Examples of Duties Desirable:
Experience advising the public conservator or public administrator .Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Serves as legal counsel and attends meetings of boards and commissions.
- May act as legal advisor for County offices on involved matters.
- Prepares formal legislative measures, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, contracts, leases, and other legal instruments.
- Prosecutes legal action on behalf of, and defends actions against, the County and its subdivisions before courts of origin, appellate courts, and various administrative bodies.
- Confers with and advise officers of County departments and representatives of special districts on questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, and obligations.
- May provide lead direction and act as a legal resource to other professional staff.
- Assists the County Counsel, Assistant County Counsel, andChief Deputy County Counsel as needed.
Minimum Qualifications Experience:Level II
One (1) year of experience in the practice of civil or criminal law.Level III
Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in the practice of civil law.Level IV
One (1) year of experience as a Deputy County Counsel III with Merced County. OR Four (4) years of experience in the practice of civil law.License:
Active membership in the State Bar of California.
Essential Functions ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
- Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations; develop appropriate conclusions.
- Meet deadlines under stressful conditions; complete multiple projects with conflicting deadlines.
- Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
- Maintain confidential information according to legal standards and/or County regulations.
- Establish, implement and achieve goals and objectives.
- Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
- Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
- Frequent use of hand-eye coordination; normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
- Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
- Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
- Regular attendance is an essential function.
- The Government Code and other California statutes, and their application to governmental subdivisions.
- The principle of civil, constitutional, and administrative laws.
- Legal research methods.
- Principle of staff training and project coordination.
HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
- Perform difficult legal research.
- Analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to specific local government problems.
- Develop legal issues and present clear and logical arguments and statements of fact and law.
- Draft ordinances, contracts, and legal instruments.
- Train subordinate staff.
MANAGEMENT LEAVE May receive, depending upon classification, 96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).
10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). Optional annual sell back of a portion of accumulated vacation leave hours (maximum - 40 hours).
.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.
Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.
Three (3) regularly scheduled consecutive work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.
County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.
County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.
DISABILITY INSURANCE Management Disability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the County. LIFE INSURANCE
$50,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $5,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.
The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.
MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount. EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.
For more information log on to members.mhn.com.
EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS
The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.
THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.
For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary
Please describe your experience, if any, in the following areas: 1) Public sector or government representation; 2) Advising the public guardian/public administrator; or 3) other areas of law relevant to the Office of County Counsel such as labor and employment or land use.
What specific knowledge, skills or abilities do you possess that you feel make you qualified for the Deputy County Counsel position?