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Associate Counsel or Counsel (Enforcement)

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North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
7 days ago


Enforcement is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Associate Counsel or Counsel, depending on the applicant’s level of experience. This attorney prepares and analyzes Notices of Penalty, manages the timely internal processing of Notices of Penalty, ensures the consistency of presentation for Notices of Penalty and other documents, prepares documents for presentation to the NERC Board of Trustees Compliance Committee (BOTCC), and conducts analysis of violation processing. This position reports to the Senior Counsel within the Enforcement department.

Your Role

Draft petitions, pleadings, and comments for filing in administrative proceedings;

Participate with other team members in the preparation documents for the BOTCC and for filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC);

Analyze complex Notice of Penalty violations for adherence to the NERC Rules of Procedure, technical feasibility, appropriateness to the Reliability Standard(s), comprehensiveness of information, and consistency of assessed penalty;

Communicate with Regional Entities to clarify open issues in the Notices of Penalty and be responsible for maintaining relationships with the Regional Entities while providing oversight regarding the Notices of Penalty;

Consider all internal NERC comments made during the internal review, providing answers, and preparing the documents for further action;

Research legal and regulatory issues related to the monitoring and enforcement of compliance with Reliability Standards;

Analyze materials submitted by the Regional Entities during oversight reviews of the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) implementation;

Draft appropriate reports and filings for the BOTCC and FERC according to applicable regulatory obligations;

Develop training for the Regional Entities on subjects related to the risk-based CMEP; and Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

About You

You are qualified if you have:

A J.D. from an accredited law school and membership in good standing in one or more state bars;

At least three years of relevant legal experience at a private law firm, corporation, or energy regulatory agency;

Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

Strong communication and interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with Regional Entity personnel involved in CMEP activities;

Strong public speaking and presentation skills;

Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills and the ability to guide teams, peers, and stakeholders;

Ability to review complex Enforcement cases and analyze comparable prior violations and penalties; Strong facilitation, leadership, and negotiation skills;

Strong organizational and management skills;

Strong adaptability and capacity to work in fast-paced environments; and

Ability to work independently and show initiative.

You are an EXCELLENT candidate if you have:

Familiarity with NERC processes and rules of procedure, as well as NERC Reliability Standards; Familiarity with the North American bulk power system planning and operations;

Familiarity with regulatory compliance oversight and enforcement within a recognized industry, government, or government-authorized agency; and

Experience with regulatory proceedings.

Demonstrated curiosity in a wide variety of areas and is open to exploring new situations, knowledge and opportunities for growth and development

Demonstrates an anticipatory mindset; preventing problems, and building contingencies where appropriate

Champion for diversity and inclusion. Seeks out and values diverse perspectives.


Background check will be conducted prior to employment.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Limited travel is necessary. Passport required for North American travel. This position is classified as exempt.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

Qualified candidates should submit their resume in electronic format to

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59971044
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Company Name: North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Position Title: Associate Counsel or Counsel (Enforcement)
  • Energy Job Function: In-House Counsel
  • Min Education: Juris Doctor
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