CAREER DESCRIPTION This recruitment is open to the public and
will be advertised from April 21, 2021 to April 27, 2021.
Interested job-seekers will not be able to apply during this
Applications will ONLY be accepted Wednesday, April 28, 2021 until
11:59 PM (PST). Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as
possible on this day.
The eligible lists established will be used to fill current and
future Attorney III positions. This recruitment may also be used to
fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.
In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position
is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following
Effective July 2, 2021 - 3.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase
Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on
position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications,
subject to appropriate authorization.
The Office of County Counsel is charged with providing civil legal
services to County government, e.g., defending and prosecuting
litigation, advising the Board of Supervisors, and providing
opinions to the County and district officers on matters pertaining
to their duties. The Office, as provided by the Government Code,
was created on September 16, 1941, by Ordinance No. 432. Most of
County Counsel's functions are defined and mandated by California
statutes, County ordinances, Board resolutions, Board policy and
County Counsel acts as in-house counsel. The primary client is the
Board of Supervisors, but all County officers and employees receive
County Counsel's services. Legal services are also provided to some
independent local public entities such as the Grand Jury and the
Orange County Flood Control District. Legal services are not
provided to individual citizens.
The Attorney III is a professional working-level class and will
perform varied professional legal work in the preparation of legal
opinions; rendering of legal counsel to County departments and
districts; representation of the County, or County officers, in
court; enforcement of laws, and other work as required.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned legal professional in civil
and governmental law with extensive knowledge, skills, and
abilities in the following core competencies:
TECHNICAL | TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
- Understanding of civil legal procedure, including writs and
appeals in State and Federal courts
- Understanding and application of California public law,
including the Government Code, Penal Code, and Welfare &
- Preparing formal opinions; drafting ordinances, resolutions,
contracts, leases, conveyances; preparing pleadings; conducting
- Representing clients in criminal or civil court proceedings,
jury trials, depositions, and/or administrative hearings
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING | INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
- Working collaboratively with team members to achieve
- Thriving in a fast-paced environment with changing
JUDGMENT | PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
- Identifying, evaluating, and resolving issues as they arise,
using decision-making abilities and technical expertise
- Developing solutions, proposing solutions, achieving measurable
results, and implementing best business practices
- Receiving complaints, evaluating evidence, and determining the
justification for prosecution
- Exercising discretion and independent judgment in performing
COMMUNICATION | ORAL AND WRITTEN SKILLS
- Interacting effectively and tactfully with client
agencies/departments, judges, and opposing counsel
- Maintaining strong oral advocacy skills in court proceedings,
public meetings, and professional engagements
- Possessing strong writing skills and background in preparing
briefs and other legal memoranda
- Writing formal opinions as to the legality of actions; drafting
ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, conveyances, and other
- Composing pleadings and other written communication in
connection with lawsuits, trials, hearings, and other legal
- Possessing strong interpersonal skills
- Active membership in the State Bar of California OR
- Members in good standing of California State Bar and have been
assigned a license number, but have inactive membership status are
also welcome to apply AND
- An active California State Bar membership must be attained by
date of appointment
Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the
Attorney III classification.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Physical Requirements Must have vision sufficient to read standard
text and computer screen; speak and hear well enough in English to
converse in person and over the phone; body mobility to move from
one work area to another; ability to use a computer terminal; able
to access standard office and courtroom equipment and to drive an
automobile; body strength sufficient to lift and carry files.
Mental Conditions Possess the ability to independently reason
logically to reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess
the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly
changing situations involving interpersonal conflict and with
complex issues; possess the ability to interact with the public in
emotional and occasionally hostile situations.
Environmental Conditions Function effectively in a standard office
environment as well as in a courtroom; will be required to interact
with persons of diverse background and educational levels including
judges, opposing counsel, medical professionals, elected officials,
County employees, witnesses, minors, the gravely disabled, and
representatives of government entities.
Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials
for minimum qualifications. After the initial screening, qualified
applicants will be referred to the next step of the selection
process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status
in the process.
Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer) Applications and
supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are
highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties
of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as
listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.
Application-Appraisal Panel Assessment (Weighted 100%) An Appraisal
Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and
evaluate the application and supplemental questionnaire for job
knowledge, competencies, and related experience described
Eligible List Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will
establish an eligible list of candidates. Only the most successful
candidates will be placed on the eligible list.
Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed
above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any
changes in the selection procedures.
Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give
preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans
and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants
the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for
employment and paid internship openings. Please click here (
Download PDF reader ) to review the policy. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment
process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in
our application and use only one email account.
NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should
not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with
multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment
process for any positions for which you apply.
Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the
recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site.
Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders,
and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and
"ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update
your profile at www.governmentjobs.com .
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.
For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact
Jennifer Ramirez at Jennifer.Ramirez@ocgov.com or (714)