Job Description and Duties

Do you have a passion for public service?

Do you like a CHALLENGE? Are you looking for a position in a fast-paced organization where there are opportunities to engage in important statewide policy issues?

Would you find working with high-level management in State Government exciting and rewarding?

                           If so, Government Operations Agency is the place for you!

Under the administrative direction of the GovOps Deputy Secretary for Legal and General Counsel (General Counsel), the Attorney IV assists the General Counsel, who is the principal advisor to the GovOps’ Secretary on all legal issues. With minimal direction, the Attorney IV performs the more complex and sensitive legal research and services, with broad discretion and independence. The Attorney IV provides coordinated, cohesive legal recommendations to the General Counsel to ensure consistency of policy, practice and vision by GovOps departments. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assists in the research, review and development of public policy and legal decisions affecting all areas of GovOps operations and provides recommendations to the General Counsel based on that research and review. Assists in the review and preparation of formal and informal legal opinions and memoranda, sensitive legal correspondence, Governor’s Office Action Requests, and other formal requests for action or input by GovOps or its departments. Researches and assists in the review of legal cases, recommendations, briefs, legal strategies, memoranda, digests, summaries, reports, and other legal documents, pertaining to pending or anticipated litigation involving GovOps or its departments, which may be adjudicated before boards, commissions, hearing officers, administrative law judges, or trial or appellate courts. The Attorney IV must be able to research, analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles, facts, and precedents to a wide variety of legal problems and situations, and recommend an effective course of action. The Attorney IV may advise and assist GovOps Executive staff members on legal matters, technical questions, and policy issues.

As directed by the General Counsel, the Attorney IV may consult with the legal counsels of GovOps departments on a wide array of high priority, complex, and/or sensitive legal matters involving significant litigation, program, personnel/collective bargaining, fiscal, communications or legislative issues requiring the assessment, analysis or interpretation of statutes, regulations, lower court and appellate court decisions, and administrative actions. The Attorney IV monitors pending litigation that involves or may impact GovOps or its departments, confers with the General Counsel on proposed legal strategies and legal policies, and provides direction to department legal counsel at the request of the General Counsel. The Attorney IV will attend meetings with or on behalf of the General Counsel with the GovOps Secretary and other Agency Executive staff, department-level Executive staff and their legal counsel, the Governor’s Office and other entities in the Administration, as well as with the Legislature.

Researches and develops legal recommendations on appropriate GovOps actions relative to the California Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Public Contract Code (including implementing State Administrative Manual policies for significant non-competitively bid contracts), the Ralph C. Dills Act and collective bargaining contracts, the Government Code relating to the jurisdiction of GovOps and its Secretary, the implementation of Governor’s Executive Orders, and other areas of California and federal public law. Maintains the GovOps Conflict of Interest Code and Statement of Incompatible Activities.

Works on special projects, including statewide initiatives led by GovOps or its General Counsel.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

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