Attorney I/II (Litigation)

East Bay Municipal Utility District | Oakland

Salary Range: $106,236 - $153,384 Annually (for Attorney I) or $129,444 - $186,984 Annually (for Attorney II)
Open Date: 08/23/2021
Close Date: 09/10/2021

Position Description

Opens online at on Monday, August 23, 2021
Online applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2021
Internal Reference #21-121

The position will be filled at either the Attorney I OR at the Attorney II level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected individual(s). Salary progression is performance-based.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is seeking to fill an immediate vacancy in its litigation practice. EBMUD is one of the largest and most innovative public water and wastewater utilities in the United States and an outstanding place to practice law. If selected, you will join a seasoned in-house team of attorneys. EBMUD’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) handles high-stakes litigation in the areas of water rights, inverse condemnation and eminent domain, land use, service rates and charges, employment and labor law, public works construction, product defects and environmental law. Working under the direction of the General Counsel and the Attorney III, you will prosecute and defend litigation on behalf of EBMUD both directly and through your management of outside counsel where appropriate. In performing your duties, you will interact directly with EBMUD’s elected Board of Directors, senior management and key staff throughout the organization. In addition to handling litigation, you will serve as a principal advisor to EBMUD’s Engineering Department and Operations and Maintenance Department in the areas of public works contracting, the California Labor Code, the California Public Contracting Code and other laws relevant to the extensive work required to build and maintain EBMUD’s vast water and wastewater service systems. As you grow in your role, you will have opportunities to advise clients on various areas of law relevant to the work of EBMUD in accordance with your interests. You will also assist clients in the negotiation of professional services agreements.

As a member of the OGC, you will play a key role on many of EBMUD’s most challenging and significant initiatives. Candidates must have at least one year prior experience in litigation. The most competitive candidates will also have previous experience in two or more of the following areas of law:

• Governmental liability and immunity, including the California Government Claims Act;
• Public contracting and public works;
• Municipal law, including the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act;
• Employment law;
• Real estate law;
• Environmental and resources law, including the California Environmental Quality Act; and
• Public utility law, including public financing, taxation and public utility rates and charges.

EBMUD offers an excellent benefits program that includes: paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; family health insurance coverage; family dental and vision care plans; retirement plan (reciprocal with CalPERS); 401(k), 401(a) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans; transit subsidy; tuition reimbursement; and opportunities for professional growth including training and career development.

Position Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge and abilities indicated above. Typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge and abilities is a combination of training and experience equivalent to the following:

Attorney I:
Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and one year of experience in public or other applicable areas of law.

Attorney II:
Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school AND at least three to four years of experience in public or other applicable areas of law.

All candidates must be licensed to practice law in the State of California and possess technical competency in preparing, presenting, and conducting cases; presenting clear and logical statements of fact, law, and argument in written and oral form; analyzing and drafting resolutions and regulations; performing legal research; and communicating effectively, clearly, and concisely both orally and in writing.

Other Requirements:
Must possess a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. In addition, the incumbent must possess the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the position. Must be willing to work overtime as needed and be willing to occasionally travel overnight.

How to Apply

Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2021. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted. EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability
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