Chief Assistant County Counsel

Riverside County
Until Filled

Riverside County Counsel is currently searching for its next Chief Assistant County Counsel. The incumbent will plan, organize and handle the direction and coordination of the activities of the County Counsel Leadership Team which includes administering, supervising and participating in the most difficult and demanding legal work in the field of civil law.

The Chief Assistant County Counsel will work closely with County Counsel, Board of Supervisors and the Executive Office.  Additionally, they will oversee a team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff to ensure the execution of daily operations and continuity of services provided.  Experience in people management is critical in this role as the candidate selected will motivate and maintain morale of the team, while also being able to apply performance management when needed.  Having the political savvy, leadership skills and relationship building experience is critical.


Our ideal candidate will be:

A leader who supports professional development and fosters a culture of open communication, trust and accountability.
Experienced professional with a strong understanding of public administration and governance with respect to County legal representation, and all applicable laws and regulations.

A creative problem-solver that has the ability to work well with County Counsel staff, officials from all levels of government and the political savvy to work directly with elected officials and their individual staff members.
Experience in land use law is highly desirable.

Meet the Team
The Office of County Counsel 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.

• Coordinate with members of the County Counsel Leadership Team to direct, plan, organize, assign, and balance the workload among the various divisions and its four offices throughout the County.

• Through the Leadership Team, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate lawyers.

• Provide advice, guidance, training, and mentoring to the Chief Deputies and Supervising Deputies in the development and refinement of skills and talents.

• Serve as advisor to various boards, commissions, committees, special districts, and joint powers authorities whose legal problems are the most complex and exacting; confer with and advise County and special district officers and employees on the more complex 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 instruments.

• Prepare written opinions and render informal opinions on the most complex legal questions; prepare correspondence and reports.

• Assist County Counsel in preparing the budget, legal service rates and other fiscal and administrative matters.

• Act for the County Counsel during absences.

Experience: Five years of experience as a journey level attorney providing legal counsel to governmental agencies or departments, including at least one year of supervisory or managerial experience.

Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application with an emphasis on administrative law; organization, powers, and limitations of County governmental functions and the California Constitution; methods and problems of administering the work of a governmental law office; principles of personnel management and supervision; methods, procedures, and practices used in the conduct of litigation and the preparation of legal instruments.

Ability to: Analyze the most complex legal problems and apply legal principles and practices; research and draft opinions; analyze and draft ordinances and other regulations; prepare, present, and conduct cases of law, equity, and resulting appeals effectively; present facts, arguments and laws clearly and logically in written and oral form; work cooperatively with others.

Other Requirements
A valid California Driver's License.
Active membership in the State Bar of California.

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of both a pre-employment physical exam, including a drug/alcohol test, and a criminal background investigation, which involves fingerprinting. (A felony or misdemeanor conviction may disqualify the applicant from County employment).

At-Will Appointment:
This class has been designated At-Will by the Board of Supervisors, in accordance with the provisions provided under Article 6, Section 601E (2), (5) and (6) of the County Management Resolution and serves at the pleasure of the Agency/Department Head. 

Please read and follow any special application instructions on this posting. If available, use the 'Apply' link located on this page to submit your application. For instructions on the application process, examinations, Veteran's preference, pre-employment accommodation or other employment questions, please refer to our web site, All offers of employment are contingent upon meeting the medical and background standards of the position. A pre-employment physical examination and background check are required. For further information regarding this posting, contact: Matthew Sayers, or send an email to