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Southern California Edison’s Law Department is responsible for handling all legal issues affecting the utility. This position will be part of the Environmental Section of the SCE Law Department and will report to the Director and Managing Attorney of Environmental Law. The successful candidate will be part of a small team of attorneys and must be able to work closely and independently with a diverse range of internal clients on all aspects of environmental law. The candidate also must be able to direct and manage outside counsel. The successful candidate will be responsible for advising and representing the Company on complex environmental permitting and compliance matters, including those arising under federal, California, other state, and local environmental laws and regulations including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Clean Water Act (CWA). The position will support all aspects of environmental permitting and compliance, including developing permitting strategy, counseling regarding compliance, and representing the Company in any regulatory and litigation proceedings This position will also provide environmental legal support to SCE Organizational Units and to Edison Senior Management, while collaborating with Company representatives on environmental decisions that impact utility operations.
Responsibilities to include:
Advising internal client organizations regarding environmental compliance with applicable federal, state, and local environmental statutes, regulations and policies.
Representing the Company before regulatory, land management, and permitting agencies including U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Coastal Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and regional water boards and air districts.
Advising client organizations regarding the processing of permit applications and environmental documentation for infrastructure projects.
Interfacing with SCE personnel in other departments and external third parties to gather information pertaining to environmental legal issues.
Contributing to cross-functional or departmental projects and teams.
Partnering with Company transactional attorneys and diverse internal stakeholders to prepare and negotiate environmental provisions of transactional documents.
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from a nationally recognized law school.
Current member of the State Bar of California.
Three years practicing environmental law or equivalent environmental or regulatory experience. Experience can be at law firm, corporate in-house setting, governmental authority, or a combination.
Top academic credentials desired.
Experience in the utility or energy industry is preferred, but not required.
Experience with state and federal environmental laws, with an emphasis on NEPA, ESA, and CZMA. Experience with CEQA, CAA, CWA, hazardous waste laws, and hydropower licensing is helpful but not required.
Experience interacting with federal, state, and local agencies on environmental permitting and compliance issues.
Demonstrated ability to independently handle, as lead attorney, major permitting and regulatory proceedings, including those requiring NEPA review.
Strategic thinker with the ability to provide legal advice within a business context.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong analytical ability.
Ability to simultaneously manage a variety of assignments, work quickly and effectively under pressure and to prioritize activities and risk.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team including Ability to promote positive cooperation within the legal team, with internal clients, and with outside counsel.
Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.
Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, serves a population of nearly 14 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years.
Southern California Edison is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.
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