First Assistant Attorney General – Air Quality


Natural Resources
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$10,615.00 - $13,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Air Quality
Job Location:
1300 N Broadway
Release Date:
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
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Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!


The Colorado Department of Law, Natural Resources & Environment Section, is recruitingfor a First Assistant Attorney General to lead the Air Quality Unit. This is a careeropportunity for an attorney seeking a leadership position with two specialized legalteams that regularly engage in dynamic and complex problem-solving. The Air QualityUnit supports several client agencies that are responsible for developing cost-effective renewable energy solutions as well as developing, administering and enforcing complex air quality programs. Those programs are designed to improve Colorado’s air quality andresolve chronic and complicated air quality problems such as ground level ozone and climate change with special attention to disproportionately impacted communities. We are looking for a leader with a passion for public service and significant environmental law experience, who is prepared to support and coach staff in the unit.



The First facilitates the work and operations of the Unit, promoting collaboration, engagement, integrity, and exceptional legal service. The First oversees cases and other legal responsibilities, coordinates workflow, and carries an independent workload.

In addition, the First has management responsibilities that include making hiring and salary recommendations; coaching and evaluating the attorneys and paralegals; and reporting to senior management on legal, operational, and personnel matters.

The First leads the Unit in the development and maintenance of strong client partnerships, monitoring legislative and legal developments related to client representation; and ensuring the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective legal services to clients while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

As the First, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead the Air Quality Unit and supervise a staff of 14 employees, including two Second Assistant Attorneys General “Seconds,” paralegals, and temporary attorneys.
  • Strategic planning with Department of Law (DOL) and client agencies
  • Develop and communicate all unit policies and practices
  • Manage the unit’s hiring processes
  • Oversee all work product quality control
  • Prepare DOL reporting
  • Manage the legal services budget for the unit
  • Gold Star Performance management for the Second AAGs
  • Support professional development for all unit staff
  • Manage leave for Second AAGs
  • Case/issue briefings to teams and to DOL leadership
  • Routine reporting meetings with Seconds
  • Provide guidance, support, strategy advice, and general assistance to unit attorneys
  • Provide general counsel to and otherwise represent one or more client agencies

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Department of Law.

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.



Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado at time of hire, or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates not yet bared in Colorado will be considered based on their experience and Practice Pending Admission status.

In addition, the ideal candidates will demonstrate most of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in legal practice and ability to handle the most complex matters;  Outstanding writing and analytical skills
  • A desire to coach and mentor
  • Passion and enthusiasm for environmental law and air quality regulation;
  • Understanding of the unique impacts of climate change and air pollution in historically underserved communities;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service
  • Strong organizational and client management skills.
  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.


Conditions of Employment 

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado Bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website

View the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.

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