Associate General Counsel

Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
Denver, CO

Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, CO - a nationally recognized leader among clean water utilities, provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services for 1.8 million people in the Denver Metro area.

Provides legal counsel on legal issues handled by General Counsel's office. This includes providing legal counsel to the District Board of Directors, Retirement Board and Staff on environmental, contract, administrative, employment, municipal, construction, policies and procedures, innovation and other areas of law. Specifically responsible for management and coordination of the District's involvement in environmental regulation development and compliance. Works under the general direction of General Counsel.  May provide direction to other staff members and outside District counsel.

Typical Duties
  1. Oversees the Metro District's participation in state and federal environmental regulatory hearings and related rulemaking activities. Provides legal and policy expertise to support the development of prehearing submittals and testimony for the Colorado Water Quality Commission, Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission and other regulatory hearings.
  2. Prepares, negotiates and reviews legal and other documents including contracts, proposals, real property instruments, correspondence and memorandum.
  3. Identifies legal issues, performs legal research and writes opinions on all pertinent legal issues.
  4. Represents the Metro District in appeals or administrative hearings as requested by General Counsel and manages outside counsel as directed by the General Counsel.
  5. Interprets environmental permit and regulatory requirements. Participates in permit application preparation, permit negotiations, compliance activities and enforcement actions, including pretreatment enforcement activities.
  6. In coordination with ES staff, provides legal input in response to requests for technical environmental information from regulatory agencies, Metro District staff, outside legal counsel and other entities.
  7. Recommends and assists with the development of compliance programs to address conditions of permits and regulations.
  8. Participates in stakeholder groups, committees and associations as assigned. Participates in communication outreach activities with regulatory agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public.
  9. Coordinates with and assists outside legal counsel to the District.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.
  11. Provides subject matter expertise on environmental policy and laws and regulations in the areas of water quality, air quality, solid/hazardous waste, Department of Transportation, OPS, EPCRA/CERCLA and Department of Agriculture and evaluate impacts on Metro District operations and compliance and develop appropriate environmental regulatory and policy strategies.
  12. Participates in drafting, monitoring and interpreting organizational policies and rules.
  13. Provides counsel relating to employment matters and issues arising under the Open Meetings and Open Records laws.

Minimum Qualifications
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Admission to the practice of law in the State of Colorado. Knowledge of Colorado and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the wastewater industry. Five years of experience in practice of law including experience in environmental litigation or regulatory hearings. Demonstrated understanding of the principles and practices of environmental regulatory rulemaking, compliance and policy development.  Basic understanding of general issues of law pertaining to governmental entities. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to coordinate with a variety of staff. 
 
Desired Qualifications
Knowledge and experience with Air Quality Control Commission, Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission and experience with pretreatment and EPCRA/CERCLA regulations. Experience in representing public entities. Three years of experience appearing before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Knowledge of administrative, procedural and water rights law. Experience with state or federal Clean Water Act programs. Master's degree or advanced education in law, environmental science, engineering or related field.