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Salary: $8,486.00 - $10,477.00
Posted: 03/01/2013

Job Description:


Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel and the Assistant Chief Counsel, the Attorney IV is a challenging position involving the interpretation and application of State and federal laws and regulations governing California’s air pollution control program. Attorney IV for the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) provides legal advice to the Board, ARB staff, other public agencies, and members of the public concerning the laws and regulations which ARB implements, as well as the procedures applicable to the Board and staff actions. Duties require a high level of expertise in State and federal air pollution law, administrative law, and constitutional law.

The primary function of this position includes overseeing all aspects of legal work related to ARB’s mobile source programs, serving as project attorney in all phases of the development and implementation of the most complex and technical regulations governing mobile sources, preparing and reviewing documentation to support waiver of federal preemption for ARB’s mobile source emission standards and enforcement procedures, and in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, representing ARB in complex litigation challenging or in support of the Board’s regulatory programs, particularly those pertaining to mobile sources. Duties also include assisting the Chief Counsel in mobile source enforcement activities, including the negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements, in cases involving highly technical regulations and fact patterns.


The most competitive candidates will possess a high degree of knowledge of environmental, administrative and constitutional law, particularly as related to air pollution regulations, and drafting complex 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 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.
  • 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.


Applicants will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. 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.

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

If interested, please submit a completed standard State application (STD 678) with original signature, a cover letter, statement of qualifications (maximum one page), and any other relevant documents to the attention of Lori Andreoni at the address indicated below. E-MAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Attorney IV 673 - 140 - 5780 - 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
Sacramento, CA 95814
Lori Andreoni

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