Associate Counsel

Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Energy and Utilities
Job Type
Full Time

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The Associate Counsel role provides general cooperative legal support for Minnkota Power as well as the member systems. Essential functions include providing legal services in assigned areas of cooperative operation including litigation, regulatory interaction, cooperative governance, labor and employment, real property, financing, procurement, and the development and review of contracts. Associate Counsel will also provide legal assistance to Minnkota employees on their respective areas of responsibility.

The salary range for this position begins at $88,000. Appropriate compensation will be determined based on a candidate\u0027s relevant educational and professional work experiences. 

Essential functions for this role include:
  • Provides general cooperative legal support
  • Give legal opinions, lead/participate in negotiations for the recovery of damages, insure the following of applicable regulations, represent Minnkota in hearings/in court, and draft documents to be filed in legal actions and regulatory matters
  • Oversees and provides real estate support
  • Drafts and reviews agreements for purchase or sale of real estate, develops and reviews property rental agreements and real estate solutions, and assists the Right of Way department in real estate acquisitions
  • Develops and reviews contracts
  • Reviews contracts for other Minnkota departments prior to signature, develops and modifies standard contracts and contracts for special requirements, and reviews/interprets/develops amendments to existing contracts and agreements
  • Offers legal counsel support to Minnkota staff
  • Offers legal interpretation and guidance to Minnkota staff on their subject matter, provides legal coverage for projects within Minnkota, stays abreast on applicable laws and regulations that affect the cooperative, and represents Minnkota in hearings with regulatory agencies
  • Provides legal services to member system clients
  • Provides general legal services to Minnkota\u0027s distributions cooperative clients which includes: legal interpretation and guidance to distribution cooperative staff, attendance and counsel at cooperative board, committee, and annual meetings. Also may provide legal support including opinions for financing and special projects and representation of clients in arbitrations and court as necessary


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


    Minnkota Power Cooperative has a wide range of more than 400 knowledgeable and skilled employees who work to bring reliable, low-cost electric energy to northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.  Minnkota employs engineers, electrical line workers, power plant personnel, electricians, accountants and many other positions needed to manage our unique and evolving business.

    Corporate headquarters are located in Grand Forks, N.D.  The primary source of electric generation is the Milton R. Young Station, a power plant located near Center, N.D., 35 miles northwest of Bismarck, N.D.

    For nearly 80 years, Minnkota has been energizing homes, farms, schools and businesses. And the future is bright. New employees are needed to power our growing local economies and the technological advancements that are changing the way we view the world.  Career growth and development are a priority at Minnkota, creating a challenging and rewarding work environment. The company promotes a work culture that strives to keep employees engaged, healthy and productive.

    If you're looking for a rewarding career that offers competitive pay, benefits and advancement opportunities, we invite you to view our Apply Today!

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