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Assistant Counsel I/II

Company name

San Francisco, CA, United States

Employment Type

Environmental, Legal

Posted on
Feb 05,2019

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BAY AREA AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT invites applications for the position of: Assistant Counsel I/II

An Equal Opportunity Employer


$64.84 - $88.40

$5,187.20 - $7,072.19

$11,238.93 - $15,323.07

$134,867.14 - $183,876.84

OPENING DATE: 08/29/18

CLOSING DATE: 10/01/18 05:00 PM


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (District) is a regional government agency. The District's statutory mandate is to regulate stationary sources of air emissions. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and conducts various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.

The District's jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others - southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.

The 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 two (2) vacancies.

Under direction, the position performs legal work of a routine to complex nature representing the District, provides advice and counsel to District management and staff, and represents the Air District in court and administrative proceedings; 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 which meet the qualification 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.


Advises District departmental management regarding 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 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 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 District operations and recommends appropriate action.


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.

Other Requirements:

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


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 Monday, October 1, 2018. 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, work samples, 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 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 District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


375 Beale Street Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
An Equal Opportunity Employer

Job #JY 2018-02

Assistant Counsel I/II Supplemental Questionnaire

*1. Are you a member in good standing of the California State Bar?   Yes    No

*2. Describe your experience practicing regulatory law. Include the organization(s) where you gained the experience, the duration of experience, and the specific role and responsibilities.

*3. Describe your experience advising clients in environmental law issues.

*4. Describe your litigation experience, including preparation of cases for litigation, evaluation of cases and negotiation of settlements.

* Required Question

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The California Legislature created the Air District in 1955 as the first regional air pollution control agency in the country. 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 Bay Area counties, with the number of board members from each county being proportionate to its population. The Board oversees policies and adopts regulations for the control of air pollution within the district. The Board also appoints the Air District’s Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, who implements these policies and gives direction to staff, as well as the District Counsel, who manages the legal affairs of the agency. The Air District consists of over 340 dedicated staff members, including engineers, inspectors, planners, scientists, and other professionals. The Air District is assisted by an Advisory Council that provides input to the Board and the Executive Officer on air quality matters and a Hearing Board. The Hearing Board is an independent, five-member body that serves to adjudicate regulatory compliance issues that may arise between the Air District and local industries, and also hears appeals of permitting decisions made by the Executive Officer.

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