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Environmental and Land Use Attorney in Olympia, WA

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Jul 31, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Olympia, WA, United States
Practice Area
Environmental and Land Use >> Environmental and Land Use
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Assistant Attorney General
DUTIES: Leads a team of four AAGs who provide services to the Department Nuclear Waste, Air Quality, and Solid Waste Management Programs, as well as the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. Provide legal services to other Department of Ecology programs, including the Toxics Cleanup and Water Quality Programs. Manages client assignment and workload issues in the section, serves as a coach and mentor, holds regular section meetings, and manages and evaluates section attorneys. Assists in developing division policies, procedures, and planning and in hiring new staff. Works collaboratively with the section managers for the division’s Cleanup, Environmental Quality, and Water Resources Sections and coordinates on issues that cross sections. Work of the section is often high profile; section attorneys and the Section Manager may have contact with, and advise, the Ecology Director, Governor’s Office and Governor, and the Attorney General on matters such as Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup and climate change. In addition to managerial duties, the Section Manager maintains an active legal practice that may include leading federal court litigation.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA’s Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. 5+ years’ experience as a practicing attorney; Demonstrated leadership experience. Prior supervisory experience is a plus but is not required if the candidate can demonstrate other relevant leadership experience, qualities, and training; The ability to foster teamwork among people with various experience levels and backgrounds; The ability to promote and maintain an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and innovative; Experience working collaboratively and respectfully with professional staff; Superior oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively with high-ranking officials; Ability to work in high-pressure situations with tight timelines; A demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage diverse and complex legal issues; Significant experience with client advice and litigation, including federal court litigation; Demonstrated negotiation skills; and Familiarity with administrative, public records, and open public meetings law. Experience in environmental law is preferred, particularly related to hazardous waste (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and Clean Air Act regulation.
Deadline: August 16, 2020

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