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Position Summary:

The County of Santa Cruz is seeking an attorney to represent general government departments and related County boards and commissions. Representative clients could include departments handling health and human services, law enforcement, personnel, government finance, elections, land use, public infrastructure, information services, juvenile dependency, and other areas. Previous municipal or general government law experience is desired, but not required. Effective July 11, 2020, this position has been furloughed by 7.5%.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The main duties of this attorney will be to provide advice and counsel on legal issues, draft ordinances and resolutions related to the business of the clients, and review and approve contracts in assigned areas. This attorney may also be required to conduct or assist with civil litigation and court hearings associated with their client departments.

Skills and Competencies:

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the principles of civil, constitutional and administrative law, judicial procedures and the rules of evidence, and the principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research. Thorough knowledge of 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.


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SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Membership in the California State Bar.

How to Apply:

Apply online at or mail/bring an application, supplemental questionnaire, and resume 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.