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General Counsel
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Job Description

In 1918 Denver residents voted to create a five-member Board of
Water Commissioners which formed the organization we know today as
Denver Water. We proudly serve high-quality water to 1.4 million
people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs. For all
this time, we have remained devoted to the people we serve,
communities across the state of Colorado, and the natural
environment. The utility is a public agency funded by water rates
and new tap fees, not taxes.
Today, Denver Water is the largest and oldest water utility in
the state. Its service area covers more than 335 square miles,
including the City and County of Denver and several suburban
distributors. A system of reservoirs networked by tunnels and
canals provides water to more than a million people. Three major
treatment plants - Marston, Moffat and Foothills - maintain water
quality under the watchful eye of the Denver Water Quality Control
Our customers trust and support our ability to provide clean,
safe, great-tasting water - without fail - to a thriving city
supported by a healthy environment.
We use the following guiding principles to evaluate all our
decisions and purposefully move us toward our vision to be the best
water utility in the nation.
We are customer-centric. We strive to earn the
support and trust of our customers - everyone who pays for our
service or uses our water. They are our top priority, and we are
motivated to serve them.
We are industry leaders. We understand, help
develop, implement and share best industry practices. We are
forward thinking - we anticipate future trends, and look for and
responsibly implement progressive solutions. We are adaptable,
resilient and experts in our work.
We take the long-term view. We weigh the
consequences of our decisions and actions against multiple
scenarios to preserve future options and the sustainability of our
community. We provide the best possible outcome for our customers,
as well as future generations.
The Position
The General Counsel provides legal and strategic counsel to
Denver Water, acting through its Board, CEO, and employees,
consistent with the Colorado Rules of Professional Responsibility.
For administrative purposes, the General Counsel reports directly
to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Manager.
The General Counsel is responsible for managing the Office of
the General Counsel and overseeing the work of outside counsel,
leading Denver Water strategic and tactical legal initiatives, and
providing effective advice on Denver Water rules, policies and
procedures, business strategies and their implementation.
The General Counsel represents Denver Water in a wide array of
matters, including water, property, contract, municipal,
administrative, construction, employment, environmental, and other
relevant areas of law.
The General Counsel appears on behalf of the Board in federal
and state courts, administrative proceedings, regulatory matters,
before government agencies, and in other outside contexts such as
speaking and presentations.
The General Counsel manages a division of 12 attorneys. He/she
has responsibility for an annual budget of $ 3.6 million.
Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate is a highly experienced attorney who
understands public sector environments and legal issues and who is
committed to public service. Candidates should have deep
understanding of effective business operations and value the
opportunity to support a mission-driven organization in the
attainment of its goals and objectives. Candidates should be
outstanding personal communicators, motivators, and leaders with
strong customer service skills. Candidates much be culturally
nimble, adaptable, and able to interact wit ha diverse spectrum of
Additionally, candidates will have:
Leadership Skills
o Demonstrated experience in developing, managing, and directing
teams of professionals to achieve significant results.
o Demonstrated experience in setting strategic direction for
functions and being part of an executive team charged with
establishing and delivering on strategic goals for the organization
as a whole.
o Demonstrated experience in presenting complex information to
diverse groups of stakeholders.
o Demonstrated ability to navigate through complex
organizational issues.
Business Skills
o Strong understanding of core business operations and how legal
counsel can support those objectives.
o Proven financial acumen and knowledge of effective budgeting,
cost management, and financial planning.
o Proven ability to partner with business function leaders to
find effective solutions to operating issues.
o Knowledge of public sector operations and the legal parameters
that support public sector entities; some specific understanding of
utility operations is helpful.
o Demonstrated experience in helping business partners manage
Legal Skills
o At least 12 years of active litigation or transaction legal
practice, with demonstrated leadership for managing complex matters
and managing groups of internal and external attorneys.
o Demonstrated ability to lead complex negotiations with diverse
groups of stakeholders and interest groups.
o Some experience in working with public policy makers and
appointed government officials.
o Strong research and analysis skills/experience.
o Knowledge of Colorado water law is helpful but not
Personal Qualities
o Strong critical thinking skills.
o Ability to collaborate across groups, listen and understand,
exhibit patience and congeniality, and to demonstrate a strong team
o Clear and concise communication skills.
o Proven ability to maintain a consistent reputation for
o Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
o Admission to the practice of law in Colorado or the ability to
obtain admission to the Colorado Bar within six months of
To Apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending their
resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick
of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at .
Additional information about Denver Water, our current strategic
plan, and this position can be found at .
Denver Water is an equal opportunity
We are dedicated to diversity and encourage all
qualified people to apply.


Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location