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Salary: $8,930.00 - $10,043.00
Posted: 01/11/2013

Job Description:


Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Assistant Chief Counsel provides management and supervision to a team of experienced attorneys, analysts, and support staff in the Air Resources Board's (Board) Office of Legal Affairs. The Assistant Chief Counsel prepares and reviews legislation, and testifies, on behalf of the Board, before the Legislature; formulates legal policy; and participates as a member of executive management in the development and implementations of Board policy. The Assistant Chief Counsel, with broad discretion and independence, performs legal work of the most complex and sensitive nature, including assisting the Office of the Attorney General with the most difficult and complex trial litigation, appellate cases, settlements, post-trial negotiations, legal research, and court hearings. The Assistant Chief Counsel is responsible for the reviewing documents presented to the Board, including agendas and resolutions, for both regulatory and non-regulatory items. The Assistant Chief Counsel represents the Chief Counsel in formulating policy and provides advice regarding departmental programs as required. Other responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing provision of legal services in a wide variety of program areas and in diverse areas of federal and State law.


The most competitive candidates will possess a high degree of knowledge of environmental, administrative and constitutional law, particularly as related to air pollution regulations. The successful candidate will possess the ability to communicate verbally and in writing, with tact arid diplomacy, with individuals and groups from all levels of government, industry, and stakeholders. The successful candidate will also have the ability to manage a legal office, problem-solve and direct staff in all areas of air pollution law, including those areas involving emerging technologies.

The most highly desirable candidates will have the knowledge of:

  • Legal principles and precedents and their applications.
  • Administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies.
  • Provisions of laws and Government Code sections administered or enforced.
  • Principles of public administration, personnel management and supervision.
  • The Board’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program objectives.
  • A manager's role in the EEO program and the processes available to meet EEO objectives.
  • The organization, purposes, functions, and procedures of the Air Resources Board.
  • The organization, functions, and operation of the California Legislature.
  • The organization, functions, and operation of executive and judicial branches of government.
  • Applicable Constitutional provisions and federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and executive orders.
  • Language structure and content including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Legal terminology.
  • Court procedures.
  • Administrative law and the requirements for the adoption of regulations in California.
  • The provisions of the Health and Safety Code, Government Code, and other State and federal statutes.
  • Available research sources, both printed and electronic (e.g., primary legal texts, secondary legal texts, and electronic databases).
  • The rules of evidence and procedures.
  • Computer software applications for word processing, communication, and caseload management.
  • Constitutional provisions and federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and executive orders, in particular California air pollution control laws and the federal Clean Air Act.
  • The principles and practices for properly conducting legal research.
  • Legal principles and precedents and their application to the most difficult, complex, and novel legal problems.
  • Structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Ability to:

  • Conduct the most complex and difficult legal research to ensure accurate advice and recommendations.
  • Prepare and present statements of complex fact, law, and argument in a clear and logical manner in both written and oral form to ensure accurate advice and recommendations.
  • Perform the most difficult statutory drafting and codification work.
  • Review a large volume of incoming and outgoing legal correspondence in a variety of subject areas.
  • Work effectively under high pressure and unfavorable conditions to ensure the timely delivery of high quality work.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Identify client objectives in the context of applicable substantive law.
  • Understand the interrelationships of statutory schemes, constitutional provisions, and case law specific to the subject of air quality.
  • Recognize and address applicable issues arising from federal, state, and local laws and effectively assist program staff, in various program areas, to address complex, multidisciplinary issues.
  • Understand the requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, the California Administrative Procedure Act, and the Public Records Act.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with Board members, executive management, and program staff to identify needs, alert them to potential problems with requested work, resolve problems, and develop solutions.
  • Maintain a professional and courteous demeanor when dealing with staff and the public under all circumstances.
  • Work cooperatively with a team and work independently to complete work assignments.


To be considered for this position, please submit the following to the contact person in this bulletin:

  • State Application (Std. 678) with original signature NO EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Qualifications (maximum one-page)

Applicants must have been admitted to the California State Bar prior to appointment.

Current State employees who are in the Assistant Chief Counsel classification or have transfer or list eligibility for the Assistant Chief Counsel classification are encouraged to apply.

This vacancy may be subject to SROA/Surplus provisions. Surplus applicants must attach a copy of their surplus letter with a completed standard State application (STD 678). On page one of your State application you must clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility: list appointment, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Assistant Chief Counsel 673 - 140 - 5871 - xxx
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Executive Office/Office of Legal Affairs
1001 I Street -23rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Lori Andreoni

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