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Deputy District Counsel I/II & Senior Deputy District Counsel

SCAQMD AND JOB OVERVIEW
ABOUT SCAQMD
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County, and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, home to approximately 17 million people. SCAQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse and dedicated "Clean Air Team" of over 750 employees, an annual budget of 162.6 million, SCAQMD's mission is to protect public health from air pollution through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, education, enforcement, compliance incentives, technical innovation, and promotion of public understanding of air quality issues.
ABOUT THIS RECRUITMENT
Since our attorneys face some of the most challenging, cutting-edge legal issues in the environmental field, we are seeking exceptional, motivated candidates for a current vacancy in our Legal office. The current vacancy may be filled at any level below, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
DEPUTY DISTRICT COUNSEL I ($2,989- $3,807 Bi-weekly)
Performs legal work representing SCAQMD in civil cases and administrative hearings; prepares formal opinions; drafts legal documents; and does other work as required. This is the entry level for this series and offers excellent potential for growth within the agency. Following completion of a one year probationary period and successful performance as a Deputy District Counsel I, attorneys are eligible for non-competitive promotion to Deputy District Counsel II.
DEPUTY DISTRICT COUNSEL II ($4,035 - $5,040 Bi-weekly)
Performs varied legal work in representing SCAQMD in civil cases and administrative hearings; prepares formal opinions, drafts rules and legal documents; and does other work as required. Promotion to Senior Deputy District Counsel is dependent upon performance and the level of expertise developed and demonstrated as a Deputy District Counsel II.
SENIOR DEPUTY DISTRICT COUNSEL ($4,571 - $5,712 Bi-weekly)
Performs difficult and complex legal work representing SCAQMD in cases involving civil law; supervises Deputy District Counsels I/II and support personnel; drafts rules and legal documents; prepares formal opinions; and does other work as required.
ABOUT THE LEGAL OFFICE AND OUR ATTORNEYS
Our Legal Office advises SCAQMD Governing Board members and staff on civil legal matters pertaining to environmental law, government law, and administrative hearings. Attorneys review and assist in drafting regulations, environmental documents, and proposed legislation; provide advice on interpretation of SCAQMD rules and State and federal laws governing our authority and procedures; represent the agency in defense of major litigation challenging rules, policies, and permits; and initiate litigation challenging other agency action that is adverse to the air quality interest of the agency. In addition, attorneys prepare and litigate cases against violators of SCAQMD regulations; negotiate settlement agreements; represent the agency on matters involving enforcement governing bodies; and provide advice to SCAQMD staff on a wide range of enforcement issues and policies.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
The degree of complexity of duties performed by our attorneys and the independence of action exercised increases, correspondingly, with each successive level in the Deputy District Counsel classification series, but the following duties form the essential core of their assignments:
Assists in representing SCAQMD in civil and administrative cases pertaining to enforcement and defense of SCAQMD rules and regulations and participates in a wide variety of difficult or complex civil cases and administrative hearings
Researches, prepares, reviews, and drafts legislation, rules, and formal and informal opinions, pleadings, and other papers for the SCAQMD Governing Board, Hearing Board, Executive Officer, or other staff
Advises all SCAQMD management and staff on legal matters pertaining to SCAQMD operations and obligations
Provides guidance to investigative and support personnel in preparing civil cases for enforcement.
A Senior Deputy Counsel, when designated, may act for the Principal Deputy District Counsel in the absence of the Incumbent
MINIMUM AND DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Active membership in the State Bar Association of California and admission to practice law in all courts of California is REQUIRED for all levels in this classification series.
EXPERIENCE:
The Deputy District Counsel II and Senior Deputy District Counsel both require a minimum of two years' post-Bar experience representing individuals, organizations or governmental agencies in hearings and court proceedings. For the Senior Deputy level, that experience must have involved governmental regulations, environmental or administrative law.
KNOWLEDGE OF:
All levels require knowledge of legal principles; the rules of evidence; the conduct of court proceedings; duties, powers and limitations of governmental agencies; principles of law and their application to governmental agencies in general; methods, procedures and practices used in the conduct of civil litigation; civil enforcement; and the preparation of legal documents. Entry level positions require demonstrated interest and ability to learn these matters. For Senior Deputy District Counsel, candidates must also have knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Knowledge of environmental law, administrative agency practice, and writ practice is highly desirable.
ABILITY TO:
All levels require the ability to represent SCAQMD in administrative hearings and civil cases; prepare legal documents; advise legal and non-legal staff; and gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal action. Candidates for Senior Deputy District Counsel must also have the ability to plan, organize, coordinate and supervise the work of assigned personnel.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
The most competitively qualified candidates will possess:
Knowledge and/or experience that is directly transferable to SCAQMD's operations
Exceptional leadership, oral presentation, negotiation, and written communication skills
Significant civil or criminal trial experience, particularly involving prosecution or defense of environmental crimes, administrative hearings, and/or handling other environmental litigation
Experience working effectively across office or departmental lines to elicit cooperation and accomplish program goals
Ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders and establish a credible presence when representing agency programs and policies
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE:
A completed employment application covering at least 10 years' employment history, (longer if you have other relevant experience), and your entire SCAQMD employment history if you are an SCAQMD employee.
Three references (not peers) which include the names and phone numbers of your current and former supervisors or managers responsible for evaluating your work performance.
Responses to the supplemental questionnaire. If you need additional space beyond the lines provided on the supplemental questionnaire, attach a document with your responses.
You must submit acceptable documentation for all education claimed on your application. Acceptable documentation consists of a copy of your transcripts attached to your application. If you are in final consideration, original, official transcripts for all degrees/education claimed will be requested as detailed in the "Educational Requirements" link on the Employment Opportunities webpage.
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Be sure to detail any education, training or other relevant coursework that would make you a particularly strong candidate.
Only the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to further consideration.
The selection process will include a panel interview. Candidates will be notified of the exact dates as the recruitment progresses.
Candidates who may need accommodations during the selection process must call the Human Resources Department at least one week prior to any test dates.
Verification of current California State Bar membership and writing samples will be required at time of interview.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Department at (909)396-2800.
NOTE REGARDING BENEFITS: The Deputy District Counsel II and Senior Deputy District Counsel are management positions and are eligible for the benefits described on the benefits information tab attached to the job bulletin. Deputy District Counsel I is a Confidential Unit position. A description of benefits associated with that level can be found in the Job Descriptions link on our "Careers" page.


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