Pursuant to Article IV of the County Charter, this is an at will department head position appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a four year term. The County Counsel shall not be entitled to the expectation of successive appointments, unless appointed to a successive term. The County Counsel serves as the principal legal counsel to the County. The incumbent is responsible for overall policy development, fiscal management, administration, and operation of the County Counsel's Office, which includes 11 attorneys and 5 support staff. Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of public policy, municipal functions and activities, including the role of an elected Board of Supervisors, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects and programs in a variety of areas. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives, and for furthering County goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.
The New County Counsel will: • Be a visionary and strategic leader who understands the effectiveness of being a team player and leading from the front. • Confidently exercise excellent legal and business judgement, and be proactive instead of reactive. • Work closely with department heads in examining potential legal impacts and developing alternatives to address a wide range of policy and operation issues to protect the County’s legal interests. • Cultivate strategic thinking to adjust strategies and overcome challenges, while including their employees in process improvement changes. • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to understand and implement solution-driven outcomes consistent with the County’s Strategic Plan. • Establish and maintain trust, confidence, and credibility with the Board of Supervisors, the Chief Administrative Officer; and executive leadership. • Effectively represent the County in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations. • Possess demonstrated collaboration and communication (written and verbal) skills in order to work effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds. • Be passionate about, and live, the department’s mission and vision each and every day.
Minimum Qualifications Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university, plus a Juris Doctorate from an accredited school of law, and ten (10) years of advanced professional legal experience in a public agency, as well as trial experience, including three (3) years in a management capacity. Experience as an Assistant or Chief Deputy County Counsel, Assistant City Attorney, or equivalent classification is desirable
Possession of an active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California
Telecommuting is allowed.
About COUNTY OF EL DORADO
The County of El Dorado is a charter county and employs more than 1,800 employees with an all funds operating budget of approximately $605 million. The governing body is the Board of Supervisors which is comprised of elected representatives from each of the five voting districts.
About El Dorado County
El Dorado County encompasses 1,786 square miles that range from the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley to
the peaks of the Sierra-Nevada’s. Our western border is 30 minutes from the State Capitol and only 20 minutes
away from over one million acres of breathtaking national forest. The vast size of our county also means that our
offices are spread from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe. Of course, our services are not just office-based, as
the County of El Dorado also maintains the famous Rubicon Trail, manages the whitewater recreation on the
South Fork of the American River, educates visitors on our Gold Rush days at the El Dorado County Historical
Museum, and provides many other services to our residents and visitors.