First Assistant Attorney General – Antitrust
- Consumer Protection
- Position Number:
- LAA 09100
- Salary Range:
- $10,615.00 - $13,500.00 Monthly
- Apply By:
- Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 11:59 pm
- Work Unit:
- Job Location:
- 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- Release Date:
- Thursday, July 21, 2022
- Employment Type:
- Position Type:
Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!
The Colorado Department of Law, Consumer Protection Section is recruiting for the First Assistant Attorney General to lead the Antitrust Unit and drive the development and implementation of the Office’s antitrust enforcement strategy. This is a rare leadership opportunity for an attorney seeking an opportunity to head up a dynamic team enforcing state and federal antitrust and consumer protection laws.
The Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has an opening for a First Assistant Attorney General (“First”) in the Antitrust Unit. This opening presents a unique opportunity to work directly with the sitting Attorney General, Phil Weiser, who has a deep commitment to antitrust law development and enforcement.
The Antitrust Unit conducts investigations under the antitrust and consumer protection statutes, reviews proposed mergers and acquisitions, and brings enforcement actions in state and federal district courts, both on its own and with other state and federal law enforcement agencies. The work focuses on competition issues, but also covers other consumer protection matters, and involves enforcement of state and federal antitrust laws, the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, and state price gouging laws.
This First leads the Unit and supervises a staff of 8 employees, including assistant attorneys general, term assistant attorneys general, and legal assistants. The First will also handle their own caseload and supervise other staff conducting investigations and/or enforcement actions. In addition, the First will analyze legislative bills, rules and regulations; comment on national policy developments; and lead educational efforts involving antitrust laws.
The First also conducts employee performance management activities and assists the Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection with personnel, budget, and administrative duties.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
As the leader of the Unit, the First facilitates the work and operations of the Unit – promoting collaboration, engagement, integrity, and exceptional legal service. The First assigns and oversees cases, coordinates workflow, and carries an independent workload. In addition, the First has management responsibilities that include making hiring and salary recommendations; conducting formal performance management such as coaching and evaluating the attorneys and paralegals; and reporting to senior management on legal, operational, and personnel matters. The First leads the Unit in monitoring legislative and legal developments related to antitrust matters and ensures the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and efficient legal work while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.
The caseload responsibilities of the First include investigating antitrust law violations and mergers and representing the Attorney General in legal actions enforcing antitrust laws. This may include preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, planning and conducting written and deposition discovery; handling court hearings and conferences; serving as first and second chair all aspects of trials; and handling post-trial matters including appeals and enforcement and collection.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions 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.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The First Assistant Attorney General is part of the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law leadership team. As such, the strongest candidates will demonstrate excellence in the following competencies.
Communication & Listening – Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with the public, 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 desires of the public, leadership, colleagues, and staff with the broader interest of the enterprise.
Client Service, Interpersonal Skills, and Emotional Intelligence– Demonstrates and models self- awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and sensitivity in working with members of the public, colleagues, and staff.
Applicants for the First Assistant Attorney General – Antitrust Unit position must be admitted to the Colorado bar or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.
While we know that no candidate is perfect, given the high-level and supervisory nature of this role, our ideal candidates will have most, if not all, of the following:
- Minimum of 10 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer with substantial depth in antitrust and consumer protection issues;
- Demonstrated competency in litigating complex cases;
- Prior management or supervisory experience leading a diverse workforce and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a leader;
- Outstanding writing, analytical, and communication skills;
- Ability to work collaboratively with a variety and diversity of personalities;
- Ability to lead with empathy and be a big-picture problem solver; and
- Commitment to serving the public interest and/or have prior public sector or public service experience.
Conditions of Employment:
- The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
- Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.
Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe 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.
Please view the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.