The Environmental Defense Section ("the Section") plays a vital and unique role in defending the federal government's environmental regulatory agenda being implemented by EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies, including rules and permits issued under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other pollution control statutes. With approximately 60 lawyers and 20 legal support staff, EDS is the third-largest litigating section in ENRD.Learn more about this agency
The breadth of the Section's practice is extensive and challenging.
The Section represents the United States in complex civil litigation arising under a broad range of environmental statutes, and is the only section in ENRD that routinely handles both petitions for review in the courts of appeals and litigation in federal district courts. In addition to defending rules and permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies under the pollution control laws and the Administrative Procedure Act, EDS brings enforcement actions against those who destroy wetlands in violation of the Clean Water Act, and defends the United States against claims of liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA") for costs of response actions at sites contaminated by hazardous substances. The Section works closely with many federal agencies, most notably the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and other military services, and the Department of Energy.
The Deputy Chief directly supervises the Section's six Assistant Chiefs, and is responsible for overseeing both staff and litigation in the Section. As directed by the Section Chief, the Deputy Chief is expected to lead, manage, or otherwise work on a wide range of functions for the Section, including: (1) litigation; (2) program goals and objectives; (3) operational and strategic plans; (4) review of and comment on proposals (legislative , regulatory, and policy-making) ; (5) deployment and safeguarding of resources (personnel, money, and information technologies); (6) maintenance and fostering of an effective and engaged workforce (including recruitment, professional development, and personnel actions that range from evaluation and promotion to disciplinary actions); and (7) provision of advice to the Section Chief and the senior leadership of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
In carrying out all assigned duties, like any other Section employee, the Deputy Chief would be expected to: treat everyone in a professional and respectful manner in all situations; communicate effectively in writing and orally; act unfailingly with integrity and honesty; attend to his or her own professional self-improvement and act in conformance with the public interest, under the law.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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