Federal Energy Counsel

State of Ohio
Posted Jan 18
Full Time
Franklin, Ohio
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Career Opportunity in Consumer Advocacy

Federal Energy Counsel

Our Mission

The Ohio Consumers' Counsel advocates and educates to secure for Ohioans affordable, reliable and equitable residential utility services that are essential to their well-being.

The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state’s voice for millions of Ohio residential utility consumers, seeks an employee with a passion for public service to serve as Federal Energy Counsel in its Legal Department. This position is an opportunity to help consumers, including at-risk and low-income Ohioans, regarding their electric services (with some involvement in natural gas services). Since the legislature created the agency in 1976, we have sought lower utility bills and reliable utility service for residential consumers. _At OCC, we put Consumers First.

_ This position presently allows for hybrid work. On at least two days a week, work is in the Columbus Office.

What You'll Do

Your advocacy for Ohio residential utility consumers could include the following responsibilities: Appearing on behalf of OCC and residential consumers before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), appellate courts, and the Ohio legislature, among other forums; Participating in the processes of PJM on such issues as electricity markets, transmission planning and charges, and resource adequacy; Providing legal advice to the Consumers’ Counsel (agency director) and senior management; Conducting legal research and analysis on complex utility regulatory issues affecting consumers; and working with a small team of dedicated professionals.

A focus of your work would include, among other things, advocacy for wholesale and retail energy markets that are effectively competitive (without subsidies), for bringing Ohio consumers the benefits of lower prices and greater innovation through competition. Additionally, the work would include protecting Ohio consumers, through regulation, from subsidy charges and other unreasonable charges for electric transmission service. The focus in retail markets could include protection of consumers from deceptive energy marketing and unconscionable prices.

The Federal Energy Counsel would be a participant on behalf of the agency for the Consumer Advocates of the PJM States (CAPS) and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), among other organizations.

What’s In It For You

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans.

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds

  • The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation

  • The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

The Assistant Consumers’ Counsel must have a license to practice law in the State of Ohio. Applicants should have a minimum of eight years of experience in utility regulation and litigation. This experience should include familiarity with federal and state electric policy, electric wholesale and retail markets, transmission regulatory issues, and fundamentals of utility regulation. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in oral and written communications, including with persuasive writing and with making technical issues understandable. Familiarity with word processing programs, online research and other technology used in legal advocacy is expected. Applicants should have a willingness to work more than forty hours per week, as needed for consumer advocacy, and a commitment to public service.

Primary Location

United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County

Organization

Ohio Consumers' Counsel

Classified Indicator

Unclassified

Bargaining Unit / Exempt

Exempt

Schedule

Full-time

Work Hours

830a - 530p

Compensation

Negotiable within state government standards

Unposting Date

Jan 29, 2024, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Job Skill

Attorney/Legal

Technical Skills

Attorney/Legal

Professional Skills

Attention to Detail, Ethics and Values, Teamwork, Confidentiality

Agency Contact Name

Laurie Knight

Agency Contact Information

614.387.1522