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San Bernardino County seeks a County Counsel who is experienced in providing legal counsel on matters related to civil litigation, personnel and employment law, land use (CEQA) and property tax assessment appeals, child welfare, public guardianship, and municipal law. The ideal candidate will provide legal advice, assistance, and representation in civil legal matters to the County, its departments, and special districts. Experience in a public sector office is not required, rather, we are looking for someone who is a strong litigator, forward-thinking, transformative, brings a positive attitude, and is enthusiastic about serving as a legal partner to the Board of Supervisors and County leadership. Qualified candidates will be active members of the California State Bar, and be effective leaders, with the ability to modernize our County Counsel’s office, reduce bureaucracy, and work with County leadership and elected officials and assist them in finding legal pathways to get to “YES.” This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate with a focus on private or public sector law practice experience to assist the County in advancing it’s goals and make a difference in the community we serve.
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Duties and Responsibilities 
 
The Position
This position offers a great leadership opportunity to oversee the diversity of legal matters in the County related to homelessness, marijuana, criminal justice reform, land use, zoning, environmental issues, employment, health care, probate, conservatorships, litigation, appeals, legislation, elections, construction, water, tax, criminal justice, child welfare, worker’s compensation, contracts, etc. Additionally, the Office of the County Counsel advises and makes an impact on people’s lives through social, political, and legal issues affecting our County and our constituents.
Qualifications and Prior Experience
 
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated private and/or public sector legal counsel experience providing cost-effective and highly professional legal services. The next County Counsel will be an excellent litigator and calculated risk taker, with a history of winning cases. We are looking for a leader who is engaged and responsive with clientele, and will bring experience in organizational development and culture transformation. The ideal candidate will remove barriers, reduce bureaucracy, serve as a legal counsel and department peer to discusses and advise on legal options, and find ethical and legal avenues to get to “yes”. Successful candidates will be hardworking, demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence and political savvy (while remaining apolitical), and bring a commitment to actualizing the best possible outcomes for the County. We are looking for a skilled leader who guides their staff to strive for excellence while providing opportunities for growth and developing future leaders. The next County Counsel will have the ability to align staff and operations with the larger County Vision,
Your legal background should include:
• Experience providing legal advice within a political environment.
• Knowledge of and experience in civil litigation and handling the variety of legal matters relevant to government/public sector, private sector and/or municipal law.
• Active membership in the California State Bar.
 
Compensation
Salary Commensurate with Experience
 
HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY here immediately at:
SECURE THE DATES:
• Interviews are tentatively scheduled for early to mid October – Interested candidates are encouraged to plan ahead in order to participate in this great opportunity.
Contact Wendi Brown with questions: 866-929-WBCP (9227) or email here.
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