The 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 may be up to two (2) vacancies.
The Air District is also recruiting for the Senior Assistant Counsel position concurrently with this recruitment for the Assistant Counsel I/II position. Applicants may apply for one or both positions at the same time.
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.
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 (Illustrative Only)
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.
Education and Experience:
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.
Other Requirements: Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California at the time of hire.
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, April 14, 2023. Applications are also accepted online. Please visit our website at www.baaqmd.gov/jobs 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.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE INSTRUCTIONS: 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 CRITERIA: 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.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the government agency responsible for protecting air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Air District is tasked with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma counties. It is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors composed of locally elected officials from each of the nine counties. The Air District’s mission is to create a healthy breathing environment for every Bay Area resident, while protecting and improving public health, air quality and the global climate.
The Air District aims to achieve its mission through many strategic goals, including: reducing and eliminating health problems caused by air pollution, achieving and maintaining air quality standards, leading the Bay Area’s efforts to fight global climate change, creating high-quality regulatory programs, and applying environmental best practices in all operations. To do so, the Air District regulates air pollution emissions from stationary emission sources such as factories, refineries, and... power plants, and from smaller facilities like gas stations and dry cleaners. The Air District ensures that such facilities comply with air pollution laws and regulations, provides incentives to replace older, higher-emitting vehicles and equipment with cleaner alternatives, and gives grants and provides outreach to encourage healthy clean air choices by businesses and consumers. The Air District implements these efforts with an equity focus, aiming to reduce air quality disparities and promote environmental justice by targeting local air pollution in overburdened communities.
The Air District recognizes and values the contributions of every employee and works to sustain an environment where everyone is respected. We incorporate the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion within our decision-making strategies, policies, procedures, regulations, funding initiatives, public outreach, planning, and hiring.