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State of Massachusetts Counsel III in Boston, Massachusetts

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Counsel III – Chief Bureau Counsel, Boston BAW Attorney Group The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, mitigation of pollutants that cause climate change, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. MassDEP's mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth's natural resources - air, water, and land - to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all people, and to ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth, provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives; and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. MassDEP seeks applicants for a senior in-house counsel position of Counsel III/Chief Bureau Counsel supervising the Bureau of Air and Waste (BAW) Attorney Group within MassDEP’s Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC provides the in-house counsel to the MassDEP’s three major policy bureaus, four regional offices, the fiscal office and senior management. This position will be based at MassDEP’s Headquarters in Boston, MA. This position serves as the lead attorney for the Assistant Commissioner of BAW and supervises the work of the BAW Attorney Group as to legal matters related to air, climate, waste, and toxics law and policy. The position will involve a combination of in-office and telework. OGC actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experiences, skills and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. OGC is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their work and service, to the diversity and excellence of the office. The Chief Bureau Counsel serves as the most senior BAW attorney to advise OGC management on all legal matters with respect to statutes, regulations, policy, and particular matters originating from the BAW Boston headquarters group. To effectively serve in these capacities, the Chief Bureau Counsel must be an expert in at least one area of law relevant to BAW that is part of the core mission of the agency, including air, climate, hazardous waste, solid waste, or toxics law. The Chief Bureau Counsel also performs other legal work as assigned on all matters within or related to the jurisdiction of the Department and any bureau or region within the Department. The position requires the ability to provide legal expertise on high level policy matters of significant public importance and requires significant advanced knowledge and expertise in environmental law, particularly in air, climate, solid waste, hazardous waste, and toxics law. The position requires the ability to provide expert and independent legal advice, both oral and written, on questions and issues related to these specialized areas of law; to provide independent advice and recommendations on a wide range of legal and policy matters to senior management within the agency; to serve as the principal legal resource in adjudicatory matters and litigation relating to this area of law; and, where appropriate, to serve as the agency’s representative on these matters in communications with the Secretary, other state agencies and external stakeholders. This position requires experience and skills in the supervision of attorneys, including the provision of performance evaluation and the ability to manage and prioritize assignments of work. The Chief Bureau Counsel must also have the ability to develop and manage effective attorney-client relationships with BAW management and program staff and the ability to mentor the attorneys in the BAW Attorney Group in the formation of effective client relationships. The Chief Bureau Counsel will also participate in the hiring and conduct the training of new attorneys in the group. The Chief Bureau Counsel must have the ability to keep OGC management informed of BAW matters, recognizing and elevating issues, as appropriate. The Chief Bureau Counsel must also have the ability to draft appropriate briefing materials on recommended legal opinions intended for the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Division Directors, or other senior management. Specific duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: The significant duties of the Chief Bureau Counsel include, but are not limited to, the provision of expert legal advice on the development, drafting, review and implementation of new or amended statutes and regulations; leadership on maintaining OGC expertise in specialized areas of law relevant to BAW matters, including by chairing the statewide BAW legal practice group; the conduct of internal legal trainings for OGC attorneys on BAW specialized law; serving as or supervising attorneys serving as principal liaison for the Office of Attorney General in defending the Department’s actions and in the prosecution of cases involving BAW law; serving as Special Assistant Attorney General, as assigned; advising OGC litigation attorneys in adjudicatory proceedings involving BAW statutory, regulatory or policy issues; communicating the interpretation of laws related to BAW policy matters to public officials from federal, state and municipal agencies, stakeholder groups, community-based organizations and members of the public; when requested, representing the agency in conferences, meetings or other forums where the views of the agency will be presented as related to BAW legal matters; responding to questions and requests for information from the public, local governments and other government agencies and public officials; providing accurate, consistent and timely advice, within applicable timelines, exercising best professional judgment in prioritizing cases and matters consistent with Department management requirements; and recognizing and implementing the relative priority and importance of cases and matters. Qualifications Required at Hiring: * Extensive knowledge of environmental and administrative law; * Extensive knowledge of federal and state laws; * Knowledge of advocacy and negotiation techniques and strategies; * Knowledge of the methods and ability to conduct complex legal research and technical report writing; * Ability to address complicated legal issues; * Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of legal data, draw conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations; * Supervisory experience; and * Excellent oral and written communication skills. Minimum Required Qualifications: Incumbent must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a degree-granting school of law, admission to the bar of Massachusetts, at least 10 years of full-time or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice in environmental law, of which 3 years must be in a supervisory capacity, and a valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Driver’s License. A cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position and a legal writing sample must be submitted as part of the application process. These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar Association, and at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part time, professional experience in the practice of law in a specialized area that is relevant to the assigned agency. Based on assignment and supervisory responsibilities, three years in a supervisory capacity may be required. Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Legal Services* *Organization: Department of Environmental Protection *Title: *Counsel III Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Winter Street Requisition ID: 22000ASV