The Office of Public Utility Counsel is currently hiring for the following positions:

 

DIRECTOR OF MARKET & REGULATORY POLICY
Program Specialist VII
Monthly Salary: $6,750 – $8,334
(Depending on Experience and Qualifications)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Director of Market & Regulatory Policy will work directly for the Chief Executive and Public
Counsel for the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC). The Director must have requisite
knowledge of the ERCOT market and stakeholder process; rulemaking and policymaking process
at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT); requisite experience with analyzing and
interpreting ERCOT Protocols and Guides, policies and procedures, and other binding documents;
advanced experience with analyzing and interpreting existing PUCT statutes and rules; experience
with analyzing and interpreting legislation; ability to collaborate with ERCOT staff and
stakeholders, PUCT staff, and industry regulatory staff; strong writing skills; strong oral advocacy
skills; strong interpersonal skills; and ability to exercise strong independent judgement and
initiative.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
• Advises OPUC’s Chief Executive and Public Counsel and agency management on market
and regulatory matters at ERCOT and the PUCT
• On behalf of OPUC, represents the residential consumer segment at the Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC), Protocol Revisions Subcommittee (PRS), Wholesale Market
Subcommittee (WMS), Retail Market Subcommittee (RMS), Reliability Operations
Subcommittee (ROS), and other stakeholder groups and task forces at ERCOT
• Monitors, analyzes, and reports on ERCOT market rule changes, activities, and discussions
• Develops comments for submission in the ERCOT stakeholder process, as needed,
including tracking and analyzing other stakeholder comments
• Monitors and reports on PUCT rulemaking and policy project activity, including attending
workshops and monitoring related open meeting discussions
• Develops comments for submission in PUCT rulemaking and policy projects, as needed,
including tracking and analyzing other stakeholder comments

• Coordinates collaboration with ERCOT staff and stakeholders, PUCT staff, and industry
regulatory staff
• Assists with analysis and interpretation of legislation

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance, accounting, public policy, engineering, or other
related field from an accredited university or college. A Master’s Degree in business,
public policy, engineering, or other related field preferable.
2. A minimum of two (2) years’ experience with ERCOT market matters, preferably
involving representation in the ERCOT stakeholder process, monitoring and analyzing
ERCOT market rule changes and key discussions, and oral and/or written advocacy at
ERCOT.
3. A minimum of four (4) years’ experience with PUCT rulemaking and policy projects; and
demonstrated familiarity with ERCOT market matters may be substituted for Minimum
Requirement No. 2.
4. A minimum of four (4) years’ experience with PUCT rulemaking and policy projects,
preferably involving analysis and development of comments, representation at workshops,
and monitoring discussions at PUCT open meetings.

 

MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL CODES:
The Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes applicable to this position can be accessed at:
http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_ProgramManagement.pdf

REMARKS:

• The position may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or
holidays to meet critical deadlines.
• OPUC participates in E-verify and will provide to the Social Security Administration
(SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information
from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
• A satisfactory driving record may be required for driving a state or personal vehicle to
conduct agency business. Employees may have their driving record evaluated.
• Employees are required to comply with Office policies and provisions outlined in the
employee handbook.
• The Office of Public Utility Counsel has a Post-Employment Restriction – details
furnished upon request.

APPLICATIONS:

Only State of Texas applications entered via the Texas Workforce
Commission (TWC) website will be accepted
OPUC may request a resume, official college transcript, writing sample
or references from potential applicants

 

ATTORNEY
Attorney I
Monthly Salary: $4,025 - $4,580/month
(Commensurate with Qualifications)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Performs professional legal work for the Office representing the interests of residential and small
commercial consumers, as a class, in contested cases and rulemaking proceedings involving regulated
electric, water, wastewater, and telecommunications utilities. Primary duties involve the practice of
administrative law, including the preparation of legal documents; providing legal advice and counsel to the
Public Counsel; interpreting laws and regulations; working with technical expert witnesses; preparing
contested cases for hearing; and appeals of administrative orders. Engages in the litigation and analysis of
legal matters with a heavy emphasis on technical issues including utility accounting, finance, engineering,
regulation policy, and the utility businesses generally. Works under close supervision with minimal latitude
for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Litigates and/or assists in litigating contested cases in administrative hearings during pre-trial and
trial stages. Tasks include formulating case strategy, drafting legal documents (pleadings, brief,
motions, memoranda), conducting discovery, appearing at hearings, arguing motions, and trying
cases.
• Participates and/or assists in rulemaking proceedings. Tasks include analyzing legal, regulatory,
and policy positions and preparing comments and draft administrative rules.
• May represent and/or assist in representing the Office before the courts in appeals of regulatory
agency decisions and orders. Tasks include writing appellate briefs and preparing and participating
in oral arguments before appellate courts.
• Provides legal advice and counsel to the agency.
• Researches points of law to support positions.
• Interprets state and federal legislation and regulations.
• Drafts well-reasoned and legally sound legal memoranda.
• Works cooperatively with others in a professional office environment.
• Acquires and maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions.
• Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule.
• Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information.
• Complies with all agency policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. degree.
• Licensed and eligible to practice law in Texas. Must be a member in good standing of Texas State
Bar.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• One year of full-time experience in administrative law as a licensed attorney, including
participation in contested cases or rulemaking proceedings.
• Undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, math, engineering, or economics.
• Experience in mock trial and/or moot court.

