The Staff Counsel supports the Office of Chief Counsel in providing leadership and direction on such functions and matters as will mitigate the Company’s exposure in the context of legal issues and compliance requirements, and in implementing, promoting, and monitoring the Company’s strategic and tactical legal and compliance initiatives and governance. Along with the Deputy General Counsel, this position will be primarily focused on U.S. Operations. A key component of that focus will be in the areas of Labor/Employment.
Major Job Responsibilities
- Primary counsel to Human Resources in the area of Employment/Labor Relations (given that role, an adjacent area of focus will be substantial support to the Company’s Compliance Program).
- Selects, retains, manages, and evaluates outside counsel
- Judges the merits of claims asserted and court cases filed against or on behalf of the Company, working with appropriate executives to define strategic defenses.
- Assists with definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs, providing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- A solid grasp and understanding of employment/labor relations (NLRA and related statutes, Title VII, FLSA, Worker’s Comp) as well as litigation generally and its impact on business culture/operations, which requires a fundamental knowledge and understanding of civil rules of procedure and evidence.
- General familiarity with corporate law on organization and governance; D.O.T. regulations pertaining to pipeline construction and fleet operation; construction and lien laws; commercial law on transactional dealings (including UCC); real estate and environmental laws and regulations; civil rules of procedure and evidence; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; rules pertaining to government contracts; and construction-industry specific rules and regulations.
- Knowledge of corporate-governance policies and Board of Directors procedures.
- Familiarity with Sarbanes-Oxley, and with Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations that may impact NPL or any of NPL’s business operations.
- Ability to create and give presentations to the Board of Directors (SWGas Holdings) and Company staff, and to external groups.
- Written communication skills to compose complex reports, legal documents, proposals, and business plans, and to adequately explain complexities.
- Oral communication skills to communicate with customers, co-workers, direct reports, and business contacts in a courteous and professional manner.
- Interpersonal skills to negotiate key business strategies or significant agreements favorable to the Company, reconciling differences to arrive at acceptable solutions.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret legal documents, financial reports, business plans and strategies, and professional journals.
- Knowledge related to accomplishing organizational objectives, even when information is vague and details are absent or difficult to obtain.
- Ability to develop and administer an expense budget for the departments for which the Counsel (or Senior Counsel) may be assigned responsibility.
- Strength in diplomacy, logic, problem-solving and example.
- Focused client-service, with timely responses to requests and in answering questions with responsive, accurate information.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.