WESTLANDS WATER DISTRICT IS SEEKING A DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL.
The Deputy General Counsel reports to the General Counsel in the Sacramento office and accordingly is employed as an unclassified at-will employee. The Deputy General Counsel position is a management level, single-position classification that assists with advising the District on a variety of legal issues, with a particular focus on compliance with Ralph M. Brown Act, California Public Records Act, public contracting law, employment laws, and public financing laws (including Proposition 218 procedures). This position is located in the Fresno office; however, the District may consider the position to report from the Sacramento office.
The essential responsibilities and duties include the following:
Assist with the District’s response to requests for public records.
Assist staff with preparing notices and agenda for meetings.
Draft, review, and assist with negotiations of contracts.
Support the District’s management team during labor and employment matters.
Conduct legal research.
Develop legal recommendations.
Assist with the management of outside counsel.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Any combination of equivalent education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge required by the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and experience would be:
Graduation from ABA-accredited law school, successful completion of the California Bar Exam, admitted and active member of the California Bar. No disqualifying issues in State Bar ethics and background information; and
At least five (5) years of work either in house or as outside counsel for a public agency.
Possession of a valid California driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory driving record.
Employment and Labor law
Public Agency law
Public Agency Contracting law.
Public Agency Finance.
Word processing, spreadsheet, and database software applications
About Westlands Water District
Westlands Water District was established in 1952. It is the mission of the District to provide a timely, reliable and affordable water supply to its landowners and water users. To this end, Westlands is committed to preserving its federal contract, which includes water and drainage service, and acquiring additional water necessary to meet the needs of its landowners.
Today the District serves approximately 700 family-owned farms. The District leads the nation in irrigable acreage with approximately 568,500 acres of some of the most productive soils on Earth. More than 50,000 people live and work in the communities dependent on the District’s agricultural economy.
A nine-member Board of Directors governs the District. The nine members are elected by the landowners in the District to staggered 4-year terms. The Board holds its meetings every third Tuesday of the month.
The District has 114 employees and a FY 2020-21 budget of approximately $203 million.
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