Job Posting: Attorney IV

California Energy Commission

JC-221287
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Attorney IV
ATTORNEY IV

$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/13/2020

Job Description and Duties

California Energy Commission seeks an Attorney IV in the Chief Counsel’s Office. Under the direct supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel and the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Attorney IV will be responsible for providing a broad spectrum of legal advice on the most diverse and most complex legal issues in areas such as energy, environmental, public contract, and administrative law. Duties include drafting documents such as orders, decisions, contracts, regulations, and legislation; representing the Commission or technical staff in sensitive and complex proceedings, including power plant licensing cases; and developing legal strategies for the Commission.

The Chief Counsel’s Office is a full-service law office involved in all phases of Commission activity, and attorneys have an opportunity to work directly and closely with the state’s principal energy policymakers. Attorneys’ work includes appearances before the Commission and may include appearances in other state and federal agencies, and occasionally in court.

Practice in the Office generally involves one or more of the following assignments, depending upon the needs of the Office at the time: •Administrative advocacy: Representing Commission staff that serve as an independent party in power plant license proceedings, and other quasi-adjudicatory proceedings before the Energy Commission; •Transactions: Providing legal advice for a variety of programs that support research, development, demonstration, and deployment of innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels and vehicles, and others, through public contracts, grants, and loans; •General Counsel: Providing legal advice to the Commission and its staff on all other agency matters, including California Building and Appliance standards, open meetings, conflicts of interest, the Public Records Act, Bagley-Keene Act, and data collection; •Rulemaking and standards setting: Providing legal advice for regular updates to the State’s energy efficiency standards for new construction (Title 24) and appliances offered for sale in California, and other regulations that implement the Energy Commission’s programs; •Hearing and Policy: Hearing Advisers co-preside with Commissioners on siting cases, in which proposals to build power plants are reviewed, and provide legal advice to Commissioners on a variety of other matters, including complaint or investigation proceedings, proposed regulations, and policy matters.

Please review the Minimum Requirements (or minimum qualifications) within the Class Specification and ensure that your application package clearly indicates how you meet the minimum qualifications as this will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment.

Please let us know how you heard about this position by taking this brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CECRecruitmentSurvey

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-221287
Position #(s):
535-140-5780-005
Working Title:
Attorney IV
Classification:
ATTORNEY IV
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 A
ATTORNEY III
$9,463.00 - $12,140.00 A
# of Positions:
1
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (the formal name for the California Energy Commission) was established by the Legislature in 1974 to address the energy challenges facing the state. The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, and leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. Come be a part of the action and join our team today!

Department Website: https://www.energy.ca.gov

Special Requirements

If submitting your completed application packages by mail or in-person, you must include the following: 1) eligibility (list, transfer, reinstatement, SROA/Surplus, etc.), 2) JC 221287, 3) RPA 140-112 in the “Explanation Section” of the State Examination/Employment Application (STD. 678), and 4) an original signature. Electronic submittal of application package through CalCareers (https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/) is preferred.
Do not include any confidential information within your application package i.e. Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, age, exam results/scores, Limited Examination Appointment Program (LEAP) status, disability information, etc.
Include unofficial transcripts and/or degrees within your application package if you are applying for a classification with an educational requirement on which you are basing your eligibility on. If hired, you may be required to provide official transcripts and/or original degree.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a STD. 678. All applications must include: “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year); time base (full-time/part-time/number of hours per week/month); and civil service class titles where applicable.

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: 12/13/2020

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 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:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPA 140-112
Personnel Services Office
1516 9th Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

RPA 140-112
Personnel Services Office
1516 9th Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
  • Other - Cover Letter - Include a cover letter of no more than one page in length describing why you are the best candidate for this position.
  • Other - Proof of California Bar Admission
  • Statement of Qualifications - See below for information
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:
The successful applicant should have strong analytic and writing skills and have knowledge and experience, or demonstrated interest in: (1) California Building Standards; (2) Rulemaking; (3) State and federal environmental or energy law; (4) California laws governing regulatory agencies with legislative and regulatory powers and duties, including but not limited to, the Political Reform Act and other provisions governing conflicts of interest, governmental ethics; the Bagley-Keene Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act; and (5) the rules and processes governing the conduct of administrative hearings, civil litigation, including writ practice, and the promulgation of regulations. All applicants must be a member of the State Bar of California.

Benefits

New hires to state civil service will be hired at the minimum of the applicable salary range. For more details about employee benefits, visit CalHR’s website.

https://www.calhr.ca.gov/Pages/California-State-Civil-Service-Employee-Benefits-Summary.aspx

Contact Information

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

Department Website: https://www.energy.ca.gov
Human Resources Contact:
Personnel Services Office
(916) 654-4309
personnelservices@energy.ca.gov

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:
Carousel Gore
(916) 654-5067
Carousel.Gore@energy.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.

Statement of Qualifications

When completing the SOQ, be sure to title the page “Statement of Qualifications” and include all relevant experience, education, and training for each question below and explain your answers thoroughly. Please include relevant places of employment, pertinent dates, duties performed, etc. when responding to each question. Responses should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced with no smaller than 12-point font.

The responses must address the following questions:

1. Briefly describe your background and qualifications to serve as an Attorney IV for the Commission, including how you meet the desirable qualifications set forth above in this job bulletin.

2. Explain your philosophy on advising management and working on teams that include agency staff and other attorneys within the Chief Counsel’s Office. Applications received without the SOQ will not be considered.

Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered in place of responses to the SOQ.

Salary Reduction Notice

Salaries do not reflect the reduction of pay. Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) implemented the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020). For Fiscal Years 2020-21, employees will participate in the PLP 2020 and be credited (16) hours per month of PLP hours in return for reduction of pay equal to 9.23%. Part time employees shall be subject to the same conditions as stated above, on a pro-rated basis.

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