We are currently accepting applications to fill a Deputy County Counsel III/IV position in Santa Barbara for the Office of County Counsel.

We are also establishing one employment list for future Full-Time or Extra-Help vacancies in the Office of the County Counsel. Please select all locations you are interested and willing to accept current and future work.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Deputy County Counsel I/II/III/IV/Senior is a flexibly staffed series. Incumbents in the Deputy County Counsel III class handle the more difficult legal tasks while Deputy County Counsel IV incumbents handle the most difficult and complex cases and assist with training.

Candidate may be appointed at the III or IV level, depending on the candidates qualifications and the needs of the department.

Deputy County Counsel III Salary: $109,732.42 – $132,532.12 Annually
Deputy County Counsel IV Salary: $125,963.95 – $177,165.18 Annually

THE POSITION: Under general direction, the selected candidate will perform professional legal work, including civil litigation; prepare legal pleadings and give legal counsel to assigned departments, boards, and districts; and do related work as required.

About the Department: Santa Barbara County’s Office of County Counsel offers a great career opportunity for attorneys seeking meaningful work in the public sector. Our work impacts a broad range of significant legal issues in beautiful Santa Barbara County. We support the County’s elected and appointed decision-makers, its advisory boards and commissions, and the departments that implement the County’s operations and programs.

THE Ideal Candidate:

  • Strong legal research and analytical skills
  • At least three years of experience handling civil matters, land use matters or in an appellate practice.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and present complex legal issues and arguments clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and personalities
  • Good professional judgment in answering questions, releasing information, and anticipating consequences of decisions and recommendations
  • Ability to remain calm and act professionally, even under stress
  • Flexibility, a positive attitude, impeccable character, and strong commitment to public service
  • Studies, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions, and briefs;
  • Prepares legal pleadings such as complaints, answers, demurrers, discovery, appeals, and judgments;
  • Confers with and advises county, district, and judicial officers, employees, and representatives on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, and obligations;
  • Drafts ordinances, resolutions, and other legislative measures;
  • Represents the county in lawsuits by or against the county;
  • Prepares and/or reviews contracts, agreements, leases, and deeds for legality;
  • Conducts administrative hearings before state and county agencies; engages in legal research;
  • Performs related work such as preparing petitions and dictating legal instruments, reports, and correspondence.

Active membership in the State Bar of California; AND:

  1. Two years of experience as an attorney in the practice of public law or four years in the practice of general civil law; OR,
  2. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy County Counsel II with Santa Barbara County; OR,
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Drivers License is required at time of appointment.

Incumbents must be willing and able to travel throughout the County on a regular basis.

Knowledge of: the organization, powers, and limitations of the county, the courts, school and special districts, and other public agencies; civil law codes, and the California Constitution; trial procedures and the rules of evidence; administrative law; code of Professional Conduct and Rules of Ethics.

Ability to: appraise, interpret, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; engage in legal research; work effectively with others.

  1. Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  2. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates’ final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Application & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period of 12 months.

The County of Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) who believes a diverse workforce is vital to upholding its mission. Recruiting efforts are designed to find, hire and retain top talent of various backgrounds and experiences. We believe a diverse workgroup promotes productivity and cultural acceptance where differences are embraced and encouraged.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: 08/17/2020 at 5:00 PM PST; postmarks not accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com.

Raquel Martinez, Senior Employment Analyst – RMartinezsbcountyhr.org

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