Senior Counsel, Environmental Affairs



Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 


As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

Role Summary

This role will serve as Rivian’s lead attorney for stationary source and mobile source environmental compliance. You will lead the establishment or revision of regulatory compliance strategies to ensure compliance with international, federal, state, and local laws and regulations including Clear Air Act, CARB and similar programs.


  • Counsel EHS team on air and water permitting, compliance, enforcement, and regulatory development matters that arise in IL, GA, and future jurisdictions.
  • Participate in environmental compliance audit programs and work with EHS/facilities teams to implement corrective actions.
  • Counsel on interpretation of federal and state emissions regulations and litigation.
  • Defend against any vehicle emissions enforcement actions by EPA/CARB.
  • Partner with Policy team to advocate for the company in federal and state rulemakings and legislative development.
  • Provide accurate and timely advice to business partners on a range of regulatory matters arising from various transactions and projects.
  • Represent company in trade association legal sub-groups focused on mobile and stationary source.


  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
  • At least 6+ years of regulatory experience in government, corporate in-house and/or at a law firm dealing with environmental laws and regulations impacting industrial facilities and consumer products.
  • In-house experience at an automotive company or at a law firm counseling the automotive industry strongly preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills and desire to navigate novel legal issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and flexibility to learn and adapt to serve the growing needs of the business.
  • Ability to work independently and with cross-functional clients.
  • Travel Requirements of Position: Less than 10%.

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 


Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 


Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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