General Counsel

The General Counsel will act as a key part of the leadership team, providing this fast-growing organization with strategic and tactical leadership and bestowing legal and compliance guidance to cross-functional teams.

Decarbonizing the energy sector is an urgent challenge, and with the right technology, geothermal energy can play a central role. We are expanding our team to help make this vision a reality. Fervo Energy has developed technology to make geothermal power scalable and cost-effective. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.

Position Description

The General Counsel will act as a key part of the leadership team, providing this fast-growing organization with strategic and tactical leadership and bestowing legal and compliance guidance to cross-functional teams. The General Counsel will report to the CEO.

Primary Duties

  • Providing legal counsel and/or managing external counsel in areas such as land acquisition, power purchase agreements, engineering and procurement, permitting, supplier master service agreements, and materials and equipment sourcing
  • Leading strategic transactions for Fervo including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance, joint-ventures, and partnerships
  • Managing due diligence and closings related to a variety of transactions
  • Drafting and negotiating complex agreements including for land acquisition, power purchase, grid interconnection, equipment supply, data sharing, facility construction, and ongoing operations
  • Establishing, implementing, and periodically reassessing Fervo’s company-wide compliance standards and policies
  • Resolving issues that arise in commercial or operational relationships and handling pre-litigation legal disputes and inquiries
  • Providing a legal viewpoint on Fervo’s corporate strategy
  • Assisting with other matters as may be necessary from time to time

Desired Qualifications

  • JD and membership in at least one state bar
  • 10+ years of experience practicing law with in-house experience at a power company, power developer, or oil and gas company
  • Experience executing financial transactions in the US, including private or public equity raises, debt raises, or project level financing/structuring
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Exceptional leadership skills and executive presence
  • A passion for addressing climate change

Location

Fervo Energy is headquartered in Houston, TX with a growing office in the Bay Area, CA. This position will be eligible for some hybrid work flexibility, but regular in-office presence at either the Houston office or Bay Area office will be required.

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy commercializes technology to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo Energy’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Developing next-generation geothermal projects to deliver 24/7 carbon-free energy.

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