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County Counsel City of Santa Cruz

Bianca Garcia  | Published on 2/1/2021


ATTORNEY IV - COUNTY COUNSEL

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE REQUIRED

Open and Promotional Job # 21-JD7-01

Salary: $13,173 – 16,014 / Month

Closing Date: Friday, February 19, 2021


THE JOB: The Santa Cruz County Counsel’s Office is seeking an experienced attorney specializing in municipal law. The most competitive candidates will have expertise in handling legal issues for a government agency related to em- ployment/personnel matters and public health care services. Experience handling legal issues related to land use, human services, tax, elections, public contracts, and law enforcement is also beneficial. Candidates should have strong writing skills and be able to draft legal documents, ordinances and contracts. Broad litigation experience is not necessary, but having basic litigation skills will make candidates more competitive for the position (e.g., experience with evidentiary hearings, drafting briefs and position papers, etc.). Effective July 11, 2020, this position has been furloughed by 7.5%.

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 (gained after admission to a State Bar) as an attorney practicing civil law for a public agency or four years of full time experience as an attorney practicing general civil law.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Membership in the California State Bar.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the principles of civil, constitutional and administrative law; judicial procedures and the rules of evidence; principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research; statutes and codes applicable to civil procedures; County ordinances and rules; and precedent decisions impacting County operations.

Ability to: Research, analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems; analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments; draft legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, statutes, and contracts; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; and estab- lish and maintain effective working relationships with County and governmental officials and the general public.

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and supplemental questionnaire to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.



HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at www.santacruzcountyjobs.com or mail/bring an application and

experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your over- all score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

ATORNEY IV - SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE

The supplemental questions are designed specifically for this recruitment. Applications received without the required supplemental information will be screened out of the selection process. Employment experiences referred to in your response must also be included in the Employment History section of the application.

NOTE: Please answer the question(s) below as completely and thoroughly as possible, as your answer(s) may be used to assess your qualifications for movement to the next step in the recruitment process.

1. How many years have you practiced law for a municipal agency? □ 0-5 years □ 6-10 years □ 10 or more years

2. Please describe in detail the attorney work that you have performed for municipal agencies, departments, and legislative boards or commissions in the area of employment/personnel. Include information concerning whom you represented, your responsibilities, and any related information that you believe would assist the reviewing committee.

3. Please describe in detail the attorney work that you have performed for municipal agencies, departments, and legislative boards or commissions in the area of health care services. Include information concerning whom you represented, your responsibilities, and any related information that you believe would assist the reviewing

committee.

4. Please describe in detail any other attorney work that you have performed for municipal agencies, departments, and legislative boards or commissions in general government areas such as land use, human services, tax, elections, public contracts, law enforcement, etc.

5. Please describe in detail your civil litigation experience, emphasizing any work done in the areas of employment/personnel or health care or for municipal agencies, departments, and legislative boards or commissions.



EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:
VACATION
- 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service. ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contribu- tions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage. RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final aver- age compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum. DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.