Job Posting: Attorney

CA High Speed Rail Authority


$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Prepares analysis and advice, often in writing, and other legal support services to the Authority’s management and staff regarding the legal effect of laws, regulations, rules, court decisions, and administrative actions on the more complex issues related to implementation of the high-speed rail project in all areas, including contracting, conflicts of interest, governance, construction, real property, eminent domain, funding, environmental compliance, and planning.

Prepares or assists in the preparation and interpretation of legal documents and instructions for complex areas which include procurement solicitations, bids, contracts, real property transactions, and risk mitigation relative to the operation of the Authority.  Participates in sensitive and high profile contract negotiations. Develops and reviews Authority contracts for compliance with law, policy and reasonable judgment. Reviews and evaluates contract dispute and claims issues. Conducts ongoing legal research in connection with a variety of difficult legal issues affecting the operation of the Authority. Writes and reviews proposed legislation and provides legal assistance to the Legislative Office.

Represents the Authority in various legal matters and transactions with public and private entities.  Analyzes and appraises difficult legal problems and applies legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts.  Plans and directs a program of complex legal work and leads the work of assistants. Ensures that assigned contracts and agreements are administered and managed in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures of the Authority, the State Contracting Manual and the California Government Code as practicable given the scope/nature of the contract as well as competing duties, tasks and responsibilities, and to the extent the scope/nature of the assigned contracts and agreements inherently in their natural and usual implementation match the intent of the applicable policies and procedures.

Manages outside counsel providing litigation and other legal services to the Authority. Other duties as assigned.

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

Working Conditions

Employee will work in a climate-controlled office under artificial light. However, due to periodic problems with the heating and air conditioning, the building temperature may fluctuate. Office space consists of modular furniture appropriate for this classification.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
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$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 A
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Are you looking for a different type of state government job? Something with a little more excitement and a more fast-paced and fluid environment? How about an opportunity to be part of one of the most remarkable transportation projects in California’s history? The California High-Speed Rail Authority is a small and dynamic state agency that is looking for employees who are interested in a challenging but rewarding job opportunity.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has an opening for a full time, permanent Attorney III.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

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 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:

CA High Speed Rail Authority
Attn: Human Resources
770 L Street, Suite 620, MS 4
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Human Resources
770 L Street, Suite 620, MS 4
Sacramento, CA 95814
Business hours are for weekdays only, the department is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
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 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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be included with the application package in order to be considered for this position. The SOQ is a narrative discussion of your education, training, experience, and skills as it relates to the duties that are described in the duty statement. The SOQ reflects each candidate’s qualifications as well as his/her ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ should be typed and no more than two pages in length. Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ. 

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.

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:
Strong written and oral communication skills.

Ability to conduct legal research and writing, sometimes under short deadlines.

Experience drafting legal documents such as legislation, regulations or contracts.

Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative, flexibility, judgment and confidentiality.

Ability to operate independently, but with the judgment to know when to ask for assistance and guidance from a supervisor or colleague.

Ability to represent the Authority in dealings with other government agencies and private entities in a way that reflects well on the Authority.

Dependable, punctual, excellent attendance.

Knowledge of the Authority organization, operations and relevant policy issues.

Prepare correspondence involving inclusion of recommendations for effective courses of action.

Exercise good judgment and calm professionalism in all situations.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources
(916) 669-6606

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:
EEO Office
(916) 324-1541
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.

General Statement/Application Info

General Statement:

Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel and/or Assistant Chief Counsel, the Attorney III works on the more difficult legal assignments. The incumbent studies, interprets and applies laws, court decisions, and other authorities; provides oral and written advice to staff, drafts and negotiates complex contracts and agreements; works with broad discretion and independence with minimum supervision and is expected to have advanced knowledge and be an expert in the more complex areas of the law within one or more of the following subject matters: construction, procurements, public works, design/build, infrastructure, contracts, condemnation and inverse condemnation, real property, funding and financing, environmental and land use, personnel/employment, open meetings, public records, conflicts of interest, governance, state legislation and state and federal laws and regulations. The incumbent works closely with, and directs, private outside counsel and the Attorney General’s Office regarding legal advice and litigation.   

Application Information:

Applicants must include JC-158281 and Attorney 311-001-5795-009 in the 'Job Title' section of the STD. 678 to be considered for this position. The STD.678 is required and each section must be filled out completely and thoroughly.

Please indicate on the STD. 678 your basis for eligibility in the “Explanations” field (i.e., SROA, surplus, reemployment, reinstatement, transfer, or list eligible). Surplus candidates must attach a copy of their surplus letter. Recruitment from the employment list may be considered. Consideration may be given to applicants on another Department’s employment list, provided the criteria are met to transfer the eligibility from the employment list to the Authority's employment list.
The High-Speed Rail Authority does not currently offer Training and Development opportunities at this time.


The High-Speed Rail Authority headquarters building is located in downtown Sacramento on the corner of 8th and L Street. We are located one block away from the 8th and Capitol Mall light rail stop, as well as the 7th and K Street light rail stop.  

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