Saturday, September 22, 2018

Assistant County Counsel

Recruitment #18-3245-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.

NOTEApplicants are required to submit, along with your application and supplemental questionnaire, a sample of your legal writing (e.g. an opinion or legal analysis of an unusual problem, trial brief, points and authorities, etc.) through the Resume Tab by the Last Day for Filing. This sample should demonstrate your ability to research and analyze legal issues. Failure to submit a legal writing sample on-line will result in disqualification.

DESCRIPTION

ABOUT THE COUNTY

Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California’s seventh-largest county. The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion. Oakland, the County seat, is California’s eighth largest city. One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas. As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens. The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles. The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY COUNSEL

The mission statement of the Office of the County Counsel is to provide competent, efficient and cost-effective legal representation and advice, thus advancing and protecting the programs and financial resources of the County, its officers, departments, boards, commissions, districts, and courts.   The Office of County Counsel provides both mandated and discretionary services including providing legal services in civil matters to the County and all of its departments and agencies along with providing County officials and departments legal advice and assistance on matters such as conflicts of interest, and personnel and labor relations issues involving the drafting and interpretation of union-county memoranda of understanding, salary and fringe benefit provisions, affirmative action, employment discrimination, personnel officer training, and employee discipline.

THE POSITION

Under general direction, to assist in the administration of the County Counsel Department; to perform specialized legal work in connection with the most controversial legal problems; to supervise an assigned departmental operation; and to do related work as required. This is a legal/administrative class with incumbents reporting to the County Counsel. Assistant County Counsels assist in the development of departmental policies, long-range plans, procedures, budget preparation, and personnel administration. They are also assigned responsibility for a functional or organizational unit in the department and act as senior attorneys in handling extremely serious or controversial legal matters.

For a comprehensive description of duties and responsibilities, please review the Assistant County Counsel job description.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

To qualify for this exam, you must have achieved the following education, experience, and requirements: 

Either Pattern I: 

  • The equivalent of five years’ full-time experience in the class of Deputy County Counsel or the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the class of Senior Deputy County Counsel in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.) 

Or Pattern II:

  • The equivalent of six years’ full-time, increasingly responsible experience as an attorney in the field of civil law. 

Both Patterns Require:

License: 

  • Current membership in the California State Bar. 
  • Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. 

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will posses the following core competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Legal research. 
  • Trial and hearing procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Principles and practice of constitutional, civil and administrative law and procedure, California statutory and constitutional law.
  • Law in relation to authority, responsibilities and obligations of public officials, administrative boards and agencies. 
  • California civil and appellate procedures.
  • County administrative law.
  • Provisions of law and rules of procedures governing the conduct of hearings before administrative bodies.
  • Principles of administration (budget preparation, personnel, and office procedures). 
Ability to:

  • Direct legal preparation in difficult and complex matters. 
  • Perform legal research. 
  • Present oral and written statements of fact, law and argument in a clear and logical manner. 
  • Exercise good judgement, make sound decisions on legal casework and in dealing with people.
  • Listen for the sensitive and political issues/considerations underlying requests for legal assistance from clients.
  • Respond to various interpersonal reactions of clients, judges and attorneys in a sensitive and tactful manner.
  • Frame oral and written comments or argument appropriately within a sensitive and political environment.
  • Assist in the planning, organization and supervision of a County Counsel's office.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS: 1) A review of candidates' applications  to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.  2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires and submitted legal writing sample to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. Only the most suitably qualified candidates will move forward in the exam process. Those candidates determined to be the Best Qualified based on this review will move on to the next step in the examination process. 3) A structured panel interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate’s final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. 

CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. 

***We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline for Filing:  Friday, September 28, 2018
Minimum Qualifications Review Complete By:  TBD
Best Qualifications Review Complete By:  TBD
**Structured Panel Interview:  TBD

**This may be a combined oral examination/hiring interview which, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filingAlameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.organd alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

 

Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst III 
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda 
Debra.Robinson@acgov.org
510-272-6437



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