Assistant County Counsel

The County of Santa Clara Office of the County Counsel is seeking an Assistant County Counsel to serve as a member of the Office's executive leadership team.  The Assistant County Counsel is an unclassified, at-will, executive leadership position responsible for assisting in strategic planning, development, oversight, and administration of the Office of the County Counsel. The Assistant County Counsel manages and oversees the work of attorneys to ensure high-quality work product, project prioritization to meet deadlines, and attorney development. The Assistant County Counsel also performs high-level legal work in civil matters of a complex nature.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist the County Counsel in the strategic development and implementation of Office and County goals.
  • Plan, organize, supervise, assign, and evaluate the work of attorneys in the Office.
  • Mentor attorneys to build and maximize individual and team strengths, and oversee attorney development and retention.
  • Review briefs, opinions, contracts and other documents prepared by attorneys in the Office to ensure high-quality legal work and consistency in research, writing, advising, and representation.
  • Oversee and manage client relations to anticipate and address client needs.
  • Perform assignments of a complex legal nature in advice and litigation, including providing creative strategies for problem-solving.
  • Represent the Office at various boards and commissions meetings.

A qualified candidate is an active member in good standing with the California State Bar and typically has a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience as an attorney managing complex legal assignments; OR at least five (5) years’ experience performing high level professional legal work, of which at least two have been devoted primarily to municipal or county government law. An ideal candidate has experience managing a team handling complex assignments of a sensitive nature that requires adherence to tight deadlines and involves multiple personnel.

Candidates should have thorough knowledge of civil, constitutional, and administrative law; principles of organizational development, administrative management, and supervision; principles and laws affecting the powers and duties of the County and its officers; and judicial procedures and rules of evidence. Candidates should have exceptional legal research and writing skills; strong communication skills to be able to explain complex legal issues to judges, arbitrators, elected officials, and a diverse range of clients; and strong interpersonal skills to build teams and mentor attorneys. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to: analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and to present such material verbally and in writing in clear, logical, and persuasive form; work closely with the County Counsel in developing, implementing, and defending public policies established by the Board of Supervisors and the County Executive; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, members of the legal profession,

other governmental offices, and staff; plan, assign, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate attorneys and other staff; and advise and represent clients. Candidates are expected to practice the highest level of ethics and professional responsibility. 

We seek an individual who is passionate about public service, is a thoughtful strategist and problem-solver, and possesses excellent judgment to assess not just a legal problem but also the business, social, and political context within which the legal problem must be resolved. The ideal candidate will: have a demonstrated history of hard work and dedication; have a high level of integrity and honesty; be self-motivated and willing to take ownership of any matter; have exceptional analysis and reasoning; possess a demonstrated capability of managing and mentoring attorneys and others; have excellent follow-through and time management; demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills to promote a team environment; and be able to both multi-task and concentrate in the midst of rapidly changing circumstances and demands.

The annual salary range is $222,584 - $285,593.  Salary is dependent upon qualifications and cannot exceed the maximum amount listed.

For more information on the position or benefits, or to apply, please go to

Assistant County Counsel Brochure​


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