Staff Attorney
Central Arizona Project - Phoenix, AZ

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To provide legal advice and counsel to the Central Arizona Project (CAP) management on a wide range of legal issues relating to contracts, legislation, court decisions and agency actions; prepare legal documents; represent the CAP in negotiations, administrative proceedings, and litigation with federal, state and local governments and private parties.


(An asterisk next to the duty signifies that it is considered to be an "essential function" of the job)

Each employee is responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others in the workplace.

* 1. Provides legal advice and counsel to CAP management as to the effect on the CAP of contracts, legislation, court decisions, regulations, and administrative agency actions. 20%

* 2. Negotiates, prepares, and reviews contracts, land use agreements, pleadings, motions, and other legal documents. 20%

* 3. Represents and advises the CAP, and supervises outside counsel, with respect to pending or potential administrative and judicial proceedings. 20%

* 4. Represents the CAP in negotiations with other local, state and federal agencies, and private parties. 20%

* 5. Assists CAP management in developing policies to govern CAP activities and represents the CAP in discussions with other entities regarding the development of such policies. 20%

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:


Education, Training and Experience: Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school; strong oral and written communication skills; strong legal research skills; demonstrated ability to reason effectively and draw correct legal conclusions from relevant facts and applicable law; demonstrated ability to work effectively with non-legal staff, develop and draft legal documents, and provide sound legal advice with minimal supervision.

Two to five (2 – 5) years of experience as an attorney in a law firm, corporation or government agency working in the areas of litigation, contract law, tort law, water law, real estate law, employment law, or administrative law.

Certifications or Licenses: Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona and a member in good standing of the State Bar of Arizona, admitted to practice law before all courts in the state of Arizona. Must have a valid Arizona driver's license and maintain a good driving record.


Independence: Makes decisions under the direct supervision or general direction of the General Counsel based on the Attorney's own experience, knowledge, and judgment and, where appropriate, after consultation with the General Counsel, outside counsel, or both.

Impact: Determines the legal ramifications for the CAP of laws, regulations, court decisions, agency actions, contract provisions, etc. Advises CAP management regarding same. Decisions made by the Attorney affect the financial and legal liability of the CAP, influence CAP policies, strategy and operations, and affect interested parties outside the CAP and the working environment within the CAP.


Type: Communicates with CAP's senior management, managers, supervisors, employees and Board of Directors, outside counsel, representatives of federal, state, county and city governments, private corporations and individuals, and consultants.

Purpose: The purpose is to explain and resolve difficult, sensitive, or controversial issues by informing, advocating, influencing, motivating or persuading.


Provides direct supervision to a Legal Secretary and work direction to a Paralegal.

Supplemental Information:


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that persons in this position will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected vision. Example: must be able to see, read and interpret handwritten and printed documents, correspondence, manuals, office papers, computer screen, etc., including seeing various colors. Must be able to see to operate work equipment.

Also essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected hearing which is necessary for the ability to hear and comprehend voice communications as well as the ability to speak to communicate to individuals on the job. Must be able to hear to operate work equipment.

Physical Demands: Must have a valid Arizona driver's license and maintain a good driving record. The essential job requirements involve sitting for long periods of time including occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling (in any combination thereof) of objects up to 26 pounds and the use of repetitive hand and wrist movements to enter alpha and numeric data into a computer, including the ability to grasp and manipulate work objects.

Work Environment: The majority of work time is spent working inside in either a single-level or upper-level structured office building, which is heated, air-conditioned and smoke-free. Persons in this position may conduct business out of the office, which may require driving a CAP vehicle on improved and unimproved roadways. Outside working conditions are dependent on the weather, which involves extreme heat in the summer (temperatures over 100 degrees) and cold in the winter (temperatures below freezing). Some work visitations may be required at the pumping plants and along the CAP canal. The pumping plants and office structures are heated and cooled. Noise levels are generally minimal, however, they can be excessive for brief periods of time. The person in this position moves about using various conveyances such as an elevator, stairway, and/or walk ramp. Persons in this position may have exposure to flora, fauna and the natural habitat of the desert environment.

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