Overview

One current vacancy in the County Counsel’s Office. Future vacancies for this position may be filled from the eligible list to be established. The expected life of the eligible list is six months.
SALARY
Level II: $36.13 – $44.09 Hourly; $75,150.40 – $91,707.20 Annually
Level III: $44.09 – $53.79 Hourly; $91,707.20 – $111,883.20 Annually
This position includes Management Level II benefits which includes CalPERS retirement (see benefits section to determine plan/tier placement), fully paid PPO health, dental vision and chiropractic health insurance premiums for employee and eligible dependents; term life insurance; in addition to the standard sick leave and vacation accruals and holidays, this position receives an additional 80 hours of management leave annually, which can be cashed out and fully paid.
The Deputy County Counsel II/III position will be a general law position responsible for reviewing contracts, responding to subpoenas and requests under the California Public Records Act, and assisting County officials and departments in pursuing code enforcement actions to enforce County ordinances, local health orders, and orders for abatement. The ideal candidate will be expected to perform in-depth research for senior attorneys in the office, as well as for County Departments, to provide guidance on a wide range of issues and to make recommendations as necessary. Finally, the ideal candidate must have strong communication skills as a speaker and a writer.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS


The Deputy County Counsel II classification is utilized for attorneys with prior experience in the licensed practice of civil law. Incumbents at this level are expected to represent and advise County departments, schools and special districts on civil issues and cases of average difficulty. Work is performed exercising independent judgment and initiative, under the supervision of a Deputy County Counsel IV, the Assistant County Counsel or the County Counsel.

Deputy County Counsel III is the full journey level in the Deputy County Counsel classification series. Incumbents at this level are expected to represent and advise County departments, schools and/or special districts on the full range of civil issues and cases occurring within the County Counsel’s Office with a minimum of direction. Additionally, incumbents may serve in a lead capacity for a unit having major functional responsibilities within the department. Positions in this class may be assigned to instruct, assist, advise and train other attorneys, professionals and/or legal technical and clerical support staff in the handling of legal matters and cases. Work is performed exercising considerable independent judgment and initiative, under the direction of a Deputy County Counsel IV, the Assistant County Counsel or the County Counsel.

Represents County departments, special boards, commissions, special districts or other governmental agencies and advises them on legal questions regarding their powers, functions, jurisdiction, procedures and operations; prepares and tries a variety of civil cases involving liability, condemnation, elections, police powers, zoning, personnel matters, probate, special assessments, public assistance or management of County property; represents and advises Child Protective Services and the Public Guardian regarding dependency cases; confers with attorneys, County officials and other parties regarding assigned legal matters; prepares or supervises the preparation of legal documents such as ordinances, opinions, briefs and resolutions; performs legal research; drafts and approves as to legal sufficiency various contracts, leases, conveyances or other agreements; expands level of expertise; reads new case and statutory law and legislative changes; attends training seminars; studies and applies training material. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within classifications. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)
For detailed job specifications including salary information, please click the links below:
Deputy County Counsel II
Deputy County Counsel III
Please note: Work experience for the last 15 years must be included in the work history portion of your application. It is also important that your application show all the relevant education and experience that you possess, even if it extends beyond the required past 15 years. A resume may be attached, but is not a substitute for completing the application and supplemental questions. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the recruitment.

BOTH LEVELS

Education: Possession of active, valid membership in the California State Bar is evidence of sufficient education for this classification.

License: Possession of a valid, appropriate California driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

LEVEL II:
Experience: One year of experience equivalent to a Deputy County Counsel I in Kings County; OR two years of experience practicing as a licensed attorney.

LEVEL III:
1) Three years of experience practicing civil law as a licensed attorney, OR
2) One year of experience as a Deputy County Counsel II in Kings County, OR
3) Two years of experience practicing law as a licensed attorney including at least one year of experience practicing public agency law in California comparable to a Deputy County Counsel II.

All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. Depending upon the number of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process may include a screening committee (pass/fail) and/or a written examination (pass/fail) and/or an oral examination (100%) which may include a written practical component to determine placement on the eligible list.
VETERAN’S PREFERENCE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Veteran’s Preference Application
You must submit a certified DD-214 and a new request form for each application submission prior to the closing date.

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