Administrative Appeals Judge
This is a unique opportunity to be a judge for Washington State’s quasi-judicial environmental boards. With your experience you will help the Pollution Control Hearings Board and Shorelines Hearings Board issue decisions on important environmental matters impacting Washington’s natural resources, citizens, communities, and economies.
· A highly diverse case portfolio of environmental legal issues
· Cutting edge cases with legal issues of first impression
· Opportunity to work directly with top environmental lawyers across the state and nation
· Mentorship by experienced environmental attorneys
· Opportunity to gain experience as an impartial mediator and judge
· Camaraderie in a supportive team atmosphere
· Training and development opportunities
· Comprehensive compensation packages, including benefits and paid leave
· The fulfillment of public service
· A healthy work/life balance
The Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office (ELUHO) is a small state agency that supports three independent, quasi-judicial boards: the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB), the Shorelines Hearings Board (SHB), and the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB). Together, ELUHO and the boards strive to provide an easily accessible forum for independent, expeditious, and efficient review of various state agency and local government environmental and land use decisions.
The PCHB was created in 1970 and reviews permitting and enforcement decisions of the Department of Ecology (except shorelines), orders issued by local air pollution control authorities, and some decisions of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The PCHB also has jurisdiction over other agency decisions. There are over 35 separate environmental statutes that are appealable to the PCHB. Jurisdictional areas include water and air pollution, hydraulic project approvals, forest practices, toxic pollution, oil spills and hazardous waste, dairy nutrient management, floodplain management, water rights, solid waste, surface mining, greenhouse gas emissions – cap and trade, derelict vessels, and several other areas.
The SHB was established in 1971 and reviews permitting and enforcement decisions of local governments and the Department of Ecology under the Shoreline Management Act.
The boards’ appeal processes provide citizens with accessible administrative review of agency environmental decisions made by the state and non-state agencies. The boards issue decisions setting forth legal analyses of claims, and if a case goes to hearing, the boards issue findings of fact and conclusions of law that inform all parties of the reasons for the decision. Most cases before the PCHB and SHB are reviewed de novo. Parties can appeal board decisions to the courts.
ELUHO values diversity and provides a workplace inclusive of different cultures, backgrounds, and ideas. We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees and their families. We support healthy lifestyles and a healthy work/life balance, and we aim to provide employees with professional development opportunities.
What you will do as an Administrative Appeals Judge:
As an Administrative Appeals Judge, you will play a critical role in supporting the PCHB and SHB. You will preside over prehearing conferences and hearings to ensure fairness as well as issue legally sound procedural decisions. As presiding officer, you will be responsible for the overall case management of assigned cases.
Administrative Appeals Judges conduct legal research, provide high quality and timely draft decisions to the boards on all substantive issues, conduct mediations with PCHB and SHB parties to achieve mutual resolution, and provide parties with procedural assistance. You will interact directly with hearing participants and provide due process in an efficient, effective, and ethical manner.
Administrative Appeals Judges work closely with PCHB and SHB members, legal support staff, administrative staff and management to foster an environment that supports the mission, vision, values and goals of ELUHO. You will support ELUHO’s administration by assisting with open public meetings, public records requests, case files and organization, employee trainings, and other administrative areas.
Who we are looking for:
You are an attorney with excellent legal analysis and writing skills and demonstrated knowledge of environmental law. You are prepared to independently analyze, connect, and conduct research on a vast array of complex environmental legal issues, and effectively communicate legal theories, recommendations and arguments verbally and in writing. You are able to learn, retain, and apply rules and procedures related to environmental and administrative law. You have the ability to assume a judicial temperament by remaining impartial, considering competing arguments, and rendering informed and unbiased recommendations and decisions. You maintain confidentiality. As a professional, you conduct yourself with a commitment to ethics and integrity and you exercise good judgment in making independent decisions.
You communicate clearly and courteously, earning others’ trust and respect, actively listening, responding timely, and building constructive working relationships. You are adaptable to changing priorities, you effectively manage stressful or adverse situations, and you demonstrate tact and diplomacy in your interactions. Your professional competencies include accountability, dependability, attention to detail, office technology skills, workload management, legal research and writing capabilities, proofreading, recognizing and applying legal terminology and citations, knowledge retention, active listening, team building, and demonstrated self-awareness and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
You are an experienced professional who values teamwork and wants to be part of an agency where you are respected and valued. You take pride in your work and you are looking for meaningful employment in a setting that cultivates growth and longevity.
Please click the link to the application below for more information.