County of Santa Cruz

Position Summary:

Salary: $13,173 – 16,014 / Month

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!

The Santa Cruz County Counsel’s Office is seeking an experienced attorney specializing in municipal law, with an emphasis on labor and employment law.

Live, work and play in beautiful Santa Cruz County!

The County’s natural beauty spans from its coastal beaches to its redwood forests. The County also has excellent shopping throughout the local communities and features a lively downtown area in the City of Santa Cruz.

The ideal Mediterranean climate features low humidity with a typical 300 days of sunshine a year. Its unique shops and restaurants, coupled with a multitude of cultural and recreational activities, including theater, music, art, as well as golfing, surfing, hiking and biking offer a wealth of leisure activities. Higher education includes Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, with two additional State Universities less than an hour away. These elements of high-quality living make Santa Cruz one of California’s most desirable areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The most competitive candidates will have expertise in handling legal issues for a government agency related to employment/ personnel matters. Experience handling legal issues related to public health care services, 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%

Skills and Competencies:

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 establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and governmental officials and the general public.


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.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at or mail/bring an application 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 of
the final filing date.

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