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Staff Attorney

Company: Western Resource Advocates
Location: denver
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Home Careers Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Clean Energy Program

Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Clean Energy Program

WRA is seeking a highly motivated, strategic attorney to join our Clean Energy Team in Colorado!

Serving others is more important than ever. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that WRA is actively hiring for the following position. Join our committed staff as we stay home, stay healthy, and continue to fight to protect the Wests land, air, and water.

Position Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking a highly motivated, strategic attorney to join our Clean Energy Team in Colorado. Depending on relevant experience and demonstrated skill, the position can be either a Staff Attorney or a Senior Staff Attorney. This position will represent WRA in a diverse array of rulemaking and litigated proceedings before Colorado regulatory agencies, including the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. The attorney will also assist in WRAs legislative advocacy efforts and may occasionally be involved in state or federal litigation. In partnership with other members of the Colorado Clean Energy Team, the attorney will create and leverage opportunities to advance equitable clean energy policy solutions through negotiation and strategic litigation. The ideal candidate has a commitment to climate action and is capable of independently managing a docket of complex regulatory matters. This position will report to a senior member of the Colorado Clean Energy Team and is an exciting opportunity to shape state-level policy to help build a just, clean, and sustainable future for the communities and economies of the Interior West.

About Western Resource Advocates

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the Wests land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.

In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

  • Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
  • Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
  • Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the Wests natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


The position has the option to start work remotely from anywhere along Colorados Front Range, or from WRAs Boulder or Denver office. WRA employees are strongly encouraged to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the pandemic, we anticipate this position would work at least a few days a week from WRAs Boulder or Denver office.

Responsibilities and Activities


  • Represent WRA as an attorney and policy advocate in proceedings before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and other Colorado regulatory agencies, courts, legislative bodies, and other forums.
  • Provide counsel and strategic advice regarding state and federal energy regulation, climate policy, and administrative law.
  • Prepare discovery, pleadings, oral argument, cross-examination, and testimony for adversarial proceedings.
  • Negotiate and draft complex settlement agreements.
  • Assist with guidance of outside experts and legal consultants.
  • Provide legal and strategic business advice on non-regulatory matters as needed.
  • Monitor and track relevant state and federal policies.


  • Work directly with the regions electric utilities, state and municipal governments, consumer groups, the environmental community, and other stakeholders to advance policies aimed at accelerating a clean energy transition.
  • Identify and manage effective coalitions of diverse partners to achieve results.


  • Occasional travel to meetings and events, generally within the Interior West (post COVID-19).

Required Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree from ABA accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in Colorado.
  • Background in environmental, energy, or other types of administrative law.
  • Ability to manage a deadline-driven docket of regulatory litigation.
  • Understanding of current issues in energy and climate regulation and policy.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication abilities.
  • Comfort in communicating with a variety of policymakers, constituencies and audiences.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

Senior Staff Attorney Qualifications

To be considered for a Senior Staff Attorney role, the candidate should possess at least two of the following additional qualifications:

  • Experience independently managing a deadline-driven docket of complex regulatory litigation, with minimal supervision.
  • Significant experience as a litigator in public utilities regulatory proceedings, ideally in Colorado.
  • Experience with air quality law or climate policy.
  • Existing relationships with key stakeholders or policymakers in the Colorado energy community.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is $65,000 to $90,000 for a Staff Attorney and $85,000 to $105,000 for a Senior Staff Attorney annually; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. WRAs excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years; and an RTD EcoPass for staff in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled, with priority review of applications starting on Monday, May 24, 2021

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

Apply to be WRAs Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney!

Thank you for your interest in the Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney role with Western Resource Advocates. Complete the two forms below to apply for the position. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

  • Cover letter to the attention of Meagan Kadlec, Recruitment and Hiring Manager, describing your relevant qualifications and the reason for your interest in WRA and this position;
  • Resume; and
  • A legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages).

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