Job Posting: Chief Counsel

State Lands Commission

JC-164920
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Chief Counsel
C. E. A.

$13,064.00 - $17,513.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/29/2019

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Assistant Executive Officer, the Chief Counsel is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the most complex and sensitive legal issues of the California State Lands Commission; consults with and advises the Commissioners (Lieutenant Governor, Controller, and Director of Finance), Executive Officer, and senior management of the Commission’s Divisions on the interpretation and analysis of constitutional and statutory law, judicial decisions, and rules and regulations affecting the duties, functions, and responsibilities of the Commission; develops and implements department policy relative to land and resource management and public rights issues; advises stakeholders and public agencies on Commission policies; represents the Commission and the Executive Officer before public, professional, and private organizations; plans, organizes and directs a professional staff of attorneys, legal analysts, legal interns, and clerical support; coordinates efforts to provide litigation support to the Attorney General’s Office and in certain limited circumstances represents the Commission in litigation independent of Attorney General representation.
  • Advise the Commission, Executive Officer and Senior Management on all legal matters affecting the Commission’s duties, responsibilities, operations and functions. Serve as a member of the senior management team for purposes of departmental policy development and implementation. Directly handle the most complex and sensitive legal matters.
  • Provide legal advice to the Commissioners and their representatives, including but not limited to, participating in Commission meetings. Analyze complex site development applications, policy proposals, and compliance/enforcement issues, and independently advise public agencies and other stakeholders regarding Commission policies. 
  • Function as the primary liaison and responsible for overall coordination on significant legal issues, including litigation, with Attorney General’s Office and outside counsel as applicable.
  • Direct, assign, train, and manage legal staff, including legal assistants, legal secretaries, and legal interns, in support of Commission programs and achieving the goals, objectives, and targeted outcomes of the Commission's Strategic Plan. 
  • Serve as the primary liaison and responsible for overall coordination with other local, state and federal agencies, entities, and the public in all legal and litigation matters involving the Commission. Works directly with the Chief Counsels in the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA).
  • Represent the Commission’s interests before the Legislature, the Administration, other governmental agencies, public interest groups, the media, and the general public.
  • Review, write and represent the Commission on legislation, regulations and other policy initiatives and developments.

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

Working Conditions

• Indoor, office-based work.
• Prolonged periods of sitting in an office setting.  
• Frequent use of computer and related software applications and the Internet at a workstation.
• Required to work outside of regular business hours as workload demands or when unforeseen events occur.
• Occasional travel to off-site locations anywhere within or outside the state, which may require overnight stays.
• High volume of email correspondence and phone coordination and/or phone conferencing, including responding to email correspondence and phone coordination and/or phone conferencing outside of regular business hours.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    JC-164920
    Position #(s):
    340-521-7500-001
    Working Title:
    Chief Counsel
    Classification:
    C. E. A.
    $13,064.00 - $17,513.00 C
    # of Positions:
    1
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time
    Work Week:
    Monday - Friday

    Department Information

    The California State Lands Commission provides the people of California with effective stewardship of the lands, waterways, and resources entrusted to its care through preservation, restoration, enhancement, responsible economic development, and the promotion of public access. Website: http://www.slc.ca.gov 

    Special Requirements

    Paper Application Submission:

    Electronic application submission is preferred for this JC (Job Control). For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, applications may be submitted in paper format but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed and included in the applicant pool:

    • The JC number listed on the posting
    • The classification title
    • Current CalCareer I.D. number (from your
    CalCareer account under the "CalCareer Account " tab)

    NOTE: Applicants must not include confidential information on any documents submitted. Examples of confidential information include Social Security Number, LEAP status, Equal Opportunity Employer information, exam results, salary, authorization to work in the US status, and criminal history.

    Only required or requested documents in this Job Control will be reviewed and considered. Please do not submit documents that have not been requested.

    Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 8/29/2019

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    State Lands Commission
    Attn: Human Resources Office
    100 Howe Ave, Suite 100 - South
    Sacramento, CA 95825

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    State Lands Commission
    100 Howe Ave, Suite 100 - South
    Sacramento, CA 95825
    Deliver application packages to the Receptionist Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) between
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Maximum of three (3) pages, single spaced, typed in 12 point font describing your experience, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to the Desirable Qualifications (DQs) identified on this bulletin. The DQs listed on the bulletin must be addressed and numbered in the same order on the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), and include specific examples. Please note: Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ. Failure to submit an SOQ will result in elimination from the examination. 
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in civil service. 

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    (a) Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; personnel management techniques; the department's or agency's equal employment opportunity objectives; and a manager's role in the equal employment opportunity program.

    (b) Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures, and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislative and Executive Branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department's or agency's equal employment opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:
    1. Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional legal staff.
    2. Demonstrated experience with legal research methods and analyzing legal principles and precedents and applying them to complex legal and administrative problems.
    3. Demonstrated experience analyzing program and legal issues from a broad policy perspective.
    4. Demonstrated ability to confer with and effectively respond to concerns of the State Lands Commissioners, legislature, Governor’s Office, local, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, and members of the public.
    5. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the following areas of California and federal law: environmental, public trust doctrine, contract, real estate, bankruptcy, rulemaking, open meetings, officeholder ethics, conflicts of interest, public records, and energy (renewable and oil and gas).
    6. Demonstrated ability to advise the Attorney General, elected State officials, and Department heads on legal matters, and Commission practices, procedures and policies.

    Examination Information

    This CEA Examination will consist of a review of the candidate's Statement SOQ that describes their education, training, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the DQs listed for this position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.


    Statement of Qualifications Instructions

    A SOQ which addresses the six DQs listed below is required as a part of the application package. Any application packages received without a SOQ will be rejected. Resumes and/or cover letters will NOT be considered a substitute for the SOQ.

    The SOQ should be a maximum of three (3) pages, single-spaced, and typed in 12 point font. The SOQ should be numbered in the same order as the DQs listed below and should provide detailed examples and an overview of your experience specifically related to the following:
    1. Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional legal staff.
    2. Demonstrated experience with legal research methods and analyzing legal principles and precedents and applying them to complex legal and administrative problems.
    3. Demonstrated experience analyzing program and legal issues from a broad policy perspective.
    4. Demonstrated ability to confer with and effectively respond to concerns of the State Lands Commissioners, legislature, Governor’s Office, local, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, and members of the public.
    5. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the following areas of California and federal law: environmental, public trust doctrine, contract, real estate, bankruptcy, rulemaking, open meetings, officeholder ethics, conflicts of interest, public records, and energy (renewable and oil and gas).
    6. Demonstrated ability to advise the Attorney General, elected State officials, and Department heads on legal matters, and Commission practices, procedures and policies.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.

    Benefits

    When you choose a career with the State of California, you receive a comprehensive benefits package in addition to your salary. For more information on the State's benefit packages you may visit the California Department of Human Resources website at http://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/salary-and-benefits.aspx

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Human Resources Contact:
    Emma Franco
    (916) 574-1910

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Mary Murray
    (916) 574-1876
    mary.murray@slc.ca.gov
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Position Location

    100 Howe Ave., Suite 100-S

    Sacramento, CA 95825

     

    ***FREE PARKING AND NEAR HWY 50 AND BUS ROUTES***

    Miscellaneous Information

    This position is subject to the Department’s Conflict of Interest Code. 

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail
    Drop-off