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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 8:32 AM


Job Description

Title: Staff Attorney Legal Support Specialist (Part Time)
Department: Resource Development
Reports to: Dustin Hardwick, Director of Resource Development

California Rural Water Association

Incorporated in 1990, California Rural Water Association (CRWA) has emerged as the State’s leading association dedicated to providing on-site technical assistance and specialized training for rural water and wastewater systems. Tapping into the expertise of experienced water and wastewater professionals, CRWA’s governing Board of Directors, administrative staff, and technical field specialists work in concert to offer CRWA members an expansive range of essential programs and member services.

Whether a system needs help developing a new rate schedule, setting up proper testing methods, understanding those ever-changing and complex government regulations, preparing a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), or updating operator certification requirements, California Rural Water Association is ready with assistance.


The Project will include providing legal support to water systems located in disadvantaged communities (DACs). The Project will target DACs, since DACs most often do not have the resources available to successfully design and implement proper drinking water solutions. The intent of this Project is to achieve measurable improvement in water quality and supply, more efficient water systems, and more stable and sustainable governance. Small water districts and mutual water companies that serve disadvantaged communities often lack training and experience in regulatory compliance and long-term system sustainability. They also suffer from contaminated and compromised water quality, and lack skills or staffing to secure federal and state funding via grant and loan programs. The Project will provide technical assistance and support to help with all stages of project development.

The Project service area is statewide.


The Staff Attorney Legal Support Specialist will offer legal assistance in the following areas as needed:

1. Corporate Compliance Reviews - legal counsel will assist in the review of compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as compliance with system rules and regulations.
2. Boundary Analysis - legal counsel will review boundaries to ensure compliance with organizational documents, local agency formation commission records and spheres of influence, and to avoid duplication of services.
3. Review of Bylaws - legal counsel will review bylaws for compliance with legal requirements, stakeholder interests, appropriate governance, and shareholder rights and obligations.
4. Ordinances - legal counsel will assist water districts in drafting ordinances and resolutions appropriate to governance, compliance, finances, and water service.
5. Land Acquisition and Agreement Negotiation - legal counsel will assist water districts with land acquisitions and agreement negotiations as needed.
6. General Legal Support- Small systems encounter a variety of legal challenges, that need the guidance and support of an attorney to help resolve. This can include water rights, to current pending litigation matters.

Physical Demands:
• Travel for extended periods of time throughout the state by car or airplane
• Ability to lift 20lbs or less
• Sitting, standing or walking for long periods of time
• Use of office equipment, i.e., computers, fax, copiers, phone equipment, etc.
• Hearing and vision within normal ranges with or without correction

BA preferred
Juris Doctor Degree JD
Successful passing of CA State Bar Exam
Minimum of 1 year legal experience
CA Driver’s License
Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, Typing
Good oral communication skills
Ability to adapt to change, learn new skills rapidly and respond well to a variety of personalities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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Please note: Background checks will be performed on all candidates being considered for employment. Interviews will be conducted at the CRWA Headquarters located at 1234 N. Market Blvd, Sacramento CA. 95834

• Location: Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

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