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STAFF ATTORNEY

  • 501188
  • PHOENIX
  • CORPORATION COMMISSION
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Oct 10 2021 at 23:55 MST

CORPORATION COMMISSION

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is one of the most unique state agencies in Arizona and one of only 13 public utility commissions in the country where commissioners are elected. Established by the Arizona Constitution, the ACC is a medium-sized agency with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Our mission is diverse—spanning utility rate making; securities registration and enforcement; rail and pipeline safety; and corporate business filings—and we boast an average employment tenure of nearly 10 years. Learn more by visiting www.azcc.gov.

LEGAL DIVISION STAFF ATTORNEY

Job Location:

Address:  1200 W Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Posting Details:

Salary: $70,000 - $85,000 

Grade: 02

Job Summary:

The Legal Division’s mission is to provide professional, high-quality legal representation to the Corporation Commission in the performance of its powers and duties. Matters handled are Commission dockets, federal regulatory dockets, litigation, and administrative and special projects. A position in the Corporation Commission’s Legal Division is one of the most unique and challenging law jobs in state government. Known as the “fourth branch of Arizona government”, the Commission holds an unparalleled combination of legislative, executive, and judicial powers within a single body. 

Job Duties:

As an attorney, you will represent the Utilities Division in the regulation of public utilities across Arizona which impact millions of citizens across the state. Responsibilities include reviewing applications from utilities regarding service and rate issues, conducting research, drafting pleadings, and interacting with outside counsel. You will review and analyze financial, engineering, and accounting issues related to public utilities; present evidence at administrative hearings, including direct and cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses; and represent the Commission in trial court litigation, and draft and argue appeals. You will counsel agency staff and five elected Commissioners regarding utility ratemaking policies, rules, and regulations, in addition to the legal impact of Commission decisions. Our attorneys manage their own cases from inception to completion, and for larger matters, work on teams of attorneys. You are expected to play an active role in your files and utilize a diverse set of legal skills.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

- Juris Doctor and active membership (in good standing) of the Arizona State Bar
- Significant knowledge of Arizona and federal Constitutional provisions, statutes, case law and regulations regarding utility regulation
- Experience in civil litigation, prosecution, or similar activities involving contested legal proceedings before a tribunal
- Interest in public service
- Knowledge of rules governing litigation, appeals, administrative law, public meetings of a governmental body, and prohibitions on ex parte communication
- Strong legal research and writing skills
- Highly skilled in oral presentation for multiple settings, i.e., trial courts, appellate courts, public meetings
- Sensitivity to political issues arising in interacting with elected officials, as well as with outside interests (including stakeholders and the press)
- Experience in federal and/or state regulatory programs
- Ability to develop and maintain positive interpersonal relationships within the Division and with staff at all levels
- Analytical abilities

Selective Preference(s):

Utilities and energy-related experience is a plus.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background/reference check and confirmation of any degrees/certifications.
A.R.S. Section 40-101 prohibits Commission employees from having certain interests in entities that the Commission regulates. Applicants shall be required to disclose any interests they may have in the regulated entities during the application process, and as a condition of employment, to divest themselves of any prohibited interests.

Benefits:

- Excellent comprehensive benefits, including a top-ranked retirement plan, low-cost health coverage, supplemental policies such as vision and short-term disability, and generous paid vacation and sick leave programs
- Career and personal development support; multiple training and education opportunities and resources; qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer
- Interesting, challenging work in a public sector environment with the chance to make a real difference in our state
- We are an Equal Employment Opportunity agency and a recognized Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

This position participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email HumanResources@azcc.gov for assistance.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.