Position Description Open Until Filled Priority Screen Date: 10/12/2018 Exam #: 18/39B22/09IE The County Counsel's Office renders professional, practical and trustworthy legal services to the County of Monterey, including the Board of Supervisors and all County offices, departments, boards, and commissions.
In addition, the Office provides legal services to various other public entities, including the Water Resources Agency of Monterey County, the Local Agency Formation Commission, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, and special districts.
The guiding principles of the office are to enable its clients to realize their goals within the bounds of the law, to be zealous advocates for clients and to act in a courteous, ethical and honorable manner.
Assignments increase in complexity as the employee gains experience, knowledge and advances in the office.
The office is looking for an experienced attorney with a primary focus on civil litigation.
Assignments include litigation, as well as transactional advisory work.
The Deputy County Counsel lll position is the advanced journey level class characterized by assignments involving a full range of duties requiring technical or functional expertise and/or performance of specialized duties in a highly independent manner.
This class differs from the next higher class of Deputy County Counsel IV in that the level IV performs specialized civil legal work of considerable complexity with occasional instruction and generally without supervision.
This class differs from the next lower class of Deputy County Counsel II in that the level II performs civil legal work of average difficulty involving general instruction and general supervision.
For a complete job description of this position, visit our website at: The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a temporary or permanent basis.
Examples of Duties Significant Duties Confers with and advises officer and employees of the County, and County related special districts and agencies, on a variety of legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, obligations, procedures, and operations Attends meetings of boards or commissions as requested to give both oral and written legal counsel and advice Prepares legal briefs; drafts, reviews and approves contracts, deeds, leases, ordinances, resolutions, and similar legal documents Studies, interprets and applies statutes, regulations, court decisions, and legal authorities in the giving of legal advice, written opinions and the preparation of cases, pleadings and briefs Represents the County, its officers and employees in more complex lawsuits by or against the County in federal and state courts, before Administrative agencies and in arbitration Conducts discovery, examines and interprets evidence, and makes tentative decisions concerning advisability to prosecute, compromise, and/or dismiss civil litigations; handles pretrial hearings and settlement conferences; prepares briefs and pleadings in both trail court and appellate matters The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating his/her knowledge of: Principles of California and federal civil, constitutional and administrative law, especially as they pertain to California government entities, and California and federal civil procedure Rules of Professional Responsibility for the California State Bar Trial, appellate, and civil writ procedure and practice, including discovery Principles, methods, and materials of legal research The successful applicant will have the skill and ability to: Analyze and appraise a variety of complex legal problems, documents and instruments, and give sound advice and devise appropriate plan of action based thereon Prepare and review a variety of legal documents such as ordinances, resolution, board orders, staff reports, and complex contracts Establish and maintain confidential relationships with both County officials and legislative bodies of outside agencies for which the office of the County Counsel provides legal services Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents, and present such materials clearly and concisely, either in oral or in written legal form Examples of Experience/Education/Training The knowledge, skills and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education, or training, typically:
One year experience as a Monterey County Deputy County Counsel II; OR Three years of full-time general experience equivalent to a Deputy County Counsel II in a county counsel, city attorney or other civil public law office, as second level journeyman; OR A combination of both.
Additional Information Required Conditions of Employment As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to: Possess an active membership in the State Bar of California.
Possess a valid California Class C driver's license.
Desirable Qualifications Admission to practice law before the Federal District Court(s) and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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 and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.
Notes 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.
Employees must have and show their Social Security Card on the first day of work.
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.
If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at . Application and Selection Procedures Apply On-Line!
Applications may also be obtained from and submitted to: Monterey County, Human Resources Department Attn: Irene Espinoza, Human Resources Analyst 168 W.
Alisal Street, 3rd Floor Salinas, CA 93901 Email: Phone: 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 package will include: A completed County of Monterey employment application Responses to the supplemental questions All application materials must be received by the priority screen date for a guaranteed review.
Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the application filing deadline will not be considered.
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.EQUAL OPPORTUNITY 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 candidates require special arrangements to participate in the selection process, they should state their needs in writing when submitting the application package.
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