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Date: Sep 6, 2021

Location: San Antonio, TX, US, 78205

Company: CPS Energy

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CPS Energy is seeking an experienced attorney to join the company’s Legal Services team. 

 

Deadline to apply: Reposted - Open Until Filled 

 

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Position Summary

CPS Energy is seeking an experienced attorney to join the company’s Legal Services team. The successful candidate will be a skilled lawyer who can provide proactive advice and strategic input to internal clients on a number of complex issues, communicate effectively with clients, customers and external stakeholders, and operate independently while at the same time observing the need for close internal coordination and communication with peers, clients and upper management. This position reports to a Deputy General Counsel.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Represents the company on legal matters as assigned.
  • Engages and collaborates with other legal experts within the company and, at times, outside counsel.
  • Applies critical thinking to review non-legal material for legal implications that may pose a risk to the organization. 
  • Prepares supporting legal documents, such as agreements, memoranda, policies and procedures, and other filings. 
  • Directs support staff in the completion of tasks. 
  • Negotiates, reviews and prepares documents for commercial transactions such as procurement of goods and services, financial agreements, real estate leases, etc.
  • Provides legal counsel and advice regarding organizational compliance with applicable laws, statutes, policies and procedures.
  • Oversees and manages complex business matters including litigation with responsibility for managing outside counsel and controlling costs.
  • Advises clients concerning the effect of and guides their participation in state and federal regulatory proceedings, including contested cases and rulemaking proceedings.
  • Advises clients concerning the applicability of and restrictions on business transactions arising from Texas law governing municipalities and municipally-owned utilities.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Skills

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Strong communication skills, particularly drafting, negotiation and responsiveness.
Ability to provide practical, creative advice and high quality work product in a fast-moving business environment.
Strong business acumen and ability to understand business consequences of legal advice.
Ability to work with ambiguity about legal requirements under tight deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team, including interfacing effectively with other members of the legal department, other departments, senior management, vendors, and external partners.
Possess a valid driver’s license with a history of a safe driving record in accordance with CPSE policies, procedures, safety standards, and applicable laws and regulations
Effective time management skills
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
Unquestioned ethics and integrity.
Critical skills include:strategic mindset; public speaking; active listening and learning; critical thinking; management of personnel resources; social perceptiveness; and complex problem solving.
Expertise and strength in a legal specialty including Commercial, Transactional, Litigation, State and Federal Regulatory, Environmental, Energy, Employment or Data Security/Privacy.
Knowledge and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or equivalent, and online legal research.
Texas State Bar license (or ability to obtain such licensure within 12 months) and member in good standing with the applicable state bar.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to multi-skilled lawyers with knowledge of the Texas energy markets and Texas municipal law.
  • Knowledge of or experience with the Texas Public Information Act (“Open Records”) and the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Competencies

Demonstrating Initiative
Communicates Effectively
Evaluating and Implementing Ideas
Delivering High Quality Work
Learning Quickly
Acting Decisively
Displaying Technical Expertise

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school with strong academic credentials.

Required Certifications

Working Environment

Indoor work, operating computer, manual dexterity, talking, hearing, repetitive motion. Use of personal computing equip, telephone, multi-functioning printer & calculator. Ability to travel between business related events. After hrs work will be required

Physical Demands

Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.


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