Deputy County Counsel/ Assistant County Counsel

Management
Full-time
Mono County
1/25/2021
hr@mono.ca.gov
760-932-5442

DEFINITION
Under the general supervision of the County Counsel, to provide a variety of professional legal services to the County through the County Counsel's Office; to assume responsibility _ for the department in the absence of the County Counsel; and to do other related work as· required. This position serves at the will and pleasure of the County Counsel.

REPORTS TO
County Counsel

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (All Four Classes):
Research   and   write   legal   opinions   for   the   Board of Supervisors and County departments; represent and advise County officials, boards, commissions, departments, and special districts on legal matters; prepare contracts, notices, ordinances, resolutions and other legal documents; prosecute and defend litigation and other proceedings by and against the County; . Acts as County Counsel in County Counsel's absence.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computers, telephones, calculators, copiers, and facsimile equipment.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed primarily in the office or courtroom; frequent contact with staff, elected officials and other agencies.  Occasional contact with the public.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Deputy County Counsel I:
General knowledge of the principles of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
General knowledge of specific laws governing and affecting County operations.
General knowledge of judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
Knowledge of the principles, methods and practice of legal research and writing.
Ability to research, analyze, and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems.
Ability to analyze and understand a variety of legal documents and instruments.
Ability to draft legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions and contracts which reflect and protect the County’s interests.
Ability to present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically, in written and oral form.
Ability to effectively represent the interests of the County in court and before administrative hearing bodies and tribunals.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and governmental officials and with the general public.

Deputy County Counsel II:                   All of the above, plus:
Increasing knowledge of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
Increasing knowledge of specific laws governing and affecting County operations.
Increasing knowledge of judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
Increasing skill in legal research and writing.

Deputy County Counsel III:                 All of the above, plus:
Increasing knowledge of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
Increasing knowledge of specific laws governing and affecting County operations.
Increasing knowledge of judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
Increasing skill in legal research and writing.
General knowledge of the principles of supervision and management.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to effectively mentor, supervise and manage non-attorney office staff, in collaboration with County Counsel and other attorneys.

Assistant County Counsel:              All of the above, plus:
Broader knowledge and mastery of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
Broader knowledge and mastery of specific laws governing and affecting County operations.
Broader knowledge of principles of supervision and management.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Together with the County Counsel, ability to effectively mentor, and assist County Counsel staff and aid in office oversight and management.and

Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities might be:

All Four Classes:
Graduation from an accredited school of law.

and

Deputy County Counsel I:
No prior experience required.

Deputy County Counsel II:
At least two (2) years of experience in the practice of public law comparable to that of a Deputy County Counsel I with Mono County.

Deputy County Counsel III:
At least two (2) years of experience in the practice of public law comparable to that of a Deputy County Counsel II with Mono County.

Assistant County Counsel:
  • At least three (3) years of experience in the practice of public law comparable to that of a Deputy County Counsel III with Mono County.

Special Requirements:
Active membership in the State Bar of California
Posession of a valid Driver's License