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Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit public agency, which is the default electricity provider for Sonoma County. SCP offers Sonoma County local control, choice, cleaner electricity, lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower prices. 

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SCPA GENERAL COUNSEL JOB SPECS

GENERAL COUNSEL – JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Us:        Changing the way California uses energy by focusing on decarbonizing and electrifying buildings and transportation, inventing ways to reduce reliance on natural gas, and move toward 100% renewable energy by designing tools to back up solar and wind.

You:      Ready to support the transition to affordable, reliable, zero-carbon energy for all human purposes. Enjoy working closely with a small team. Excited to defend our customer’s rights at the CPUC and beyond.

The Sonoma Clean Power Authority (SCPA) is recruiting a full-time General Counsel to work in its Santa Rosa headquarters beginning in June 2018. As a “community choice aggregator” under California law, SCPA is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCPA provides its customers with the option of using cleaner electricity at competitive rates, from sources like solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower. SCPA is a joint powers authority, independently run by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the participating cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Fort Bragg, Petaluma, Point Arena, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Willits, Windsor, and the counties of Sonoma and Mendocino. More information about SCPA is available at https://sonomacleanpower.org/.

SCPA’s team works in a highly collaborative, “flat” manner. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal relationship skills, and be prepared to work with SCPA staff at all levels to further the organization’s goals.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

As lead in-house legal officer reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Counsel works under direction from the Chief Executive Officer and has responsibility for all SCPA legal matters, with particular emphasis on contracting; public/municipal law; regulatory and legislative affairs; compliance matters; finance, project finance and energy supply transactions; ethics; oversight of and collaboration with external legal counsel; and related work as assigned. The General Counsel attends and advises the Board of Directors at all meetings of the Board.

Legal: Lead all in-house legal work for SCPA. Significant areas of responsibility include ensuring SCPA’s compliance with all laws relating to public entities (Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflicts of interest), leading or overseeing SCPA’s energy-related compliance activities, advising the CEO on SCPA’s human resource policies and procedures, leading or overseeing regulatory interventions at key state agencies (CPUC, CEC, CARB), negotiating and reviewing contracts, and handling or overseeing all SCPA litigation and administrative proceedings.

Energy Procurement: Lead all in-house legal review of energy transactions, manage outside counsel participation in energy transactions, and support development of portfolio risk management procedures.

Finance: Lead all in-house legal review of SCPA financial transactions, with a particular focus on energy-related financings including initiation and oversight of credit facilities.

Regulatory: Work closely with the CEO and Regulatory Affairs Director to define regulatory strategy, oversee in-house and outside counsel participation in regulatory proceedings, provide for representation of SCPA in front of regulatory agencies.

Contracts:  Assume overall responsibility for legal review of all contracts that SCPA may enter into, and participate as necessary as a key member of contract negotiation teams.

Public: Create and maintain productive relationships with the community, business groups, industry participants, and regulatory agencies. Attend all meetings of SCPA’s Board of Directors and Community Advisory Committee.

Location/Employment: This position is located at SCPA headquarters in Santa Rosa.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package offered, based on candidate experience. Details will be available at the interview.

Application Deadline: Applications will be received until the position is filled.  The first round of interviews will be held the last week of April.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest in position, current resume including education and relevant experience, a writing sample, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to Stephanie Reynolds, Director of Internal Operations at jobs@sonomacleanpower.org

Start date: Summer, 2018 or as negotiated. The selected applicant will work with the current General Counsel to transition workload during a four- to six-week period.

POSITION DETAILS

The General Counsel provides legal advice and guidance regarding legal matters affecting SCPA, including regulatory affairs, legislative developments, project finance, finance, municipal law and others. The General Counsel also researches and prepares written and oral advice for the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors on related legal issues and performs managerial and project management tasks as necessary. The General Counsel represents, and oversees the representation of, SCPA before various regulatory agencies in matters affecting community choice aggregators (CCAs) and other electric utilities, including ratemaking proceedings, investigations, rulemakings, compliance matters and proposed legislation, drafting applications, briefs, legal memoranda, and discovery requests/responses; supervises the preparation of the testimony and exhibits of expert witnesses; examines and cross-examines witnesses, and presents oral argument; participates in negotiations and settlement discussions. The General Counsel assists in the development of legislative policy and works with internal staff and external contractors to implement proposed legislative activities. The General Counsel directs and works collaboratively with external counsel from a wide range of related specialties. The General Counsel also manages and works closely with SCPA’s Regulatory Affairs Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)

