Overview

The Colorado Department of Law, Revenue and Utilities Section is recruiting for the First Assistant Attorney General position to lead the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Litigation Unit to represent the PUC in its litigation matters. This is a rare opportunity for an attorney seeking high-level government experience applying the states public utilities laws. The Office of the Attorney General offers the opportunity to be involved in challenging, interesting, and meaningful work in a collaborative environment supported by leadership committed to effective and innovative legal representation and public service.


WHO WE ARE

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.
Visit our website to learn more: https: coag.gov/.

The First Assistant Attorney General is responsible for leading a team of six attorneys, a paralegal, and an administrative assistant consistent with the values of the Department of Law that recognize that members of the Department of Law are public servants, principled, innovative, and better together. The First Assistant Attorney General reports to the Deputy Attorney General for the Revenue and Utilities and participates in management and leadership teams for the Section and the Office.

The First Assistant Attorney General facilitates the work and operations of the Unit, promoting collaboration, engagement, integrity, and exceptional legal service. The First Assistant Attorney General assigns and oversees cases and other legal responsibilities, coordinates workflow, and carries an independent workload. In addition, the First Assistant Attorney General has management responsibilities that include making hiring and salary recommendations; coaching and evaluating the attorneys and paralegal; and reporting to senior management on legal, operational, and personnel matters. The First Assistant Attorney General leads the Unit in the development and maintenance of strong client partnerships, monitoring legislative and legal developments related to client representation; and ensuring the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective legal services to clients while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

The Unit prides itself on maintaining a collaborative, dynamic, and engaged atmosphere, while working in partnership with its client agency, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC or Commission). Attorneys in the Unit address a wide variety of complex legal issues of significant importance to the state, such as addressing the States climate goals through electric resource planning and electrifying the transportation industry. The attorneys in this Unit are responsible for:

  • Representing Trial Staff (Staff) of the PUC, which regulates the rates, charges, services, and facilities of public utilities within Colorado. The Unit serves as litigation counsel to Staff when the client appears as a party in contested matters before the PUC.
  • Participating in the development of legal positions and policy in areas of first impression, including working with Staff as it navigates distribution systems, planned utility investments, electric resource and clean energy planning and acquisition, how Colorado utilities will meet clean energy targets, evaluating the cost of carbon dioxide emissions; and setting the rates that utilities charge to Colorado ratepayers.
  • Teaming with engineers, economists, accountants, and rate analysts on highly complex, technical regulatory issues.

First Assistant Attorney Generals at the Department of Law ensure the Unit consistently provides high-quality legal representation. The First is expected to handle a caseload that may include high profile or complex cases in the Unit and to supervise other attorneys and staff. The First Assistant Attorney General serves as a frontline leader and is responsible for employee performance management activities and assisting the Deputy Attorney General with personnel, budget, and various administrative duties affecting the work of the Unit and the Department of Law.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

The First Assistant Attorney General is part of the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law leadership team. As such, the strongest candidates will demonstrate excellence in the following competencies.

Communication & Listening  Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff.
Flexible & Adaptable Management  Accepts, adapts, and contributes positively to change; leads with new concepts and ideas; and encourages others to be equally adaptive and flexible.
Coaching & Developing People  Invests in our talent through coaching and sponsorship and by pushing individuals outside of their comfort zones to grow as professionals.
Creative & Strategic Problem Solving  Takes a result-oriented, open-minded, and innovative approach to overcoming challenges and dealing with crises.
Enterprise & Growth Mindset  Balances the goals of clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff with the broader interest of the enterprise.
Client Service, Interpersonal Skills, and Emotional Intelligence Demonstrates and models self- awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and sensitivity in working with clients, colleagues, and staff.

Applicants for the First Assistant Attorney General  PUC Litigation Unit position must meet the following criteria:

  • Admitted to the Colorado bar or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.
  • Have practiced law for a minimum of seven years and have at least five years experience in public utility regulatory law, administrative law, or equivalent litigation experience.
  • Experience managing other attorneys.
  • Substantial experience representing clients in proceedings before a public utilities regulatory body or comparable fora, including discovery and presenting live testimony from fact and expert witnesses and cross-examination of such witnesses.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Prior management or supervisory experience leading a diverse workforce.
  • Committed to and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service.

All final candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check.
This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.

WHY WORK FOR US

We Embrace Flexibility
We aim to produce outstanding work product for our clients, be efficient with our time, and support each other as team members  which also means we embrace flexible working arrangements when and where possible.

We Are Committed to Diversity
At the Department of Law, we know that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute. As such, we strive to provide a safe environment where individuals feel valued and respected for who they are; demonstrate a behavior and mindset where differences are welcomed and individuals are equally treated and empowered to do their best work; and promote growth and innovation through a diverse workforce that contributes to creative problem solving and delivers excellent work.

We Have Strong Core Values
Our core values drive our actions. At the Department of Law, we are: 1) principled, maintaining the highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, and careful evaluation of facts; 2) public servants, who are always ensuring our work is not about us, but instead is about the people of Colorado; 3) innovative, by seeking to identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, and look to improve; and 4) “better together,” by working to support each other and collaborate.

We are Committed to Developing our Attorneys
We are deeply invested in our talent and regularly provide meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth through training and coaching. Further, our professional development and performance goal setting process is collaborative and ongoing, and aimed at helping our attorneys grow and succeed.

We Offer Excellent Benefits
In addition to competitive medical and dental health plans, employer-paid life insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, and vacation and sick leave earned each month, there are many other unique benefits that we offer, including:

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness: As a state government employee, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. A borrower may qualify for forgiveness by making 120 on-time payments while employed full-time in public service, if they have certain kinds of federal loans in a qualifying repayment plan
  • Free access to a recently renovated on-site fitness center
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program
  • Employer-paid mental health and counseling services through Colorado State Employee Assistance Program
  • Employer-paid annual attorney registration dues
  • Employer-provided access to professional development training and CLE through PLI, Department of Law University and other entities.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must establish an account with governmentjobs.com and complete the online applications including the Contact Information section. Applicants are not required to complete the Work Experience, Education, or Additional Information sections of the online application.

Applicants must provide 1) a cover letter; 2) a resume; 3) a writing sample, and 4) three professional references. Use the “Attachments” feature of the online application to add documents.

ADAAA Requests
The Department of Law is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Julie Christopher, julie.christophercoag.gov or 720-508-6511.

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