Associate Corporate Counsel/Corporate Counsel
Electric Reliability Council of Texas
ERCOT is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion at all levels of our company. It is the cornerstone of our corporate values of accountability, leadership, innovation, trust, and expertise. We accept and celebrate those that join us and recognize that individuals with a wide variety of talents, ideas, and experiences propel the innovation that drives our success. A diverse and inclusive workforce strengthens us and allows for a collaborative environment to solve the challenges that face our industry today and in the future.
ERCOT offers the flexibility to work both in and out of the office within the state of Texas, providing our employees with an enhanced work life balance.
The Texas Administrative Code (Title 16, Part 2, Chapter 25, Subchapter S §25.503(c)(7) defines a Reliability Monitor for the ERCOT Region as, "a person or entity selected by the commission to monitor compliance with all state reliability-related laws, rules, and ERCOT procedures including protocols, processes, and any other operating standards applicable to the ERCOT Region." The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) appointed ERCOT as the Reliability Monitor. Section 25.503(k) states the ERCOT Reliability Monitor (ERM) must gather and analyze information and data as needed for its reliability monitoring activities.
The ERM's duties and responsibilities include: Monitoring, investigating, auditing, and reporting to the commission regarding compliance with reliability-related ERCOT procedures, including Protocols, Operating Guides, and Other Binding Documents, the reliability-related provisions of the commission's rules, and reliability-related provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Act; Providing reliability-related subject-matter advice, expertise, and assistance to the commission as part of its oversight and enforcement activities; and Providing expert advice, analysis, reports, and testimony services relating to the Reliability Monitor's analysis and findings as part of the commission staff's case in enforcement proceedings.
This position will, primarily, support ERCOT's ERM function working with the Compliance Department and other ERCOT subject matter experts on ERM activities. Accordingly, the individual must sign a PUC-required Code of Conduct in addition to the standard ERCOT Employee Ethics Agreement.
While supporting ERCOT's ERM function will be the primary responsibility for this position, the successful applicant may also be asked to assist in other ERCOT legal matters not associated with ERM activities by:
- Providing advice and counsel to internal clients
- Performing legal research and drafting legal documents
- Representing ERCOT in regulatory matters
- Keeping abreast of legislative or regulatory requirements with potential impact on the organization
- Executing various tasks related to interpreting or revising ERCOT Protocols; rulemaking proceedings before the PUC; advice in regulatory compliance matters; contested cases pending before the PUC; and, potentially, litigation
- Delivering legal support and advice to the organization, including legal expertise and representation in regulatory affairs and the ERCOT stakeholder process
- Understands and applies principles, theories, and concepts related to the profession and ERCOT's culture
- Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action
- May respond to inquiries, assist or guide lower-level workers
- Coordinates with ERCOT subject matter experts and the ERCOT Operations & Planning Compliance Department to analyze reliability-related issues
- Works with ERCOT Market Participants to address reliability-related issues and implement corrective action plans
- Assists in drafting, reviewing, and revising reports to the PUC regarding reliability compliance matters
- Participates in monitoring, investigating, auditing, and reporting to the PUC regarding compliance with reliability-related laws, rules, and regulations, including ERCOT Protocols, Operating Guides, and Other Binding Documents
- Provides reliability-related subject-matter advice, expertise, and assistance to the PUC as part of its oversight and enforcement activities
- Provides expert advice, analysis, reports, and testimony relating to the ERM's analysis and findings as part of the PUC staff's case in enforcement proceedings
- Provides advice and counsel on activities related to the ERM function
- Provides advice and counsel to clients with respect to regulatory proceedings and regulatory compliance
- Monitors and tracks PUC, FERC, NERC, Texas Register, Federal Register and relevant legislative matters and other governmental proceedings for reliability-related items
- Contributes to the writing, editing, and publishing of reports and filings required by the PUC
- Reviews and interprets ERCOT Protocols, Operating Guides, Operating Procedures, and Other Binding Documents for internal departments and external parties
- Provides training and legal advice to employees on reliability compliance issues
Associate Corporate Counsel
- No minimum work experience required
- Preference for someone with legal experience related to administrative or regulatory matters, compliance, and/or litigation
- Requires minimum 2 years job related work experience in excess of degree requirements
- Requires minimum 2 years of progressively responsible legal experience related to administrative or regulatory matters, compliance, and/or litigation
- Bachelor's Degree: Any discipline (Required)
- Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school (Required)
- Admitted to practice before the State Bar of Texas (Required)
- Must be on-site at the Taylor or Austin facilities at least once a month, or more, based on business needs and as determined by the Manager
- Work arrangements are subject to business needs and subject to change
The foregoing description reflects the minimum qualifications and essential functions of the position that must be performed proficiently with or without reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. It is not an exhaustive list of duties expected to be performed and management may, at its discretion, revise or require other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This job description is not intended to create a contract of employment with ERCOT. ERCOT and the employee may exercise their employment-at-will rights at any time.
About this Employer
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 52,700+ miles of transmission lines and 1,030+ generation units, including PUNs. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 8 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.