Job Description and Duties


The position may be performed at any physical DTSC location statewide.

Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Assistant Chief Counsel is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and reviewing the work of legal staff within the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA); performing administrative duties; and serving as a member of OLA’s senior management team.

Program Support
Provides legal advice and assistance to the Department’s management as the OLA’s liaison to the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program. Oversees legal consistency and formulates legal policy pertaining to the implementation of applicable laws and regulations, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (42 U.S.C.  9601 et seq.), the Hazardous Waste Control Act (Health & Saf. Code, division 20, chapter 6.5), and the Hazardous Substance Account Act (State Superfund law) (Health & Saf. Code, division 20, chapter 6.8). Provides legal recommendations and other legal support concerning proposed hazardous waste legislation and regulations, complex litigation, and statewide program initiatives affecting the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program. Meets with the Deputy Director and other managers of the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program on a regular basis, to coordinate legal support.

Litigation and Other Proceedings
Represents the Department in negotiations, litigation, legislative hearings, and meetings with State or outside agencies and organizations. For the hearings/meetings, prepares or reviews legal documents as required including, but not limited to: legislation, regulations, policy documents, bill analyses, contracts, and correspondence. Reviews case referrals to the Office of the Attorney General and other prosecuting agencies. Coordinates site cleanup enforcement and case management issues with the Office of the Attorney General and other prosecuting agencies.

Personnel Management
Plans, organizes, directs, and provides managerial review of the work performed by staff in OLA. Provides regular and timely written performance appraisals to staff. Counsels staff and initiates disciplinary actions, as necessary. Recruits, hires, trains, develops, and provides leadership to staff. Ensures equal opportunity in hiring, employee development and promotion. Identifies appropriate long-range plans and goals to address succession planning and knowledge transfer.

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

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