County Counsel is interested in candidates with a basic understanding of and demonstrated interest in land use law, including, for example, one or more of the following: the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), local implementation of State Planning and Zoning Law, Cannabis regulation, Affordable housing laws, as well as other land use and environmental laws such as the Subdivision Map Act, Clean Water Act, and Williamson Act. Land Use attorneys work closely with the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and staff to review public and private development projects. They may also be responsible for defending the County’s land use decisions and enforcing the County Code in state and federal court.

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THE POSITION

Assigned to the Land Use Practice Group, the duties of the position may include advising code enforcement officers and litigating code enforcement actions; serving as a legal advisor to County departments, boards, and commissions involved in land use matters, including advising staff and decision makers on local, state, and federal laws pertinent to processing and action on private land use entitlements; advising on development and implementation of planning initiatives, including specific plans and update of the general plan; attending meetings of boards and commissions; drafting legislation, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents; advising on core government laws including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Political Reform Act; serving as a resource for or in assistance to the County Counsel, Assistant County Counsel, or other practice groups in need of consultation with land use counsel; and defending actions against the County and its subdivisions.
Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Unclassified Service of the County and considered “at will” for labor relations purposes. The individual selected will participate in the Stanislaus County Pay-for-Performance program, as well as receive additional benefits.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at http://www.stancounty.com/riskmgmt/ under the “Disability” tab.

 

Typical Tasks

 

  • The specific duties depend on the experience and qualifications of the individual.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

 

SKILLS/ABILITIES
  • Perform highly complex legal research work;
  • Analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to legal problems;
  • Present statement of fact, law, and arguments clearly and logically;
  • Draft ordinances, resolutions, and regulations;
  • Propose legislative measures; and
  • Travel to local, State and Federal Courts .

KNOWLEDGE
  • Legal principles and their application;
  • Legal research methods;
  • Principles of administrative and public law; and
  • Duties, powers, limitations, and authority of the County Counsel’ s Office.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL III
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Deputy County Counsel or the equivalent legal experience in public or private services; AND
  • Additional experience is needed in at least one (1) of the following areas: public, civil, labor and employment, or contract law.

DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL IV
  • Four (4) years of experience as a Deputy County Counsel or the equivalent legal experience in public or private services ; AND
  • Additional experience is needed in at least one (1) of the following areas: public, civil, labor and employment, or contract law.

DEPUTY COUNTY COUNSEL V
  • Five (5) years of experience as a Deputy County Counsel or the equivalent legal experience in public or private services; AND
  • Additional experience is needed in at least one (1) of the following areas: public, civil, labor and employment, or contract law.

LICENSE

  • The individual selected must be an active member of the California State Bar at the time of appointment. The Bar membership must be listed at the appropriate section on the application form. Possession of an active, valid membership in the California State Bar is evidence of sufficient education for this classification.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the “Duties” section of the online application.
  • Experience in one or more of the following specialized areas of law: public works and construction, land use, public contracting, finance, property taxation, elections, transportation (including roads and airports), affordable housing, land use development, real property, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), tax and finance, ethics and conflicts of interest.

 

Application and Selection Procedures

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES/FINAL FILING DATE
Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.
Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

EXAMINATION PROCESS
Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.
  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months.

TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE
Application Deadline: March 16, 2021
Oral Examination: Week of March 22, 2021
Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.
Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver’s license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.
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