The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (“Illinois EPA”) is seeking a highly qualified individual with a license to practice law in Illinois and a strong background in the Illinois Environmental Protection Act (“Act”) and associated regulations related to water pollution control and public water supplies to serve as Deputy General Counsel under the direction of the Chief Legal Counsel. The successful candidate will manage the Illinois EPA’s Division of Legal Counsel’s Bureau of Water Enforcement Unit (“BOW Enforcement Unit”) as it provides legal counsel to the Illinois EPA’s Bureau of Water (“BOW”). This individual will direct attorneys in the BOW Enforcement Unit as they develop and oversee enforcement actions on behalf of BOW. The successful candidate will manage attorneys in the BOW Enforcement Unit as they work with BOW staff, attorneys with the Illinois Office of the Attorney General and other governmental entities, and regulated entities to ensure compliance with the Act and associated regulations. This individual will provide legal counsel to BOW and Illinois EPA management on a variety of water pollution control and public water supply issues. We invite all qualified candidates to apply.
We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills welcome.Reasonable Accommodation Statement
Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties. Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.govor call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.Position Essential Functions:
30% Supervises staff:
- Assigns and reviews work
- Approves time off
- Provides guidance and training
- Gives oral reprimands and refers employee for more severe discipline
- Effectively recommends grievance resolutions
- Completes, discusses and signs performance evaluations
- Establishes annual goals and objectives
- Counsels staff on problems with productivity, quality of work and conduct
- Determines staffing needs to achieve program objectives
- Participates in the hiring process and rate candidates for selection
30% Serves as the contact person with the Office of the Attorney General and agency technical staff such as engineers, biologists, geologists, etc. within your organization in analyzing environmental compliance issues in the presentation and settlement of Water Pollution Control (WPC) and Public Water Supply (PWS) cases before state and federal courts and the Illinois Pollution Control Board.
15% Assists the Chief Legal Counsel in coordinating Agency WPC and PWS programs with other state and federal agencies; including those programs that have been delegated to the Agency by the US EPA or involve US EPA oversight:
- Represents the Agency in litigation in state and federal courts where the Attorney General has chosen not to represent the Agency
- Travels in performance of duties.
15% Provides advice and consultation for the overall enforcement and compliance strategy for WPC and PWS policy decisions regarding Agency involvement with the public and regulated community and other matters of administration, organization and policies and procedures:
- Oversee the preparation of legal memorandum and provides expertise in the area of legal interpretation for the WPC and PWS Enforcement Unit.
5% Confers with members of the public, legislative and special interest groups concerning the interpretation and applicability of statutes and rules.
5% Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.Minimum Requirements
- Requires the possession of a license to practice law in Illinois
- Four years of experience working with regulatory agencies and outside entities in resolving compliance issues involving environmental statutes and regulations
- Requires graduation from an accredited law school
- Experience working with the provisions of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and Illinois Pollution Control Board’s (“Illinois PCB”) regulations pertaining to water pollution control and public water supplies
- Experience working with the provisions of the federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and associated regulations
- Experience representing parties in enforcement actions involving violations of environmental statutes and regulations
- Experience working with regulatory agencies and outside entities in resolving compliance issues involving environmental statutes and regulations
- Experience working with both attorneys and non-attorneys such as engineers, biologists, geologists, etc. within your organization in analyzing environmental compliance issues and developing solutions to those issues
- Experience practicing law in front of administrative bodies and Courts of Law
- Supervisory experience in an office setting
Conditions of Employment:
- All applicants must be able to meet the following Conditions of Employment to be considered for this position. The State of Illinois complies with federal and state disability laws and will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.
- Requires a valid & current driver's license
- Requires ability to pass a background check
- Requires ability to work at various times outside of normal office hours to meet deadlines
- Requires ability to travel occasionally
Work Hours & Location/Agency Contact
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1021 North Grand Ave East
Springfield, IL 62702