Vice President of Legal Services

Location: Johnson City, TX
Date Posted: 01-25-2018
Company: Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Position: Vice President of Legal Services
Position Summary:
This position is responsible for providing legal advice to the General Counsel, employees, and the management team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist the General Counsel with researching and responding to legal and governance issues.
  • Manage and direct legal matters involving facilities, financing, bond and debt obligations.
  • Manage and direct litigation support in assigned cases, including discovery responses, witness preparation, strategy, mediation, negotiation and resolution.
  • Serve as back up to the General Counsel.
  • Oversee electronic records management.
  • Research and resolve a broad range of legal issues for management and Cooperative departments.
  • Monitor and maintain awareness of industry legal issues, updating management as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with legal standards.
  • Draft and review legal documents, policies and negotiate contracts.
  • Research and respond to legal inquiries, subpoenas and other requests.
  • Monitor and ensure  compliance with ethics and other policies and initiatives.
  • Coordinate and monitor activities with outside counsel.
  • Assist with administration of the Whistleblower Policy.
  • Support the work of office, administrative or customer service employees to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines and proper procedures, correcting errors or problems.
  • Provide employees with guidance in handling difficult or complex problems and in resolving escalated complaints or disputes.
  • Implement corporate and departmental policies, procedures and service standards in conjunction with management.
  • Teach and instruct employees in job duties and company policies.
  • Interpret and communicate work procedures and company policies to staff.
  • Develop and review operating procedures.
  • Establish work priorities and activities.
  • Establish metrics and prepare monthly reports .
  • Coordinate activities with other departments.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information.
  • Stay abreast of changes in technology.

Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities:   
Manage and direct strategic and legal management over assigned subject areas providing direction to other department personnel in assigned subject areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of business and management principles including strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership techniques and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data or processing information.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations that affect the utility industry.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service.
  • Skilled in monitoring and managing performance.
  • Skilled in establishing and communicating performance expectations and metrics.
  • Skilled in time management.
  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing changing priorities.
  • Skilled in anticipating, identifying, analyzing and resolving conflict and problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing.
Minimum Qualifications - (Education, Experience, Certification & Licensure):
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Juris Doctor degree.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas or a license in another state of the U.S. and ability to obtain a license to practice in the State of Texas.
  • Ten (10) years of experience practicing law.
  • Five (5) to ten (10) years of progressive experience in leadership, managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel.
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
  • The employee may be required to travel.
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period.
  • This position may be required to work more than forty (40) hours per week.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity. 
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