To assist the County Counsel in managing and directing the Office of County Counsel; to plan, organize and direct the activities of the office; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the County Counsel.
The Assistant Director level recognizes positions that serve as a full line assistant to a department director or assume responsibility for a major division and, in addition, perform general administrative tasks for a director.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives administrative direction from the County Counsel.
Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
In the absence of the County Counsel, to assume the responsibility of the County Counsel as needed.
Submit opinions, as directed, to all County or district officers on matters relating to their respective offices.
Attend meetings of boards or commissions as requested to provide legal counsel and advice.
Conduct and/or direct civil litigation involving State and Federal courts, including, but not limited to, jury or court trials, law and motion, discovery and appeals.
Review and prepare proposed State legislative matters.
Oversee and participate in prosecuting all recognizances forfeited in courts of record and all actions for the recovery of debts, fines, penalties and forfeitures accruing to the State in the County or to the County.
Assist the County Counsel in managing and directing the office.
Assist in developing goals and objectives for the office; assist in the development of and implementation of policies and procedures.
Develop and implement the work plan of the office; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
Prepare the office budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as requested; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Represent the Office to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in professional legal work, including a minimum of two years of practice in civil law performing duties similar to a Senior Deputy County Counsel in Placer County.
Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
License or Certificate:
Admission to practice before State and Federal courts.
Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The principles and practices of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
Responsibilities, powers and statutory limitations of the County Counsel's office.
Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
Budgeting procedures and techniques.
Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
Modern office procedures and computer equipment.
Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to present such material orally or in writing in clear and logical form.
Analyze, appraise and/or draft a variety of legal documents and instruments.
Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the County Counsel's Office.
On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Department related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.
Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; to communicate through written means.
Prepare and administer a budget.
Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
Interpret and explain Department policies and procedures.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.