Job Posting: Chief Counsel I, C.E.A.

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Chief Counsel I, C.E.A.

$13,279.00 - $15,536.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 3/5/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) The Chief Counsel I serves as the head of the Legal division and as a member of the BCDC senior management team. The Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. will evaluate legislative proposals that affect BCDC’s regulatory and planning jurisdiction and aid in crafting legislative language; interpret the provisions of the McAteerPetris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, and other state statutes and regulations that affect BCDC’s program including the California Environmental Quality Act and the Open Meetings Act. The Chief Counsel I will provide legal advice to the Executive Director, staff, and Commission on all matters related to the functions and operations of Commission and staff; reviews and assists in the evaluation of major projects prior to consideration by the Commission; negotiates with applicants and federal, state, and local government agencies, applicants regarding permitting, enforcement, and planning matters; supervises and manages two staff counsel and a legal secretary; provides liaison with the Office of the Attorney General and the Chief Counsel of the Resources Agency; proposes, drafts, and advises regarding proposed amendments to Commission regulations; reviews and comments on proposed legislation; advises about legal policy and participates in the development and implementation of agency policy.

You can find additional information about the position, including the duties and essential functions, in the link to the Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. Duty Statement in this job posting.  

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

Working Conditions

This is a full-time, permanent position, in an office in downtown San Francisco.


Telework may be available for this position in accordance with BCDC Telework Policy and Procedures.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Chief Counsel I, C.E.A.
    $13,279.00 - $15,536.00

    Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for 16 hours of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) per month.

    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    San Francisco County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans around the Bay. Our 50+ staff takes pride in our high level of professionalism. Our department includes environmental planners, scientists, engineers, attorneys, administrative and information technology staff.

    Department Website:

    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: 3/5/2021

    Who May Apply

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

    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:

    San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
    Attn: Human Resources Office
    455 Market St. Suite 228
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
    Human Resources Office
    455 Market St. Suite 228
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    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.
    • Supplemental Application -

      The supplemental application is designed to elicit information regarding management experience, legal experience and education specifically related to the work of the Commission. The information and the presentation of the material will be reviewed and will augment the standard application as reference material during the examination oral interview process.

      - Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. Supplemental Application
    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

    This position requires an examination to be appointed. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications for the Position in order to compete in the examination.

    Entrance Qualifications

    All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements for this examination by Friday, March 5, 2021, the final filing date. Qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated below include more than one pattern and are distinguished as “Either” I “or” II”. For example, candidates possessing qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern I, and additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern II, may be admitted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirements.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Membership in the State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.) and


    Either I

    Two years of experience in the California state service performing legal duties* at a level of responsibility equivalent to Staff Counsel, Range D. (Applicants who have completed 18 months of the required experience will be admitted to the examination, but must complete two years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.)


    *Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" is defined as only that legal experience acquired after admission to The Bar.


    Or II

    Broad and extensive experience (more than five years) in the practice of law*. (Experience in California state service applied toward this requirement must include the same number of years of qualifying experience as required in Pattern I above performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to that described in Pattern I.)

    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:

    • 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; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • 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 Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    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:

    Experience rendering legal opinions regarding resource management issues and environmental impacts of land use and development; Experience drafting administrative regulations; Experience drafting legislation and writing analyses of legislative proposals; Expert knowledge in Land Use, Environmental and Natural Resources law; Experience in Legal policy development and strategy and; Experience in advising senior decision makers.

    Examination Information

    The CA State Application (std678) and Supplemental Application must be postmarked or received by 5:00pm on Friday, March 5, 2021, the final filing date. Application materials received after the deadline will not be accepted for any reason. The CA State Application and Supplemental Application may be filed by fax at (415) 904-5482, by email at, or in-person or by mail at the following address:


    Human Resources Office
    California Coastal Commission
    455 Market Street, Suite 200, Room 228
    San Francisco, CA  94105-2219


    Identify the position in the Examination/Job Title section of the CA State Application (std678) and Supplemental Application: Chief Counsel I, C.E.A.  

    Submit your application materials for the Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. examination/job announcement only to the address above. Do not mail, fax or email applications to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), the California State Personnel Board (SPB), or any State agency other than the California Coastal Commission or the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission.

    The Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. examination will consist of an Education & Experience Evaluation of the CA State Application (std678) and Supplemental Application. Depending upon the number of applications received by the final filing date (March 5, 2021), the Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. examination may also consist of a qualifications appraisal interview in San Francisco, jointly administered by the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission. In order to obtain a position on the Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be obtained.


    Neither Veterans’ Preference nor Career Credits will be granted in this examination since it does not qualify as an open entrance examination under the law.


    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 include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.

    General State Employment Benefits and Protections

    Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees.

    Contact Information

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

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Corinne Young
    (415) 904-9446
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Anissa Kotey
    (415) 352-3639

    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:
    Peggy Atwell
    (415) 352-3638
    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.

    Eligible List Information

    A Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. eligibility list will be established for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. The list will be abolished 12 months after it is established unless the needs of the service and/or conditions of the list warrant a change in this period.


    It is the candidate's responsibility to contact the California Coastal Commission’s Human Resources Office at (415) 904-5430 or toll-free at (866) 831-2540 or via email at one week after the final filing date if she/he has not received notification (either a phone call or written notice) of the qualifications appraisal interview.


    If a candidate's notice of examination interview fails to reach him/her prior to the day of the interview due to a verified postal error or invalid email address, she/he will be rescheduled upon written request.  


    California Relay Service: 7-1-1 (TTY and voice)

    If you have any questions concerning this exam bulletin/job announcement, please contact the California Coastal Commission’s Human Resources Office at or (415) 904-5430 or toll free (866) 831-2540.


    TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    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