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Assistant Chief Counsel

West Sacramento, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 4+ Years Salary: $12,651 - $14,797 Monthly
Are you an experienced legal professional with the years of proven experience and knowledge to be successful in a high-level position with the state of California? Are you passionate about building and fostering important working relationships, have an understanding of state programs, and want to actively engage in supervising and directing your legal staff? If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career in state service, consider joining the Office of Legal Services (OLS) with the Department of General Services (DGS) as their new Assistant Chief Counsel!

If you are ready to impact a tremendous variety of people and programs and to work on solving issues at the highest level of Government, apply to the Assistant Chief Counsel position today!

As the Assistant Chief Counsel, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Manage and supervise Attorneys and support staff
  • Advise on complex and/or sensitive legal matters to the department and other agencies
  • Consult with the Chief Counsel and other executive and management staff within DGS and other state agencies
  • Formulates and implements departmental policies and strategic planning goals by leading administrative and management projects
  • Provide leadership to the program's strategic planning efforts by consulting and working with program staff to develop strategic planning goals
  • Represent the department by meeting with members of the Legislature
  • Provide recommendations on legislation regarding a variety of issues impacting DGS
  • Collaborate with the Attorney General's Office or private counsel representing the department in litigation by overseeing the preparation of briefs and other litigation materials, and supervising litigation strategy

Please note, to be considered for the Assistant Chief Counsel position, you are required to take the Assistant Chief Counsel exam. To take the exam, please follow this link:

We are looking for someone who has:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to promote client satisfaction with a diplomatic, result-oriented approach to help clients achieve their programmatic goals and objectives
  • Working knowledge of state government
  • Experience in supervising attorneys
  • Experience with reviewing and drafting contracts
  • Experience with advising executive management
  • Significant and substantive experience in dealing with complex legal issues and/or high-profile and/or politically sensitive litigation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including writing, reviewing, analyzing, liaising, presenting, and consulting
  • Interest in and willingness to learn all program areas to provide substantive input and support to attorneys on their assignments

The Department of General Services offers:
  • An organization with a culture that centers on our mission, vision, and values
  • Ability to be part of highly skilled teams who are implementing exciting DGS initiatives and the state’s IT strategic plan
  • Accountable management dedicated to staff and public service
  • Investment in career development
  • Flexible schedules with paid holidays
  • Generous paid time off
  • Health, dental & vision insurance for the entire family
  • Excellent pension plan
  • Close to the River walk and bike trails in West Sacramento
  • Job security and work-life balance

The application deadline 11/23/2020, which means all your application materials need to be submitted online or postmarked by this date.

For more information or questions about the state application process, contact the DGS recruitment team

Closing Date: 23rd November, 2020

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