Salary: $62.53 - $76.12 Hourly
$130,062.40 - $158,329.60 Annually
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Merced County Counsel Department, 2222 M St Merced,
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Receives assignments from the County Counsel and/or Assistant
County Counsel and assigns and schedules legal work for Department
Renders legal opinions in writing and orally in response to
requests from County officers and department heads.
Provides oversight and direction on all County-wide contracts
including drafting contracts, leases, deeds, ordinances,
resolutions and other legal instruments for the Board of
Supervisors, departments and special districts of the County.
Serves as designated HIPAA Privacy Officer for Merced
Serves as designated advisor for Children and Families First
Manages and directly supervises various classifications of the
County Counsel office.
Counsels Department staff as warranted by problems and
circumstances; participates in County-wide employment law and labor
law issues and claims against the County as delegated.
Prosecutes legal action on behalf of, an defends actions
against, the County and its subdivisions before courts of origin,
appellate courts, and various administrative bodies.
Serves as County Counsel or Assistant County Counsel when
delegated, including serving as legal counsel at Board of
Performs a broad range of administrative and management
Minimum Qualifications: Experience :
Three (3) years of experience as a Deputy County Counsel IV with
Merced County OR Five (5) years of experience in the practice of
Active membership in the State Bar of California.
Two (2) years background and experience in a lead or full
Preparation of legal opinions and the revision of such opinions
developed by staff counsels.
Defense of the County, commissions, advisory boards, the courts
and authorities against lawsuits and claims.
Conduct of litigation on behalf of the County, commissions,
advisory boards, the courts and authorities.
Communicate effectively with others.
Analyze and apply data, interpret policies, procedures and
regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare
Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting
Represent the County and department with the community and other
Make presentations to the Board of Supervisors and other
Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal
standards and/or County regulations.
Train, evaluate and supervise assigned staff.
Attend meetings of commissions, advisory boards, the courts and
Maintain professional and ethical standards.
Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color
Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate
large and small objects.
Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and
Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
Regular attendance is an essential function.
Knowledge of :
The principles of Civil, Constitutional and Administrative law.
Legal research methods.
Principles, techniques, and practices of effective business
Budget development and expenditure control.
Principles and techniques of effective employee, management,
supervision, training, and development.
The Government Code and other California statutes and their
application to governmental jurisdictions.
Ability to :
Provide direction, supervision, and training for Department
staff. Review the work of Department staff and resolve
Analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to specific
local government problems.
Develop legal issues and to present clear and logical arguments
and statements of fact and law.
Develop, maintain, and prepare a variety of Department
statistics, records, and reports.
Effectively represent the County Counsel functions in contacts
with the public, community organizations, and other government
Assist with planning, organizing, directing, managing, and
coordinating the legal services and functions of the County