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Associate Legal Counsel, Illinois Power Agency

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Sponsorship for Employment

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Jun 4, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60602-4602

Job Requisition ID:  4076

Agency:  Illinois Power Agency
Closing Date/Time:  TBD
Salary:  Depends on Qualifications
Job Type:  Exempt
County:  Cook
Number of Vacancies:  1
Plan/BU:  N/A


Work Hours:  M-F, 9AM to 5PM 
Work Location:   105 West Madison Street

                              Suite 1401

                              Chicago, IL 60602
Agency Contact: ipa.contactus@illinois.gov  
Job Function: Legal and Compliance,


                         Risk Management



Position Summary:

The IPA’s Associate Legal Counsel position offers unmatched opportunities to work on cutting edge legal and policy issues in a rapidly evolving field.  These opportunities include work focused on the ongoing management of renewable energy incentive programs, energy policy and procurement, contract development, legislative review, litigation, and administrative law.

The Associate Legal Counsel reports to the Chief Legal Counsel, but is also expected to work closely with the Agency Director, the Deputy Legal Counsel, other senior management, program managers, and outside consultants.


Job requirements include a J.D. degree and active license to practice law in Illinois (or intent to obtain such license), with prior experience in energy policy and administrative law preferred.


The duties of the Associate Legal Counsel include:

  • Assist the Director, the Planning & Procurement Bureau Chief, the Chief Legal Counsel, and the Deputy Legal Counsel in the development and preparation of procurement plans, including the Agency’s annual Electricity Procurement Plan, biennial revisions to the Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, and any future planning processes.
  • Assist the Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Legal Counsel in litigation before the Illinois Commerce Commission, including litigation seeking approval of the IPA’s procurement plans and docketed proceedings implicating Agency interests or jurisdiction.
  • Assist the Chief Legal Counsel in researching and formulating guidance on legal issues for both internal and external constituencies.
  • Assist the Chief Legal Counsel with the review and analysis of proposed legislation, including legislation impacting the Agency or the industry in which the Agency operates. 
  • Assist the Chief Legal Counsel with the development, adoption, and implementation of administrative rules promulgated by the Agency. 
  • In coordination with the Director, the Bureau Chief of the Procurement and Planning Bureau, the Chief Legal Counsel, and the Deputy Legal Counsel, assist in developing IPA positions in contested matters and in anticipation of contested matters.
  • Under the supervision of the Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Legal Counsel, provide legal representation in other matters involving the IPA.
  • Represent the Director and the Agency at meetings, conferences, and other gatherings, as needed.
  • Participate in agency-level policy discussions; work directly with Agency management; gather and provide information to the Director for review; coordinate with staff and consultants in review and analysis of agency programs to ensure policy objectives are met.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

For more information on the Illinois Power Agency, please see: www.illinois.gov/ipa


Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and membership in good standing with the Illinois Bar (or membership in another state bar and willingness to take the Illinois bar exam within six (6) months).
  • At least three (3) years of experience in the practice of law is required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two (2) years of experience in the energy, environmental, legislative, or administrative law fields is highly preferred.
  • Previous experience with state government, renewable energy issues, energy policy issues, or energy procurement or contracting matters is preferred.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment.


The Associate Legal Counsel is prohibited from: (i) owning, directly or indirectly, 5% or more of the voting capital stock of an electric utility, independent power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier; (ii) being in any chain of successive ownership of 5% or more of the voting capital stock of any electric utility, independent power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier; (iii) receiving any form of compensation, fee, payment, or other consideration from an electric utility, independent power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier, including legal fees, consulting fees, bonuses, or other sums. These limitations do not apply to any compensation received pursuant to a defined benefit plan or other form of deferred compensation, provided that the individual has otherwise severed all ties to the utility, power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references along with your online application. *A cover letter is required in order to be considered for the position.*


No phone calls please.


The Illinois Power Agency is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.