DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL – EXEMPT

  • Contra Costa County Human Resources Department
  • Martinez, California 94553, United States
  • Mar 03, 2017
Full Time Legal Services
  • Phone: (925) 335-1701
  • Apply By: Mar 17, 2017

Summary

Contra Costa County is seeking highly motivated, career-oriented attorneys, with strong academic credentials and excellent research and writing skills, to fill a Deputy County Counsel - Exempt position in the General Law Division. Attorneys selected to work in the General Law Division are expected to handle all aspects of advising and representing a public agency and its departments, boards, and commissions.  They may be asked to prepare formal legal opinions, ordinances and other documents, analyze and draft contracts, prepare pleadings, serve as counsel to hearing bodies, handle civil trials, civil writ matters, and other litigation, and participate in mediations, negotiations, and administrative hearings.  Attorneys applying for a position in this division should highlight their training and experience in one or more of the following areas: business transactions, including contract preparation, land use, employment law, employment litigation or general civil litigation, including civil writ matters (excluding tort litigation).
 

Job Description

Contra Costa County is seeking highly motivated, career-oriented attorneys, with strong academic credentials and excellent research and writing skills, to fill a Deputy County Counsel - Exempt position in the General Law Division. Attorneys selected to work in the General Law Division are expected to handle all aspects of advising and representing a public agency and its departments, boards, and commissions.  They may be asked to prepare formal legal opinions, ordinances and other documents, analyze and draft contracts, prepare pleadings, serve as counsel to hearing bodies, handle civil trials, civil writ matters, and other litigation, and participate in mediations, negotiations, and administrative hearings.  Attorneys applying for a position in this division should highlight their training and experience in one or more of the following areas: business transactions, including contract preparation, land use, employment law, employment litigation or general civil litigation, including civil writ matters (excluding tort litigation).
 
The work of the County Counsel’s Office is diverse, fast paced, and high-profile, and requires the desire and ability to assume responsibility and build long-term client relationships. The ideal candidate for the position will be articulate and energetic, with exceptional analytical skills and judgment.  Successful applicants must be able to relate well to colleagues, clients, and the courts, have the ability to think strategically and creatively, and have the ability to foster collaborative work relationships among stakeholders involved in negotiations. 
 
In recognition of the possibility of conflict of interest, Deputy County Counsels - Exempt are required to refrain from private law practice.  Attorneys are required to furnish personal transportation and may request mileage reimbursement for work-related travel in accordance with County policy.
 
The County Counsel’s Office currently has a staff of 35 attorneys.  The positions may be filled at any Step salary level appropriate to qualifications and experience.  Promotional opportunities exist within the Deputy County Counsel-Exempt from Basic Level ($7,956.04-9,457.23) through Standard Level ($9,698.37-11,528.31) to Advanced Level ($11,822.27-14,052.96).  Provisions exist for up to two steps of salary increase for outstanding performance. Deputy County Counsel – Exempt employees are excluded from the County Merit System and are appointed by the County Counsel.

Job Requirements:

California State Bar License: Active membership in the California State Bar and admission to practice before all State courts.
 
Minimum Experience:  Applicants must have the following minimum experience to qualify for each position level.
 
Basic Level: Two (2) years of full-time (or the equivalent) experience as a practicing attorney or one (1) year of full-time (or the equivalent position level) experience as an attorney practicing law for a public agency.
 
Standard Level: Four (4) years of full-time (or the equivalent) experience as a practicing attorney.
 
Advanced Level: Five (5) years of full-time (or the equivalent) experience as a practicing attorney.

*APPLICANTS MUST INDICATE BAR NUMBER AND DRIVERS LICENSE NUMBER IN SECTION #12 ON THE COUNTY APPLICATION*
All applicants are required to submit the Contra Costa County Employment Application and a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire consists of a resume, TWO writing samples only (preferably a substantive pleading and an office memorandum), a list of references, and written responses to several questions.

 

Special Instructions

  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at www.cccounty.us/hr and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
  2. Interview: All completed applications received by the final filing date will be reviewed.  Following review of the applications, a select group of applicants will be invited to an interview.  Candidates invited to the interview may be asked questions in areas such as training and experience relevant to the position, and the knowledge of and ability to apply legal principles. References required. (Weighted 100%) 
As part of the application process, an applicant may be required to complete a Conviction History form. The Conviction History form should only be submitted when requested.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

IT IS THE POLICY OF CONTRA COSTA COUNTY TO CONSIDER ALL APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ETHNICITY, AGE, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION, MARITAL STATUS, ANCESTRY, MEDICAL CONDITION, GENETIC INFORMATION, MILITARY OR VETERAN STATUS, OR OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY UNDER THE LAW.

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