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Corporate Counsel

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 33482
Date Posted: May 18, 2021
Salary: $102500 to $169200 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position will provide a full range of legal counsel and services for the operations of company business units ensuring compliance with laws, rules and regulations, and contractual arrangements, and otherwise support the corporation’s activities.

SALARY RANGE:   $102,500 - $169,200 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Associate General Counsel

LOCATION: Our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota 

  • You’ll find this is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Investigate, research, and provide legal advice concerning a broad range of issues and circumstances which arise in company's day-to-day business activities.
  • Provide management with legal support related to business operations, including contract drafting, review, negotiation, administration and performance.
  • Provide legal support to corporate and administrative functions (e.g. treasury, finance, customer service, insurance, supply chain, real estate).
  • Provide management with legal support related to acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other strategic partnerships, and development of company-owned operating assets and facilities.
  • Provide legal support and assistance to the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel.
  • Develop firm understanding of company's strategic business values and objectives.
  • Review and interpret legislation, rules and regulations ensuring company personnel are aware of and in compliance with applicable laws.
  • Assist in the supervision of outside counsel on legal matters.
  • Support and comply with corporate policies, goals, and objectives.
  • Participate in legal department planning, project prioritization and administrative tasks.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.


  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in relevant legal experience required.
  • Juris doctor degree from ABA accredited law school is required.
  • Licensed to practice law in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas or Wyoming is required.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the regulated business environment; knowledge of general commercial and corporate legal support requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to distinguish relevant facts, assimilate and analyze facts, and apply legal techniques to resolve complex legal issues.
  • Proficient verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to make decisive, sound judgements, taking responsibility for developing plans to achieve optimal legal and business solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan work in progress; proficient negotiation skills, organize and effectively prioritize.
  • Ability to be self-directed and exercise independent judgement; possess unquestionable integrity and thrive in a dynamic team environment.
  • Ability to oversee and supervise work of one or more members of legal staff.

The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information.  Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary Work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. 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.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 102500 to 169200
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Corporate Counsel

Rapid City, SD, United States