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Employment Law Assistant General Counsel (R18-254)

Portland General Electric
Portland, Oregon
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For over 125 years, Portland General Electric has proudly served Oregon. Our dedication to helping customers is matched by our commitment to providing PGE employees with a diverse array of rewarding career opportunities. Diversity and community are at the heart of what we do for our customers and for each other. We are committed to a team that looks like the Oregon community that we know and love.

PGE team members are creative problem solvers who love to apply themselves to challenges, big and small. We are looking for team members who will grow their skills, their career and their future with us.

Employment Law Assistant General Counsel (R18-254)


The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for working with the Human Resources (HR) department to manage the vast majority of labor and employment related matters for the Company. The Assistant General Counsel will represent PGE in a broad variety of areas related to human resource matters, including counseling and advice to HR professionals and management, management of outside counsel, and representing PGE before Federal and State regulatory authorities (the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)). Significant practice areas are employment law (including, but not limited to, workplace discrimination, harassment, accommodation (ADA), leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues), labor relations, immigration, and health and safety (including OSHA and Workers Compensation matters).

Responsibilities include working closely with PGE’s Human Resources department on significant employee related legal, business, and communications issues and defending the company’s interests before regulatory agencies, as well as managing outside counsel in a variety of federal and state dispute resolution situations. The attorney in this role will provide support throughout the business as needed as well as advising internal stakeholders and working collaboratively with legal team members. The Assistant General Counsel will contribute to the protection of Portland General Electric Company’s legal interests, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and facilitate the achievement of corporate objectives by providing timely, high-quality, thorough and cost-effective counsel concerning complex legal issues.


Provide in-house legal counsel on employment and labor matters to Company’s HR professionals and management. This responsibility includes legal research and oral and written advice on the Company’s rights and obligations on a broad range of employment and labor law issues, which may include, but are not limited to, terminations and discipline, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodation, fitness for duty, wage and hour considerations, workplace harassment and discrimination investigations, whistleblower treatment, retaliation claims, workers’ compensation, unemployment and other state agency claims, labor relations, employment and separation agreements and policy related issues, and employment-related litigation, grievances, arbitrations and mediations.


Qualifications and Skills:

Required Expertise:

  • Ideally 10-15 years related experience, but a minimum of 7 years related experience.


  • Effective, extensive and sophisticated experience in employment and labor matters, including the areas described under Responsibilities above. Successful representation of clients before EEOC, BOLI or in court in complex litigation.


  • Commensurate law firm, in-house or government agency experience.


  • Active member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar, or ability and willingness to acquire the same.


Skills & Competencies:

  • Effective advocacy skills to advance the Company’s position or interests.


  • Excellent, credible communicator, who is relationship motivated.


  • Develops effective working relationships in a collegial environment. Ability to be a team player and work collaboratively to obtain results.


  • Ability to problem-solve and think strategically in non-routine operations and ambiguous situations.


  • Ability to distill complex legal concepts and issues in a manner to make them understandable to non-legal specialists up and down the corporate reporting chain.


  • Excellent analytical, communication, diplomatic, legal research and writing skills to identify risk, and to analyze, interpret, summarize and draft complex legal documents.


  • Ability to understand and support the human resource needs and challenges of a regulated utility.


  • Model, execute, and promote Company values, principles and culture: Core Principles (including Safety, Diversity and Inclusion), Customer Focus, Guiding Behaviors.


  • Ability to deal effectively in adversarial situations to achieve desired company outcomes.



  • J. D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school, with evidence of strong academic achievement.


Join us today and power your potential!

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the deadline: https://PGN.igreentree.com/CSS_External/CSSPage_Referred.ASP?Req=R18-254. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-464-7250.

Work at PGE is rewarding, challenging and fun, and employees accomplish work through six core values: Be Accountable, Earn Trust, Dignify People, Make the Right Thing Happen, Positive Attitude and Team Behavior. PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

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