The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary of the Interior has an opening for a Supervisory Minerals Revenue Specialist (Appeals and Regulations) in their Lakewood, Colorado office.

Responsibilities include directing the Appeals Supervisor and Appeals Analysts in the preparation of decisions on appeals of Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) orders that may involve millions of dollars and difficult factual and legal issues, directing the Regulations Supervisor on rule-making, information collection renewals, and Federal Register notices. Advising the Program Director, ONRR Director, and other agency officials on existing statutes, regulations, case law, policy, practice, and guidance documents. Recommending amendments to statutes and regulations and revisions to policies where appropriate. Establishes, revises, or reviews policies, procedures, objectives, and organization design. Setting and adjusting priorities, and preparing schedules based on consideration of difficulty of requirements and assignments such that the experience, training, and abilities of the staff are effectively used to meet organization needs. Planning, organizing, and overseeing the activities of Appeals and Regulations. Establishes, revises, or reviews policies, procedures, objectives, and organization design. Exercising supervisory personnel management responsibilities. Interviews and selects candidates for subordinate positions. Explains performance expectations, appraises performance, and ensures reasonable equity in rating techniques. Hearing and resolving employee complaints. Encouraging self-development. Ensuring an environment in which employees are empowered to participate in and contribute to effective work accomplishment.

Qualifications include one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to (a) advising clients or senior level management on oil, natural gas, or coal issues; (b) advising clients or senior management on mineral revenues, or on federal, Indian, state, or local rule-makings; (c) interpretation and application of statutes, regulations, and case of law; (d) researching and writing administrative or judicial decisions, pleadings filed in court, or federal, Indian, state, or local rule-makings or comments on rule-makings; and (e) supervising employees or retaining and managing independent contractors.

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Getches-Wilkinson Center Water Fellow

The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School is seeking two outstanding attorneys to serve as the inaugural Getches-Wilkinson Center Water Fellows.  Fellows will work on the most pressing water law reform issues of the day under the guidance of leaders from the non-profit, government, and private sectors. The intensive two-year program will immerse the fellows in the real world challenges of water law and policy. During the program, the Fellows will be actively engaged in water law reform in the public interest and will hone their leadership, communication, advocacy, and research skills.

Fellows will work with GWC faculty and staff, and with partner organizations on state and tribal negotiations, pending legislation, administrative proposals, ballot initiatives, and policy implementation. Fellows will be expected to attend major meetings, conferences, and hearings; draft media content on emerging issues; publish white papers and law reform recommendations; perhaps offer testimony at hearings and make public addresses; and work on at least one long-term project that develops in-depth expertise in water law. 

The fellowship term is two-years. Salary will be $68,000; fellows will have a travel and training budget. Requirements include J.D. or relevant terminal degree and minimum of three years relevant practical experience since receiving your J.D.  You will also need excellent writing skills and be committed to serving diverse and underrepresented communities. 

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by Friday, May 1st, 2020.  Interested candidates should review the job description, requirements, and submit application materials online at:

Indo-Pacific Infrastructure: Attorney-Advisor

The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the Office of General Counsel is seeking individuals with exceptional analytical, organizational and interpersonal communication skills to join our outstanding team of international technical assistance Attorney-Advisors. CLDP’s mission is commercial legal reform: CLDP helps developing countries improve the policy, legal, and regulatory conditions for doing sustainable business, thereby creating better economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs and American companies doing business overseas. CLDP provides training, advisory and consultative services to host country governments.

This Attorney-Advisor will engage in cutting-edge legal reform work around the globe. S/he will consult with foreign government officials; assess development needs and barriers to investment; and design, implement and evaluate legal reform technical assistance programs that meet the host countries’ economic development needs and are in line with US policy goals. CLDP’s team of Attorney-Advisors nimbly advise on the range of commercial legal reforms, drawing on their own expertise and that of world class experts in our network.  This position is to meet our growing energy and infrastructure practice in the Indo-Pacific region.

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