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Santa Cruz County Counsel - Attorney IV - Land Use Attorney

 | Published on 9/3/2019
Deadline to apply is September 20, 2019.

SALARY: $12,821 - $15,585 / Month

The County of Santa Cruz is seeking an experienced land use attorney!

• Competitive candidates will have demonstrated expertise handling legal issues related to California Planning and Zoning law, CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, and the Coastal Act.
• Experience working with local land use ordinances and programs (e.g., affordable housing restrictions, vacation rentals, etc.) is also beneficial.
• This attorney will represent the Planning Department, the Planning Commission, Santa Cruz County LAFCO, and other clients principally associated with land use.
• The majority of work is oriented towards advice and counsel, but the attorney will occasionally be called upon to defend the County in litigation on land use decisions.
• Previous experience representing boards or commissions in public meetings, and familiarity and comfort with the Brown Act, is desired. • Strong oral and written communication skills are important for this position.
• * Please note: the official title of the position is Attorney IV – County Counsel.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Three years of experience* as an attorney practicing civil law for a public agency or four years of experience* as an attorney practicing general civil law.

*Qualifying experience must be gained after admission to a State Bar.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Membership in the California State Bar.

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement!

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid
holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!

Live and work in beautiful Santa Cruz County!

Apply online at