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Salary: $7,682.00 - $9,857.00
Posted: 01/27/2014

Job Description:

Pending California Department of Finance Approval.


This is a challenging senior level Attorney position involving 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 litigation, negotiation, legislative liaison, hearings, legal research and opinion drafting; renders legal advice and opinions to Board management; responds to difficult legal correspondence; develops strategy and tactics in the most complex disputes or litigation; and coordinates their actions with other ARB attorneys and enforcement staff as needed to maintain consistent enforcement policy and strategy.

Under the supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel and the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Attorney will focus on California’s regulations related to climate and energy programs (including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard). The incumbent will be responsible for providing verbal and written legal advice to ARB's executives, management, and staff on legal issues arising during regulation development and implementation of California's climate change program, including greenhouse gas reporting, direct control requirements, and the cap-and-trade program. Enforcement activities, coordination with federal and California energy agencies, 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 attorney in this position will also focus on enforcing and defending existing ARB regulations and assisting ARB staff in the drafting of regulations, regulatory amendments and guidelines throughout the rulemaking process. This position will provide ARB staff and the Chief Counsel with written and verbal advice, draft and review legal correspondence, analyze and recommend potential enforcement actions and perform a variety of related legal tasks.


Travel between ARB headquarters and other offices (including Southern California) and occasionally out of State travel may be required. Must be available to work overtime as necessary when business needs warrant. The location of this position is in downtown Sacramento.


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 substantial knowledge of air pollution control, both federal and California laws, experience in dealing with members of the public, technical staff, and other public agencies, be familiar with rulemaking and the functioning of administrative agencies in California, and enforcement of administrative regulations. 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;
  • The ability to draft rules and regulations and proposed legislative measures and perform legal research;
  • Experience with the enforcement of air pollution control programs;
  • Experience with the enforcement of markets, including detection, investigation, and prosecution of market manipulation;
  • Analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures, and practices;
  • 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;
  • The 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 clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing, to technical, lay, and policy-oriented audiences; 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:

  • 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 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, 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. 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
    Attoryney III 673 - 140 - 5795 - xxx
    Will also consider hiring a(n)
    ATTORNEY $4,674.00 - $8,141.00
    Location County
    Sacramento SACRAMENTO
    Timebase Tenure
    Full Time Permanent   month(s)
    Final Filing Date: Department Link:
    Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
    EO/Office of Legal Affairs
    1001I Street, 23rd Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Katie Estabrook