Yuba County

Chief Deputy County Counsel

Northern California Inland
Until filled
$124,428.00-$136,871.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


915 8th Street, Suite 115 Marysville, 95901


The County of Yuba is currently recruiting for the classification of Chief Deputy County Counsel.  This single executive management level classification is second-in-command of the office of the County Counsel. Under general direction, the Chief Deputy County Counsel assist in planning, organization and oversight of department-wide services; assign and direct the work of subordinate personnel; may act for the County Counsel during periods of absence; may carry a workload that involves complex and sensitive transactions, legal cases or issues; and perform other duties as assigned.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate over a broad range of  topics, with a diverse assembly of individuals and circumstances that are sometimes unique to a rural Northern California county.  Successful candidates will also possess the capability to manage, plan, schedule and direct the work of self and other County Counsel staff, while focusing on the department objectives and organizational needs.  Applicants with strong management skills and the ability to lead collaboratively, responsively, and innovatively are highly encouraged.  


Required Qualifications

Minimum: Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited school of law and five years of professional experience in the practice of law in the State of California, including a minimum of three years in the practice of public law.

Preferred: In addition to the minimum, graduation from an ABA accredited law school and two years of the required experience must be at a level equivalent to the County’s class of Deputy County Counsel III and additional years of experience in a lead, supervisory or management capacity within a law office. Experience in land use, planning, probate, child welfare, law enforcement, labor and employment law and/or contracts is desirable.

Special Requirements: Minimally qualified applicants are required to successfully pass a detailed background investigation which may include Live Scan fingerprinting, and must provide a DMV print out prior to hire. The selected applicant must obtain a valid California Class C Driver’s license within ten days of employment and maintain throughout employment, file statements of economic interest, possess and maintain active membership (in good standing) in the State Bar of California and remain active with all California Bar Annual requirements, and perform disaster services activities pursuant to Government Code 3100-3109.

***WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION: A writing sample of a recent legal opinion or a motion filed in federal or state court (within the last 5 years) must be submitted with the employment application.***


MERIT INCREASE:  Typically 5% each year for the first 7 years.

RETIREMENT:  For CalPERS pension reform details please visit http://www.co.yuba.ca.us/departments/personnel/Benefits.aspx.  Yuba County does not participate in the Social Security Program.

Miscellaneous Classic = 2% @ 55

Safety Classic = 2% @ 50

Miscellaneous New = 2% @ 62

Safety New = 2.7% @ 57

VACATION:  12 days for first 5 yrs with incremental increases every 5 yrs thereafter, up to 20 years.

HOLIDAYS:  An average of 12 paid holidays per year.

FLOATING HOLIDAYS:  Employees receive up to 16 hours per year.

SICK LEAVE: Accrued each payroll period, up to 12 days per year.

MANAGEMENT LEAVE:  Employees receive 56 hours of management leave annually. This leave is pro-rated based on start date and must be utilized by the end of the fiscal year.

HEALTH INSURANCE:   The County pays 90% of the Basic Plan premium for employee only  or 70% for employee and eligible dependent(s).  Health Waiver Opt-out of $250/monthly available with proof of other employer sponsored health care coverage.

DENTAL/VISION INSURANCE:  The County pays 100% of the Basic plan premiums for employee or 80% for employee and eligible dependent(s). Requires participation in Health Insurance benefits.

LIFE INSURANCE:  The County provides $50,000 in life insurance for employee only.  An additional $50,000 in coverage is funded by the employees contribution to the STD program.  Total coverage is $100,000. Employee may purchase supplemental coverage for themselves and/or eligible dependents.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY (STD) INSURANCE:  The County provides a self-funded plan in-lieu State Disability Insurance.  The employee withholding rate is 1% of taxable wages (maximum of $1,149.67/annually for 2018).  This benefit provides up to 75% of salary up to the current weekly maximum established by the SDI program for up to 90 days while on leave for a limited or total disability.

MANAGEMENT ANNUAL ALLOWANCE: Unrepresented Department Heads, Assistants and Deputy Department Heads will receive an annual allowance of $500 and Mid Managers will receive $400 annually.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION:   Voluntary Deferred Compensation plan(s) are available.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PLAN:  County paid confidential family wellness plan for up to 5 visits per incident per eligible family member.


Special Instructions

Final Filing Deadline: Open Until Filled



An official Yuba County employment application must be submitted by final filing deadline. Applications must include copies of valid license(s), certificate(s) and college transcripts and/or diploma. Incomplete applications may be disqualified from further consideration.


ON-LINE APPLICATION: Applications may be submitted on-line through CalOpps. Click on the Apply for Job button above to complete the Yuba County employment application.


HARD COPY APPLICATION: You may access a hard copy of the Yuba County employment application by visiting our website at http://www.yuba.org. Our applications are available in a fillable Microsoft Word format or PDF, or you may pick up these materials in our office located 915 8th Street, Suite 113, Marysville, CA 95901. Hard copies of applications can be submitted to our office in person, by U.S. Mail or by fax at 530-749-7864. Applications must be received by the final filing deadline; postmarks or applications received after the final filing deadline will not be accepted.

All applicants will be given written notice regarding the status of their application and selection procedures. The County prefers to communicate via email, if provided, to expedite communication. It is also recommended that applicants review their SPAM mail daily as to not miss any important communication from the County.

Applicants are responsible for notifying the County of any changes to their contact information, including but not limited to e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, primary and secondary telephone numbers.

Applicants must provide the following documents with their application by the filing deadline:

  • Completed Yuba County Employment Application (Online or Hard Copy)
  • Writing Sample of recent legal opinion or motion filed in fed. or st. court (withing the last 5 yrs.)
  • Any Diplomas and Unofficial Transcripts
  • Copies of Certifications


The minimum and preferred requirements are listed above. While the following requirements outline the minimum qualifications, Human Resources reserves the right to select applicants for further consideration who demonstrate the best qualifications match for the job. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee further participation in selection procedures.


This is an oral examination process.  Applicants who successfully move through the application review processes and meet the qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in a qualifications appraisal panel. The process consists of three to four panel members of which include a subject matter expert who will ask individuals questions related to the essential functions and/or attributes required for the position.


If special accommodations are required at any stage of the selection process, complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation in Employment Examination Process Form and provide the required documentation by the final filing deadline. The form can be obtained at Reasonable Accommodation Form or by contacting Human Resources at 530-749-7860.


When selection procedures have been publicly announced and the number of applicants meeting the minimum qualifications for the position is five or less, the Human Resources Director may, at her/his discretion; a) Waive the competition entirely and submit the names of the applicants meeting the minimum qualifications to the appointing department, b) Revise the conditions of competition to a more practical basis under the circumstances.


An employment eligibility list is established for those applicants who successfully pass all phases of the examination process. This list will be held for a minimum of six (6) months from the date the list is certified. For each vacancy the top five (5) ranks on the list will be certified to the department for final selection, which will include a departmental interview.


County Counsel will notify applicants from the employment list with any dates and times of his/her department interview(s) and any additional relevant selection processes. The applicant will be asked a series of questions about his/herself and his/her related experience, education and training that exhibit the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the job. The applicant may also be asked questions about hypothetical situations to test his/her ability to make decisions and use sound judgment and common sense.

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