Senior Deputy County Counsel-22390412

  • Dec 20, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description


The County of San Diego's Office of County Counsel has an immediate opening for Senior Deputy County Counsel in a rewarding and productive position performing legal work for local government.


Future Salary Increases

July 2023 – 4.15% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 1.40% Market Increase)
July 2024 – 4.15% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 1.40% Market Increase)


The County Counsel’s Office generally supports remote teleworking and a teleworking schedule with a mix of in-office and remote work may be available in this position.

The first review of resumes will take place on January 3, 2023.

Interviews will take place the week of January 30, 2023. Additional interview dates may be added. Job offers for selected candidates will be made shortly after the interviews. Candidates who are offered positions will be immediately scheduled for a background.   If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.

The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below. Please note that dates are approximate and are dependent upon the successful completion of each step of the process. 

  • Job Offer and Background Process begins shortly after interviews are complete. 
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results. 
  • Anticipated Start Date will be based upon successful completion of background or other mutually agreed upon date.


The Office of County Counsel is a full-service law office, tasked with handling the County's civil law needs, including proactive participation in all phases of government decision making and a very active and successful trial litigation program. Attorneys in this position act as advocates on behalf of the County of San Diego, as well as its departments and employees, by advising clients and representing them in civil litigation in state and federal court. 
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The ideal candidate would be an analytical thinker, able to accurately articulate the critical issues in a case. Additionally, the ideal candidate would have excellent legal research and writing skills, courtroom presence, and the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with other attorneys and support staff. 
Active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California, AND three (3) years of professional, post-bar civil legal experience as an attorney. Previous experience must have included serving as an attorney handling civil law matters and cases in a public or private sector law office. 


To be considered for this position, please provide your CA Bar number or attach a copy of your California Bar Card to your application.
1) Please attach a copy of your resume to your application.
2) Please attach a concise substantive legal writing sample to your application.
A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.
Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a background investigation.


The Department of Human Resources removes personally identifiable information from all recruitments. This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, hides a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process helps contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position. Current County employees may be excluded from this process.


Qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment application and supplemental application questionnaire. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. 

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.
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