Job Description and Duties

The Chief Counsel serves as attorney to the California Coastal Commission (Commission) and the Executive Director, and manages and directs the work of the Legal Division, which is comprised of attorneys, legal analysts, a legal assistant and a legal secretary.  The Chief Counsel advises the Commission and Executive Director and all senior management on all legal issues arising from the Commission’s Implementation of the California Coastal Act and California’s Coastal Management Program.  The Chief Counsel is the principal contact for City Attorneys and County Counsels for the 76 local governments in the coastal zone, to the legal offices of the Governor, California Natural Resources Agency, and of other public agencies, special districts, commercial ports and the University of California; and is the primary liaison with the California Attorney General’s Office.  The Attorney General’s Office handles litigation for the Commission. This position is demanding and rewarding and requires excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills. 

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