Description:

The Comopliance and Enforcement Division is seeking an Attorney who has a desire to work in the utility regulatory industry, with a strong initiative, who would like to put their expertise and interest to work performing moderately complex to highly complex legal work related to electric, telecommunications, and water regulation. Primary duties involve the practice of administrative law, including, but not limited to, representing the public interest in contested cases before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) and the Commission; providing legal and policy advice to agency staff and the Commissioners. Work under general to limited supervision with moderate to consderable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Functions
  • Represent the public interest through advocacy of agency staff’s positions in various contexts, including contested cases before SOAH and the Commission.
  • Analyze issues related to electric power, telecommunications and water and sewer utilities; coordinate the development, preparation and presentation of agency staff recommendations and testimony in contested cases.
  • Cross-examine expert witnesses who testify on behalf of parties involved in contested cases.
  • Perform legal research and analysis as necessary, or as assigned; identify legal issues relating to Commission projects and contested cases; write memoranda, position statements, and briefs evaluating the law on these topics.
  • Participate in rulemaking proceedings.
  • Prepare, in conjunction with other divisions as necessary, reports as required by the legislature or Commission.
  • Work in collaboration with attorneys and subject matter experts from other divisions or state agencies to develop and implement case strategy and procedures.
  • Respond to external inquiries and represent the Commission concerning Commission programs, electric power and telecommunications policies, and water and sewer issues.
  • Advise agency staff and Commissioners on legal and policy issues.
  • Demonstrate a spirit of teamwork, offering positive and constructive ideas, encouragement, and support to other members of the staff and team, while upholding the PUC’s mission and core values.
  • Adhere to all PUC personnel policies and division procedures and perform other work as assigned.

Qualifications
Required Minimum Qualifications:
A law degree is a minimum required qualification. A letter of interest, resume, and official or unofficial law school transcripts must be submitted with the application.
  • Attorney II: Graduation from an accredited law school with LLB or JD degree; licensed and eligible to practice law in Texas; and a minimum of two (2) years of legal work experience as a licensed attorney.
  • Attorney III: Graduation from an accredited law school with LLB or JD degree; licensed and eligible to practice law in Texas; and a minimum of three (3) years of legal work experience as a licensed attorney.

Preferred Qualifications:
Legal experience with electric, telecommunications, or water and sewer utility issues.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities:
  • Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers, specifically with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of state laws regarding electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer utility regulation as well as administrative proceedings.
  • Familiarity with federal laws regarding electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer regulation as applicable.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and research complex legal issues.
  • Ability to draft clear, well-founded legal opinions and briefs.
  • Ability to work effectively with other staff members.
  • Ability to articulate Compliance and Enforcement Division’s position before the Commission, SOAH, and in negotiations with opposing parties.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in handling complaints, inquiries, and the public.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, work efficiently, and effectively utilize organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively represent the public interest as an administrative law attorney.
  • Ability to understand difficult technical issues in areas such as engineering and accounting.
  • Ability to attend work regularly and adhere to approved work schedule.