Open Counsel Positions with MassDOER

Counsel II – (170001IB)

Serve as a Counsel II in Department of Energy Resources’ (Department) administrative proceedings as well as the proceedings before the Department of Public Utilities regarding oversight of the energy industries in the Commonwealth. The Counsel II will work on complex regulatory matters concerning energy efficiency, renewable and alternative energy, green communities, and alternative transportation, as part of a team with other attorneys as well as technical staff (e.g., analysts, engineers, and economists). Proceedings may be adjudications, rulemakings, and other proceedings, which may have multiple parties and involve complex legal and technical issues (e.g., rate-setting for public utilities, energy policy, and new legislation). This position involves a substantial amount of legal analysis and writing.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • serving as a Department case manager by tracking procedural schedules and deliverable deadlines, conducting public hearings and evidentiary hearings, making written and oral legal recommendations, and working with and coordinating the work of technical staff to ensure the development of a thorough record and Department positions and findings;
  • presenting recommendations and draft documents for the Department;
  • preparing legal research and/or memoranda on agency jurisdiction, procedures and standards, as well as on applicable law and precedent; and
  • representing the Department in settlement negotiations of cases as needed, and in proceedings before other state and federal administrative agencies.



MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar, and at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice of law.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to above, experience in administrative law, public utility law, energy law, or environmental law is highly desirable. Due to the nature of the work required, the candidate must have strong organizational skills, and possess the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written form. The candidate also must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with persons at all levels.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.