Placer Employment Opportunities

Deputy County Counsel - II/III/IV

Children's System of Care Attorney

Recruitment #2023-19831-01


Unclassified- Management

Placer County Counsel’s Office, located in Auburn is recruiting for a California licensed attorney with at least one year of professional legal experience to fill one position of Deputy County Counsel at level II-IV.  Salary and position placement will be determined based on experience at the time of employment offer with the hiring authority. Positions in the Deputy County Counsel series I-IV are designated as unclassified, and as such, are at-will employees serving at the pleasure of the department head.


Preference may be given to Best Qualified candidate with experience in child dependency. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application materials experience and/or strength in this area. Please include a writing sample and resume with application materials.

The County Counsel’s Office is a department of the County of Placer.  It consists of 25 employees, including 16 attorneys.  The Office of Placer County Counsel is headed by the County Counsel, an attorney who is a direct appointment of the Board of Supervisors. The office structure is similar to a traditional law office, providing in-house transactional and civil litigation services to its client population.

Assigned proceedings include the full range of litigation activities, from advising on investigations through appeals. Practice includes appearances in state court and the Courts of Appeal.

It is intended that the successful candidate for this position will be assigned to the child dependency team providing advisory and litigation services primarily in the area of child welfare, including research and appeals.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Management leave: 100 hours per year*
  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Cafeteria plan: $5,000 per year to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance, or cash*
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • Deferred compensation with 401(k) contribution matches up to $1,500/year
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Annual vacation cash out: up to 100 hours may be cashed out each year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view Management benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.



To assist the County Counsel in providing legal advice and services to County and district officers and employees; to act for the County Counsel at his/her direction; and to act as trial advocate in civil litigation at all levels of court. 


This is a multi-level class series in which incumbents may be assigned to any one of three levels, depending upon organizational needs, professional legal experience, individual expertise and skill, proficiency gained, and the complexity and sensitivity of assigned cases.  Progression from one level to the next is at the discretion of the appointing authority, provided the minimum qualifications are met.

Deputies County Counsel II - IV are full journey level classes within the Deputy County Counsel series.  These classes are distinguished from the Deputy County Counsel I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at these levels receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. As employees progress through the levels they will be assigned more difficult and sensitive cases, will be required to be fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit, and may be required to prepare legal opinions on problems that are complex and have far-reaching implications.  Positions in these classes are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

These classes are distinguished from the Senior Deputy County Counsel in that the latter is responsible for providing lead direction to a functional area and present the most complex and sensitive cases in court.


Deputy County Counsel II
Receives general supervision from management staff and receives technical and functional supervision from higher level Deputy County Counsels.

Deputy County Counsel III
Receives direction from management staff.
May exercise technical and functional supervision over legal staff.

Deputy County Counsel IV
Receives direction from management staff.
May exercise technical and functional supervision over legal staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Confer with and advise County and district officers and employees on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, and obligations.
  • Attend meetings of boards and commissions.
  • As requested, act as legal advisor for County offices.
  • Prepare formal legislative measures, contracts, leases, conveyances, and other legal documents.
  • Study, interpret and apply laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, opinions, and trial briefs.
  • Prepare pleadings and other papers related to suits, trials, hearings, and similar legal proceedings.
  • Make decisions concerning the advisability to prosecute, compromise or dismiss civil litigation subject to civil suits in all State and Federal courts.
  • Assemble and evaluate evidence and secure and interview witnesses.
  • Perform a wide variety of legal research.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, outside counsel and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and work odd or unusual hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.


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:

Deputy County Counsel II

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel I with Placer County or one year of trial experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. 

Deputy County Counsel III

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel II with Placer County or two years of trial experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. 

Deputy County Counsel IV

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel III with Placer County or three years of trial experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. 

Required 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 of:
  • The principles of civil, constitutional, and administrative law.
  • Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research.
  • Responsibilities, powers, and statutory limitations of the County Counsel's office.
  • Federal and State statutes and County ordinances and rules and regulations pertinent to assigned cases.
  • Policies and procedures of a County Counsel's office.
  • Principles and practices of case development and management.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports, and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; and explain relevant policies, procedures and matters of law to County officers, employees, outside counsel and the general public.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time or in meetings; intermittently, walk, stand and bend while going to/from other offices or court and taking files to/from meetings or court; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see with sufficient visual acuity to perform essential job functions and interpret nonverbal behavior; hear sufficiently to communicate with clients and to understand actions in public meetings, hearings, or court proceedings; and lift light weight.
  • Analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence and precedents and present such material orally or in writing in clear and logical form; and analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments.
  • Draft legal instruments such as ordinances, resolutions, Board orders and contracts.
  • Learn to prepare and present legal cases; and perform legal research.
  • Learn to recommend investigative alternatives.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Learn to obtain information through interview; handle multiple cases; work with interruption; and deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Adhere to ethical standards. 
  • Independently analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and to present such material orally and in writing in clear and logical form; and analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments; complete a high volume of tasks at once with unscheduled and frequent changes. 
  • Independently draft legal instruments such as ordinances, resolutions, Board orders and contracts.


Length of Probation

This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit

Unclassified Management


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Selection Plan

Please submit a writing sample and resume with application materials.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Lindsay Baer, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4667.

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