Deputy Attorney General – Natural Resources and Environment Section


Natural Resources
Position Number:
LAA 09098
Salary Range:
$15,154.00 - $15,154.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Natural Resources and Environment
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Colorado Department of Law invites applications for a Deputy Attorney General, a role which offers a unique leadership opportunity with statewide impact. We are looking for a dynamic and committed environmental law expert to lead our Natural Resources and Environment Section. This section is made up of a diverse team of professionals who work with their clients to protect and improve the quality of Colorado’s land, air, water, and wildlife. The Deputy also serves as a member of the office-wide leadership team, therefore we are seeking an individual who will drive innovative leadership initiatives and help implement the vision and values for the Department of Law.

Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and initial interviews may be conducted prior to the job closing. We encourage you submit your application early if possible.  

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.   Visit our website to learn more:


This Deputy Attorney General manages the Natural Resources and Environment Section. Attorneys in the Natural Resources and Environment Section work with their clients to protect and improve the quality of Colorado’s land, air, water, and wildlife. Attorneys in the section work in 8 units representing various clients primarily in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as well as several independent boards or agencies including the Colorado Natural Resources Trustees and the Colorado Energy Office.

The Deputy of the Natural Resources & Environment Section leads and manages the overall work of the section, which includes developing a supportive and inclusive culture in line with the vision and values of the Department of Law; considering diversity, equity, and inclusion in decision-making; and fostering collaboration, teamwork, and professional development for staff. Responsibilities include overseeing the legal work of section attorneys; supervising attorneys, managing personnel, and hiring attorneys and employees within the State Personnel System; implementing performance management and planning; prioritizing work for and delegating work to attorneys and staff; developing the section’s strategic plan; working with the Attorney General on policy development, legislation, and media relations; and preparing monthly, annual, and fiscal year reports on section activities.

The Deputy collaborates with clients and attorneys throughout the office on a wide variety of legal issues and strategy and may assist in general counsel work, rulemaking, and legislative review. The Deputy also serves as a member of the Attorney General’s leadership team and will be an integral part of developing and implementing the Attorney General’s vision for the Department of Law.


The Department of Law may fill additional leadership positions from this recruitment.


Given this is a senior leadership role, the strongest candidates will demonstrate excellence in the following competencies:

Communication & Listening – Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff.
Flexible & Adaptable Management – Accepts, adapts, and contributes positively to change; leads with new concepts and ideas; and encourages others to be equally adaptive and flexible.
Coaching & Developing People – Invests in our talent through coaching and sponsorship and by pushing individuals outside of their comfort zones to grow as professionals.
Creative & Strategic Problem Solving – Takes a result-oriented, open-minded, and innovative approach to overcoming challenges and dealing with crises.
Enterprise & Growth Mindset – Balances the goals of clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff with the broader interest of the enterprise.
Interpersonal Skills and Emotional Intelligence– Demonstrates and models self- awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and sensitivity in working with colleagues and staff.

Applicants for the Deputy Attorney General position must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Applicants eligible to waive into the bar must be eligible to Practice Pending Admission.
  • Have 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney that includes practice management, significant complex litigation or general counsel experience
  • Have personnel management and supervisory experience

Our strongest candidates will also have most, if not all, of the following attributes:

  • Experience in coaching and inspiring individuals and teams
  • Knowledge of state government and the state budgeting process and experience with fiscal reporting
  • Demonstrated commitment to client service and public service
  • Ability to balance the needs of the clients and the Department of Law
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and the greater community

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.


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

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