Regulatory & Compliance Counsel Position - Utility Regulation Lawyer

BC Hydro
Posting Date:
Sep 22, 2022
Company/Firm:
BC Hydro
Area of Law:
Regulatory, Administrative
Deadline:
Oct 12, 2022
Location:
Vancouver
Experience:
5+ years

Description

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Providing clean electricity to 4 million customers takes a diverse workforce and that’s where you come in. We need your talent to help us build major projects to meet growing demand. To help our customers find clean energy solutions for their homes and businesses and to be ready to respond during storms and outages to keep our system reliable.

Working for BC Hydro is meaningful. And now, the stakes have been raised as we work towards a solution to climate change while safely providing clean, affordable electricity to our customers.

We offer a healthy work life balance, training opportunities and career progression. We're proud to be ranked as one of B.C.'s Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. Join us as we build an even cleaner B.C.

JOB DESCRIPTION


Duties

BC Hydro is looking to add one permanent, full-time lawyer to its Legal Services team to provide practical, business-oriented legal advice primarily to the business team that implements our tariffs and has accountability for BC Hydro’s regulatory filings with the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the independent tribunal responsible for regulating public utilities. This is a unique opportunity to work in-house with a team of 30 experienced lawyers at all levels of seniority in an evolving and challenging area of significant importance to BC Hydro.

We need a lawyer with strong writing and interpersonal skills, who is confident to work with a variety of business teams. You must be able to identify and consider a wide range of issues that arise in your day to day work and be able to develop and bring forward potential solutions to help the business achieve its objectives.

What will your role be?

BC Hydro strives to provide its lawyers with interesting, challenging and meaningful work, while respecting the need for a sustainable work-life balance. We want our lawyers to learn and grow and to enjoy their work environment.

While embedded in the Legal Services team, you will work with our business teams in an integrated way. As a regulated utility, BC Hydro’s business is subject to oversight by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. As a provincial Crown Corporation, BC Hydro also needs to consider and be guided by provincial policies and laws that affect its business. Complying with BC Hydro’s obligations as a regulated public utility is a critical aspect of BC Hydro’s business and touches on many of the most interesting and important areas of our business.
As part of the Legal Services group, you will have a varied and interesting practice that will allow you to:

  • lead the provision of legal advice with respect to our applications to the British Columbia Utilities Commission, such as those made to set electricity rates, to seek approval to build capital infrastructure projects, to seek acceptance of our contracts to buy power and to settle complaints involving our tariffs;
  • advise on the substantive and procedural issues that arise throughout our hearing processes;
  • work with many different business teams to help them navigate and interpret our tariffs and to provide advice on a variety of regulatory compliance related issues arising from our role as a regulated public utility; and
  • consider BC Hydro’s role in advancing provincial policies as a regulated public utility and work with the teams responsible for initiatives that advance these policies.

While you will have independent oversight over your files, you will also have the opportunity to work with experienced external legal counsel as well as our specialized in-house regulatory legal team who can all assist you in developing your expertise.

Qualifications

  • You will have a current membership (or eligibility for membership) in the Law Society of British Columbia, ideally with a minimum of 5 years of experience either in-house or with a law firm.
  • This position will require the successful candidate to have strong drafting skills, a willingness to learn about BC Hydro’s business, a willingness to work with the business as part of their team to help them achieve their objectives, and a keen attention to detail. You need to be confident in providing advice and expressing your views to people at all levels of the company.
  • While experience in the energy industry would be considered an asset, it is not a requirement. Having experience in advising entities that have significant oversight by administrative tribunals or that otherwise operate in a regulated environment would be an asset. We are willing to train the right candidate in this specialized area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BC Hydro’s legal department includes about 30 lawyers with expertise in all subject matter areas affecting BC Hydro as an electrical utility, including Regulatory, Commercial, Procurement, Construction, Real Estate, Energy, First Nations, Safety and Environmental. This gives the benefit of being in an in-house environment with support from colleagues that is equivalent to a law firm. We work as a team and we pride ourselves in offering a collegial and professional in-house environment that supports professional learning & development opportunities as well as a healthy and sustainable work-life balance.

This is a hybrid position, working at the Dunsmuir office in Vancouver, BC for 3 days a week with other 2 days being either remote work or in office work at the choice of the employee.

We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

We are safe. We are here for our customers. We are one team. We include everyone. We act with integrity and respect. We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at BC Hydro. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at Recruitmenthelp@BCHydro.com .

All BC Hydro employees will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.

Flexible work model role definitions

Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

IBEW/Field – No option to work from home
Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.
Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.
Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week

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