Utilities Economist

City of Tacoma Published: 29/11/2017
Tacoma, Washington
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This position will perform a variety of economic and analytical functions in support of Tacoma Water's Rates and Financial Plng group.  Responsibilities include rate analysis, statistical analysis of water system demand metrics; forecasting of short- and long-term demands, revenues and customer counts; supporting the group's rate-setting efforts and contract negotiations; and coordinated data-gathering and analysis in cooperation with other work groups including Finance, Engineering, field crews, management, and administrative staff.  The ideal candidate will be adept at clearly communicating analytical objectives to different groups in order to successfully procure, understand, and incorporate data into large analytical efforts; and possess the ability to dynamically adapt when information is incomplete or unclear.  This position will be expected to use economic indicators, locally and nationally, to identify and understand historical trends and use them to inform financial, strategic, organizational, and system planning efforts; and communicate results effectively to executive-level management and policy-makers.

Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems.  We provide high-quality water to more than 300,000 direct service customers throughout Pierce and King counties.  Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future.  If you want a challenging role driving our organization to bring new value to our customers, we are looking for you.

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter

  • Analyze and evaluate accounting, economic, operational and financing issues, develop and evaluate alternatives, reach sound conclusions and develop effective recommendations and solutions
  • Collect, analyze and integrate data from various sources and apply sound professional concepts in their analysis
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply complex laws, codes, regulations, complex financial plans and contract documents
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive technical documents, reports, illustrations and other written materials
  • Present ideas clearly, logically and persuasively in a non-technical manner to diverse audiences
  • Effectively organize multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time

Interested candidates should apply online and attach a resume and cover letter to include major responsibilities and accomplishments relevant to this position. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview. Successful candidates must successfully pass a background check.