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Senior Energy Transactional Counsel

$180,000- $290,000/ year
Posted Jun 01
Full Time
On Site
Everett, Washington

About Helion

We are a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to build the world's first fusion power plant, enabling a future with unlimited clean electricity. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable energy for everyone. 

Since Helion's founding in 2013, we have raised over $600 million from investors such as Sam Altman, Mithril, and Capricorn Investment Group to propel us forward. Our last prototype, Trenta, completed 10,000 high-power pulses and reached plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius (9 keV). 

Now we are working toward Polaris, which will be the first machine to demonstrate electricity from fusion, making this a great time to join Helion! Bring your skills, experiences, and determination to make a difference in the world. Together, we can make a future with unlimited clean electricity from fusion a reality. 

What You'll Be Doing

As Helion's Senior Energy Transactional Counsel you will take a lead road on legal matters for deploying Helion's first fusion power plants, enabling a future of unlimited clean energy. You will work with our business and technical teams on first-of-a kind issues such as site selection, completing power purchase agreements, and developing a state permitting path forward for the world's first fusion power plants. You will also support many critical corporate and commercial projects to support us as it scales over the first couple of years. You will report directly to our General Counsel and will be based out of our Everett, WA, offices or Washington D.C.

You Will:

  • Negotiate agreements related to siting our first power plants, such as site lease or purchase agreements, power purchase agreements, financing agreements, and others
  • Develop the permitting pathway in Washington and other states for deployment of fusion power plants, and addressing novel legal issues that arise
  • Manage legal due diligence around site selection, interconnection, environmental, and other important project development questions
  • Use the lessons learned from building our first plants to develop a long-term strategy for deploying fusion power plants at scale, and then build a team to accomplish that plan
  • Support all corporate and commercial aspects of the business, including drafting corporate policies, improving governance internally and between affiliates, assisting in daily commercial negotiations, and providing legal advice for our operations teams
  • Draft substantial legal and non-legal documents such as applications to government agencies or project updates for public affairs outreach
  • Work with our Executive, Operations, Public Affairs, Safety, Policy, and Communications teams and others, building support across Helion on important decisions
  • Travel requirements: Significant travel is expected within the United States. 

Required Skills:

  • 10+ years of legal experience working on energy transactional and development matters
  • An end-to-end understanding of the project development process for a power plant from the legal perspective, and experience on general corporate and commercial matters
  • Excellent legal writing, negotiation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing and keeping organized complex legal projects
  • Operate within high pressure environments
  • Must be barred in any state or DC (bar not needed in WA to start so long as able to file for house counsel status upon starting)

The pay range for this position is $180K - $290K. This pay range may be inclusive of several career levels and will be narrowed based on several factors, including the candidate's experience and qualifications.

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Benefits and Compensation

Our total compensation package includes generous equity and benefits, including but not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for employees and their families 
  • 31 Days of PTO (21 vacation days and 10 sick days) 
  • 13 Paid holidays, plus company-wide winter break 
  • Up to 5% employer 401(k) match 
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance 
  • Paid parental leave and support (up to 16 weeks) 
  • Annual wellness stipend  

NOTE: Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of the job's requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes. If this job isn't the one, we have many other openings that may be a fit.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. If we reach out to you to begin an interview process, we will also ask if you require any reasonable accommodation at that time.