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Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Counsel

Westmoreland Mining LLC
Lone Tree, USA, United States
Closing date
Jul 21, 2022
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Position Summary

Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Counsel - the Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Counsel ("Counsel") will report to the Corporate Counsel for External Affairs and will lead the company's global strategies and programs to manage risks associated with environmental, safety, and permitting application and compliance process.

Will have some regulatory and legislative policy advocacy functions within the company.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Duties

Ensures policies, standards, systems, and resources are in place at all Company sites and operations to:

  • Identify and manage all significant environmental risks associated with our operations, in compliance with applicable regulations and best practices;
  • Secure all appropriate licenses, permits and approvals of an environmental nature required for the company's operations; and ensure that the Company is in material compliance with the terms and conditions of all licenses, permits, approvals, and applicable regulatory environmental requirements in relation to its properties;
  • Oversee and coordinate multi-disciplinary teams for major project permitting, from baseline environmental studies through public consultation to commissioning, to achieve the strategic goals of the company;
  • Ensure formal regulatory responses are drafted with a timely and technically complete manner;
  • Track and report on the status of major project permitting and the associated schedule / cost / compliance risks;
  • Identify, prevent, and prepare for response to potential environmental emergencies at the company's operations and support crisis management and communications;
  • Assist Operations in the development of effective and feasible plans for mine expansion, permit adjustments or amendment, or closure;
  • Drive reductions in long-term liabilities associated with mine closure and reclamation by implementing planning, concurrent reclamation, technological innovations and improvements, and other steps to reduce long-term uncertainty;
  • Identify and monitor regulatory changes in the areas of environmental, energy, natural resources, etc. that could affect the company's operations, and implement appropriate engagement and/or mitigation strategies;
  • Mobilizes the expertise of the Environmental team, and where necessary external expert resources, to help operations address regulatory issues and challenges;
  • Works with management to set robust and meaningful Environmental objectives, targets, and metrics and implements systems to allow management to adequately assess the Environmental performance of the company and its subsidiaries;

Supervisor Responsibilities

This position may have supervisory responsibilities over other employees.

Typical Working Conditions

Normal office environment. Occasional evening or weekend work.Up to 25% travel to mine and other sites.

Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • Minimum of 8 years of related work experience.
  • 3-5 years of environmental litigation preferred, but not required.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Licenses, Registration, and Certifications

  • Current license for the Colorado Supreme Court and/or Federal District Court.
  • Admission in good standing to the practice of law in at least on U.S. jurisdiction (Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, or DC preferred, but other US jurisdiction with ability to waive into additional jurisdictions acceptable).


  • Strong legal, technical, and narrative writing skills.
  • Strong plan strategic and tactical development skills.
  • Strong understanding of mining, energy, utilities, renewable energy, land use, natural resources, and other relevant public and regulatory policy areas.
  • Strong understanding of Administrative Law in the United States and across multiple jurisdictions. Understanding of Canadian regulatory process and Administrative Law a plus.
  • Negotiation skills, especially with regulators and stakeholders at the federal, state, provincial and local levels.
  • Ability to pivot quickly to undertake new tasks and issue areas as needed.
  • Strong communication and with concise and informative briefing skills a must.

Former government regulatory agency attorneys and military veterans (especially former JAG) strongly encouraged to apply.

What We Offer

This position is expected to pay $125,000 - $145,000 annually; depending on skills, experience, education, and any certifications that are directly related to the position. It is eligible for our annual Short Term Incentive program.

Our health and welfare benefits are designed to invest in you and in the things you care about.

  • We offer a 401k with a generous match, student loan repayment assistance, tuition reimbursement.
  • To care for your wellbeing, we offer paid vacations and holidays, monthly wellness financial incentives, Employee Assistance Program.
  • Health care offerings include medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, health savings account, flexible spending accounts.
  • To assist you in leveraging the health care benefits, we offer personal health advocates, tele-medicine, surgery concierge services, diabetes care.
  • Optional coverages available include supplemental life insurance and supplemental accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
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