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Chief Deputy County Counsel

Company: Merced County, CA
Location: Merced
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

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, California

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 staff.

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 County.

Serves as designated advisor for Children and Families First Commission.

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 Supervisors meetings.

Performs a broad range of administrative and management duties.

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 civil law.

License :

Active membership in the State Bar of California.

Two (2) years background and experience in a lead or full supervisory capacity.

Essential Functions:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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 reports.

Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.

Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines.

Represent the County and department with the community and other agencies.

Make presentations to the Board of Supervisors and other groups.

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 authorities.

Maintain professional and ethical standards.

Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.

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 arm motion.

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 administration.

Budget development and expenditure control.

Public administration.

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 problems.

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 agencies.

Assist with planning, organizing, directing, managing, and coordinating the legal services and functions of the County Counsel's Office.

Keywords: Merced County, CA, Merced , Chief Deputy County Counsel, Other , Merced, California

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