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Director of Legal Services

Company: Liberty Utilities (Canada) Corp
Location: Avondale
Posted on: September 1, 2019

Job Description:

TITLE:
Director of Legal Services

ID:
105796

SUBSIDIARY:
Liberty Utilities

DEPARTMENT:
Legal & Regulatory Affairs

LOCATION:
Avondale, AZ

COUNTRY:
United States

ZIP/POSTAL CODE:
85392

Description

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10+ billion of total assets. (APUC) delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty Utilities) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

The generation business group (Liberty Power, formerly known as Algonquin Power) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 1.5+ GW of installed capacity.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.

Description:
Liberty Utilities owns and operates regulated water, wastewater, natural gas and electric transmission and distribution utilities in twelve states, delivering responsive and reliable utility services to over 780,000 customers. Liberty Utilities currently operates in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Texas. Liberty Utilities owns and operates seven regulated utilities in Arizona and three regulated utilities in Texas. This position is for the Director of Legal Services for our regulated utilities in Arizona and Texas with additional legal work and support for our companies in other states.

This position reports directly to the Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Liberty Utilities and is primarily responsible for providing and managing any and all necessary legal services relating to our operating companies in Arizona and Texas with additional legal support to our operating companies in other states. This position will work daily with the President of Liberty Utilities, Arizona/Texas, the President of Liberty Utilities (West Region) and other business group leaders in providing necessary legal services in those states. This position will be part of the growing Legal Department providing legal services to all the Liberty Utilities operating companies in the United States, our corporate office in Oakville, Ontario and internationally.

A major emphasis will be on handling regulatory matters associated with governmental regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCTX), as well as providing legal services relating to contracts, business matters, acquisitions and additional operational matters. This position will act as lead counsel on all legal matters for Arizona and Texas, and may be asked to work on other various matters, including those in other Liberty Utilities states of operation.


Essential Functions:

* Act as in-house subject matter expert on all regulatory, business and operational legal issues impacting lines of business in a dynamic and changing industry. Work closely with the President, Liberty Utilities, Arizona/Texas and the accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, operations and regulatory departments in Arizona and Texas. Also will work closely with the President, Liberty Utilities (West Region).

* Handles complex legal issues and provide advise and counsel related to utility regulation including litigation, tariff review, proposed legislation, compliance requirements and customer complaints; provide research and writing as to regulatory requirements; assist in the preparation of filings and assist in the preparation of testimony in proceedings, including rate cases, while developing close relationships and representing our regulated utilities at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and the Public Utility Commission in Texas (PUCTX).

* Develop legal and business strategies relating to capital projects, regulatory filings, operational matters and other business decisions.

* Review decisions of courts and regulatory agencies to determine precedent in regulatory and legal matters.

* Draft and revise legal opinions, regulatory filings, and rules and regulations, including explaining and defending company goals and objectives.

* Provide legal advise on probably legal or other impacts of proposed changes in rules, regulations and applicable laws.

* Review files, records and briefs and perform research on legal questions.

* Manage all outside legal counsel for Arizona and Texas.

* Complete and/or coordinate with other departments relating to accurate and timely reports required for regulatory filings.

* Represent Liberty Utilities at industry workshops at the ACC, PUCTX and other organizations.

* Manage execution of rate cases, including preparing witnesses before and during proceedings and hearing before the ACC and PUCTX.

* Support corporate governance functions for affiliates in multiple Unites States jurisdictions, assist with due diligence relating to mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and provide commercial advice and assistance to the finance, customer service, operations, engineering and regulatory teams.

* Assist in preparation of financial and cost-based analyses to support future rates cases.

* Provide legal advise and representation in connection with general business matters (commercial transactions, contracts, standardized forms, lease agreements, etc.).

* Provide legal guidance and draft and negotiate contracts relating to permitting and licensing, property rights, environmental regulation, vendor agreements and procurement.

* Monitor and manager litigation proceedings involving Liberty Utilities in Arizona and Texas.

* Provide, upon request and contingent on availability of time, assistance to other similar utilities owned or controlled by Liberty Utilities.

* React and respond to external and internal queries and requests relating to various legal issues.

* Assist in corporate initiatives in creating and implementing of governance and corporate policies.

* Other duties as assigned from time to time.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school with at least five (5) years of experience in general corporate law with an emphasis and knowledge of regulatory law, contract review, drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements required. Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona and in good standing in all jurisdictions licensed to practice.

* Willingness and ability to gain license to practice law in other Liberty Utilities states. Cost of such licensure to be paid by Liberty Utilities.

* Prior legal experience in government and/or regulated utility environment required as well as experience in operational and contract matters preferred.

* Understanding of key business issues and requirements of regulated utilities and resulting implications of specific legal issues.

* Proficient with computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet.

* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

* Flexible with traveling within the U.S. and Canada required.

* Valid state driver's license and passport required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful

Keywords: Liberty Utilities (Canada) Corp, Avondale , Director of Legal Services, Executive , Avondale, Arizona

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