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Enforcement Attorney

Reports To Director of Enforcement and External Affairs
Location St. Paul, MN
Post Date 02/22/2023

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter in an email to [email protected].

Position Summary

The Enforcement Attorney engages in the development of Electric Reliability Organization Enterprise (ERO Enterprise) regulatory policies, conducts legal research, prepares legal notices, reviews the quality and completeness of facts and circumstances of noncompliance and possible violations for filing, develops penalty and sanction determinations for violations, and negotiates settlement agreements with registered entities. This position also provides legal advice to the Director of Enforcement and External Affairs, MRO Executives, Directors, and Managers on Enforcement issues as needed. The Enforcement Attorney will work with other MRO departments to promote efforts to ensure the reliability and security of the Bulk Power System. The Enforcement Attorney may also assist in External Affairs outreach.


Connection: Place importance on relationships within MRO, across the ERO Enterprise, and industry as we do our work. Connection allows staff to leverage the expertise of others and appreciate differences.

Curiosity: The foundation for innovation and creating alternatives by being interested and asking questions. Curiosity aids us in exercising the principle of independence and being objective. It is the antidote to bias.

Commitment: Support MRO’s Vision, Mission, and Core Principles that embody our accountability to maintain the public trust as we do our work and use our funding wisely.

Competency: Apply knowledge, expertise, and experience with integrity to produce excellent work while being a thought leader.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drafts and reviews of enforcement documents, including formal documents regarding enforcement actions, settlement agreements, internal legal memorandums and policy documents
  • Assists in the continuous improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of the enforcement processes, including, but not limited to the Self-Logging Program, key performance indicators, and processing efficiencies
  • Represents MRO in discussions with registered entities, other regional entities, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) matters
  • Represents and maintains productive relationships on the ERO groups including the Enforcement Group and other ERO groups as assigned, which includes attending meetings of the industry forums as assigned
  • Promotes and fosters harmonious relationships with the internal CMEP teams to successfully implement and support MRO’s Mission of a highly reliable and secure North American Bulk Power System
  • Performs legal research and provides legal advice to the Director of Enforcement and External Affairs and the extended internal management team members on Enforcement matters
  • Assists the Director of Enforcement and External Affairs with External Affairs outreach and matters, as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Education and Experience

  • Law degree (J.D.) from an ABA accredited institution is required
  • Active license in good standing in at least one state is required
  • Three to five years of legal experience required with direct experience in administrative law, corporate law, or regulatory affairs preferred
  • Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office applications is required
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Previous experience working in the ERO Enterprise is desirable

Supervisor Responsibility

  • Individual contributor role, no supervisory responsibilities

Physical Working Conditions and Travel Requirements

  • Standard office environment, requires mobility and sedentary work
  • Must be available outside of business hours to respond to employee and/or corporate matters
  • Travel Requirement: Approximately 10%; this position requires the ability to obtain documentation to allow for travel to and from Canada