Associate General Counsel - Corporate Governance

Date: Jul 4, 2024

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

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The P 2W VP LEGAL Department of the P VP LEGAL Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)



Advises and works on corporate governance matters; manages board of directors’ meetings for Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light (“the Companies” or “Company”); and other matters affecting directors; supports the corporate secretary function and oversees litigation. Provides in-house legal services and monitors work assigned to outside counsel.



        • Advises and works on corporate governance matters in support of the Companies; manages board of directors’ and committee meetings (e.g., preparation of board/committee materials, resolutions, and minutes), communication with the Board, and other matters affecting directors, including director education and training; and provides support to the corporate secretary function.

                                                Manages and develops corporate governance documents (e.g., article amendments, bylaws, written consents, stock certificates, shareholder lists, etc.).


        • Provides legal services to the Companies, including evaluation of complex legal issues and assessment of risk, in a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to, business and corporate law, litigation and regulatory matters, corporate governance, securities, finance, contracts and litigation.

                                               Oversees litigation involving directors and assist with corporate transactions.

                                               Develops companies’ policies, procedures, and strategies, as appropriate.

                                               Directs and manages work of outside attorneys, ensuring cost-effective and quality legal services are provided to the Company.

                                               Directs, provides guidance to and monitors work of Legal Department Legal Assistants.

                                               Develops and assists with implementing legal training and other educational programs for Company employees with respect to laws, legal trends, cases and policies pertinent to the Company.


        • Participates as a legal adviser on task forces, committees and special projects, providing creative problem-solving and strategic direction as appropriate.  Effectively communicate with senior management on complex legal issues and risks, including preparing and delivering presentations.  Advocates for the Companies’ positions externally.
        • Provide such other services as attorney’s abilities, education, and experiences enable attorney to perform.
        • As assigned, participates as member of Company Incident Management Teams (or similar team), or provides support to same as needed, including any activities required to prepare for incident and emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Law degree, membership in the Hawaii State Bar Association and license to practice law in Hawaii (license to practice law and in good standing in another state will suffice pending admission to Hawaii bar within one year).
  • Thorough knowledge in corporate and business law, with preferably strong familiarity in corporate governance and corporate secretary processes and some familiarity in securities regulation.
  • Broad knowledge of energy law and/or law applicable to one or more specialized practice areas listed in job requirements.
  • General knowledge and familiarity with the other legal areas listed in the job requirements.


Skills Requirements

  • Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, meet deadlines and deliver high quality work product with minimal oversight by supervisor.
  • Ability to make mature, experienced business and legal judgments and apply strategic thinking.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, persuasively, logically and succinctly (both verbally and in writing) for a variety of audiences in appropriate language (business and/or technical).
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Company’s Core Values (Safety, Aloha, Integrity and Excellence).
  • Demonstrates a strong customer (internal and external) orientation and the ability to generate strong internal client satisfaction.
  • Competency in key areas of management and leadership expertise including: superior interpersonal skills, effective relationship and conflict management skills, communication skills, and ability to guide and motivate others in the organization.
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee multiple projects and remain flexible in a demanding and dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to maintain direction and focus and display objectivity and a positive attitude even when placed under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to be a team player, work collaboratively, and delegating work and responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Ability to mentor and train others.
  • In depth analytical, organizational and conceptual skills to handle various projects and programs.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and research legal issues affecting the Companies, and make recommendations to resolve or address the issues.  Ability to identify legal options and provide creative solutions.


Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of 4-7 years of legal experience required, with a minimum of three years of concentration in one or more of the specialized practice areas listed in the job requirements.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Honolulu – Oahu

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL - CORPORATE GOVERNANCE [Req ID 9003] position is $135,900.00 to $150,200.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.

The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at

Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii