Careers

Paralegal

Location:  Visalia, CA 

Posted: September 21, 2022

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio), founded in 2006, is one of the country’s leading developers of dairy digester projects. The projects capture methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), to fuel natural gas trucks and buses and power electric vehicles. CalBio works closely with dairy farmers, California state and federal agencies, and many innovate technology and engineer companies.  Financial partners include the Farm Credit system, Chevron, fund investors and dairy farmers. In addition to reducing GHG emissions, the company’s projects help protect local air and water quality.  CalBio is experiencing significant growth and the individual in this position will play a key role.

POSITION PURPOSE

We are currently seeking an experienced paralegal to support our legal team located in Visalia, CA.  We offer a collaborative, supportive, and creative work environment as the company is experiencing expansion due to our success.  We have developed strong relationships with our dairy partners and communities, building strategic partnerships to support the company growth projections.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities will evolve overtime as the company’s needs change.

  • Support senior management in review of legal documents.
  • Perform legal research, analysis, and summary of legal documents.
  • Coordinate the preparation of legal documents and cooperate with third-party attorneys in representation of company interests.
  • Draft routine legal documents and correspondence, assist in preparing initial drafts for review and approval by corporate third-party attorneys as needed.
  • Assist third party counsel in litigation matters by responding to discovery requests, assisting with compiling information for responding to complaints, research of allegations as needed.
  • Provide timely responses to requesting departments and assist outside counsel.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and track programs and projects associated with various legal matters of the company.
  • Establish strong rapport and working relationships with other administrative staff, as well as strong relationships with outside counsel and lenders.
  • Foster and encourage a culture of superior service, responsiveness, safety, collegiality, and dairy and community engagement, while helping achieve the successful construction and operations of the company’s greenhouse gas reduction projects.

Real Estate Document Development and Management

The typical document packages include Lease and Feedstock Supply Agreements, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements, easements, License and Indemnification Agreements, and various related memoranda of recording.

  • Obtain preliminary title reports, land surveys, legal entity identification documents, real property history, and chain of title.
  • Manage all documents and integrate with map development to assure that the full project land package is complete and recordable.
  • Work closely with engineering firms to develop appropriate document exhibits and review for accuracy.
  • Create and manage critical trackers/checklists, virtual data rooms (Dropbox and SharePoint).
  • With assistance from counsel draft project agreements.
  • Review document inputs for accuracy and consistency.
  • Coordinate and provide title company complete packages for document recording.
  • Work with counsel, debt providers and investors to assure complete document packages to secure title insurance and close funding.

Construction and Operation Contracts

Manage and assist in developing Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) documents.

  • Assist engineering and construction team in assuring that real estate documents are in place allowing EPC work to begin on time and according to project schedule.
  • When needed, support the construction team to manage critical trackers/checklists, and data rooms.
  • Assist engineering and construction with receipt of permits for air quality, water, county, and other compliance management. May include at times direct interaction with responsible agencies.

Grant Package Development and Organization

Assist CalBio team in developing grant packages when they become available

  • Aid in completion of thorough and complete grant packages assuring compliance with the solicitation.
  • Coordinate document development and collection from various CalBio team.
  • Review documentation for accuracy and completeness.
  • Work closely with other team members to effectively manage the grant schedule and work requirements.

Record Keeping

Work with all teams to assure legal records are maintained for appropriate levels of access and security. Assist with assuring the record retention requirements are being achieved and that appropriate tracking measures are in place for record disposal.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Basic principles, concepts and methodology of legal proceedings and legal research.
  • Knowledge of attorney client relationships applicable to real estate transactions and negotiations.
  • Problem identification, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Principles of effective writing and verbal presentation.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Organizational skills and a keen eye for detail.
  • Strong working background in Microsoft Office Suite of programs.
  • Work well as a team while managing administration of confidential legal documents.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience in a field that develops the skills required for the functions and responsibilities of the position.
  • Completion of an approved paralegal program and
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience as a paralegal.
  • Preferred but not required successful completion of the State Bar validated standard tests for the position.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with experience. Position includes a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, bonus, paid time off, 401k matching program, and more.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should submit the following information

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Employment Application