The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state’s voice for millions of Ohio residential utility consumers, seeks an employee with a passion for public service to serve as an Assistant Consumers’ Counsel in its Legal Department. This position is an opportunity to help consumers, including at-risk and low-income Ohioans, regarding justice for their electric, natural gas, telephone, and water utility services. Since the legislature created the agency in 1976, we have sought lower utility bills and reliable utility service for residential consumers. At OCC, we put Consumers First.
The attorney will provide legal advice to management and the Agency director (the Consumers’ Counsel) for leading the Agency’s consumer protection role. The attorney will advocate (litigate and negotiate) the Agency’s consumer protection issues in forums that principally include the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Other forums for consumer advocacy can include the Ohio Supreme Court, where the Agency brings appeals of regulatory decisions and defends against appeals taken by utilities and others, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Other services can include legislative advocacy, where utility regulation and consumer protection are set forth in Ohio law.
For consumer protection services the attorney will need an understanding of utility regulation – that broadly involves rate-setting, service quality issues and policy matters such as the agency’s favoring of effective competitive markets over monopolies for providing services to consumers. The attorney will assist with retaining and functionally supervising consultants for this work. The attorney will need to work well within Agency teams and also be adept at independent work requiring personal initiative.
Salary negotiable within state government standards, commensurate with experience.
The Assistant Consumers’ Counsel must have a license to practice law in the State of Ohio with a minimum of three years or equivalent experience in public utility regulation. A working knowledge of law, rules, processes, utility regulation, and utility consumer issues is required. Excellence in oral and written communications is needed, including with persuasive writing. Familiarity with word processing programs, online research and other technology used in legal advocacy is expected. A willingness to work more than forty hours per week, as needed for consumer advocacy, and a commitment to public service are expected.
Please apply for this position using the Ohio Hiring Management System (OHMS) link Assistant Consumers' Counsel Posting. Please include your resume, cover letter and salary requirements with your application. Applications will only be accepted via OHMS, without phone calls until October 15, 2021.