Staff Counsel

Oakland, CA
Full Time
Job #: JC-175730
The position is located in Oakland, CA.
**Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established and interviews will be scheduled, and only the most qualified candidates will be invited to the interview**

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)

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

Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, and in coordination with four other Conservancy Attorneys, the Attorney will work with program and administrative 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. The Attorney will provide oral and written legal advice to Conservancy staff; conduct research; identify legal strategies; negotiate and draft contracts, escrow instructions, and other documents; review and edit staff recommendations for consistency with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, funding sources and CEQA; assess property acquisition documents, including title reports, environmental assessments, and purchase agreements; review CEQA documents; and track new legislation and case law.

The State Coastal Conservancy values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

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

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 who is committed to providing practical, clear, concise oral and written legal advice based on thorough research and in a timely fashion. Important skills include research, writing, communication, and analytical skills; and the ability to juggle multiple assignments, work both independently and as part of a team, and interact professionally with Conservancy staff, other state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the public. Some experience in the areas of land use, CEQA, contracts, or real property would be helpful.

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