Enforcement Attorney

Full Time

Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc.

ABOUT NPCCNortheast Power Coordinating Council, Inc. (“NPCC”) is a not-for-profit corporation in the state of New York responsible for promoting and enhancing the reliability of the international, interconnected bulk power system in Northeastern North America. NPCC is one of six Regional Entities which, together with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”), make up the Electric Reliability Organization Enterprise. NPCC operates under a delegation agreement with NERC. This agreement recognizes that NPCC meets the qualifications for delegation of certain roles, responsibilities and authorities of a cross-border regional entity as defined by Section 215 of the Federal Power Act in the U.S. and through Canadian provincial regulatory and/or governmental Memoranda of Understanding (“MOUs”) or Agreements.As a part of the ERO Enterprise, NPCC is committed to the collective vision of a highly reliable and secure North American bulk power system and shares the joint mission of assuring the effective and efficient reduction of risks to the reliability and security of the grid.NPCC carries out this mission through (i) the development of regional reliability standards and compliance assessment and enforcement of continent-wide and regional reliability standards, coordination of system planning, design and operations, and assessment of reliability, (collectively, “regional entity activities”), and (ii) the establishment of regionally-specific criteria, and monitoring and enforcement of compliance with such criteria (collectively, “criteria services activities”). NPCC provides the functions and services for Northeastern North America of a cross-border Regional Entity through its regional entity division, as well as regionally-specific criteria services for Northeastern North America through its criteria service’s division.The NPCC geographic region includes the State of New York and the six New England states as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Québec and the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Overall, NPCC covers an area of nearly 1.2 million square miles, populated by more than 55 million people. In total, from a net energy for load perspective, NPCC is approximately 44% U.S. and 56% Canadian. With regard to Canada, approximately 65% of Canadian net energy for load is within the NPCC Region.POSITION DESCRIPTIONUnder the direction of the Associate General Counsel and Director, Enforcement, the Enforcement Attorney provides legal and regulatory support to NPCC staff on a broad range of corporate and regulatory issues, focusing on enforcement of NERC Reliability Standards.KEY RESPONSIBILITIESArticulate the facts and circumstances, extent, and cause of each noncompliance and ensure the noncompliance disposition ties to the NERC Reliability Standard requirement.Assess the risk of each noncompliance and ensure the disposition appropriately and thoroughly describes the risk.Review mitigation and/or work with entity to develop mitigation for each noncompliance so that each noncompliance is corrected, and the mitigation prevents recurrence.Conduct discovery regarding noncompliance issues and ensure development of a complete evidentiary record regarding noncompliance.Review and document the compliance history for each noncompliance.Conduct research and draft analysis regarding applicable precedent to ensure appropriate and consistent dispositions of noncompliance.Draft and negotiate settlement agreements to resolve registered entities’ noncompliance.Develop recommended penalties and sanctions for alleged violations; and ensure consistency in the application of penalties and sanctions among entities and across the ERO EnterpriseEnsure NPCC staff is compliant with relevant regulations and/or guidance including the NERC Rules of Procedures.Communicate with registered entities and the ERO Enterprise as necessary, to investigate noncompliance and issues, and to assure appropriate and informed enforcement actions.Draft disposition documents and other related documents to resolve registered entities’ noncompliance.Provide legal and regulatory support to NPCC staff, committees, subcommittees, task forces, and working groups, as necessary.Review and summarize relevant regulatory decisions from FERC, the Régie d’Energie, Ontario Electricity Board, New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board, the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board, and other relevant authorities.Provide training, education, and communication to NPCC staff and industry stakeholders.Prepare and review responses to NERC audits or other data requests.Prepare pleadings, comments, and testimony in administrative, regulatory, judicial, and legislative proceedings, as needed.Perform other responsibilities as assigned.EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION/LICENSE CREDENTIALSJ.D. from an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the bar of the State of New York or achievement of Authorized House Counsel status within six months of employment (and/or other state bars).3-5 years of relevant legal experience in energy, administrative law, regulatory law, and/or complex litigation.FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIESExcellent written communication skills.Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.Ability to work in a variety of custom portals and/or software tools.Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.Bilingual (French) strongly desired.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSProlonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.Ability to work within the U.S. and to travel to Canada.EEOC DISCLAIMERNPCC is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Employment, including the decision to hire, promote, discipline or discharge, will be solely based on competence, performance, and business needs. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of the individual’s actual or perceived disability, protected veteran status, race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship, domestic violence victim status, or any other status protected under federal, state or local law.Job Type: Full-timeBenefits:401(k)401(k) matchingDental insuranceFlexible scheduleFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceLife insurancePaid time offParental leaveVision insuranceWork Location:One locationWork Remotely:Temporarily due to COVID-19Work Location: One locationShow more

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