County Counsel

County of Santa Barbara, California

County of Santa Barbara, California

County Counsel
Annual salary range: $230,000 to $255,000 DOQ

The County offers an attractive benefits package.
Application deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021.

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead the legal team of this beautiful California coastal county.

Ideal candidates will be strong leaders who bring a broad breadth of experience in a variety of organizations, including both the public and private sectors and a background in providing legal advice on issues that affect different types of communities, including urban, suburban, and rural. The next County Counsel possesses the political aptitude to anticipate issues of concern, is a creative problem-solver resourceful in ascertaining information quickly and is adept at finding a path through difficult issues. Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal – and the ability to present technical information in an easily understood manner are essential. A familiarity or experience with coastal communities; agricultural issues including cannabis; disasters; energy issues; California public meeting law; complex land use and environmental issues; and, with the standard portfolio of cases for California counties including child protection, tax assessment, conservatorship and civil litigation cases is desirable.

Graduation from an accredited law school, at least five (5) years of experience in the field of public law pertaining to county government, at least five (5) years of experience at a senior management level, that includes direct supervision of other senior staff, and active membership in the California State Bar are required.

To be considered, submit your resume (reflecting years and months of employment), cover letter, and a list of six work-related references (two supervisors, two direct reports and two colleagues who will not be contacted in the early stages of the process) here:

For more information contact:

Pam Derby
CPS HR Consulting

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The County of Santa Barbara is an equal opportunity employer.