Post Date: 01/22/2020
Close Date: 02/16/2020
Finance & Securities Attorney
Corporate Secretary; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)
Posting # 376
NW Natural has an in-house Associate Counsel opportunity for a corporate, securities and finance attorney for our holding company, gas utility and water businesses. The successful candidate will focus primarily on providing support in the areas of corporate, securities, finance, governance, shareholder services, compliance and other similar matters. This person will report to the Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, and will be a member of the Corporate Secretary and Business Integrity/Compliance teams.
Day to Day:
Public Company Work
Assist with preparation of Board meeting materials, resolutions and related materials for the parent holding company and NW Natural Gas Company Board of Directors and help to monitor Board delivery process
Assist in responsibility for: Section 16 filings (assist in administering insider trading policies), related party transactions reports and related presentations, initial drafts of NYSE compliance filings, and annual reports and regulatory reports filed with various state regulatory agencies
Assist with various other corporate and governance matters, including the administration of corporate policies, Board and Committee Charters and other Board Governance documents, and other Company policies and procedures to ensure compliance with laws, regulations and rules applicable to public companies
Perform research on emerging governance trends, SEC and NYSE issues, general legal issues, securities laws and regulations and disclosure and governance best practices
Provide support for Annual Shareholder Meeting: participate in drafting of materials and preparation for the Company’s Annual Shareholder meeting, including Proxy Statement and other materials.
Assist with NYSE reporting compliance and listing applications
Assist with debt and equity securities registrations from time to time
Provide legal support for equity and debt offerings of the Company and its subsidiaries from time to time
Assist in providing legal support for ongoing maintenance of Medium-Term Note Mortgage program
Company Subsidiary Work
Assist in in corporate and governance compliance work for the Company’s subsidiaries
Assist in preparation of board materials, and other documentation of Board and Shareholder action, and maintain minute books for the Company’s subsidiaries’ Boards of Directors meetings
Ethics and Compliance Work
Provide substantial support for the ongoing management and maintenance of the Business Compliance and Integrity Program
Provide substantial support in development of reports on Ethics and Compliance Program to the Board of Directors
Provide support for the development, implementation and maintenance of various Compliance and Integrity initiatives and corporate policies, procedures and practices.
Assist in review and preparation of the Company’s Code of Ethics, annual Code of Ethics training programs, and other Business Compliance and Integrity training programs
Provide advice related to management of the Company’s Hotline, and participate in, conduct and provide guidance on Hotline investigations
Provide due diligence and other support for regulatory matters, financings, and significant transactions from time-to-time
Provide training to management and business partners on a variety of compliance topics from time to time
Perform other special assignments or projects as needed
Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices
Come on your first day with:
J.D. or equivalent from well-respected U.S. law school with strong academic credentials
Must be a licensed attorney in good standing in the U.S. and able to practice in Oregon
3 - 5 years of significant experience in corporate, governance and securities law compliance, with at least 3 of those years in a well-respected law firm for a level 2. Additional years of experience required for a level 3
Experience relevant to administration of Business Integrity and Compliance programs
Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Proficiency with Word software programs; some experience in Excel and PowerPoint
Experience relevant to advising public companies
Experience managing due diligence, financing, etc.
Ability to adapt to new subject matter areas easily and assimilate information quickly to develop additional areas of expertise
Strong written and oral communication skills
Exceptional legal reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically
Good judgment and ability to act as a trusted business advisor, with professionalism and integrity and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
Desire to work on general corporate matters and various other matters arising in in-house role
Ability to maintain effective relationships with team members on a small team, as well as colleagues on all employee levels, including senior and mid-level management, business partners, vendors, and outside legal counsel
Proactive and self-motivated, with the ability and desire to work independently as well as collaboratively
Strong work ethic and ability to multi-task, shift quickly from one task to another, prioritize, attend to detail and the big picture and follow-through on multiple projects
High degree of productivity, responsiveness, initiative and flexibility, and a commitment to producing excellent work in a timely manner
Flexibility to manage periods of varying workload
What we offer:
Arguably the most competitive healthcare and wellness benefits in the Pacific Northwest
Meaningful Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity in addition to base salary
401(k) with generous match and additional 5% employer contribution
Company provided Trimet or C-Tran passes/Bike storage for cyclists
Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network
Numerous volunteer and community engagement opportunities
Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 15% discount
20% Employee discount on Natural Gas
7 Paid Holidays and up to 3 floating holidays to add an extra paid day off to Holidays Observed by NW Natural
Flexible work schedule opportunities
Base salary range: $105,650.00 - $184,950.00 per year, depending on qualifications
Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.
Deadline: February 16, 2020
All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any federal, state or locally protected class.
We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.
NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.