Assistant General Counsel
Location: New York City
Convergent Energy + Power – Who We Are
Energy storage is the key to unlocking a future where our world is wholly powered by renewable resources. At Convergent Energy + Power our mission is to make the electrical grid cleaner, more reliable, and less expensive by leveraging state-of-the-art energy storage and distributed generation technologies. Founded in 2011, Convergent Energy + Power is the leading independent developer of energy storage focused solutions. The Convergent team is a talented and dedicated group made up of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to create value for our customers, as well as make a difference in the world. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share a number of qualities including curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action. Learn more at www.convergentep.com.
Convergent Energy + Power LP is recruiting a full-time Assistant General Counsel to the legal team to support internal business units and engage with external stakeholders, in the pursuit of advancing energy storage-focused solutions and company growth. The successful candidate will work closely with the rest of Convergent’s legal team to structure, draft, negotiate, and/or close project and bid documentation for stand-alone storage, hybrid storage, and distributed generation solar projects. The Assistant General Counsel will also advise on general corporate matters including corporate entity structure and management, compliance, and corporate policies. The candidate will report to the General Counsel and will engage directly with the business development, investment, asset management, strategy, engineering, and operations teams in their day-to-day functions.
Who You Are
- Self-starter who is passionate about the Energy Transition
- A practical thinker known for choosing the simple, robust solutions where more complicated approaches would deliver the same results
- A curious professional who wants to use their solid legal skills to advance exciting business opportunities
- Adept at identifying and mitigating risks introduced by key terms in energy savings, PPA, EPC, vendor agreements, and other project contracts
- A patient puzzle-solver; you have the composure and skill to approach a problem from many angles over time until you can unlock a solution
- Ethical and highly-principled; knowledgeable about the most rigorous standards for ethical relations with government and counterparties, which you exemplify in all situations
- Able to identify critical risk factors in project and financing structuring and implementation
- A systematic and highly-organized lawyer who takes personal accountability for tracking numerous activities across workstreams and driving them all to successful conclusion
- Keen understanding of what drives key stakeholder decisions
- Effective in a fast-moving and complex environment
- Talented drafter with exceptional understanding of contract law
- Well organized, systematic, and calm under pressure
- Highly-skilled communicator who has proven success in translating complex concepts into persuasive advocacy to non-legal audiences
- Review, draft, and negotiate key project documents for energy storage, hybrid, and distributed generation solar projects in our expanding markets, including energy savings agreements, various M&A forms, joint venture agreements, standard offer contracts, facility contracts, real estate agreements, leases, lease options, lease purchases, easements, non-disclosure agreements, PPAs, EPCs, O&Ms and vendor contracts.
- Support on reviewing, drafting and negotiating project and corporate financing documents, including debt, tax equity, and partnership flip transactions
- Ensure legal compliance of all project agreements as well as project agreement compliance
- Work closely with the corporate, business development, investment, asset management, strategy, engineering, and operations teams to help drive business development strategy, identifying risks that arise
- Advise internal teams on strategic and contractual matters
- Update and improve precedent and form agreements over time, as appropriate
- Assist the business units in implementing a document management system that ensures contractual and legal compliance
- Collaborate with outside counsel on specific projects
- Work autonomously to identify, prioritize, and address commercial, regulatory and legislative hurdles across markets
- Support additional policy priorities in areas relevant to energy storage, renewable power, and evolving business development needs
- Support on corporate governance needs
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
- 5+ years’ post admission experience in a premier law firm and/or an in-house legal department focused on energy projects
- Experience with energy storage agreements, PPAs, EPCs, O&Ms, project or SPV sale and acquisition agreements, project structuring for storage and/or renewable energy facilities, and the development of renewable energy facilities
- Strong understanding of project finance concepts and structures
- Experience with warranty claims and the lifespan of dispute resolution
- Understanding of the nexus of accounting and legal compliance
- Experience with securities regulation, SOX compliance, and public disclosure principles
- Regulatory awareness of the power markets in the US (e.g. FERC, NERC, ERCOT, PJM, etc.)
Required skills and qualifications:
- 3+ years’ post-admission experience in a premier law firm and/or an in-house legal department focused on energy or infrastructure projects
- Experience working on PPAs or other energy storage or renewable power agreements
- Law degree with strong academic credentials from an accredited university
- Bar admission
- Fluency and exceptional writing skills in the English language, Spanish skills a plus
- Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and Adobe
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
- Constructive communication and negotiation skills
Location / Travel
While the position will begin remotely, once the Covid-19 pandemic conditions improve and the Company’s offices can fully re-open, the Assistant General Counsel would be based in New York City. The position is likely to require some travel for project-related matters.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Convergent is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements in the country where we operate. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to Legal@convergentep.com.
Salary: will vary based on a candidate’s experience but will be commensurate with comparable legal roles in the New York City market area.
Bonus: the candidate will be eligible for an annual performance bonus.
Benefits: Convergent offers an attractive benefit package with excellent health care, retirement, and other services / plans.
Instructions for Applying:
Interested applicants should email a formal cover letter and a one-page resume to Ren Gaffney, at Legal@convergentep.com. Do not submit materials through LinkedIn. The interview process will be conducted via telephone and video conference on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected. Additional details on Convergent are available at our website at www.convergentep.com.