Overview

Under direction, to provide a variety of professional legal services to the County through the County Counsel’s Office; and to do related work as required.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
May exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level staff.

Researches and writes legal opinions; may act as trial advocate in civil litigation; confers with and advises boards, commissions, special districts, and County staff on legal matters; prepares drafts of contracts, notices, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents and instruments; researches and drafts pleadings and motions for County civil cases; prepares and responds to discovery in civil cases; prepares appellate briefs for cases on appeal; appears at administrative law hearings; handles estates and conservatorship; prepares civil cases; consults with other County Counsel staff on questions of evidence, law, and procedure related to specific legal problems; prosecutes actions for the County, Board of Supervisors, County officials, and special districts; defends claims and legal actions filed against the County and other local government entities; prepares and conducts proceedings for the acquisition of land by condemnation or purchase; reviews final subdivision maps, parcel maps, and lot line adjustments for legal sufficiency; researches and prepares subdivision improvement agreements, grant agreements, and other land agreements; serves as Counsel for assigned County departments and other local government entities.

OTHER JOB RELATED DUTIES:
Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services, and activities of County Counsel’s Office.
  • Precedent decisions impacting County operations.
  • County ordinances and rules.
  • Statutes and codes applicable to civil proceedings and California public agencies.
  • Duties, powers, limitations, and authorities of the County and of the County Counsel.
  • Principles of civil, constitutional, and administrative law.
  • Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
  • Principles, practices, methods, and materials of legal research.
  • Legal procedures and documents used in court cases.

Skill to:

  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Independently perform the full range of duties.
  • Serve as a resource to other County staff.
  • Research, analyze, and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.
  • Analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments.
  • Draft legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, statutes, contracts, and notices.
  • Present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form.
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others when representing local government interests and the County Counsel’s Office.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education & Experience:
Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience:
One (1) year of legal experience comparable to that of a Deputy County Counsel I with Madera County.

Training:
Graduation from an accredited school of law.

License or Certificate:

  • Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

Special Requirements:
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Ability to work in a standard office environment.

EXAMINATION PROCESS:
The application review process will include screening to ensure applications are complete and meet all minimum qualifications. In addition to the application, the applicant is required to complete the Supplemental Questions to further evaluate their education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. Applicants must submit answers that are as complete as possible.

Only qualified applicants who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the examination process which may be administered either by an evaluation of education and experience, a written examination, oral interview, or any combination of qualifications appraisal determined by the Department of Human Resources to be appropriate. The Department of Human Resources will make reasonable accommodation in the examination process for disabled applicants. If you have an accommodation request, please indicate such on your application. Passing score is 70% out of 100% on each assessment section.

THE APPRAISAL PANEL IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

To move forward in the application process, you must complete an online application through our website https: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/maderacountyca. Please attach to your application a copy of your unofficial transcripts (indicating when degree was awarded), licenses, certificates or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may be uploaded but cannot be used in place of a completed application.

Those applicants claiming veteran’s preference must submit a copy of their DD-214 form along with the application. Candidates who attain ranking on an eligible list and are involuntarily called to active duty may be considered for eligibility reinstatement upon their return.

PLACEMENT ON THE ELIGIBLE LIST:
The Civil Service Commission may limit the number of qualified applicants eligible to participate in the examination process. If two or more candidates have the same total final grade on an examination, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in that portion of the examination which has the greatest weight. In case this fails to break the tie, they shall be ranked in the order of filing applications.

Candidates who are successful in all phases of the examination process will be placed on an eligible list, in rank order based on a calculation of their total score from the examination process. Eligible lists are generally active for a minimum of six (6) months up to a maximum of two (2) years. The duration of the eligible list is determined by the Civil Service Commission

PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
As a condition of employment with the County of Madera, a candidate must submit to a Tuberculosis (TB) screening, and related follow up testing as necessary. Designated classifications* are also subject to a medical examination, which includes a review of medical history. TB screenings and medical exams are administered by the Madera County Public Health Department and/or health care professional designated by the County.

Designated classifications required to submit to an employment medical examination generally include those that are physical in nature or as may be required by law. If you have any questions about the pre-employment requirements, please contact the Department of Human Resources at (559) 675-7705 or hrmaderacounty.com.

ELIGIBILITY FOR EMPLOYMENT:
You will be required to submit verification of your identity and citizenship or legal right to work in the United States at the time of and as a condition of an offer of employment.

TO APPLY:

Website: www.maderacounty.com
Department of Human Resources
200 W. 4th Street, 4th Floor, Madera California 93637
Phone: 559.675.7705
TDD Phone: 559.675.8970
24-Hour Job Line: 559.675.7697

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Madera County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, political affiliation, or any other basis protected by Federal or State law.

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