Clean Energy Program Attorney, Arizona

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary based on relative experience.



Application Deadline:



United States


Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the West’s 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 West’s natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


WRA’s Clean Energy Program works to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity production in the region by fostering a transition away from fossil-fueled resources towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies, with a primary focus is on reducing the power sector’s contribution to climate change.


Position Summary


WRA is seeking a Staff Attorney who is passionate about Western communities and the protection of the natural environment to represent WRA’s Clean Energy program in Arizona. This position is ideally suited for an attorney with at least two (2) years of experience with electric utilities and administrative law, with and interest in environmental and clean energy issues. The position provides an exciting opportunity to shape state-level energy policy and build our clean energy future. Reporting to the Clean Energy Program Deputy Director the Staff Attorney will manage a robust docket of rulemaking and litigated proceedings at the Arizona Corporation Commission while also assisting in WRA’s legislative advocacy efforts.  The Staff Attorney will collaborate with diverse partners to identify emerging issues in the realm of electric utility regulation, leverage opportunities, and advance policy solutions through negotiation and strategic litigation. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated strategic thinker who is capable of managing a docket of complex regulatory matters.




The position is based in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Represent WRA as an attorney and policy advocate in proceedings before the Arizona Corporation Commission and other regulatory agencies, courts, legislative bodies, and other forums.
  • Provide counsel and strategic advice regarding state and federal energy regulation and administrative law.
  • Prepare pleadings and testimony for adversarial proceedings.
  • Negotiate and draft complex settlement agreements.
  • Assist with guidance of outside expert and legal consultants.
  • Provide legal and strategic business advice on non-regulatory matters as needed.
  • Build trust and leadership relationships with representatives of regulated utilities, regulators, consumer advocates, clean energy and environmental advocates and other electric industry stakeholders.
  • Identify and manage effective coalitions of diverse partners to achieve results.
  • Work with WRA’s Communications and Government Affairs staff and consultants to develop communication and political strategies to advance WRA’s objectives.
  • Monitor and track relevant state and federal policies.



  • J.D. degree from ABA accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in Arizona.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage a deadline-driven docket of regulatory litigation.
  • An understanding of current issues in energy regulation and policy.
  • Superior teamwork and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply communication skills to persuade, influence, or lead others on complex subjects.
  • Creativity, patience, and a sense of humor.
  • Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA.
  • Willingness to travel (10%).


Deadline to Apply:  June 13, 2018  


Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer 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.


WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3-week paid vacation leave, parental leave, and sabbatical leave after five years. Position is full-time exempt.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

How to Apply


Applications will only be accepted through WRA’s online portal at will need to upload the following in PDF format through the online portal:


  • Cover letter to the attention of Richard Trilsch, Vice President of Finance and Administration, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA;
  • Resume;
  • Salary requirement; and
  • Three references, including at least one former supervisor, with contact information and a brief description of your relationship. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)


Please be sure to mention in your cover letter where you saw the job advertised.