County of RiversideRiverside 92501

• Provide guidance and advice to Deputy County Counsel attorneys in matters of law and trial tactics, ordinance drafting and interpretation, preparation of contracts and other legal instruments, legal research, preparation of legal briefs and opinions, and trial and appellate practices.

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Deputy County Counsel Ii-iv

County of Riverside
3960 Orange St STE 500, Riverside, CA 92501, United States
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Overview

ABOUT THE POSITION
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The County of Riverside’s Office of the County Counsel has multiple opportunities for Deputy County Counsel II/III/IV positions. The immediate openings will be supporting Environmental Health and Contracts/Litigation matters in Riverside; however, this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies throughout the County and in other areas within the department.


Environmental Health

The Deputy County Counsel assigned to assist Environmental Health matters will perform work related to storm water quality, water rights and distribution, solid waste management, litigation under environmental State and federal statutes, and other related law issues.


Contracts/LitigationThe selected candidate will perform transactional legal work, including frequent drafting and reviewing of contracts, professional services agreements, real property acquisitions, resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents. The incumbent will conduct research, analyze legislation, prepare legal opinions, and craft legal strategies.

Additional duties may include

developing recommendations concerning civil litigation and preparing pleadings, briefs, and other litigation documents regarding a variety of matters.
All Assignments Applicants must be an active member in good standing with the California State Bar. 
Promotion to the Deputy County Counsel III and IV levels is based on demonstrated ability, satisfaction of the experience requirement and an overall meets expectation rating on the annual performance evaluation.

The level at which this position is offered is at the department's discretion.


Meet the Team!
The is a full-service law office that provides advisory and litigation support on issues of vital concern to the County and its residents such as health care, public safety, child welfare, land development, environmental protection, public finance, taxation and elections.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES


• Provide guidance and advice to Deputy County Counsel attorneys in matters of law and trial tactics, ordinance drafting and interpretation, preparation of contracts and other legal instruments, legal research, preparation of legal briefs and opinions, and trial and appellate practices.


• Provide responsive, high-quality service to County employees and representatives of outside agencies by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information in a courteous, efficient and timely manner, and may interact with members of the public.


• Consult with subordinate deputies on points of law, evidence, legal procedures and policies, and practices of the County Counsel's Office; counsel and provide recommendations to subordinate deputies on the more difficult and complex legal problems.


• Attend meetings of various boards and commissions as legal advisor; confer with and advise County and district officers and employees on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, and obligations; represent the County in all state and federal courts.


• Study and interpret laws, court decisions, ordinances, and other legal authorities.


• Draft contracts, deeds, leases, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal instruments; prepare written opinions and render informal opinions on legal questions; prepare correspondence and pleadings, and handle depositions, interrogatories, pretrial motions, and pretrial and settlement conferences.


• Analyze, research and resolve difficult and complex legal problems.


• Prepare, present and manage difficult to complex trial and appellate cases under minimal to moderate supervision.


• May be required to perform the functions of the lower-level Deputy County Counsel classifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL II - $107,048.45 - $136,214.00 Annually 
OPTION I

One year at the Deputy County Counsel I level with the County of Riverside's Office of County Counsel, or as a county counsel attorney or city attorney at an equivalent level with another California county or city.

OPTION II

Two years in the practice of civil law providing professional legal counsel to governmental agencies or departments.

OPTION III

Two years in the practice of civil law in one of the following areas: eminent domain; labor and employment; civil litigation; business transactional; environmental; finance; healthcare; probate and conservatorships; bankruptcy; juvenile dependency or delinquency; land use; Native American gaming and land use; public works; real estate; or utilities.


DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL III - $137,000.03 - $170,930.24 Annually 
OPTION I

One year at the Deputy County Counsel II level with the County of Riverside's Office of County Counsel, or as a county counsel attorney or city attorney at an equivalent level with another California county or city.

OPTION II

Three years in the practice of civil law providing professional legal counsel to governmental agencies or departments.

OPTION III 

Three years in the practice of civil law in one of the following areas: eminent domain; labor and employment; civil litigation; business transactional; environmental; finance; healthcare; probate and conservatorships; bankruptcy; juvenile dependency or delinquency; land use; Native American gaming and land use; public works; real estate; or utilities.


DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL IV - $144,125.28 - $202,643.79 Annually 

OPTION IOne year at the Deputy County Counsel III level with the County of Riverside's Office of County Counsel, or as a county counsel attorney or city attorney at an equivalent level with another California county or city.  OPTION II
Four years in the practice of civil law providing professional legal counsel to governmental agencies or departments.  OPTION III
Four years in the practice of civil law in one of the following areas: eminent domain; labor and employment; civil litigation; business transactional; environmental; finance; healthcare; probate and conservatorships; bankruptcy; juvenile dependency or delinquency; land use; Native American gaming and land use; public works; real estate; or utilities. 
All Levels Require:

License:

 Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required. 

Membership: Active member in good standing with the California State Bar. 


Job Competencies:

• Make sound and accurate decisions under pressure. 

• Maintain an environment of teamwork and collaboration conducive to expanding knowledge and expertise.• Communicate clearly and concisely in both written and verbal forms. • Persuasively communicate your findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences.• Possess superior negotiation skills.• Successfully prioritize conflicting timelines, ensuring each project receives appropriate time and consideration. • Effectively maintain expertise in all areas of responsibility and seek opportunities to increase personal knowledge in areas of responsibility. • Take independent actions after carefully analyzing and interpreting the associated risks. • Customer focused, meeting obligations and commitments. • Demonstrate ethical behavior and integrity even when challenged with highly stressful or crisis situations. • Skillfully gain and maintain credibility with superiors, co-workers, public, and managers. • Exhibit values and respect of others in all undertakings. • Encourage creative problem solving, collaboration, and analysis techniques. • Driven to excel, supportive of change and seeks continuous learning. 

Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application; legal research and trial techniques; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; current case law, legislation, and trends in the areas of practice; state and federal statutory and case law applicable to public entities in California; rules and procedures for California and federal courts; Riverside County policies, ordinances and related authorities; telephone, office and online etiquette; County customer service objectives and strategies; basic computer operation and software programs (e.g., legal research, word processing, and electronic mail).

Ability to: Read, understand, interpret, and communicate legal issues to both attorneys and lay people; advocate the interests of the County and other clients in meetings, court and administrative hearings; present arguments and statements of fact and law clearly and logically in written and oral form; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, in a clear, concise, sound, logical, and thorough manner when preparing opinions, briefs, reports, ordinances, correspondence, or other written communications of a legal nature; communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds; function calmly in stressful situations that require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy; thoroughly analyze and research legal issues and take all facts and findings into consideration; interpret and apply cases, statutes, regulations, legal principles, and government policies and practices; prioritize and organize workload and complete a large number of work assignments that have strict timelines; treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies, and members of the public with courtesy and respect; assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral; provide responsive, high quality service to County employees and representatives of outside agencies by providing accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in a courteous, efficient, and timely manner; exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives, and the public.  

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