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Deputy County Counsel Ii/iii

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week Santa Barbara County Executive, 1 E Anapamu St # 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States


Deputy County Counsel II Salary: 

$102,719.70 - $123,855.96 Annually

Deputy County Counsel III Salary: 

$118,166.47 - $142,719.35 Annually

This is an exciting opportunity for you to use your legal background to serve the Board of Supervisors and the County of Santa Barbara Departments. Come join our team and make a difference in the County. 
We are currently accepting applications to fill one full-time Deputy County Counsel II/III position in Santa Barbara for the Office of County Counsel.
We are also establishing one employment list for future full-time, part-time and extra-help (temporary) vacancies in the Office of County Counsel. Please select all job types and locations you are willing to accept for current and future vacancies.
The current vacancy is for an advisory or transactional attorney to handle contract review, provide legal advice on topics such as land use, public contracting, and real property, and potentially handle some litigation. 
The applicant may have the opportunity to discuss a long-term hybrid or fully remote work schedule contingent upon the needs of the department.
  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
  • Holidays: 12 days per year.
  • Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.
  • Retirement: The County offers a Defined Benefit Plan. The County also contributes 0.24% of base salary to a 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plan. There is voluntary participation in a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. 
  • Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium.
  • On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 5.
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:
  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate
For more information about the County’s benefits, click .
Under general direction, the Deputy County Counsel performs professional legal work, including civil litigation; prepares legal pleadings and gives legal counsel to assigned departments, boards, and districts; and, does related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Deputy County Counsel I/II/III/IV/Senior is a flexibly staffed series. Deputy County Counsel I is the entry-level class in this professional series in which incumbents receive orientation and training and are expected to progress to the class of Deputy County Counsel II within a reasonable length of time. Incumbents in the Deputy County Counsel III class handle the more difficult legal tasks while Deputy County Counsel IV incumbents handle the most difficult and complex cases and assist with training. 
Candidates may be appointed at the II or III level depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the department. 
Incumbents must be willing and able to travel throughout the County.
About the Department: Santa Barbara County's Office of County Counsel offers a great career opportunity for attorneys seeking meaningful work in the public sector. Our work impacts a broad range of significant legal issues in beautiful Santa Barbara County. We support the County's elected and appointed decision-makers, its advisory boards and commissions, and the departments that implement the County's operations and programs.
 The Ideal Candidate will have:
  • Strong legal research and analytical skills;
  • Experience advising public entities including drafting or reviewing ordinances; reviewing contracts; researching and writing legal opinions; and advising boards, departments, special districts, and commissions and handling civil litigation; 
  • Ability to research, analyze, and present complex legal issues and arguments clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team;
  • Ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and personalities;
  • Good professional judgment in answering questions, releasing information, and anticipating consequences of decisions and recommendations;
  • Ability to remain calm and act professionally, even under stress; and
  • Adaptability, a positive attitude, impeccable character, and strong commitment to public service 

Examples of Duties
  1. Studies, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions, and briefs;
  2. Prepares legal pleadings such as complaints, answers, demurrers, discovery, appeals, and judgments;
  3. Confers with and advises county, district, employees, and representatives on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, and obligations;
  4. Reviews and/or drafts ordinances, resolutions, and other legislative measures;
  5. Represents the county in lawsuits by or against the county; prepares and/or reviews contracts, agreements, leases, and deeds for legality; and
  6. Conducts administrative hearings before state and county agencies; engages in legal research; and performs related work such as preparing petitions and dictating legal instruments, reports, and correspondence.
Employment Standards

Active membership in the State Bar of California; AND

  1. One year of experience as an attorney in the practice of public law or two years in the practice of general civil law; OR,
  2. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy County Counsel I with the County of Santa Barbara; OR,
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at time of appointment.
Knowledge of: the organization, powers, and limitations of the county, the courts, school and special districts, and other public agencies; civil law codes and the California Constitution; trial procedures and the rules of evidence; administrative law; code of Professional Conduct and Rules of Ethics.
Ability to: appraise, interpret, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; engage in legal research; work effectively with others.