Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Associate Corporate Counsel



Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

The Associate Corporate Counsel will report to the CPO and will be responsible for providing legal support and services on a wide variety of issues including commercial, regulatory, compliance, litigation, purchasing, and more by interacting with business representatives from all levels of the organization. Particular focus is on contract law.

The Associate Corporate Counsel will play a key role in negotiating and drafting a variety of contracts and alliance documents and will also interpret laws, rulings, and regulations to advise on legal and regulatory compliance matters primarily in the commercial and operational sides of the business. This position will act as a strategic legal partner to our business (Chief Projects Officer, CEO, CTO, Chief Commercial Officer, CFO, and other operational functions) in substantive legal areas.

In this role you will:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts with a significant focus on supporting key operational projects, procurement, marketing, quality, and operational/engineering, and compliance initiatives with supervision.
  • Interpreting and assessing applicable laws, regulations, guidance, and industry standards, including but not limited to North America, EU, Australia, and others to effectively understand and manage risk.
  • Review and negotiate agreements for U.S. government grants and ensure compliance with such agreements.
  • Set up and maintain systems and processes to protect the Company’s intellectual property.
  • Proactively name and escalate risks which may impact the business. Assist in building mitigation strategies.
  • Analyzing and counseling the business on other relevant legal issues as they arise, including but not limited to regulatory approval processes, real estate and bankruptcy matters, advertising, competition law, and assisting with development and delivery of related training as needed.
  • Partnering closely with other legal, IP, privacy, and compliance colleagues on special projects and committees as assigned.
  • Helping to select and/or direct the work of external legal counsel to ensure appropriate service and quality levels and to contain costs, as agreed with supervisor.
  • Reads, understands, and complies with all workplace health and safety policies, safe work practices, and company policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • J.D. from a highly regarded law school and active membership in at least one U.S. bar, preferably Colorado bar.
  • 8-10 years of relevant law firm or in-house legal experience, including reviewing and negotiating complex agreements. Heavy focus on applied contract law.
  • International jurisdiction experience including North America, EU, and Australia.
  • Collaborative team player able to build relationships with colleagues and be willing to work with creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm to achieve results and solve problems.
  • Start-up or growing workplace experience.
  • Strong negotiator who can partner with business teams throughout the transactional process from beginning to end, to provide practical, timely, and solution-oriented advice, and to efficiently bring deals to a favorable close.
  • Exceptional critical thinking abilities, with a strong business acumen and excellent business judgement; with supervision, must be able to manage multiple priorities and adjust responsibilities in a dynamic, high-growth environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to distill complex issues clearly and communicate effectively one-on-one in groups.
  • Genuine desire to work in a global business environment that involves broad cultural diversity with a high level of enthusiasm for varied types of work.
  • Some occasional domestic and international travel may be required in support of the business.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand/sit for extended periods of time.
  • Clarity of vision.
  • Use of hands and fingers to type.


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $145,000 - $185,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.

Benefits for you:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Reasonable use PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits for your family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits for your future:

  • 401(k) with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options