Associate Counsel

Washington, DC
Full Time
Practice Areas: Contracts Exp.: 2+ Years
CleanChoice Energy seeks a detail-oriented and intellectually curious candidate to serve as Associate Counsel in our Legal Department. The ideal candidate for this position is passionate about renewable energy and interested in providing legal support across multiple departments, including Marketing, Sales, Tech, Operations, HR, and Finance. This is a new position that reports within the Legal Department to the Deputy General Counsel.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach to issue spotting and problem solving, with a keen eye toward constantly improving internal processes and documentation. Specifically, the Associate Counsel will assist in the following: (i) review and negotiate a broad array of customer and vendor contracts; (ii) administer a contract management system to ensure prompt compliance with contract milestones and deadlines; (iii) review all company public-facing content, including direct mail, email, and digital marketing; and (iv) assist on emergent issue and projects that arise within a scaling, high-growth company.

As a member of a growing Legal team, the successful candidate will have opportunities over time to expand their role and contribute to the company’s overall growth.

  • Act as a legal generalist while providing support to clients across a wide range of topics including contracts, advertising, consumer protection, and renewable energy.
  • Prepare and negotiate a variety of commercial contracts, including strategic partnership agreements, MOUs, MSA, SOWs, purchase agreements, and NDAs.
  • Draft terms and conditions, FAQs, legal disclaimers, and other policies governing CleanChoice Energy’s products and services.
  • Review advertising, promotional materials, and other public-facing content for legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Provide training to our content teams on key legal issues, and keep our teams informed of new developments in advertising and content law.
  • Participate as a key legal advisor to company leadership on major business transactions.
  • Provide strategic advice and collaborate with clients to improve internal processes.
  • Effectively partner with outside counsel to leverage subject matter expertise and manage state-specific legal and regulatory issues.

Qualifications and Skills:
  • J.D. with excellent academic credentials and a license to practice law in at least one state. Admission to the D.C. Bar may be required within one year of starting with CleanChoice Energy.
  • At least 2 years of legal practice with direct experience providing substantive contract drafting and negotiation services and/or substantive review of public-facing content, either in-house or at a law firm.
  • A pragmatic and business-oriented approach to legal issues, and comfort working across multiple departments.
  • Experience with consumer protection, retail electricity markets, and/or renewable energy issues is a plus.
  • Excellent business judgment, communication and interpersonal skills, accountability, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle competing deadlines—and shifting priorities—with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take feedback, learn and grow; an ethos of continuous self-improvement.
  • Passion for the environment and renewable energy.

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