Principal, Legal - Posted on 6/25/20

South32 is a globally diversified metals and mining company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminum, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc from operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. Our commodities can be found in nearly every aspect of our daily lives. We power our homes, start our cars, package our food and build our roads, bridges, skyscrapers and hospitals.

Following the acquisition of Arizona Mining, South32 is the new owner of the Hermosa Project, a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in Arizona.
South32's purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come. We work closely with their host communities to create enduring social and economic value through local employment, infrastructure and facilities development and community investment programs. The location of this role will be Tucson, Arizona USA.

The Role
The Principal, Legal will provide direct independent legal support and advice to South32's Hermosa Project and South32's North American interests (and other interests located in or around that region), including South32 Corporate functions with interaction with those projects and interests (hereafter "Client Group").

Accountabilities: Include but are not limited to:


  • Establishes and maintains relationships with Client Group to act as the key point of contact & provides advice on areas within the accountability of the Legal Operations team
  • Ensures effective engagement with other South32 Legal sub-teams in accordance with the South32 Legal Terms of Reference
  • Participates in and delivers on South32 Legal projects as required
  • Assists in execution of activities to mitigate South32 Material Legal Risks
  • Identifies legal risks affecting the Client Group and advises on the management of these risks
  • Provides independent legal advice to Client Group on strategic and complex commercial or energy & resources dispute resolution.
  • Manages scope, relationships, and delivery of work with external law firms

    Governance, Analysis & Improvement and Planning:

  • Assists with the development of the Legal Operations Plan consistent with the South32 Legal Business Plan and coordinates delivery against the South32 Legal Business Plan
  • Provides input into the development and execution of analysis and improvement activities within the Legal Operations team
  • Assist with the implementation of the South32 Legal governance requirements for their areas of accountability


  • Supports regular reporting to Client Group to ensure Client Group is updated on material issues
  • Provides input into reporting templates and requirements to support the Manager, Legal (Operations) and Head of Legal (Operations & Compliance).

    Knowledge Management:

  • Acts as a knowledge management champion

    Qualifications, Skills, and Expertise:

  • 8-12 years (PAE or PQE)
  • Law degree from an accredited U.S. law school
  •  Currently legally qualified and practicing lawyer in the State of Arizona or having bar reciprocity with Arizona
  • Excellent academic credentials, verbal and written communication skills, and information technology skills
  • Ability to manage complex legal projects
  • Communication: Fully developed verbal and written communication (crisp, confident, clear and succinct) with personnel at all levels (including senior management)
  • Adaptable: Adaptable to and embraces change; works well with ambiguity. A willingness to travel.
  • High Performance: High achieving, motivated, positive outlook, enthusiastic and performance driven
  • Step Up: Indicates a willingness to take responsibility and lead outcomes
  • Team Player: Ability to work autonomously but also works effectively within a team and is a positive contributor to the team
  • Leadership Capabilities: Demonstrates considerable progress towards developing South32 leadership capabilities and exhibits many behaviors on a consistent basis
  • Languages: English (required) Spanish (preferable, but not required)
  • Extensive experience in a US Corporate in-house legal department, national Corporate law firm, or State or Federal agency, dealing with energy & resources, environment, litigation, procurement, construction, logistics and/or M&A matters.
  • A strong understanding of Arizona and US Federal environmental permitting and processes (including EA / EIS processes) for energy or resources projects (whether new or expansion projects)
  • A strong understanding of the US regulatory regimes (State and Federal) applicable to the energy & resources sector, including the ability to provide practical legal advice on the interpretation and application of those regimes
  • Extensive contract drafting and negotiation experience, ideally with respect to construction and procurement matters
  • Experience in obtaining, maintaining and defending regulatory approvals and permits for energy & resources projects
  • Experience in engaging and liaising with State and Federal agencies

Legal knowledge and experience in the following areas is preferred:

  • Logistics (port, rail and road transport) and infrastructure
  • Complex commercial transactions
  • Land acquisitions and access arrangements
  • Health and safety law and regulation, including incident response and investigation
  • Litigation experience on administrative law matters, complex commercial disputes and/or regulatory investigations
  • Mining tenure/claims and indigenous claims/rights
  • M&A experience, including cross-border transactions
  • U.S. anti-corruption law and regulation - including managing/training as part of internal compliance programs
  • Competition law and regulation
  • Farm-in/out exploration joint venture and associated activity experience
  • Community projects


        Why choose us?

We are always seeking people who share our values to join our team. Our people are fundamental to our success. We're focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.

We look forward to receiving your application. If interested, please contact:

Skylie Estep -

HR Specialist - Resourcing

O +01 520-848-1331

M +01 520-405-2404

2210 East Fort Lowell Road

Tucson, Arizona 85719


Alaska – Counsel – Environmental

ConocoPhillips - Posted on 6/24/20


If you are selected as the Counsel – Environmental, you will report to the Managing Counsel, Alaska BU, and will provide legal support and assistance for Alaska environmental, permitting and safety matters.


Your responsibilities may include:

  • Work with environmental/permitting/safety managers to ensure compliance in the Alaska BU
  • Act as liaison with government agencies and attorneys with regard to environmental/permitting/safety matters in Alaska
  • Research and interpret relevant laws, rulings and regulations
  • Provide legal advice and, when necessary, manage outside legal services, on various claims/litigation, administrative law, commercial, regulatory and strategic planning issues that may affect the Alaska BU and the Company, especially in relation to environmental permitting and compliance work and enforcement action
  • Negotiate with environmental/permitting/safety regulators
  • Support corporate sustainability programs and initiatives
  • Participate in transactional due diligence
  • Negotiate agreements, including but not limited to permits, consent decrees, and other similar agreements
  • Collaborate with other Company counsel on broader environmental/permitting/safety matters involving other BUs
  • Collaborate with senior management and various operations personnel including participation in project and asset teams
  • Support Company participation via the External & Governmental Affairs Group in industry advocacy groups on environmental/safety matters
  • Other duties as assigned 

Full posting found here:



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.

Learn more and apply at:

Indo-Pacific Infrastructure - Expires July 6, 2020

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.

For this position:


  • Prior experience with Infrastructure Procurement, Project Finance, and/or Public-Private Partnerships is required. In this position, Attorney-Advisors will be expected to be able to converse with a variety of stakeholders on the structuring of infrastructure projects, particularly in the power, transportation, and housing sectors.
  • Frequent International travel is required. Attorney-Advisors in this position carry out many of their programs in the host countries around the globe.


    Preferred, but not required:

  • Prior experience with the drafting of transactional documents and project preparation for infrastructure projects, such as Concession Agreements, Loan Agreements and the structuring of Public Private Partnerships, including understanding of life-cycle costs,is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Prior experience with Competitive Tendering of infrastructure projects is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience and/or familiarity in working with foreign governments and/or development finance institutions is strongly preferred.
  • Interest or familiarity with countries in the Indo-Pacific region, either for South Asia or Southeast Asia, is preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of another language not required but is preferred.


This position may be filled at the GS-13/14 grade level. Starting Salary Range is $99,172 to $117,191 with promotion potential to GS-14/10 ($152,352).

To qualify for a GS-13, applicants must possess a JD, active bar membership, and 2-5 years of relevant professional experience. To qualify for a GS-14, applicants must possess a JD, active bar membership, and at least 5 years of relevant professional legal experience.

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens.
  • Must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree at the time of selection.
  • The applicant must provide proof of being an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


To be considered, applicants should please submit a current resume, law school unofficial transcript (if selected an official transcript is required), and cover letter to Lindsey Scannell (