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Description
Bi-weekly Salary:
Deputy County Counsel I: $2,795.38 – $3,070.44
Deputy County Counsel II: $3,218.36 – $3,536.78
Deputy County Counsel III: $3,536.78 – $3,887.82

The Del Norte County, County Counsel Department, is seeking a qualified candidate to fill one (1) vacancy for the position of Deputy County Counsel I/II/III. This position is classified as Full-Time.

These position are a series in a classification of Deputy County Counsel performing professional legal work relative to providing legal advice and guidance that requires legal knowledge, skills and abilities.  This is a confidential position. Under general to indirect supervision by the County Counsel performs legal research to provide opinions and advice on a variety of routine to complex matters to the Board of Supervisors county departments, committees and commissions; and to provide representation of the Department of Health and Social Services in juvenile dependency proceedings.   Employees in these classifications receive direct to limited supervision within a framework of policies and procedures.  Errors in work or judgment could result in unnecessary expenditures, poor contracts, deprivation of civil rights and/or poor community relations.

Deputy County Counsel I is the first working level in this professional class and is assigned legal work and tasks that may be routine to complex with a high level of responsibility for outcome.  With additional experience and abilities incumbents may be eligible for advancement in this series.

Deputy County Counsel II is the second level and is assigned complex and technical work and tasks under minimal supervision.  Incumbents advanced to this level in this series have demonstrated the ability and skills to adequately fulfill the responsibilities and requirements through experience and continuing education. This work consists of complex and varied professional duties at an entry through journey level of classification.

Deputy County Counsel III is the third level and is assigned a wide variety of professional legal work of greater complexity and level of difficulty than that assigned to the County Counsel II. Employees in this classification perform professional work and exercise discretion and independent judgment in representing their assigned clients and may be assigned complex cases as special projects. Incumbents are expected to handle litigation from trial through appellate hearings.

Detailed Work Activities
Essential job duties may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.   Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

Serves as legal representative for the County, providing representation for areas of responsibility at administrative hearings before various public agencies and appeal boards as assigned.
Reviews contracts, responds to subpoenas providing general legal counsel, researches and writes legal opinions the Board of Supervisors and county departments, committees and commissions as requested.
Attends regular and special meetings of the Board of Supervisors, committees and commissions to provide guidance and legal advice on matters that arise during the course of business meetings.
Conducts litigation, including preparation of legal pleadings and memoranda of law, negotiation and settlement of legal proceedings, conduct of trials, legal arguments on motions and writs and prosecution and/or defense of appeals in all California and federal trial and appellate courts as needed.
Advises and represents the Department of Health and Social Services in Juvenile Dependency proceedings at trial court and appellate court levels.
Prepares draft and final resolutions and ordinances for the board of Supervisors and various boards and commissions.
Prepares and monitors annual budget expenditures and revenues, authorizing expenditures.
Reviews proposed and changed legislation and court decisions related to county and/or public sector law and activities.
May evaluate legal claims filed against the county.
Prepares a variety of periodic and special reports.
Assists in the administration of the County Counsel’s office that includes supervision of office support staff.
Performs other related duties as required.
Level III Duties:
Renders legal advice and confers with County and district offices, departments, special districts, commissions, and County boards regarding a variety of civil matters and legal questions affecting County government.
Prepares memoranda and opinions to advise the Board of Supervisors, department heads and/or other local governmental individuals.
Confers with department heads, their designees, the County Board of Supervisors, department heads and/or other local governmental individuals.
Prepares, reviews and determines feasibility of legal contracts, briefs, memoranda, opinions, resolutions, leases, conveyances, bylaws and other legal documents.
Assists in drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents as directed.
Prepares pleadings and other papers in connection with lawsuits, trials, hearings, discovery, appeals and other legal proceedings in which the County is involved.
Appears in Court and before administrative bodies, examines and cross-examines witnesses; prepares oral arguments.
Appears as legal counsel for Boards and Commissions at Board and Commission hearings.
Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Required:
Current membership of the California State Bar Association with an active license to practice law.

In addition to the above;
To obtain a II level, two (2) years experience in the practice of law in a county counsel or equivalent department.

To obtain a III level, must possess a Juris Doctor Degree and have three (3) years progressively responsible experience in the practice of civil or governmental law.

Special Requirements: Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license.
All County of Del Norte employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through State law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County of Del Norte requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Work related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Requires:

Knowledge of:

Legal principles and their applications.
Principles, methods and practices of legal research and investigation.
Scope and character of California statutory law and provisions of the California Constitution.
Principles of administrative and constitutional law.
Rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in trial courts in California.
Ability to:

Analyze difficult and complex legal problems and perform research.
Apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts.
Present statements of fact, laws and argument clearly and logically in written or oral form.
Analyze proposed legislation measures.
Follow oral and written direction.
Prepare, present and handle legal matters.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Level II Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

Legal principles and their application.
Principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation, including computerized research techniques.
Scope and character of California statutory law and provisions of the California Constitution.
Principles of administrative and constitutional law.
Rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in trial courts in California.
Skills and Ability to:
Analyze difficult and complex legal problems and perform research.
Apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts.
Present statements of fact, laws, and argument clearly and logically in written or oral form.
Analyze proposed legislation measures.
Follow oral and written direction.
Prepare, present, and handle legal matters.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Selection Process:

The County of Del Norte does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual preference, or disability in any of its programs, activities, or hiring practices.  All applications will be reviewed and those individuals with backgrounds most closely meeting the needs of the county will be selected for further review.  In the event of a large number of qualifying applicants, a written examination may be given to determine which applicants will be invited to attend an oral interview.  An eligibility list will be established upon completion of the oral interviews.  Expenses (i.e. travel, food, lodging) incurred in connection with the interview shall be the burden of the applicant.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the interview/examination so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Condition of Employment:

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, Del Norte County is required to verify, within three days of employment of any person, that he/she is: 1) a citizen or national of the United States; 2) an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence or authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers: All County of Del Norte employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through State law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County of Del Norte requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Work related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Del Norte County is an equal opportunity employer hiring employment eligible applicants. Disabled applicants who require special testing arrangements should contact the Human Resources Department prior to the filing deadline. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, applicants must provide acceptable proof of identity or authorization to work in the United States. A thorough background investigation will be conducted prior to employment.  The investigation may include reference checks, fingerprinting, credit check, driver history and inquiry to local, state and federal files to obtain criminal history information.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the selection process. Selection processes may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:  application review, competitive screening, written examination, performance examination, and/or oral examination. This bulletin is solely for the purpose of announcing a job opening.  It does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revised without notice.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Master's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes