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Energy Northwest Staff Counsel Senior/II/I - Nuclear in Richland, Washington

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This position is posted at multiple levels. See below for requirements and salary ranges.

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Senior Counsel reports directly to the Legal Services Supervisor. This position provides legal advice, counsel and services to all organizations within Energy Northwest regarding a wide range of activities without significant oversight. In addition to providing legal services to the company, primary responsibilities include ensuring procedural and legal compliance in a number of regulatory areas such as environmental, nuclear, ethics, industrial safety, procurement, Washingtons State Public Records Act (PRA), employment and managing major contractual transactions and litigation without significant day-to-day supervision.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

NOTE: Percentages allotted to job functions vary depending on workload and current assignments.

  • Provide legal support and advice with respect to nuclear licensing and nuclear regulatory compliance issues, including but not limited to Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations and enforcement matters.

  • Negotiate, draft and review a wide variety of diverse contracts, leases, waivers, and other agreements on behalf of Energy Northwest with limited oversight or supervision.

  • Provide legal support in a number of regulatory areas such as environmental, ethics, industrial safety, and employment, including but not limited to attending meetings and interfacing with all levels of staff at Energy Northwest.

  • Establish and maintain programmatic and procedural guidance for implementation of the PRA including oversight of the Paralegal in analyzing and evaluating PRA requests, determining responsive records, establishing search criteria. Oversee the Paralegal’s work to ensure timely communication with requesters to establish commitments. Oversee the Paralegal’s work with office(s) of records to obtain responsive records within commitment timeframes. Provide legal review and support of PRA responses.

  • Protect Energy Northwest’s financial and legal interests by initiating and/or defending Energy Northwest in contract claims, contract requests for equitable adjustments, lawsuits, administrative hearings, administrative investigations, and/or directing the conduct of such litigation by outside counsel.

  • Provide legal advice to Energy Northwest staff and governing boards on both policy and operation level matters on an ongoing basis.

  • Prepare budgets for significant transactional matters and litigation and assure that, to the extent practicable, those matters are conducted within budget.

  • Team participant in strategic development of energy transactions.

  • Must participate on the Emergency Response team (ERO) when designated.

  • Must support the biennial refueling outage.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Senior Level

  • Requires a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an accredited law school and seven years of aggregate experience practicing as an attorney. A record of continual learning and training and the ability to obtain license through the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) by Motion within one year.

  • Must meet and maintain nuclear requirements for Unescorted Plant Access.

  • At least two or more years previous legal experience in the nuclear industry either working for a law firm, utility, or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission providing legal support and advice with respect to nuclear licensing, nuclear regulatory compliance issues, or Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations or enforcement actions.

Level II

  • Requires a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an accredited law school and five years of aggregate experience practicing as an attorney. A record of continual learning and training and the ability to obtain license through the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) by Motion within one year.

  • Must meet and maintain nuclear requirements for Unescorted Plant Access.

  • At least two or more years previous legal experience in the nuclear industry either working for a law firm, utility, or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission providing legal support and advice with respect to nuclear licensing, nuclear regulatory compliance issues, or Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations or enforcement actions.

Level I

  • Requires a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an accredited law school and two years of aggregate experience practicing as an attorney. A record of continual learning and training and the ability to obtain license through the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) by Motion within one year.

  • Must meet and maintain nuclear requirements for Unescorted Plant Access.

  • At least two or more years previous legal experience in the nuclear industry either working for a law firm, utility, or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission providing legal support and advice with respect to nuclear licensing, nuclear regulatory compliance issues, or Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigations or enforcement actions.

This position is open until filled.

Pay Range:

Senior Level Salary: $157,548 - $236,322

Midpoint: $196,935

Level II Salary: $136,961 - $205,441

Midpoint: $171,201

Level I Salary: $119,107 - $178,661

Midpoint: $148,884

Typically, selected candidates are hired between the minimum and midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience and qualifications, market rate, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Offers will be negotiated based on each candidate's qualifications.

Incentive Compensation

This role is eligible to participate in our annual incentive plan. Incentives are earned based on employee performance against defined metrics and company goals.

Benefits

Energy Northwest (EN) offers a highly competitive and substantial benefits package which allows qualifying employees (and their families) to enroll in medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits may include flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, supplemental life insurances, credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance. EN offers three retirement programs to qualifying employees including a matching 401(k) deferred compensation plan, the Washington State Pension Plan (PERS), and a 457(b) savings plan. Qualifying employees will also accrue 160 hours of personal time per year and nine paid holidays throughout the calendar year.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate due to race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

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