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Assistant General Counsel I/II

Portland General Electric
$112,840- $243,360
Posted May 22
Full Time
Portland, Oregon

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

This position will serve as a lawyer reporting to the managing corporate counsel for the state regulatory practice group. You will be working with business partners throughout the company to further key business strategies and projects that will include matters before the Oregon Public Utility Commission and other regulatory agencies. This position will serve as a legal advisor assisting the Company in complying with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. You will also advocate for company positions, potentially representing the company in contested proceedings before regulatory agencies. The successful candidate will be joining a practice group and legal department that prizes and fosters a culture of collaboration, creative problem-solving, and results.

PGE supports career progression, and this role will be filled at the level commensurate with the successful candidate’s applicable skills and experience at either the Assistant General Counsel I or II levels.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides legal counsel on state and federal regulatory issues ensuring company’s interests are effectively represented by developing and recommending company positions on legal issues to further the company’s legal interests and mitigate potential legal risk.
  • Identifies and assesses legal, business and regulatory risks and offers steps to comply and mitigate risk.
  • Prepares and reviews written legal documents and provides legal analyses, interpretations and recommendations regarding compliance with, and risk under, policies and laws.
  • Identifies and implements process improvements and efficiencies within the Legal department. Contributes to the overall strategy and goals of specific business partners, the practice group, and department as a whole.
  • Represents and advocates for PGE’s interests to governmental agencies, counter parties and third parties.
  • Selects outside counsel as needed. Oversees outside counsel to ensure cost-effective and high-quality legal representation.


Requires a Juris Doctor degree.

Typically, the candidate has been practicing at least two years (in private practice, in-house, or government) in connection with electricity or natural gas state regulatory, litigation, or FERC matters. Candidates who are newer to the practice of law with the same years of relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

Admitted to Oregon State Bar bar (or able to be admitted within 6 months of employment)

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

  • Intermediate knowledge of particular laws, regulations and legal practice in multiple practice areas.
  • Working skills in identifying risk, problem solving and strategic thinking in nonroutine operations and ambiguous situations
  • Intermediate skills in distilling complex legal concepts and issues in a manner to make them understandable to nonlegal specialists up and down the corporate reporting chain
  • Working skills in understanding and supporting the technical needs of a regulated utility and advocating for the company to advance its position or interests
  • Working legal research and writing skills to analyze, interpret and summarize, as well as draft, complex legal documents
  • Working knowledge of the utility industry, market, and politics
  • Working knowledge of and support for PGE’s policies, practices, philosophy, business model, regulatory regime, and financial reporting requirements

General Competencies

  • Working analytical thinking skills
  • Working decision-making skills
  • Working presentation/facilitation skills
  • Working project management skills
  • Working enterprise/business awareness skills

Physical and Cognitive Demands


Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

Ability to follow accuracy standards

Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization Demonstrates sound memory

Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


Ability to work long hours

Ability to work a variable schedule

Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Environment: Office/Hybrid/Travel within PGE Service Territory

PGE supports hybrid flexible work arrangements; and will have a combination of in-the-office and working offsite, however, these arrangements may need to change due to business needs or changes in responsibility.


Compensation Range:

$112,840.00 - $243,360.00

In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus. Actual total compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, and education

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