Job Posting: Legal Analyst

CA Coastal Commission

Legal Analyst

$4,819.00 - $6,214.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/9/2022

Job Description and Duties

The California Coastal Commission’s Legal Division is seeking a Legal Analyst to provide professional legal analytical assistance to Attorneys, Coastal Program Analysts and Senior Management statewide. The Legal Analyst provides legal assistance to the attorneys in the legal division, primarily by assisting them in responding to Public Records Act requests and by reviewing legal documents to be recorded with the County Recorder’s office.  The Legal Analyst may also provide guidance and assistance to line coastal planners and enforcement staff statewide and may assist in the preparation of administrative records for litigation.  


A Legal Analyst is responsible for all aspects of the Coastal Commission’s response to Public Records Act requests as well as assisting in drafting and reviewing legal documents. This work involves:   

  • Monitoring and reviewing all Public Records Act requests received by the Coastal Commission and tracking all response deadlines;
  • Locating responsive documents or assisting Commission staff in locating documents responsive to such requests;
  • Preparing letters responding to such requests;
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, reviewing documents for responsiveness and privileges;
  • Organizing and tracking different categories of documents
  • Producing documents to the person who requested them;
  • Interpreting coastal development permit conditions and findings;
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, drafting and reviewing legal documents;
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, performing legal research and gathering factual information related to recordation of legal documents;
  • Communicating, in writing and by telephone, with permit applicants, agents and attorneys to assist them with permit compliance;
  • Maintaining logs and databases.

Working Conditions

The California Coastal Commission is currently working with a hybrid office/telework model. This position will be required to work several days per week in the office, but telework may be possible.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Legal Analyst
$4,819.00 - $6,214.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Coastal Commission is a small state agency responsible for protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean resources. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.

The California Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

We have district offices in Arcata, San Francisco (headquarters), Santa Cruz, Ventura, Long Beach, San Diego and a small legislative office in Sacramento.

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: 12/9/2022

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 Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

CA Coastal Commission
Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 300
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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover letter.
  • Other - Writing sample (5 pages or less).
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:

We are seeking someone with strengths in the following areas:

Communication:  Excellent writing and oral communication skills, ability to effectively explain our processes to the public.

Strong Organizational Skills:  Ability to organize, track and manage the status of dozens of Public Records Act requests at one time as well as track condition compliance of permits from all district offices of the Commission.

Ability to Work Well With Others:  Positive attitude, ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently, treating others with courtesy and respect.

Technical Skills: A strong candidate will ideally be familiar with: Office 365, including its search functions; Microsoft Word; Excel; One Drive; Sharepoint; and Relativity or Relativity One.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Alex Helperin
(415) 904-5220

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:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5433
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.

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