Job Summary
The Commission General Counsel is responsible for over-seeing and directing the legal aspects of the Commission’s operations. The position-holder must have an in-depth understanding of the laws and policies that affect the agency. The position-holder will be expected, at a minimum, to (1) analyze matters pending before the Commission, including docket items, for legal issues and ramifications to ensure compliance with applicable law and procedures in the Commission’s decision-making process; (2) communicate information and analysis to the Commissioners and staff as necessary to maintain the integrity of the agency’s operations and quasi-judicial decisions; 3) regularly monitor and analyze the results of regulatory proceedings in other states as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and other federal agency proceedings and 4) manage the Commission’s legal unit.

Job Duties:
This position is responsible for overseeing the Commission’s legal unit and staff; maintaining up-to-date knowledge of applicable law; evaluating legal staff training needs to assure relevant staff are knowledgeable; assuring compliance with Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law and the Commission’s Code of Conduct; serving as the agency’s Responsible Authority for Minnesota’s Government Data Practices Act; coordinating with the Attorney General’s Office on pending litigation; and providing information and analysis to the Commissioners and Commission staff related to the agency’s docket-related and non-docketed work.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduate of an accredited law school and licensed to practice law.
  • Extensive legal experience in the regulation of energy utilities and telephone services, as well as administrative law.
  • Extensive knowledge of management, human relations, and government administration and the technical skills to effectively manage the Legal Services Unit.
  • Strong research skills including legal research, legislative history research and policy research.
  • Well-organized, efficient and able to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously, prioritizing the many assigned tasks to meet the demands of the agency, and maintaining an atmosphere of cooperation and collegiality.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills and an ability to work well with a wide range of staff from a variety of technical backgrounds.
  • Strong writing skills which are critical in drafting legal documents and providing clear written guidance to both lawyers and non-lawyers on issues of concern to them.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of evidence, legal procedure, legal research and methodology and legal documents necessary to complete required duties.
  • The ability to oversee litigation and appellate proceedings in both civil and administrative law.
  • Proficiency in the laws and case law that apply to statutory and regulatory construction, interpretation and drafting.
  • The ability to understand economic, accounting, and engineering concepts relevant to the Commission’s scope of authority, including a thorough understanding of the electric, gas, and telecommunications industries subject to the agency’s regulatory authority.
  • Proactive in identifying legal issues and bringing those issues with accompanying analysis to the attention of Commissioners and management

Closing Date: 23rd January, 2019
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