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Legal Specialist

  • 509723
  • PHOENIX
  • REMOTE OPTIONS
  • VARIOUS-STATEWIDE
  • DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
  • Full-time

DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

We are looking for results-oriented, driven individuals with a thirst for problem solving.

At Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) our vision is to be the number one state in the nation in balanced, leading-edge environmental protection; through technical and operational excellence; and radical simplicity for customers and staff. We are currently looking for employees who are committed to our Agency, passionate to excel in their career and engaged in our mission. Only this caliber of employee will be successful in driving our Agency towards accomplishing our vision.

Legal Specialist 
Environmental Science Specialist 3

DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Details:

Salary: $68,000 - $72,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open until filled

This position is available for remote work on a full-time basis within Arizona (including virtual office arrangement).

Job Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity to be the legal analyst in the vehicle emissions section of the Air Quality Division. The position assists a great team that is working to implement the Clean Air Act and reduce vehicle emissions pollutants. You will perform moderately complex legal analysis to assist with the management of the rule writing process, including: providing legal guidance on rule language and impacts; assisting with planning the rule development strategy; writing rules by synthesizing information into effective and concise rules; and providing testimony related to rules in development. Additionally, you will be responsible for contract development and the management of contracts related to vehicle emissions. This position will also conduct research and data analysis pertaining to identifying, measuring, or eliminating sources of vehicle emission pollutants that effect public health and the environment.

Job Duties: Major Responsibilities:
  • Review and draft environmental statutes, rules, reports and plans
  • Draft and coordinate the promulgation of environmental regulations
  • Make recommendations to Agency counsel concerning compliance and legal issues
  • Analyze the impacts of new laws and rules
  • Conduct complex policy analysis for developing State Implementation Plans (SIPs) that includes: researching case law and air quality regulations, policies, and guidance; analyzing air quality data with an emphasis on vehicle emissions; and determining what data is scientifically credible and defensible to ensure compliance with applicable regulations while generating the SIPs
  • Ensure the State's vehicle emissions and inspection program complies with State Implementation Plans (SIPs) submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency; revise the SIP or rules as needed to ensure emission reductions from vehicles are maximized in compliance with the law
  • Develop emissions testing contract proposals and new or revised contract guidelines, requirements and criteria in cooperation with the Agency's Procurement Team; advise Vehicle Emissions Control staff in the areas of contract compliance by setting clear objectives with tangible outcomes
  • Correspond professionally and expeditiously with applicants, stakeholders and the public on environmental issues
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Juris Doctor Degree (required)
  • An undergraduate degree in law, environmental/chemical engineering or environmental sciences preferred
  • Prior work experience conducting legal research and writing
Selective Preference(s):
  • Knowledge of State and Federal environmental regulations, including the Clean Air Act
  • Familiarity with environmental sciences and research, Arizona sources of air pollution, best practices for preventing the release of pollutants, statistical analysis, and investigative techniques
Benefits:

Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
· 10 paid holidays per year
· Accrual of sick and annual leave beginning at 12 and 13 days per year respectively for full-time employees
· A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
· A robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability
· An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program
· We promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility
· We offer a variety of learning and career development opportunities

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

ASRS Lifetime Pension Benefits

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting HPO@azdeq.gov.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

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.