The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a Program Project Specialist to be a part of the Legal Support Team (LST) within the Remedial Projects Section (RPS).
The individual selected will be responsible for a variety of functions within LST. This includes drafting Environmental Access Agreements, Administrative Settlements, and Prospective Purchaser Agreements; working closely with the AZ Attorney General’s Office; conducting legal research on private properties and parties potentially responsible for contamination of State Superfund sites; responding to public records requests; and maintaining and updating files and databases.
•Draft RPS settlement agreements and cost recovery documentation
•Responsible for tracking and maintaining legal project schedules for Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) investigations
•Responsible for coordinating with applicants and internal staff to draft and finalize Prospective Purchase Agreements and Environmental Access Agreements.
•Assist in the identification/notification of PRPs, and Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund Allocation Assignments.
•Conduct legal research and prepare legal document to support remedial actions, and seek guidance from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on communications and projects.
•Follow and track assignments and deadlines for the WQARF program contractors and Project Managers.
•Collaborate with the AGO and Remedial Projects Unit on decision making regarding the compliance, technical and legal issues related to complex environmental cases.
•Conducts research in support of internal and external file requests and for local government agencies
•Draft and issue Preliminary Investigation notifications for new remediation sites, ensuring statutory requirements are met.
• Knowledge of or the ability to learn environmental status, codes and rules, States document Management rules, policies and guidelines
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Gmail/G-Suite, Department’s enterprise database system, including AZURITE and CTS modules
• Strong oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, organization and attention to detail
• Skills in design and production of timely and accurate reports and documentation, data analysis. Evaluation and interpretation
• Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
• Ability to research and identify problems with large data sets, interpret statuses, rules and policies related to environmental and legal topics, communicate with internal and external customers within reasonable time frames
• Ability to organize, prioritize and perform varied tasks and track multiple deadlines simultaneously in a high volume, fast paced, changing environment
• Ability to interact with agency staff, community customers and other regulatory agencies, follow public records policies, maintaining confidentiality and write legal documents and reports.
• An Associate degree or higher in Public Management and Policy, Data Analysis, Environmental Law or related field and 2-3 years legal or administrative experience. Paralegal certificate preferred.
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
ASRS Lifetime Pension Benefit
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.