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Salary: $7,682.00 - $9,478.00
Posted: 06/26/2013

Job Description:


Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Attorney III (Specialist) advises the Administrative Services Division (ASD) staff of the Air Resources Board (ARB) and its executives, management, and staff on complex and sensitive administrative and legal matters affecting ARB’s administrative operations and also provides advice to other ARB staff on conflicts issues, contracts, intellectual property concerns, electronic discovery obligations and solutions, and other related topics. The location of this position is downtown Sacramento.

  • Provide ARB’s Human Resources (HR) and Contract staff with verbal and written legal advice on matters relating to the Department’s administrative work.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis. Provide ARB’s HR, Contract, and Information Technology (IT) staff advice and support on diverse and complex legal issues involving human resources, state service contracts, information technology data, IT procurement, procurement, and other administrative programs, including interpreting State and federal statutes and regulations. Consult and advise staff on how various statutes and regulations affect ongoing and proposed administrative activities.
  • Work closely with Human Resources/Personnel, Equal Employment Opportunity Office, and Labor Relations involving complex personnel and employment matters including labor arbitration, discrimination, immigration and visas, unfair labor practice cases before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and appeals before the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (UIAB), and other regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare and present adverse actions, Rejections during Probation, Absences without Leave (AWOL), and other personnel related cases before the State Personnel Board (SPB). Prepare and present discrimination cases before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and SPB. Prepare and present personnel related cases handled by HR staff before the California Department of Human Relations (CalHR).
  • Oversee contracting requirements including personal services contracts and compliance with Government Code section 19130.
  • Review contracts and purchase orders with ARB’s Contract staff prior to submission to the Department of General Services (DGS); participate in discussions with DGS; represent the ARB’s staff in contract challenges before DGS.
  • Provide verbal and written legal advice on matters involving ARB’s intellectual property.
  • Provide verbal and written legal advice to ARB management, Board members, and staff concerning compliance with statutes and regulations prohibiting conflicts of interest.
  • Assist with refining procedures to properly retain electronic and paper documents and assist in responses to demands for electronic discovery.
  • Analyze and assist with developing strategies on complex legal and administrative matters.
  • Recommend action on State and federal legislation and on proposed rules and regulations.
  • Consult with the Chief Counsel, Assistant Chief Counsels, Attorney General’s Office, and other outside counsel as necessary to ensure comprehensive representation of ARB’s best interests.

Work Environment Requirements: Travel between ARB headquarters and other offices (including Southern California) may be required. Must be available to work overtime as necessary and when business needs warrant.


Among other qualifications, the most competitive applicants will possess:

  • Current member in good standing of the California State Bar.
  • Analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures, and practices.
  • Integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals.
  • Analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and organizational skills.
  • Present statements of fact, law, and arguments clearly and logically in written and verbal form.
  • Draft rules and regulations and proposed legislative measures and perform legal research.
  • Knowledge about Public Records Act requirements and exceptions.
  • Knowledge of State and federal employment laws, including Civil Service Act, Civil Rights Act Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal immigration law and visa requirements, Fair Employment and Housing Act; Fair Labor Standards Act, and Ralph C. Dills Act.
  • Knowledge of State contracting and purchasing laws, regulations, and policies, including the California Public Contract Code, State Contract Manual, State Administrative Manual.

To be considered for this position, please submit the following to the contact person in this bulletin and indicate applying for HR 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.


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 downgrading the position for qualified individuals eligible for the Attorney (formerly Staff Counsel) classification.

Lawyers not already State employees and 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 and link is and the online examination for the Attorney classification (formerly Staff Counsel) is at

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

Additional Information:
Working Title Position Number
Attorney III 673 - 140 - 5795 - XXX
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ATTORNEY $4,674.00 - $7,828.00
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Office of Legal Affairs
1001 I Street
Sacramento, Ca 95814
Lori Andreoni
(916) 322-4011