  • Renders legal advice, administers legal services, and directs and works collaboratively with internal staff and external counsel and contractors regarding a variety of regulatory, legislative and legal matters affecting SCPA.
  • Represents, and oversees representation of, SCPA in energy-related administrative proceedings.
  • Reviews and recommends policies.
  • Updates SCPA Board of Directors on legal, regulatory, and legislative developments.
  • Works in a team to negotiate, draft and close a range of SCPA transactions, including power purchase agreements and credit agreements. Prepares and reviews contracts for content and form.
  • Participates in SCPA management activities, including assisting in strategic planning, budget and forecast analysis, contractual reporting, annual audit, and other tasks as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience/Education

Juris Doctor degree from an accredited university; plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney working on complex regulatory, energy, or municipal/public law matters at a reputable law firm or as in-house or public-agency counsel; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Background in energy, economics, engineering, finance, or public policy is desirable. Current active membership in the State Bar of California required.

Knowledge of and Experience in the Following Areas are Preferred

  • Transactions, contracts, public/municipal law, ethics, and other areas of law.
  • Energy regulatory practice and legislative affairs.
  • Structuring, financing, and implementing complex projects, including drafting and negotiating contracts and security agreements.
  • Finance transactions, including bond and loan transactions.

Language and Reasoning Skills

  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, and commercial awareness.
  • Develop high-quality writing, research, and other work products.
  • Deliver clear and persuasive oral communication.
  • Interact effectively with administrative bodies, SCPA’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors, and SCPA staff.
  • Apply robust analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Utilize strong time management, project management, dispute resolution and interpersonal relations skills.

Skills and Abilities

  • Focus, direct, and manage the efforts of subordinate staff members and external legal, regulatory and legislative resources.
  • Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts.
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented.
  • Work accurately and swiftly under pressure.
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.
  • Provide pragmatic, common-sense options to address legal and regulatory issues.
  • Establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with those encountered during the performance of duties.

PHYSICAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS

The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position.  Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds.  SCPA will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:

Active membership in the California State Bar required. Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

THE SONOMA CLEAN POWER AUTHORITY IS AN EEO/ADA EMPLOYER

INTERNSHIP

INTERN

(Extra-help)

Salary Range:  $15.00 – 20.00 (hourly, DOE) (20 hour per week min.)

This class specification indicates, in general terms, the type and level of work performed as well as the responsibilities of employees hired to work in this classification.  The job functions described are not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive to any specific employee.

 DEFINITION

Under direct supervision of the Director of Programs, the SCP intern has a wide range of responsibilities including, but not limited to: assisting with transportation electrification efforts, special topical projects, economic modeling, spreadsheet analysis, and contract research and administrative tasks.  The Intern may be assigned to assist any SCP manager, as needed.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This position is distinguished by its responsibility for providing direct support to the Director of Programs and other Programs staff.  This Intern should be outgoing, a self-starter, dependable, and able to work in a team environment or independently with limited supervision.  The position is responsible for assisting with analytical projects as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Basic office organization, inventory, records maintenance and electronic filing systems.

Modern office procedures and equipment including but not limited to computers and applicable software applications such as Microsoft Word, Office and Power Point, with advanced skills in Excel.

Understand the Mission and functions of the SCP Authority sufficiently to explain to the general public.

Be flexible and adaptable to change in a fast-paced environment.

Respond in a tactful and professional manner to inquiries, including telephone and in person, from members of the public, directors, and other interested stakeholders.

Maintain confidentiality and use discretion in the release of information; Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Training Guidelines

Current or graduated college student with the emphasis of study in a field such as engineering, environmental sciences, economics or finance.

License:

Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record at the time of hire.

PHYSICAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

ENVIRONMENT.  Normal office environment with exposure to computer screens.  The noise level in the work environment is usually typical of an office environment and public events.

PHYSICAL.  While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms. Employees are occasionally required to walk, and stand for prolonged periods; stoop, bend, kneel and twist; and may lift up to 30 pounds.  Employees must be able to communicate in person, in writing, by telephone, and represent SCP in various settings, with management, coworkers, vendors, consultants, and the public.

VISION. AND HEARING – See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and operate assigned equipment.  Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to jobs@sonomacleanpower.org  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.