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Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Corporation

Job Location: Papillion, NE
Job Specifications

PAY RANGE: $25 - $32 per hour
Base pay is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE: This position will close on November 26, 2017.

LOCATION: Papillion, NE

Performs contract administration support; conducts legal research; investigates disputes, provides legal support on a wide variety of matters handled in the legal department, including corporate and energy regulatory support, corporate legal records management, real estate, natural gas and electric utility regulatory filings, and litigation support.



  • Support the preparation, drafting, review and negotiation of contracts and agreements, working closely with internal business managers, internal lawyers and outside lawyers to determine need for and scope of potential contracts.
  • Assist counsel in the use and development of company templates or form agreements, including real state contracts and franchise agreements, review counterparty proposed changes to standard forms and advise supervising attorney on deviations.
  • Process contracts; assist business managers and counsel to resolve contract issues and secure and review supporting documentation for completeness (e.g., certificates of insurance, certificates of good standing).
  • Coordinate, track and communicate the initiation, status and completion of contracts and other projects to ensure timely satisfaction of legal requirements and business objectives.
  • Draft appropriate contracts, amendments and work schedules for final review and approval of counsel.
  • Investigate disputes either by or against the company, draft memos and letters and provide recommendations to counsel for review and approval.
  • Assist in handling all aspects of electric and natural gas-related regulatory filings for the PUC, as well as case management, which includes drafting and responding to data requests, preparation of pleadings and written testimony, filing of documents, and other needed assistance.
  • Perform legal research as requested by attorneys.
  • Provide contract summaries and ensure contract execution in accordance with company policies.
  • Assist in the maintenance of company-specific procedures for the use of FileNet as the contract management system for documents and records; Supports corporate records retention and maintenance duties, including compliance with records retention schedules, compliance with electronic discovery obligations; serves as legal interface with other departments to ensure that corporate documents and records are indexed, archived and properly stored.
  • Monitor CAPS process for continuous improvement and assist in securing requisite contract approvals.
  • Monitor state and federal regulatory agencies and work with counsel and business leaders to ensure that company complies with applicable state or federal laws, regulations, and orders.
  • Will provide administrative proceeding and/or litigation support, involving such activities as developing and maintaining files, discovery, discovery logs, and reports; routing complaints to appropriate insurers/outside counsel; drafting/coordinating responses to interrogatories, requests for admission/search/produce documents, fact investigations and discovery responses, interviews, document reviews/gathering/ productions/indexing.
  • Work with internal lawyers, other legal staff and business leaders to support delivery of other legal services, as needed.


  • Display a positive working attitude, supporting team performance.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships internally and externally.


  • Five or more years of in-house or law office paralegal experience required; preferably in public utility regulatory law, real estate, transactions, litigation, and/or exploration and production.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Paralegal Studies or equivalent experience in corporate or private legal practice.


  • Legal Department/office work environment, including confidentiality requirements.
  • Standard legal proceedings and related written documentation.
  • Legal research techniques.
  • Advanced office administration practices and concepts.
  • Written business communication and report writing techniques.


  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, with all levels of the organization; clients, witnesses, internal and external legal counsel, customers; vendors and contractors; and local, state, regional and federal agencies.
  • Pays attention to detail.
  • Obtain, compile, organize and analyze complex transaction or regulatory documentation.
  • Coordinate a variety of tasks and assignments simultaneously.
  • Maintain confidential information.
  • Use independent and discretionary judgment.


  • Paralegal Certificate Required.


  • Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

We are an EEO Employer

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Black Hills Corporation

We are committed to our mission to Improve Life with Energy in the work we do, in our community involvement and in the careers of our team members. No matter the role you play you will find a connection in your work at BHC to something bigger...challenges that stretch your skills, serving customers and the larger community, and being a part of the industry that makes everything else possible.
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