Assistant Counsel I/II

Bay Area Air Quality

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

San Francisco, CA

Position Summary
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 meets 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.

Duties and Responsibilities
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.

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

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

Attends Air District departmental, board and commission meetings to provide legal advice on a variety of matters.

Reviews ordinances, 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.

Qualifications and Prior 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 law, preferably with a public agency and preferably involving environmental law and/or enforcement cases, although other relevant experience will be considered.

Assistant Counsel II: In addition to the above, two additional years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of law, preferably practicing civil environmental enforcement with a public agency in the State of California, although other relevant experience will be considered.

Other Requirements:Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California at the time of hire.

How to Apply
Interested individuals must submit a completed application and the responses to the supplemental questions (including a writing sample) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024. Applications are also accepted online. Please visit our website at to apply or to download an application. Resumes are encouraged, but not mandatory, and may not be submitted 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.

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