Job Posting: Staff Attorney

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Staff Attorney

$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Attorney III (Staff Attorney) performs the full range of legal work on matters related to the functions and operations of the Commission including sensitive and complex legal work in connection with permitting, enforcement, planning, and administration of the McAteer-Petris Act, the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the Commission’s regulations, and other State and federal laws and regulations.

  • Analyze and advise Commission staff, including the Executive Director and the Regulatory Program Director, on complex, difficult and sensitive permit matters, and advise and assist staff in resolving issues of policy and law related to pending permit actions, such as drafting clear and enforceable permit conditions, providing guidance on permitting procedures, and coordinating the requirements of various agencies involved in the permitting process; analyze and advise Commission staff on substantive and procedural issues related to consistency review of federal agency actions in or affecting the Commission’s jurisdiction under the Coastal Zone Management Act; provide legal advice on the Commission's jurisdiction, and on the law and policies applicable to particular permitting issues or projects.


  • Render legal advice, both oral and written, to the Commission staff on issues related to permitting, planning, enforcement, administrative, and other matters; interpret provisions of the various laws and regulations administered by Commission, including, but not limited to the McAteer-Petris Act, the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the San Francisco Bay Plan, the Commission’s regulations, the Coastal Zone Management Act and its implementing regulations, the California Environmental Quality Act and the CEQA Guidelines, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, and the California Public Records Act; make presentations to the Commission on legal issues raised by permitting, planning, enforcement, or administrative matters.


  • Prosecute enforcement actions in formal administrative proceedings; analyze and advise staff on issues raised in the standardized fine process under the Commission’s regulations; evaluate the Commission's legal position in enforcement investigations, evidence, draft enforcement violation reports and complaints for administrative civil penalties; develop strategies for successful resolution of violations; present the Commission staff position at public hearings before the Enforcement Committee and the Commission; prepare cease and desist and civil penalty orders, and recommended enforcement decisions; negotiate stipulated orders and settlement agreements; provide litigation support to the Attorney General's Office to defend and enforce Commission orders and settlements in court.


  • Respond to Public Records Act requests; Interpret the Political Reform Act and advise Commissioners, Executive Director, and staff on matters involving potential conflicts of interest, ethics training and the incompatibility of office doctrine; amend and maintains the agency's Conflict of Interest Code; and manage the Commission's annual reporting requirements for filing of Statements of Economic Interests.


  • Determine the legal sufficiency of legal instruments required by Commission permits, including agreements that guarantee public access and open space areas, and permit assignments, and work with permittees in fulfilling these requirements.


  • Draft proposed revisions to the Commission’s regulations and supporting documentation for the rulemaking process, and process proposed regulations through review by the Office of Administrative Law; prepare or review changes to the Commission's federally-approved Coastal Management Program.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Attorney
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 A
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Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans. Through its laws and policies, BCDC oversees hundreds of miles of shoreline and helps facilitate the implementation of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.

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Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
Attn: c/o California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105
09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Minimum of Three References
  • Other - Brief Legal Writing Sample (5 pages or less)
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

BCDC seeks an attorney with administrative hearing and/or litigation experience and knowledge of land use, administrative, environmental, and/or natural resource laws.  Candidates should possess the appropriate legal background, be passionate about the San Francisco Bay and its varied shoreline, understand how to balance environmental protection with appropriate shoreline development and public access, and have a strong desire to be at the leading edge of public policy debate about current issues that involve the intersection of science, land use law, and Bay-related resources, including sea level rise.


This is a full-time, permanent position.  


Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Corinne Young
(415) 904-9446
Hiring Unit Contact:
Marc Zeppetello
(415) 352-3655

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5430
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


If you are not currently eligible for appointment to the Attorney III classification, you may participate on the CalHR website upcoming examination. The examination is open and online.  A link to the exam can be found at

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail