Second Assistant Attorney General – Air Quality Unit


Natural Resources
Position Number:
LAA 09176
Salary Range:
$123,066.00 - $164,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Monday, August 14, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Air Quality
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:

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

The Natural Resources and Environment Section has a unique opportunity for a Second Assistant Attorney General in the Air Quality Unit. The Second Assistant Attorney General will work closely with the Unit’s First Assistant Attorney General to manage the workflow for the Unit and implement processes aimed at ensuring high quality and consistent work product and client services. The Second will provide leadership and support for a team of attorneys and paralegals. This individual will also serve as a primary point of contact for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Quality and Environmental Justice programs for all legal services. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity for someone who is passionate about environmental law and air quality regulation, and in developing management skills.

Application will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.  Interested parties are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The Air Unit is comprised of two teams: the Air Team and the Energy Team. This position is the Second Assistant Attorney General for the Air Team. The Air Team serves the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), Air Pollution Control Division, Air Quality Enterprise, Clean Fleet Enterprise, and multiple Environmental Justice clients, including the Environmental Justice program and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board. We provide general counsel to our clients on all program areas including rulemaking proceedings, board representation and legislative support. We represent clients in complex enforcement matters involving settlement negotiations, administrative and civil litigation, and in defensive litigation in various state court jurisdictions.  We also represent the clients in select third party litigation through amicus curiae briefing and subpoena defense.


The Second Assistant Attorney General for the Air Team will work closely with the Unit’s First Assistant Attorney General, managing administrative functions, supervising a team of attorneys and paralegals, providing leadership and coaching, and managing the Unit’s workflow to ensure high quality work product and client services.
Duties include:

  • Manage attorney workload pertaining to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) air issues, including general counsel support, litigation, and rulemakings (for both the AQCC and Colorado’s air-related enterprises).
  • Provide guidance, support, strategy advice, feedback, and general assistance to attorneys, paralegals, and administrative assistants.
  • Track air cases and manage their progression, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Provide guidance for and oversight of client advice in air matters; help develop litigation plans.
  • Maintain two-way communication to section leadership and team.
  • Manage longer-term projects and system improvements.
  • Provide formal supervision of attorneys and paralegals including formal performance management, leave approval, staffing, and support for management of the hiring process.
  • Identify opportunities for growth and development for attorneys and paralegals and provide exposure to a variety of work to enhance job satisfaction.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in the Department of Law. 

Salary Note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. 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.

Salary will be paid on a biweekly basis for any new employees starting after July 1, 2023.



Applicants 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. 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.

We are particularly interested in candidates who have the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience in environmental regulatory enforcement, rulemakings, or Federal Clean Air Act compliance;
  • At least five years of litigation experience, taking cases through pretrial and discovery and/or through briefing in cases involving review of an agency’s administrative action;
  • Demonstrated excellence in legal practice and ability to handle the most complex matters;
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about environmental law and air quality regulation;
  • Interest in learning and working to address the unique impacts of climate change and air pollution on disproportionately impacted, underserved, and marginalized communities;
  • Ability to model strong leadership and professionalism skills;
  • Previous experience providing training and mentorship to others; and
  • Strong organizational and client management skills.

 Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • This position requires infrequent travel within the State.

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.

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