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South Jersey Industries Corporate Counsel in Folsom, New Jersey

Position Summary

The Corporate Counsel will be responsible for providing a full range of legal advice and services. In addition, this role will function as a generalist or in a combination of disciplines to:, among other things, interpret internal or external issues and recommend solutions/best practices; adapt departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges; provide technical guidance to employees, colleagues and/or customers. The Corporate Counsel may also be responsible for liaising with and managing external legal counsel on complex legal issues. The Corporate Counsel will work independently and with the Assistant General Counsels on various tasks and projects.

Essential Functions:

  1. Writes, reviews, and advises on various types of legal contracts and agreements.

  2. Represents the organization in legal matters.

  3. Researches and analyzes laws and regulations impacting the organization and assist with regulatory compliance matters.

  4. Represents the organization in court when needed.

  5. Anticipates and guards against legal risks involving the organization.

  6. Gathers evidence to provide strategic guidance on potential and pending legal actions.

  7. Assists in transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings.

  8. Perform duties inherent in all supervisory, professional and administrative positions. Consistent with all positions in this classification, additional projects, tasks and/or duties beyond what is outlined here may be assigned as required.

Qualifications

  1. Degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey.

  2. Two to four years' of relevant legal experience in an in-house legal department, governmental agency or law firm.

Possess solid working knowledge in one or more of the following subject matters (preferred):

Labor and Employment - Specializes in employment laws and provides legal assistance to both employees and employers; interprets and prepares legal documents, analyzes proposed and existing legislation, reviews company policies, monitors and ensures legal compliance, and advises management on legal matters to guard the organization against legal liabilities; advise on internal investigations; handles union grievances and labor relations; knowledgeable in various state and federal regulations such as FLSA, FMLA and ADA.

Litigation - Provides legal counsel associated with litigation; represents clients in civil litigation and other legal proceedings; advises clients and draws up legal documents; prepares cases for defense; participates in trial preparation, discovery and negotiations; compiles information for court cases.

Contracts - Drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts on behalf of the organization.

Real Estate - Provides guidance and support on real estate related legal issues; writes, reviews, and advises on leases, deeds, purchase or sale agreements, or related legal documents; represents the organization in legal matters; researches and analyzes real estate related laws and regulations for clients.

IT – Provides legal counsel on Cybersecurity issues; Reviews IT vendor contracts and access and license agreements; drafts policy for information security issues; participates in cyber incidents and investigations related to compromised access to technology systems.

Environmental - Provides guidance on permitting process; assists with land use issues and drafts and negotiates access agreements; assist with environmental investigations and environmental cleanup sites.

Business Transactions - Advises on various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financings; assists and provides counsel on strategic initiatives, and developing projects to grow the business; handles or assists with due diligence and contract review and negotiation.

Utility Work - Advises business on construction issues, municipal zoning and approvals; navigates contractor disputes and assists in the negotiations, litigation and/or settlement of disputes; assist with regulatory issues, filings, and compliance; assists with customer care issues both internal and external.

Board Governance - Assists in advising the board and senior team on best practices; monitors ISS guidance and applicable regulations; advises on any changes in guidance by SEC, NYSE or other regulatory body related to board governance; reviews internal policies and practices to ensure that the board is in line with its peers.

Explore the Possibilities

If you're looking to make an impact, South Jersey Industries is the perfect place. For interns, college graduates, or experienced professionals, at South Jersey Industries we look for enthusiastic, talented professionals at every level of our enterprise. From call center representatives with excellent people skills to engineers with the vision and expertise to design tomorrow’s energy infrastructure, we know that our people fuel our success. We take pride in recruiting the best talent available for every facet of our business. Explore the possibilities. You'll be sure to find an opportunity that piques your interest.

  • We are committed to developing and implementing innovative projects that increase energy efficiency and save clients money

  • We provide an opportunity to build a successful and rewarding career in a variety of functional business areas

  • We foster individual talents and abilities while promoting the value of teamwork

  • Our culture prepares you for a lifetime of learning and professional development

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to its customers through three primary subsidiaries. SJI Utilities, SJI's regulated natural gas utility business, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas to approximately 690,000 South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas customers in New Jersey and Maryland. SJI's non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company's interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. For more information about SJI and its subsidiaries, click here. (http://www.sjindustries.com/)

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