Assistant Consumers' Counsel

State of Ohio
$0 - 0
Posted Feb 08
Full Time
Columbus, Ohio

About Us

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 an Assistant Consumers’ Counsel in its Legal Department. This position is an opportunity to help consumers, including at-risk and low-income Ohioans, regarding justice for their electric, natural gas, telephone, and water utility 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.

_ What You'll Do

The attorney will provide legal advice to management and the agency director (the Consumers’ Counsel) for leading the Agency’s consumer protection role. The attorney will advocate (litigate and negotiate) the Agency’s consumer protection issues in forums that principally include the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Other forums for consumer advocacy can include the Ohio Supreme Court, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Services also can include legislative advocacy, where utility regulation and consumer protection are set forth in Ohio law.

The attorney will need an understanding of utility regulations – that broadly involves rate-setting, service quality issues and policy matters such as the agency’s favoring of effective competitive markets over monopolies for providing services to consumers. The attorney will assist with retaining and functionally supervising consultants for this work. The attorney will need to work well within agency teams and be adept at independent work requiring personal initiative to achieve agency objectives for consumers.

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.

The Assistant Consumers’ Counsel must have a license to practice law in the State of Ohio. A minimum of three years or equivalent experience in public utility regulation, with a working knowledge of utility regulation and utility consumer issues is required. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in oral and written communications, including persuasive writing and making technical issues understandable. Familiarity with work 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-Columbus

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

May 7, 2024, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Job Skill

Attorney/Legal

Technical Skills

Attorney/Legal

Professional Skills

Collaboration, Ethics and Values, Confidentiality

Agency Contact Name

Laurie Knight

Agency Contact Information

614.387.1522