Deputy County Counsel IV

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Legal Services Municipal or County Clerk
  • Salary: $10,514.40 - $14,313.87 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description                                 Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

Exam# 20/39B23/06JD
Priority Screen Date: July 10, 2020
THE POSITION:  The Monterey County Office of the County Counsel seeks two highly motivated professionals with a desire to defend and advise the County in a variety of complex legal matters.
There are two opportunities available:
  • Civil Litigation and Trial: the ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced civil litigation and trial attorney to take on assignments in civil litigation and transactional advisory work. Civil trial experience at the state and federal level is highly desirable.
  • Tax and Public Finance:  the ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced transactional attorney, with significant tax and public finance experience.  The assignments for this position will include advising the Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder's Office and the Monterey County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office.
THE DEPARTMENT:  The Office of the County Counsel serves as the in-house legal counsel for the County of Monterey, the Board of Supervisors (BOS), and all County officers, departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, as well as liaison and support to the Civil Grand Jury. In addition to providing legal advice, the Office also represents the County in civil and special litigation in state and federal courts, various administrative proceedings, and coordinates the services of outside legal counsel. The County Counsel's Office consists of four divisions; General Government, Litigation, Land Use and Risk Management.

This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the appointing authority in accordance with the Flexible Staffing Program and Guidelines.
The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.                                              

All application materials must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled.

Examples of Duties
  • Studies and interprets laws, and applies statutes, regulations, court decisions, and legal authorities in the giving of advice, written opinions and the preparation of cases, pleadings and briefs;
  • Conducts discovery, examines and interprets evidence, and makes tentative decisions concerning advisability to prosecute, compromise, and/or dismissal of civil litigation; handles pretrial hearings and settlement conferences; prepares briefs and pleadings in both trial court and appellate matters;
  • Prepares legal briefs, drafts reviews and approves contracts, deeds, leases, ordinances, resolutions, and similar legal documents;
  • Attends meetings of boards and commissions as requested to give both oral and written legal counsel and advice;
  • Confers with and advises officer and employees of the County, and County related special districts and agencies, on complex legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, obligations, procedures, and operations that have broad implications for the County and its related entities.
To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:
Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, abilities:

Thorough knowledge of :
  • Principles of civil, constitutional and administrative law and of California and federal civil procedures, particularly as it relates to county government, and other public agency law.
  • Principles, methods and materials of legal research.
  • The rules of evidence, discovery practice and appellate practice.
  • Those areas of law directly affecting public entities and their operation, and public officials and employees and their rights, duties, and responsibilities.
Skill and Ability to :
  • Draft legal instruments such as ordinances, resolutions, Board orders, Joint Powers Agreements, and contracts;
  • Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and present such materials clearly and concisely either in oral or written, legal form;
  • Analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments and give sound legal advice or devise an appropriate plan of action based thereon;
  • Establish and maintain confidential relationships with County department heads and members of the Board of Supervisors;
  • Develop and maintain cooperative work relationship both within the County Counsel's Office and with those contacted within the course and scope of work.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training The knowledge, skills and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training, typically:

Two years experience as a Deputy County Counsel III with Monterey County; or three years of increasingly responsible experience with a public agency in the appropriate legal specialty at a level comparable to a Deputy County Counsel III in Monterey County;OR
Five years of increasingly responsible experience in a county counsel's office, city attorney or other civil public law office as a second level journeyman;OR
A combination thereof.

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:
  • Possess and active membership in the State Bar of California.
  • Possess a valid California Class C driver's license.
Admission to practice law before the Federal District Court(s) and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Additional Information BENEFITS
Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "G" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.
As a condition of employment, prospective employees will be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of criminal conviction. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Apply On-line!
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Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County Human Resources Department
Attn: Jennifer Datan, Personnel Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor - Human Resources, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 759-6990 Fax: (831) 757-5792
The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all of the Supplemental Questions
All application materials must be received by the priority screen date of July 10, 2020, for a guaranteed review.  Applications received after the priority screen date will be considered on an as needed basis until position is filled.  Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination.

Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 759-6990.
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