Assistant General Counsel

April 28th, 2022

Location: San Francisco, CA or Remote


Brightmark is selectively looking for individuals who thrive in a fast-growing, team-oriented, entrepreneurial business culture and who share our mission to create a world without waste. Founded in 2016, Brightmark is transforming organic waste into renewable natural gas and creating innovative approaches to plastic renewal through science-first approaches and powerful partnerships. A career at Brightmark means that you work with brilliant, passionate people who get up in the morning because they want to make the world a better place. We pride ourselves on our commitment to collaboration and hard work in a mission-driven environment with teammates who make work fun and practice what they preach changing the way the world thinks about waste. Learn more at 


Job Summary

Under direction of the General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for a broad spectrum of internal and external legal issues and initiatives including, but not limited to, legal aspects of project development, financings, construction and operations of large renewable energy facilities, debt and equity financings, M&A, strategic alliances and joint ventures and compliance matters. S/he will also work to ensure that Brightmark is in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, while ensuring that all transactions and processes are effectively administered throughout the Company and represent “best practices” within the industry. The position is located at Brightmark’s headquarters in San Francisco, California. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic counsel, oversight and sophisticated judgment with regard to legal issues facing the Company, advising Brightmark on the legal and regulatory risks of possible business decisions 
  • Draft and negotiate both simple and complex commercial contracts, including, but not limited to, NDAs, LOIs, consulting agreements, EPC agreements, feedstock supply agreements, site leases, interconnection agreements, procurement, and sale contracts  
  • Responsible for working on legal aspects of the Company’s transactional matters with its business partners, including areas of development, real estate, title work, supply agreements, procurement, construction, and operations 
  • Work with the finance team to structure, negotiate and execute equity and project finance transactions 
  • Assist the E&O team on the negotiation of equipment procurement contracts to ensure the execution of the project is in line with other major project contracts and constraints 
  • Serve as both legal counsel and business partner to the project development teams, providing highly commercial and creative solutions on business matters and project development 
  • Assist with Procurement and Construction teams’ day-to-day requests 
  • Supervise outside counsel and Brightmark legal personnel and staff attorneys 
  • Work with the legal department to build Brightmark’s emerging company environment, helping shape the Company’s policies and best practices 
  • Work with the legal department to coordinate the legal services provided by the Company; ensure internal and external client deliverables are timely and accurate 
  • Assist with special projects as requested and adapt to new tasks and responsibilities as the business grows and changes 
  • Protect Brightmark’s intellectual property as needed 
  • Facilitate and support Brightmark’s growth and expansion as needed 

Knowledge & Skills 

  • Knowledge/familiarity of the following substantive areas: project finance, complex agreements related to the general development and EPC matters of large renewable energy facilities; real estate; joint ventures; commercial agreements, NDAs and other IP matters; familiarity with Environmental Attributes a plus 
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills with meticulous attention to detail and quality of work product 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced, high growth environment 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent problem solving and strategic thinking skills 
  • Experience with cross-functional leadership and management 
  • Risk assessment and due diligence skills 
  • Proven track record of strong negotiation skills 


  • Curious, creative, flexible, and open-minded  
  • Quick thinker who is mission-driven and responsive 
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills 
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills 
  • Creative and flexible team player willing to work with constantly shifting departmental needs with enthusiasm 
  • Unquestioned ethics and integrity 
  • Mature individual with good judgment and ability to work well with others  
  • Comfortable rolling up his/her sleeves in an egalitarian, entrepreneurial environment 
  • Professional, personable, approachable, and courteous demeanor 
  • Sense of humor 

Experience & Education 

  • 4+ years of related legal experience 
  • Experience negotiating commercial transactions in the power, renewable energy, natural gas or utility space 
  • Strong knowledge of project finance transactions 
  • Experience with LLC and other corporate law documents and governance 
  • Fast-paced growth, emerging company experience 
  • J.D. from a U.S. ABA-accredited law school with an active license to practice law 
  • CA Bar Qualified or ability to become registered as CA In-house counsel 


How to Apply:

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