The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division/Environmental Enforcement Section is seeking an Assistant Attorney General. This position may be eligible for Remote Work two days a week.
The attorney position is in the Environmental Enforcement Section and will represent the agency client, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Position provides legal services to ADEQ in the areas of environmental law including air quality, solid waste, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks ("UST"), Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund ("WQARF"), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA"). Position represents the State of Arizona and ADEQ in contested cases involving environmental enforcement and cases requiring the defense of agency decisions under environmental laws.
The attorney's duties include, but are not limited to: Preparing cases for litigation and trying complex environmental cases in federal and state civil court and administrative appeals, as necessary; rendering legal advice on environmental law to the client agency and interpreting state and federal environmental statutes, rules and regulations; and other duties as assigned. Requires minimal travel. Position must retain regular attendance.
The attorney must have substantial knowledge and understanding of applicable Arizona statutes, federal laws, and rules and regulations related to environmental and administrative law.
The attorney must have substantial knowledge and experience in litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings.
The attorney must have substantial knowledge of the following: legal techniques and concepts of American Jurisprudence; formats utilized in the preparation of legal documents; factors that impact investigative decisions; factors for making litigation decisions; factors for evaluating the positions and strategies of opposing counsel and judicial perspectives and responses; client and witness considerations; and financial considerations for the state and defendants.
Skills include legal and factual issue analysis, legal research, legal writing, oral presentation, and negotiation.
Trial skills, negotiating skills, investigative skills, and the ability to work closely with law enforcement personnel and witnesses. Skilled at identifying issues and preparing concise analysis of legal documents and records. Prepare legal documents, memoranda, and correspondence efficiently and with minimal supervision.
Ability in effective and situation-appropriate interpersonal communication, good judgment, high ethical and professional standards and ability to function well under time constraints and other pressures.
Ability to interact with and obtain information from witnesses, co-workers, representatives of state and federal agencies, and the courts.
Additional knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through lengthy and varied experience in relevant legal practice, especially in a public law office.
Ability to type and operate software and equipment that is common to a modern work environment.
Must be able to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.
Formal education in law school and acquisition of a Juris Doctorate. The attorney must be licensed to practice law in Arizona.
• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
• Admission to, and good standing with, the Arizona State Bar is required (include on resume the date(s) of admission in Arizona and any other states). Candidate must have an active Arizona State Bar license.
• Attorney applicants are required to submit a writing sample with their resume/application profile.
The writing sample should contain an analysis of some substantive legal issue and provide insight concerning your ability to think and to explain and advocate for a particular position.
• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.
The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at email@example.com.
During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.
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The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.