Senior Economist

Tacoma Public Utilities
Closing Date: 
Fri, 07/26/2019

Tacoma Power has a robust and active energy efficiency program.  Tacoma Power uses evaluation to plan conservation activities, including decisions on allocation of utility resources and whether to modify and/or continue programs.  This Senior Economist position ensures that the measures comprising the energy efficiency program are cost-effective and implemented in an efficient manner. This position manages Tacoma Power's energy efficiency evaluation efforts. This includes conducting independent market research, managing the work of contractors, and interacting with stakeholders.

The ideal candidate has knowledge of statistical and economic analysis as well as research methodologies. Judgment is exercised on study designs and methodologies, evaluation procedures, statistical techniques, analysis and database designs. This position prepares written reports and presents quantitative, economic, and business analysis to senior management, stakeholders and occasionally the public.

In addition to evaluating conservation activities, approximately 25 percent time will be spent providing economic analysis in support of other Power Management activities including: forecasting wholesale prices, evaluating individual major resource acquisition opportunities, assessing the impact of regulations and other exogenous factors on wholesale markets, and looking for market opportunities.


  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with emphasis in economics, statistics, finance, business administration or related field; advanced degree desired;
  •  5+ years progressive experience performing research, economic, financial and/or market analysis;
  • Knowledge of energy industry desired.

Knowledge & Skills:

Analysis Abilities

  • Economic analysis and natural resource valuation.
  • Applied statistics, analysis techniques, survey design, sample design, data collection, and monitoring systems.
  • Combining scientific and engineering data to perform complex statistical analysis.
  • Using statistics to form accurate and well-reasoned conclusions.
  • Performing economic analysis in a transparent and careful way that supports recommendations and decisions.
  • Designing and managing large multi-faceted cross-organizational research projects.
  • Experience with Data Visualization

Business Skills

  • Well-developed communication skills: writing skills (e.g., report writing, developing support documentation and technical writing); presentation skills (e.g., PowerPoint development); and oral skills.
  • Firm understanding of business concepts, theories, practices, business case development, work plan development, request for proposal development, manage contract, and budgeting.
  • Effective project management skills, ability to resolve and adapt to evolving issues throughout a project.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills: ability to work constructively with diverse individuals/groups with divergent perspectives and interests.
  • Computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, statistical modeling, and data management tracking systems.

Energy and Energy Efficiency Knowledge

  • Familiarity with energy conservation measures and measurement best practices.
  • Knowledge of fundamental practices for electrical utility operations, wholesale resource theory, resource portfolio management and how energy efficiency is integrated into a portfolio.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, codes, standards, regulations, policies, technology, terminology and procedures applicable to energy and conservation.

 Selection Process & Supplemental Information:

This recruitment is being managed by Rodney Croston, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power

Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

The City of Tacoma

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s. 

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability.


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

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