Deputy County Counsel Standard-Exempt (2ET2)

Deputy County Counsel Standard-Exempt (2ET2)

Deputy County Counsel Standard-Exempt (2ET2) 150 150 CCCHRD CCCHRD
Contra Costa County
April 30, 2021
Martinez, CA / Contra Costa County
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Rebecca Martinez


Bargaining Unit: Management - Mgmt Classes, Classified & Exempt

Contra Costa County is seeking highly motivated, career-oriented attorneys, with strong academic credentials and excellent research and writing skills, to fill one Deputy County Counsel Exempt position 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 and other documents, analyze and draft contracts, 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: employment law, labor law, employment litigation or general civil litigation, including civil writ matters, and business transactions, including contract preparation.

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 long-term client relationships. The ideal candidate for the position will be articulate and energetic, with exceptional analytical skills and 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 conflict 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 34 attorneys. The positions may be filled at any level step appropriate to qualifications and experience.   Promotional opportunities exist within the Deputy County Counsel-Exempt from Basic Level ($9,351.31-$11,115.78) through Standard Level ($11,399.21-$13,550.08) to Advanced Level ($13, 895.58 -$16, 517.48).   Provisions exists for up to two steps of salary increase for outstanding performance.  Deputy County Counsels - Exempt, are excluded from the County Merit System and are appointed by the County Counsel.

Further information about the County Counsel’s Office may be found at

We are looking for someone who:

  • Can work in a fast paced, and high-profile environment
  • Has the ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Will be articulate and energetic
  • Possesses exceptional analytical skills and judgement
  • Can relate well to colleagues, clients, and the courts
  • Has the ability to assume responsibility and build client relationships
  • Has excellent writing skills

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Participating in virtual hearings and meetings
  • Presenting cases persuasively in both court and administrative proceedings
  • Offering and negotiating solutions consistent with applicable laws
  • Drafting a variety of legal documents
  • Using good judgment in setting priorities and allocating time
  • Maintaining effective working relationships with staff and clients
  • Keeping supervisor informed of significant cases and assignments

A few reasons you might love this job:

  • The Office adheres to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality
  • An opportunity to serve the public as you advise a wide variety of clients
  • Work is intellectually challenging and fast-paced
  • You will work in a team environment with supportive colleagues
  • The Office values diversity

A few challenges you might face in this job:

  • Adjusting to County government functions and interplay of the departments
  • Becoming familiar with local Superior Court Rules and Procedures, and Administrative Agencies
  • Competing litigation, advisory, and transactional deadlines

Competencies Required:

  • Legal & Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Political & Organizational Savvy: Working skillfully with politics, procedures, and protocols across organizational levels and boundaries
  • Strategic Thinking & Perspective: Evaluating immediate actions in context of achieving long range objectives
  • Self-Management: Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability
  • Negotiating: Reaching mutually satisfying agreements and compromise
  • Handling Stress: Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Innovation: Imagining and devising new and better ways of doing things
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing

To read the full class spec, please click here.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Registration: Active member of the State Bar of California
  • Experience: Four (4) years of full-time (or the equivalent of full-time) experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Desirable Qualifications:
    • Experience in employment and/or labor law
    • Experience advising and representing public agencies
    • Experience with civil litigation and administrative hearings
    • Familiarity with Corel Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and Zoom

How To Apply

For consideration, please apply directly on the Contra Costa County website: Deputy County Counsel Standard- Exempt (2ET2) | Job Details tab | Career Pages ( by May 21, 2021 11:59 PM PST.


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