Santa Clara Valley Water District - Assistant District Counsel

Santa Clara Valley Water District

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water), headquartered in San Jose, California is the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County, California. Its core business is to provide residents with a clean and reliable supply of water and protection from flooding. Valley Water encompasses all of the county’s 1,300 square miles and serves the area’s 15 cities, nearly 1.8 million residents, and more than 200,000 commuters.

The Assistant District Counsel functions as one of three assistant counsels reporting to the District Counsel with partial supervision from a Senior Assistant District Counsel. The role provides legal counsel over a wide range of issues spanning environmental, water, public law, administrative and interagency matters. The Assistant District Counsel will be expected to assist in the drafting and review of legal documents and reports in addition to reviewing proposed state and federal legislation. The ideal candidate will be a team oriented, collaborative and well-rounded legal generalist with a strong work ethic who thrives on carrying a high profile, demanding and multidimensional workload.

Critical to this role will be the ability to acquire and develop legal expertise within various topical areas related to the water industry, the myriad of ongoing projects, and an ability and passion to contribute in an active, fast paced, and complex legal environment. The demands and expectations of this role will require a commitment to public service, a passion for the mission of the agency and a tremendous work ethic. An energetic, proactive, self-initiating, multitasker will be a perfect fit for this assignment.

While the desire is to find a water/ water law expert for this role, absent that expertise, applicants must possess a strong knowledge in at least two of the following areas: environmental law (CEQA, NEPA), environmental regulatory law, real estate, government/public law, or public contracting. The successful candidate will have a background of at least four years experience within environmental law or public law. A Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degree from accredited colleges or universities and current membership (in good standing) of the California State Bar are required.

To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by October 11, 2019.


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