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Staff Attorney I, II, or III


Columbus, NE, US, 68602-0499

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney I, II, or III located at Columbus General Office in Columbus, Nebraska.  Hybrid telecommuting options may be available for candidates located within 2 hours of Columbus.  Position closes July 5, 2021 at 11:59 Central Time. This position is part of NPPD's Office of General Counsel which consists of five attorneys.  


Position Summary

The incumbent provides legal advice to the District in a competent, ethical, timely, and cost efficient manner and assures the District's compliance with applicable legal obligations, and defend the District's legal rights.  Experience with energy law, especially nuclear energy, is preferred.  Other experience with laws generally affecting political subdivisions, sales/use tax, bankruptcy and information technology are among key subjects which were addressed by the attorney previously in this position.  

Education, Training and Experience

Undergraduate Degree and Graduate of an accredited law school.

Entry level of position and pay grade for the position will be based on years of experience in the applicable practice areas and/or experience working as an attorney for an electric utility.


Licenses and/or Certifications

Admitted to practice law in the State of Nebraska or can quickly gain admission.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Staff Attorney I

Assist District management by reviewing and providing advice regarding legal consideration of proposed District transactions by developing and implementing strategies to properly manage legal issues arising out of day-to-day operations.  Staff Attorney shall further provide reliable, accurate, and timely advice involving legal matters as assigned by the General Counsel in any of the following practice areas: business regulation, bankruptcy, administrative law, the law of governmental subdivisions, nuclear power law and regulation and water law.


Serve as an effective counselor, advocate, and negotiator to assist the District in meeting its operational goals and objectives. Coordinate outside counsel as required.


Commonly performed activities include provision of legal advice regarding proposed legislation/rulemaking, legal compliance, investigations/enforcement actions, litigation, contracts, and legal research.


Provides understanding of principles and concepts applicable to the practice of law in a corporate or governmental setting and in all ways behaves in an ethical manner.  Demonstrates sound legal reasoning and analytical skills; Is thorough, accurate, and precise in research and advice; Practices clear, informative, communication in speech and writing; Keeps interested and responsible parties informed of the status of projects and assignments; Demonstrates basic respect for diverse personalities and expresses tact and courtesy in dealing with all persons; and promote positive self-development, takes and gives constructive criticism, and accepts challenges of work in unfamiliar areas.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Continued)

Staff Attorney II and III

Demonstrates a high level of competence in all the areas included in Staff Attorney profile and additionally provides the following: Handles complex or sensitive issues or projects with minimal supervision, effectively and efficiently, including the use of outside counsel and support personnel; Demonstrates and formulates ethical, innovative, practical legal solutions to the District's problems, both independently and as a participant in a group; Expresses maturity of judgment that reflects considered thought and focus; Works well under pressure; and Effectively handles a diverse workload with reasonable priorities, diligence, and organization.


Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Pay Grade - 14 Exempt - Staff Attorney I

                      15 Exempt - Staff Attorney II

                      16 Exempt - Staff Attorney III

Typical Pay Grade Starting Salary Range:   $7,082 - $9,030/month -  Staff Attorney I

                                                                          $8,127 - $10,362/month - Staff Attorney II

                                                                          $9,324 - $11,888/month - Staff Attorney III

Travel Required: Will vary by location of successful candidate.  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.

Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Hiring Philosophy
Federal EEO
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision