This is a challenging senior level Attorney position that involves the interpretation and application of State and federal laws and regulations governing the California air pollution control program. The Attorney III for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) performs the most difficult and complex assignments in regulation and opinion drafting, negotiation, litigation in conjunction with the California Attorney General’s office, and acts as a legislative liaison.
This position will focus on the ARB’s climate and energy work, including legal issues arising during regulation development and implementation of California’s climate change program: greenhouse gas reporting, direct regulatory controls, the cap-and-trade program, and broad program plans and strategies. Assignments may include the enforcement of these programs, including addressing allegations of market manipulation. Due to the complicated legal issues arising from federal preemption claims and statutory harmonization, the Attorney III must be able to perform legal research, develop legal arguments, provide strategic advice, and represent the ARB in complex disputes and litigation. The Attorney III will also provide legal advice to the Board, Executive Office, staff, and air pollution control districts concerning the laws and regulations which ARB implements, as well as concerning the procedures applicable to Board and staff actions. Participation in enforcement activities, interpretation of specific statutory and regulatory provisions, review of legal aspects of staff reports, letters, guidance and other documents, and legal assistance to support Board actions are key functions of this position.
The location of this position is downtown Sacramento.
Work Environment Requirements: Travel between ARB headquarters and other offices (including Southern California) and occasionally out of State may be required. Must be available to work overtime as necessary and when business needs warrant.
Candidates should have a desire to advance the underlying objectives of ARB to protect and enhance California's air quality through regulatory approaches, market mechanisms, and other means to reduce harmful air pollution from a wide variety of stationary and vehicular and other mobile sources and activities. Candidates should have in depth knowledge of air pollution control, both federal and California laws, experience in dealing with members of the public, technical staff, and other public agencies, and should be familiar with rulemaking and the functioning of administrative agencies in California. Among other qualifications, the most competitive applicants will possess:
- Knowledge of federal and California air quality statutes and regulations;
- Knowledge of federal and California programs, statutes, and regulations that govern the electricity and other energy markets;
- Experience with the enforcement of air pollution control programs;
- Experience with the enforcement of markets, including detection, investigation, and prosecution of market manipulation;
- Ability to analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures, and practices;
- Ability to analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action;
- Excellent writing, verbal, and organizational skills;
- The ability to produce products within a quick-turnaround timeframe;
- The ability to work independently and on a team;
- Ability to present statements of fact, law, and arguments clearly and logically in written and verbal form;
- The ability to present facts, law, arguments, and recommendations and communicate in a clean and concise manner, both orally and in writing, to technical, lay, and policy-oriented audiences;
- Ability to draft rules and regulations and proposed legislative measures and perform legal research;
- Knowledge about Public Records Act requirements and exceptions; and
- The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with ARB staff, stakeholders, and others.
To be considered for this position, please submit the following to the contact person in this bulletin and indicate applying for the Energy Attorney III position:
- State Application (Std. 678) with original signature NO EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
- Current Resume
- Writing Sample(s)
Applicants must have been admitted to the California State Bar prior to appointment.
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current State employees who are in the Attorney III (formerly Staff Counsel III) classification or have transfer eligibility. Persons who have list eligibility for the Attorney III classification. SROA/Surplus candidates. Will also consider qualified individuals eligible for the Attorney (formerly Staff Counsel) classification.
Lawyers not already State employees and who do not yet have list eligibility in the Attorney III or Attorney classifications can take an online examination to establish list eligibility for the California civil service system. The online examination for Attorney III is administered by the State Personnel Board/CalHR at https://exams.spb.ca.gov/exams/sc3/, and the online examination for the Attorney classification (formerly Staff Counsel) is at https://exams.spb.ca.gov/exams/sc/
Applicants will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.
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