County of Imperial

El Centro , CA

County Counsel

County of Imperial
El Centro, CA Full-time
Posted on August 23, 2019

THE COMMUNITY

Imperial County is located in the Imperial Valley, bordering both Arizona and Mexico. The County is home to approximately 180,000 residents who live and work within its seven cities (Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, and Westmorland) and eight unincorporated communities (Bombay Beach, Heber, Niland, Ocotillo, Palo Verde, Salton City, Seeley and Winterhaven) The County seat is the city of El Centro. This vast terrain varies from 235 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to 4,548 feet above sea level at Blue Angel Peak. Established in 1907, it was the last county to be established in California. Although this region is a desert, with high temperatures and low average rainfall of three inches (seventy-five mm) per year, the economy is heavily based on agriculture due to irrigation supplied wholly from the Colorado River via the All-American Canal.

The Imperial Valley has a variety of attractions for visitors and residents. Yuma is located on the banks of the Colorado River. Yuma is located on the banks of the Colorado River. NAP El Centro is the winter home of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. Imperial Valley Expo & Fairgrounds is home to the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta which is the local county fair, held in late February to early March and known throughout North America. It is also home to the Imperial Valley Speedway.

Recreational opportunities are abundant in the area with water sports at the Colorado River; hunting, camping, and off-road activities in the rugged mountains and desert sand dunes. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Algondones Sand Dunes, Fossil Canyon, Painted Gorge, and Salvation Mountain are just a few of the unique parks in the region. The border city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico offers big city amenties like museums, a zoo, a sports convention center, several restaurants, and an international airport. Visitors cross by foot or car from Calexico in the United States every day.

ABOUT THE COUNTY OF IMPERIAL

The County of Imperial County Counsel’s office has a 2019-2020 total budget of $2,619,200 and employs approximately 17 staff members, who work to serve the Board of Supervisors in providing professional legal services and opinions. The County is divided in five supervisorial districts. Each district elects a member to the Board of Supervisors for a term of four years.

To learn more about the Imperial County, please visit www.co.imperial.ca.us

Frank M. Wright Middle School, located in Imperial, was designated a California Distinguished School in 2019 by the Californial Department of Education (CDE). In Calexico, Enrique Camarena Junior High was among 16 middle schools recognized statewide by CDE as a “School to Watch”. Opportunities to attend college are available through Imperial Valley College, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley and the University of Phoenix.

 

THE POSITION:

  • Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, plan, organize, coordinate and control the operations, activities and functions of the County Counsel's Office; direct and participate in providing professional legal services and opinions to the Board of Supervisors, County administrators and various commissions, boards and agencies; supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate and control the activities, services and operations of the department;
    • allocate personnel and resources to optimize departmental efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Provide technical legal advice to the Board of Supervisors; attend Board meetings and provide
    • legal opinions concerning County operations and programs, civil actions, claims against the County • and current or pending legal actions.
    • Plan, develop and implement legal defenses and strategies; assign complex and controversial
    • cases to legal staff.
    • Provide technical expertise to legal staff; train and direct personnel in civil and administrative
    • proceedings; establish priorities and coordinate workloads.
    • Represent the interests of the County in civil litigation, trial and appellate courts.
    • Analyze, interpret and apply statutory and common law, ordinances and other legal authorities;
    • conduct complex legal research and draft contracts, ordinances and other legal instruments.
    • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel; select, train, discipline and
    • promote personnel as appropriate.
    • Prepare and deliver oral and written legal opinions, reports, defenses and related documents;
    • make presentations to County boards, commissions and administrative bodies.
    • Communicate with local, State and federal offices and agencies to exchange information, research • issues and obtain or provide legal opinions.
    • Prepare, develop, monitor and control the departmental budget; approve and authorize
    • expenditures within budgetary limitations and established County policy.
    • Direct the preparation and maintenance of comprehensive records and files related to legal issues • and proceedings.
    • Prepare, submit and distribute statistical, financial and narrative reports.
    • Attend and conduct a variety of meetings; maintain appropriate professional affiliations.
    • Perform related duties as assigned.

IDEAL CANDIDATE:
• Principles and practices regarding the practice of law in the State of California.
• Laws such as County ordinances, State and federal statutes, State and federal constitutions and rules of court.
• County organization, operations, policies and objectives.
• Record-keeping techniques. • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. • Oral and written communication skills. • Public speaking techniques. • Analytical and research skills. • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training. • Civil, constitutional and contract law. • Administrative agency law.
• Plan, organize, coordinate and control the activities and operations of the County Counsel's Office. • Represent the County's legal interests in a persuasive manner. • Counsel and advise the Board of Supervisors, County administrators, County boards, commissions and administrative bodies on legal matters. • Litigate complex and controversial cases. • Research legal issues, complaints, pleadings, and points and authorities. • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. • Prepare and deliver oral presentations. • Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures. • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. • Prioritize and schedule work. • Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions. • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. • Meet schedules and time lines. • Plan and organize work. • Work independently with little direction. • Train, supervise and evaluate personnel. • Assign and review the work of others.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to: bachelor's degree and graduation from an accredited school of law and five years of broad and varied legal experience including civil, trial and appellate experience. LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Valid California driver's license; license by the State Bar to practice law in the State of California. WORKING CONDITIONS: Office environment; subject to driving a vehicle to conduct work. Physical abilities required include seeing to drive a vehicle, and speaking to exchange information and make presentations

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The yearly salary for County Counsel is: $183,641

The County of Imperial offers an excellent benefit package that includes:

Retirement Plan- The 37 Act
Voluntary Deferred Comp 457 Plan
Health Insurance
Dental & Vision Insurance
Health Reimbursement Account
Life Insurance
Holidays
Sick Leave
Sick Leave Buy-Back
Vacation
Vacation
Administrative Leave
Car Allowance
Tuition Reimbursement

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SCHEDULE:

The final filing date for this position is Friday, September 13, 2019. To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, you will need to submit an Imperial County employment application, a cover letter and resume. Resumes should reflect years and months of employment and positions held. You can access the Imperial County application forms at https://www.co.imperial.ca.us/human-resources/index.asp?fileinc=jobapp;

Complete and print the forms, and submit all materials to:

County of Imperial Human Resources

940 W. Main Street, #101

El Centro, CA 92243