The Hearing Division exercises the Commission’s authority to hold public hearings and arbitrations on matters involving the regulation of public service corporations and the sale of securities. It includes Docket Control, responsible for the Commission’s filings and record-keeping.

This Special Assistant to Commission is a high-level, expert resource to the Administrative Law Judges who preside over rate and other cases.

Job Duties:

Duties include helping the Administrative Law Judges in timely preparation of Recommended Opinions and Orders, preparation for hearing, and the Commissioners' deliberative process and decision making. This involves performing in-depth analysis of public utilities applications and case filings, verifying all mathematical calculations, and summarizing for ALJs.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of utility ratemaking theories and rate design, and skills in analyzing regulatory theory, policy, and law;
• Expertise in interpreting and analyzing a wide range of highly technical and complex financial, economic, accounting, and engineering data;
• Knowledge of applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS);
• Expertise in interpreting and analyzing financial statements and general ledgers, audits, sales and merger agreements;
• Advanced skills in using MS Office computer applications, including spreadsheets, databases, and word processing; and using data to create complex ratemaking schedules and spreadsheets;
• Ability to advise Administrative Law Judges and Commissioners on a wide rate of critical, complex, and technical, financial, economic, accounting, and engineering issues, regulatory theory and policy; and
• Ability to explain and support recommendations clearly in writing and verbally, including in a public setting.

Selective Preference(s):

Graduate degree in accounting, finance, economics, business, law or related field;
Certified Public Accountant certification;
Prior utility ratemaking and/or regulatory analysis experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background/reference check and confirmation of any degrees/certifications.
A.R.S. Section 40-101 prohibits Commission employees from having certain interests in entities that the Commission regulates. Applicants shall be required to disclose any interests they may have in the regulated entities during the application process, and as a condition of employment, to divest themselves of any prohibited interests.


- Excellent comprehensive benefits, including a top-ranked retirement plan, low-cost health coverage, supplemental policies such as vision and short-term disability, and generous paid vacation and sick leave programs
- Career and personal development support; multiple training and education opportunities and resources; qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer
- Interesting, challenging work in a public sector environment with the chance to make a real difference in our state
- We are an Equal Employment Opportunity agency and a recognized Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


This position participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email HumanResources@azcc.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.