Deputy County Counsel - Standard - Exempt

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Deputy County Counsel - Standard - Exempt

Contra Costa County Human Resources Department Contra Costa County, California, United States

Job Description:

Deputy County Counsel - Standard - Exempt


The Position

Why join the Contra Costa County Counsel's Office?

Contra Costa County is seeking highly motivated, career-oriented attorneys, with strong academic credentials and excellent research and writing skills, to fill one or more Deputy County Counsel - Exempt positions in the General Law Division. Attorneys selected to work in the General Law Division are expected to handle all aspects of advising and representing a public agency and its departments, boards, and commissions. They may be asked to prepare formal legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, and other documents; analyze and draft contracts, leases, and other legal instruments; prepare pleadings; serve as counsel to hearing bodies; handle civil trials, civil writ matters, and other litigation; and participate in mediations, negotiations, and administrative hearings. Attorneys applying for a position in this division should highlight their training and experience in one or more of the following areas: business transactions, including contract drafting and negotiating; construction, procurement, and real estate law; land use law; public finance and taxation; employment and labor law; general civil litigation, including civil writ matters; dependency proceedings; and conservatorship proceedings.

The work of the County Counsel’s Office is diverse, fast paced, and high-profile, and requires the desire and ability to assume responsibility and build positive, long-term client relationships. The ideal candidate for the position will be articulate, energetic, and approachable, with exceptional analytical skills and professional judgment. Successful applicants must be able to relate well to colleagues, clients, and the courts, have the ability to think strategically and creatively, and have the ability to foster collaborative work relationships among stakeholders involved in negotiations.

In recognition of the possibility of conflicts of interest, Deputy County Counsels - Exempt are required to refrain from private law practice. Attorneys are required to furnish personal transportation and may seek mileage reimbursement for work-related travel in accordance with County policy.

The County Counsel’s Office currently has a staff of 37 attorneys. The positions may be filled at any level step appropriate to qualifications and experience. Promotional opportunities exist within the Deputy County Counsel-Exempt range, from Basic Level ($11,258.33-$13,382.62), through Standard Level ($13,723.85-$16,313.35), to Advanced Level ($16,729.31-$19,885.89). Deputy County Counsels - Exempt are excluded from the County Merit System and are appointed by the County Counsel.

We are looking for someone who:What you will typically be responsible for:A few reasons you might love this job:A few challenges you might face in this job:Competencies Required: To read the complete job description, please visit the website,

Minimum Qualifications

Registration: Active member of the State Bar of California

Standard Level: Four (4) years of full-time (or the equivalent of full-time) experience as a practicing attorney.

Desirable Qualifications:

Selection Process

Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a Contra Costa County application and supplemental questionnaire at the time of application (please limit each response to no more than 300 words). Both submissions will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process. Along with your application, please provide the following:TWO writing samples onlyList of professional referencesA cover letterThis is an exempt recruitment, which means candidates are not guaranteed an interview. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to a hiring interview. Candidates invited to the interview may be asked questions in areas such as training and experience relevant to the position, and the knowledge of and ability to apply legal principles. References will be required.

For recruitment specific questions, please contact Lashun Fuller at For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: 7/14/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


$164,686.20 - $195,760.20 Annually
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