Closing Date: 8th July, 2022

Description:

The Natural Resources and Environment Section has a unique opportunity for a Second Assistant Attorney General in the Air Quality Unit. The Second Assistant Attorney General will work closely with the Unit's First Assistant Attorney General to manage the workflow for the Unit and implement processes aimed at ensuring high quality and consistent work product and client services. The Second will provide leadership and supervision over a team of attorneys and paralegals. This individual will also serve as the primary point of contact for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Quality agencies for all legal services. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity for someone who is passionate about environmental law and air quality regulation, and in developing management skills.

Job
The Air Team serves the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), Air Pollution Control Division, Air Quality Enterprise, Clean Fleet Enterprise, and three Environmental Justice clients- the Ombudsperson, Task Force and Advisory Board. We provide general counsel to their seven clients on all program areas including rulemaking proceedings, board representation and legislative support. We represent clients in complex enforcement matters involving settlement negotiations, administrative and civil litigation, and in defensive litigation in various state court jurisdictions. We also represent the clients in select third party litigation through amicus curiae briefing and subpoena defense.

What you will do:
The Second Assistant Attorney General for the Air Team will work closely with the Unit's First Assistant Attorney General, managing administrative functions, supervising a team of attorneys and paralegals, providing leadership and coaching, and managing the Unit's workflow to ensure high quality work product and client services.

Duties include:
  • Manage attorney workload pertaining to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) air issues, including general counsel support, litigation, and rulemakings (for both the AQCC and Colorado's air-related enterprises).
  • Provide guidance, support, strategy advice, feedback, and general assistance to attorneys, paralegals, and administrative assistants.
  • Track air cases and manage their progression, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Provide guidance for and oversight of client advice in air matters; help develop litigation plans.
  • Maintain two-way communication to section leadership and team.
  • Manage longer-term projects and system improvements.
  • Provide formal supervision of a team of attorneys and paralegals including formal performance management, leave approval, staffing, and support for management of the hiring process.
  • Identify opportunities for growth and development for attorneys and paralegal and provide exposure to a variety of work to enhance job satisfaction.

The Department of Law may fill additional Assistant Attorney General positions from this recruitment.

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights:
What we are looking for:
  • Applicants must be:
  • Admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment;
  • We are particularly interested in candidates who have the following skills and attributes:
  • A minimum of five years' experience in environmental regulatory enforcement, rulemakings, or Federal Clean Air Act compliance;
  • At least five years of litigation experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in legal practice and ability to handle the most complex matters;
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about environmental law and air quality regulation;
  • Interest in learning and working to address the unique impacts of climate change and air pollution on disproportionately impacted, underserved, and marginalized communities;
  • Ability to model strong leadership and professionalism skills;
  • Previous experience providing training and mentorship to others; and
  • Strong organizational and client management skills.

The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.