MILITARY OCCUPATION CODES:
http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

Remarks:

• Candidates invited to interview may be required to submit a transcript and/or a writing sample.
• Licensure to practice law in Texas of the selected candidate will be verified through the State Bar
of Texas.
• The position may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays to
meet critical deadlines.
• More than one position may be filled under this posting.
• OPUC participates in E-verify and will provide to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and,
if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new
employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
• A satisfactory driving record may be required for driving a state or personal vehicle to conduct
agency business. Employees may have their driving record evaluated.
• Employees are required to comply with Office policies and provisions outlined in the employee
handbook.
• The Office of Public Utility Counsel has a Post-Employment Restriction – details furnished upon
request.

APPLICATIONS:

Only State of Texas applications entered via the Texas Workforce Commission
(TWC) website will be accepted
OPUC may request a resume, official law school transcript, or references from potential applicants.

 

 

 

ATTORNEY
(Assistant Public Counsel)
(Attorney II - IV)
Monthly Salary: $4,585 - $7,085
(Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The Attorney will represent the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) in complex
administrative law proceedings, including contested case proceedings, rulemaking proceedings,
and appeals of regulatory agency decisions before the Public Utility Commission of Texas
(PUCT), State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) and state courts. The Attorney must
have administrative law experience preferably in the electric and/or water utility industries in
Texas; experience with regulatory and contested case litigation; strong ability to interpret laws,
regulations, rules, and policy decisions; strong, advanced legal writing skills; strong
communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to exercise independent judgment and
initiative.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
• Represents OPUC in complex administrative law proceedings, including contested case
proceedings and rulemaking proceedings, in the electric and water utility industries before
the PUCT and SOAH
• Leads representation in complex administrative law litigation, including preparation for
and trial of electric and water utility rate-related cases; developing motions, pleadings,
briefs, and other legal documents; working with expert witnesses to develop written expert
testimony; conducting discovery and depositions; working with other attorneys assigned
to the case; and developing and executing litigation strategy
• Leads representation in complex rulemaking proceedings, including analyzing and
interpreting existing rules and proposed rule amendments; developing comments, and
working with other attorneys and/or staff assigned to the proceeding
• Leads representation in appeals of regulatory agency decisions before state courts, as
needed
• Provides assistance with legal matters in the telecommunications industry, as needed
• Analyzes and interprets state and federal law, regulations, rules, and policy decisions
• Assists with analyzing and interpreting pending and passed legislation

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Law degree from an accredited law school
• Licensed to practice law in Texas, with good standing at the State Bar of Texas
• Minimum of two years of administrative law litigation experience in Texas,
including contested case proceedings, rulemaking proceedings, and appeals of
regulatory agency decisions before state courts

REQUIRED:
A legal writing sample will be required from candidates that are interviewed by the Chief
Executive and Public Counsel.

MILITARY OCCUPATION CODES:

http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf
Remarks:
• Candidates invited to interview may be required to submit a transcript and/or a writing
sample.
• License to practice law in Texas of the selected candidate will be verified through the
State Bar of Texas.
• The position may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or
holidays to meet critical deadlines.
• More than one position may be filled under this posting.
• OPUC participates in E-verify and will provide to the Social Security Administration
(SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information
from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
• A satisfactory driving record may be required for driving a state or personal vehicle to
conduct agency business. Employees may have their driving record evaluated.
• Employees are required to comply with Office policies and provisions outlined in the
employee handbook.
• The Office of Public Utility Counsel has a Post-Employment Restriction – details
furnished upon request.

APPLICATION: Only State of Texas applications entered via the Texas Workforce Commission
(TWC) website will be accepted

 

 

 

 

The Office of Public Utility Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or
disability in employment or the provision of services. A disabled individual requiring reasonable
accommodation shall not be denied opportunity due to the disability. The applicant should
communicate requests for reasonable accommodation.