Associate Counsel, Government and Public Affairs, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

24 Feb, 2019


Associate Counsel, Government and Public Affairs, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

American Wind Energy Association
Washington, DC

Associate Counsel, Government and Public Affairs, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) seeks an experienced mid-level associate attorney with 2 to 6 years of relevant experience to join the Legal Team and provide legal support to the association. The candidate must possess strong research, analytic and writing skills, as well as the ability to work independently. The individual hired will be responsible for working with the current Legal Team, as well as other AWEA staff, to plan, implement, direct and coordinate legal and policy activities for the association.

Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs. Travel 2-4 times a year may be required.

  • Portfolio will include shared responsibility of work related to energy, wildlife, siting and climate law, as well as other areas, and may focus on any of the following statutes, with experience not required in each, but preferred in at least some: the Federal Power Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, among others.
  • Team with staff in the Policy and Regulatory Affairs department at the association, as well other groups (such as State Affairs, Public Affairs, Federal Affairs and Research and Analytics) on integrated advocacy campaigns and issues that arise under the above listed statutes.
  • Work with the Legal Team on researching and drafting comments, briefs, motions and position papers for the various issues that arise.
  • Provide legal review and drafting assistance for advocacy material (external messaging) for federal, regional, state decision makers and other audiences, as well as participating in related advocacy meetings in support thereof.
  • Track and identify potential legal and policy issues, as well as milestones and opportunities related thereto, for the association’s engagement.
  • Engage with federal agencies and other decision makers, including, but not limited to: USFWS, BLM, BOEM, FERC, EPA and DOE.
  • Contribute to member education and interaction through participation in AWEA committees.
  • Other duties, beyond those described, may be assigned to meet business needs.
  • To perform this job successfully, the associate attorney must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

This position requires the ability to independently research, analyze and synthesize complex materials into an understandable format for experts and non-experts alike under tight deadlines. The individual must be a self-starter and must possess the following skills:

  • Ability to write persuasively, work effectively under pressure and manage multiple projects at once.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask, organize time and identify resources for projects.
  • Knowledge of computer software, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Education and/or Experience

AWEA is seeking applicants whom reflect and understand our core values: We HEART Wind Energy, The Truth Prevails, Together We Succeed, and Ahead of the Curve. Qualified applicants may possess any combination of education and experience enabling them to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position. Must have a JD from an accredited law school and be admitted to the practice of law in good standing in one US state or the District of Columbia. Preferred qualifications are: Experience with federal administrative and court rules and procedures and demonstrated ability to draft a broad range of pleadings/filings for courts, regulatory agencies and other decision-making bodies. Candidates for this position must have at least 2 years of relevant experience.

To Apply

Send how you heard about this job, cover letter, salary requirement, start date availability, and resume to (please use “[Your Name] – Associate Counsel, Government and Public Affairs, Policy and Regulatory Affairs” in subject line) or mail to AWEA, 1501 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005; Attention: Human Resources.

AWEA is Metro accessible and provides a generous benefit package. To learn more visit

AWEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About American Wind Energy Association

AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry – one of the world’s fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world.

The Association provides up-to-date information on: wind energy projects operating; new projects in various stages of development; companies working in the wind energy field; technology development; and policy developments related to wind and other renewable energy development. AWEA . . . the best source for wind energy information.

People count on AWEA to provide up-to-date, accurate information about the domestic and international wind energy industry.


Job posted: 2019-02-24