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Deputy Chief Counsel

  • 511266
  • Full-time


The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is to safeguard the health, safety, and economic welfare of the public by protecting, conserving, and enhancing Arizona's water supplies in a bold, thoughtful and innovative manner. We are seeking an attorney interested in water law to join its Legal Division.

Deputy Chief Counsel 

Legal Division



Job Location:

Hybrid: remote and 1110 W. Washington St., Suite #310 - Phoenix, AZ 85007 

Posting Details:

Salary:  $115,000-$130,000

Grade: 03

Closing Date: Open Until filled

Job Summary:

Responsibilities for this position include supervising litigation matters, providing guidance to other attorneys at the Department, and assisting with administrative responsibilities of the chief counsel as needed. 

A hybrid work schedule (some work in the office and some work from home) is available for this position

Job Duties:

Additional responsibilities may include providing legal advice to Department staff on water law and administrative law issues, representing the Department in administrative and judicial proceedings, participating in meetings and negotiations related to water rights and uses, and drafting rules, laws and contracts.

For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume and writing sample.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The preferred candidate will have experience mentoring or supervising attorneys, and a minimum of five years of experience in one or more of the following categories:

  • Administrative law;
  • Water resources law; and/or
  • Natural resources law.
Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will also exhibit the ability to challenge the views of leadership while maintaining a positive working relationship.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited law school, Arizona Bar membership and a minimum of seven years of experience practicing law, including at least five years of experience representing public entities, are required.


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including::

  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
  • Accrued vacation days and sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee discounts

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. The current contribution rate is 12.17%.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8500 for assistance. Persons with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.