Land Use Attorney-County Counsel

County of Santa Cruz

THE JOB: Competitive candidates will have demonstrated expertise handling legal issues related to California Planning and Zoning law, CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, and the Coastal Act. Experience working with local land use ordinances and programs (e.g., affordable housing restrictions, vacation rentals, etc.) is also beneficial.

This attorney will represent the Planning Department, the Planning Commission, Santa Cruz County LAFCO, and other clients principally associated with land use.
The majority of work is oriented towards advice and counsel, but the attorney will occasionally be called upon to defend the County in litigation on land use decisions.

Previous experience representing boards or commissions in public meetings, and familiarity and comfort with the Brown Act, is desired.
Strong oral and written communication skills are important for this position. 

* Please note: the official title of the position is Attorney IV – County Counsel.

SALARY: $12,821 - $15,585 / Month

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:
Three years of experience* as an attorney practicing civil law for a public agency or four years of experience* as an attorney practicing general civil law.

*Qualifying experience must be gained after admission to a State Bar.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Membership in the California State Bar.
Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement!
The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid
holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!

Live and work in beautiful Santa Cruz County!

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