The position requires sound judgment in the application of legal principles to issues arising in the course of the Association’s affairs, the ability to develop policies, strategies, and practices that effectively address existing and anticipated issues and conditions, and the ability to work and communicate effectively with the Board, management, and staff of the Association. Prepares opinions and memoranda regarding legal matters as requested by the Board or CEO. Reviews, negotiates, and drafts, or assists with the review, negotiating, and drafting of contracts, easements, licenses, and other legal documents. Reviews and revises contracts and other legal documents. Works with Association management and staff as necessary to accomplish those ends. Monitors proposed legislation and works with the Association’s Public Affairs and lobbying personnel to advance the Association’s interest regarding legislative matters.
The position requires a license to practice law and admission to the Colorado State Bar and at least 5 years legal experience. Responsible to the Board of Directors (Board) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for legal counsel and advice regarding legal issues and disputes, corporate governance, transactions, regulatory matters, right of way issues, contracts, compliance, risk management, relationships with outside counsel and other legal matters arising in connection with the business of the Association. license to practice law and admission or eligibility for admission to the Colorado State Bar. Excellent analytical, research, writing, and communication skills are required. Prefer legal experience in the electric industry.
About Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Intermountain Rural Electric Association’s 5,000-square-mile service territory includes portions of 11 counties to the east, west and south of Denver. With more than 160,000 customers, IREA is the largest electric distribution cooperative in Colorado and one of the largest in the U.S. As a customer-owned cooperative, IREA operates on a nonprofit basis; earnings exceeding expenses are invested in the facilities used to provide electric service and are booked as member equity. Some of this equity is returned to members almost every year, as finances permit, through capital credit refunds. These refunds normally are made in March.
IREA is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Directors represent geographic districts and serve four-year terms. They are elected by the members who receive service in their respective districts. Among its other responsibilities, the board of directors establishes service rates and regulations.
IREA buys wholesale power under long-term agreements with Xcel Energy and the Western Area Power Administration. IREA also purchases all of the output of a 12.83-megawatt photovoltaic array, known as Victory Solar, north of the town of Bennett. IREA ow...ns and receives a share of the generation of power from Comanche Unit 3, a supercritical, pulverized coal plant in Pueblo. That plant is operated by Xcel, but IREA owns 25.3% of the plant and its output.
IREA’s headquarters is located in Sedalia, about 20 miles south of Denver, and has district offices in Strasburg, Conifer and Woodland Park.