Corporate Counsel - Helena, MT

$84,000 - $151,000 yearly
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Helena, MT, USA
  • Jul 15, 2022
Full time Legal Management Project Management

Job Description

About this position:

Provide support to NorthWestern Energy's Regulatory Affairs activities before the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state courts. Responsible for drafting pleadings, managing discovery, researching issues, presenting arguments, and assisting the team in developing and implementing regulatory strategies. Provide support and advice to subject matter experts in energy supply, distribution, and transmission groups.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ 1,500 amazing people and serve 709,000 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%
  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents)
  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)
  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities
  • Paid training opportunities
  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 10 paid holidays

Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

About this job:

  • Represent NorthWestern Energy before the Montana PSC and other administrative agencies in dockets including rate cases, tariff filings, complaint proceedings, and other regulatory applications and filings
  • Conduct legal research
  • Draft all forms of legal documents, including tariff provisions, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, petitions, motions, briefs, affidavits, memos, reports, and presentations
  • Draft comments on proposed rulemakings and other non-contested case dockets before the Montana PSC and other regulatory agencies
  • Advise internal energy supply, distribution, and transmission clients on state and federal regulatory issues and other legal issues
  • Participate in contract drafting, civil disputes, and other legal work outside of the regulatory arena
  • Develop legal assessments, interpretations, recommendations, and opinions on regulatory and other issues
  • Work with outside counsel as appropriate
  • Representation in court, and out of court, on civil matters or judicial review of agency decisions
  • Perform all other related duties as required
  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Must be a member of the State Bar of Montana, able to be admitted as a member on motion, or must take and pass the next available Montana Bar exam
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a legal department of a corporation, law firm, or state or federal regulatory or administrative agency
  • Must have first chair experience in administrative or litigation cases
  • Some knowledge of electric and natural gas industries preferred, including general rate case matters (e.g. cost of service and rate design issues), fuel supply trackers, and Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act ("PURPA") related issues
  • Knowledge of law and legal research techniques, contract drafting and interpretation
  • Must maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Must think strategically
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must excel at working in a team environment
  • Must be very detail-oriented and maintain a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and balance the needs of multiple internal clients
  • Must be willing to work under and have a demonstrated ability to meet rigorous deadlines
  • Must be proficient user of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Experience with SharePoint, Excel, and PowerPoint is a plus