Assistant Counsel I/II, Bay Area Air Quality Management Disctrict

  • 06 Jul 2022 1:12 PM
    Message # 12840272
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    he Air District is recruiting for the position of Assistant Counsel I/II in the Legal Office. This is a full-time, exempt, management position. There are up to three (3) vacancies.

    Description of the Position:
    Under direction, the position performs legal work of a routine to complex nature representing the Air District, provides advice and counsel to Air District management and staff, represents the Air District in court and administrative proceedings, and performs related work as assigned.
    Distinguishing Characteristics

     Assistant Counsel I is the entry level in this specialized attorney series. It is designed to allow an experienced civil attorney to gain specific environmental law experience. This class is alternately staffed with Assistant Counsel II, and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency that meet the qualifications of the higher level class.
     Assistant Counsel II is the journey level class of this specialized series, fully competent to perform a wide range of environmental law work. This class is responsible for providing effective legal counsel in complex and controversial environmental law matters. This class is distinguished from Senior Assistant Counsel in that the latter assists in administering and coordinating all phases of legal work for the Legal Division.

    Examples of Duties for this Position

    Advises Air District departmental management regarding Air District authority, jurisdiction, functions and operational procedures.

    Researches legal problems and prepares opinions, briefs, regulations, resolutions, and other legal documents.

    Prepares and tries routine to difficult cases, often involving a specialized body of law.

    Represents the Air District in court and in administrative hearings before boards and commissions and state and federal agencies.

    Investigates and prepares reports regarding claims by and against the Air District and recommends actions to be taken.

    Reviews regulations, resolutions, contracts and other documents for legal sufficiency; recommends modifications as required.

    Maintains accurate records and files and compiles reports of work performed.

    Monitors legal developments, including proposed legislation and court decisions; evaluates their impact on Air District operations and recommends appropriate action.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education and Experience:

    A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:

    Assistant Counsel I: Equivalent to graduation from a college or university plus an appropriate law degree and two years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of civil law with a public agency, preferably involving environmental law. Experience in litigation and negotiation is desirable.

    Assistant Counsel II: In addition to the above, two additional years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of environmental law with a public agency in the State of California or similar additional experience.

    Other Requirements:

    Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.

    How to Apply & Selection Criteria

    Interested individuals must submit a completed BAAQMD application, chronological resume, and the responses to the supplemental questions no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022. Applications are also accepted online. Please visit our website at to apply or to download an application. Resumes must be included, and not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

    Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, etc. They will not be considered or returned.

    Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the supplemental questions. Both paper and online applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in the vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria in the vacancy announcement.

    Instructions: Please limit your responses to one page per question. Do not combine your responses, or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. Please be advised that the information you provide will be evaluated "as is" and incomplete or illegible applications will likely receive lower ratings. Therefore, it is very important to provide a concise, organized, and easy to follow response to each question.

    You must provide the following for each question regarding experience: The name of the employer where you gained your experience, your job title, length of time in years/months performing the specific function, and detailed examples that illustrate your duties and responsibilities.

    Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants.

    The Air District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.

    Updates regarding your status in the recruitment will be sent via email, unless you indicate a different preference on your application.

    Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.

    The Air District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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