The Upper Colorado River Commission has an immediate opening for the position of General Counsel (GC). The GC reports to the Executive Director of the Commission. This position involves providing legal counsel to the Executive Director and Commissioners regarding activities of the Commission and any challenges to implementation of the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact. This position requires the ability to provide oral or written legal analysis and recommendations to the Commission, its Legal Committee and Advisors. The GC will maintain an effective legal library and will collaborate when appropriate with legal counsel from member states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The GC will perform legal and other functions as assigned including preparation of memoranda, acting as Trustee for the Commission pension plan, providing general administration of key agreements with Federal and non-Federal entities, supervising the preparation of Commission meeting minutes, providing supervision of administrative functions of the Commission office and coordinating the System Conservation Pilot Program activities.
The position requires graduation from an accredited law school and admission to, or the ability to obtain admission to, the bar of any of the seven Colorado River Basin States. The GC must have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with others as part of a team. The ideal applicant will have a background in natural resources law, particularly western water law and will be well versed in the law of the Colorado River. Some background in litigation and transactional work is desirable. Preference will be given to applicants with 5 to 10 years of legal experience. The position is full-time and is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some travel is required. Salary will depend upon qualifications. The Commission also provides a competitive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply, submit a cover letter, detailed resume and writing sample to Don Ostler, Upper Colorado River Commission Executive Director so that it is received by March 15, 2017, by mail or delivery service at the following address:
Upper Colorado River Commission
355 South, 400 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org