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ProfileAssistant County Counsel The candidate, under the general direction of the County Counsel, assists in the strategic planning and development for and the overall administration of the Office of County Counsel, to manage staff and functions as necessary or required, and to perform administrative professional legal work. Performs high level and difficult legal work including advising and representing the Board of Supervisors, County Executive, County officers, departments, and boards and commissions in civil matters of a complex nature requiring expertise in local government law. Plans, organizes, supervises, assigns and evaluates the work of attorneys in the County Counsel's Office to ensure the performance of quality legal work in research, writing, advising and representation. Assists the County Counsel in the development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures. Performs assignments of a complex nature in advice and representation. Represents the County Counsel on and before various boards and commissions. Reviews opinions, contracts and other documents prepared by attorneys in the Office. Reviews for legal content letters addressed to the Board of Supervisors for closed session. Performs administrative assignments which may include directing activities of the office manager, assisting in the preparation and maintenance of the office budget, making recommendations for the hiring of professional staff and assisting in the hiring of support staff, and coordinating continuing education and training of attorneys. Performs related work as required.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should be an active member in good standing with the California State Bar. Must have 7+ years of experience as an attorney managing complex legal assignments OR 5 years of experience performing professional legal work, 2+ years of which have been devoted primarily to municipal or county government law. Should preferably have experience managing complex assignments of a sensitive nature that required adherence to tight deadlines and involved multiple personnel. Must have knowledge of: civil, constitutional and administrative law; principles of organizational development, administrative management and supervision; principles and laws affecting the powers and duties of the County and its officers, the Board of Supervisors and special districts, boards, and commissions; and/or judicial procedures and rules of evidence. Should have ability to: perform legal research; analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and present such material verbally and/or in writing in clear, logical and persuasive form; work closely with the County Counsel in developing, implementing and defending public policies established by the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive and other public offices represented by the Office; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, members of the legal profession, other governmental offices, and staff; plan, assign, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate attorneys and support staff; and advise and represent clients.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018.
EXAM #: 18-A7D-A. Submit online application with resume and letter of interest.
Santa Clara County Office of the County Counsel
70 West Hedding
Street, East Wing, , 9th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110-1770