Job Posting: Staff Counsel

State Coastal Conservancy

JC-111240
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Staff Counsel
ATTORNEY

$5,387.00 - $9,385.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The position is located in Oakland, CA.


Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established, and only the most qualified candidates will be invited to the interview.

Please read the "How to Apply" section on each item required when replying to this job posting, if interested. 

Applications received without ALL the required  items, will NOT receive further consideration for this position. (Cover letter, state application, resume and a writing sample you have authored)


The Conservancy’s legal division consists of five attorneys, including the Chief Counsel. Conservancy attorneys work closely with staff on a variety of legal issues, mostly in the areas of land use and environmental permitting, contracts, real property interests, and operation of state and local government. Attorneys provide oral and written advice; conduct research; develop legal strategies; negotiate and draft contracts, memoranda of understanding, escrow instructions and other documents; review and edit staff recommendations for consistency with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, funding sources, and CEQA; review property acquisition documents, including title reports, environmental assessments and purchase agreements; review CEQA documents, and track new legislation and case law.  

Working Conditions

  • Office setting; Monday through Friday; prolonged periods of sitting (or standing, if preferred)
  • Work on a computer up to 8 hours a day
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds
  • Indoor work is common, although outdoor work may be necessary
  • May require an employee to work in adversarial situations
  • Attend and participate in high level meetings
  • Multitask, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities in a cooperative manner
  • Travel, with overnight stays necessary on occasion

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-111240
Position #(s):
536-200-5778-004
Working Title:
Staff Counsel
Classification:
ATTORNEY
$5,387.00 - $5,603.00 A
$5,393.00 - $6,157.00 B
$6,500.00 - $8,174.00 C
$7,316.00 - $9,385.00 D
# of Positions:
1
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that undertakes and supports projects to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources; to promote resilience to climate change impacts; and to increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast. The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast and within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast. The Conservancy also works throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and the entire Santa Ana River watershed. The Conservancy awards and oversees grants to local governments, other state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes, using various types of funding, including bond funds, federal funds, and mitigation fees. The Conservancy is a small agency of 64 dedicated, experienced employees who work collaboratively and creatively to achieve the Conservancy’s mission.  The Conservancy is located in Oakland, California, near BART. 

Department Website: http://scc.ca.gov/

Special Requirements

You must be on the Attorney eligibility list in order to be considered.  To obtain list eligiblity, you must take the Attorney or Attorney LEAP exams, which are online exam avaliable 24/7 and can be accessed through these links: 

Attorney
https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/8PB57.PDF

Attorney LEAP
https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/3PB54.PDF

Membership in The California State Bar. (Applicants must have active membership in The California State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.)

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.jobs.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Coastal Conservancy
Attn:
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.jobs.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Supplemental Application - Cover Letter -- Please provide a cover letter describing your interest in and fitness for the position.
  • Other -  Please submit a writing sample you have authored.
  • Other - The first step in the hiring process for this position will consists of an evaluation of the candidate's cover letter, state application, resume and writing sample.  The screening process will use predetermined evaluation criteria derived from the knowledge, skills and abilities and desirable qualifications listed in the announcement.  Candidates should ensure they are thorough when describing their experience on their state application.  After the review, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for the next step in the hiring process.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
We are looking for an attorney with excellent research, writing, communication and analytical skills, who exercises sound judgment and enjoys working both independently and as part of a team.  Attorneys are expected to be rigorous and proactive in identifying issues and creative in problem-solving. 

Attorneys must be able to juggle multiple assignments and interact professionally with Conservancy staff, other state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the public.

Benefits

There are many benefits to joining our team!  The State of California has a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision coverage, CalPERS pension upon retirement, 7 hours of vacation credit per month, 8 hours of sick leave credit per month, two paid Professional Development Days, one paid Personal Holiday, pre-tax parking fee program, monthly $65 transportation voucher, bicycle commuter program, plus many more. 


Please see the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at http://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/main.aspx  for further information on state employee benefits.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website: http://scc.ca.gov/
Human Resources Contact:
Johanna Collins
(510) 286-4340
johanna.collins@scc.ca.gov

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Amy Hutzel
(510) 286-4180
Amy.Hutzel@scc.ca.gov
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Preference will be given to persons with State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) or Surplus status. Applicants must attach a copy of their most recently dated letter that specifies their designation as either SROA or surplus candidate as proof.

Qualified candidates must  be in a reachable rank on an employment list for this classification (to take the online exam go to: https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/8PB57.PDF or https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/3PB54.PDF), have eligibility in State employment, be in this classification, or have transfer eligibility to this classification.  A Training and Development (T&D) assignments may be considered.

If you do not hear from us in 4-6 weeks from the final file date, you may assume the position has been filled by another applicant. Please note that all additional vacancies that become available may be added to this advertisement.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail
Drop-off