Philadelphia Gas Works

Hearing Officer - Utility / Regulatory - Philadelphia Gas Commission

Employment Status
Regular/Full Time


Hearing Officer - Utility/Regulatory - Philadelphia Gas Commission


Seeking candidates with Administrative Law Judge experience


The Philadelphia Gas Commission has general responsibility (together with the City Administration and Philadelphia City Council) for overseeing the management and operation of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) by the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC). PGW is a natural gas distribution operation owned by the City of Philadelphia. The PFMC is a non-profit corporation which operates PGW under contract with the City.


The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the nation, supplying gas service in the City of Philadelphia to over 500,000 customers.  From its humble beginnings in 1836, PGW has grown into the large, modern facility that exists today.  As one of the nation's leading natural gas providers, PGW prides itself on stability and continual growth.  PGW is dedicated to becoming the Greenest Natural Gas Delivery Company in the region.




The Hearing Examiner reviews and applies laws and regulations, conducts hearings, makes decisions and recommendations based on appropriate findings.  The incumbent is expected to plan, organize and conduct examinations independently, including investigating facts, researching precedents, defining issues and options, and developing conclusions and recommendations.  This position provides advanced technical support to the Executive Director in fulfilling the Gas Commission’s governance and oversight responsibilities, as well as certain administrative obligations.


  • Reviews, analyzes and thoroughly vets PGW budget and other filings; prepares informal and formal discovery, and lines of questioning for hearings; interacts with parties to expedite conduct of Commission’s due diligence reviews as appropriate. 
  • Assists Executive Director on developing strategy, issue identification and development, disposing of motions or petitions, and briefing Gas Commissioners, as requested.  
  • Prepares and suggests edits to others’ draft recommended decisions, motions, briefing materials, orders and resolutions, and similar materials; incorporates City Law Department input as needed. 
  • Assists Executive Director to coach and mentor lower level personnel. 
  • Monitors PGW compliance with reporting and disclosure directives, and takes appropriate follow-up action. 
  • Review and analyzes relevant reports, studies, contracts, rules, regulations, laws.
  • Assists Executive Director to satisfy Right to Know Law; City Department of Records retention and disposal; PGW Pension Committee and other similar requirements. 
  • Other similar duties as assigned by the Executive Director.




  • Juris Doctor Degree with 7-10 years’ experience,   preferably in a utility, regulatory or municipal environment.
  • Excellent, prolific written and oral communications   skills; ability to convey complex technical information in   clear, concise and   accessible language and form.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and meticulous attention   to detail.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, coordinate   multiple priorities and meet strict deadlines.
  • Very strong analytic (qualitative and quantitative)   skills; knowledge of budgets, financial reporting and the utility industry.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite – MS Word, Excel and   PowerPoint 
  • Self-starter; demonstrates initiative and ability to   work independently.
  • Commitment and ability to work well within a team   approach, while taking leadership role in attaining the Gas Commission’s   goals.
  • Proven ability to   establish, implement and manage schedules and procedures.
  • Experience in   conducting public hearings efficiently and with appropriate demeanor.  Knowledge of administrative hearing   procedures, applicable laws, government regulations and agency rules.
  • Experience in   determining and applying relevant rules and statutes, complying with ethical   standards,recognizing problems and identifying and facilitating solutions.

Residency Requirement:  All employees of the Philadelphia Gas Commission and Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) must live in the City of Philadelphia for the duration of their employment. If a candidate does not live in the City of Philadelphia at the time of hire, he/she must move into the city within twelve (12) months of his/her hire date.


We offer a strong benefit package that includes free basic health and dental insurance.   The Philadelphia Gas Commission and PGW are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/VAAP/EEO. 


Location:  Center City Philadelphia (19102)


While we appreciate all responses, only those who are uniquely qualified will be contacted.   Local candidates will be given preference – interview expenses are not funded.



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