Job Description and Duties

This position is for the Operations #3 Team. Under the direction of the Chief Deputy General Counsels (CDGC), the Assistant General Counsel (AGC) is responsible for supervising a legal team for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Department), Office of Legal Affairs (OLA). The AGC serves as counsel for the Department by working closely with the CDGCs, General Counsel, and executive leadership of the multiple missions and programs of the Department. The AGC provides guidance on legal issues, policy reviews, regulatory changes, legislative proposals, and any other program needs of a legal nature. The AGC works in partnership with the Office of Attorney General (OAG), outside counsel, and various other stakeholders to ensure that litigation impacting the Department is resolved in a manner most beneficial to the Department.


40% Supervises, plans, organizes, coordinates, reviews, mentors, and directs the work of staff attorneys; evaluates the performance of staff attorneys; participates in the selection process for staff attorneys; and adheres to the progressive disciplinary process for underperforming staff attorneys or staff attorneys engaged in misconduct.

30% Serves as a high level advisor on the most significant legal matters effecting the Department. Consults with and advises the CDGCs, General Counsel, and Department executive staff on all manner of legal issues. Identifies and develops strategies and tactics for the most complicated legal issues faced by the Department. Consults with and advises Department staff on the interpretation and analysis of statutes, court decisions, rules of court, regulations, and other rules significantly affecting their duties, functions, and responsibilities.

20% Assists staff counsel for the Department, staff counsel for other state agencies, the OAG, and outside contract counsel to determine the potential liability of pending litigation against the Department and its employees and how to resolve the litigation in the most appropriate manner.

10% Assists the CDGCs and General Counsel on special assignments as directed.

Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) was implemented. PLP 2020 requires that each full-time employee receive a 9.23 percent reduction in pay in exchange for 16 hours of PLP 2020 leave credits monthly through June 2022. Salaries do not reflect the recent changes.

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