Deputy County Counsel I, II, & III - Juvenile Dependency

County of Sonoma

Deputy County Counsel I, II, & III - Juvenile Dependency
$8,299 - $12,748/Monthly*

Join the Sonoma County Counsel and make a difference!
What makes Sonoma County a great choice?

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

The Deputy County Counsel – Juvenile Dependency position represents a great opportunity to work in beautiful Sonoma wine country and join a collegial team of attorneys and staff committed to public service and quality of life. In this exciting role, you will provide legal counsel to and advise the Human Services Department's Family, Youth, and Children's Services (FYC) Division regarding dependency cases. The successful candidate will regularly: 
  • Draft legal documents such as memoranda, briefs, writs, and appeals
  • Appear in court on review calendars and contested hearing calendars
  • Participate in settlement conferences
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the juvenile dependency team
  • Study and apply new case law, statutory law, and legislative changes
  • Attend trainings, and in turn, may train other attorneys and FYC personnel in the juvenile dependency area of law 
  • In addition, the Deputy County Counsel may assist with other work performed by attorneys in the Health and Human Services Practice Group, and assist with County Counsel's other areas of responsibility. 


The Ideal Candidate will possess: 
  • Juvenile dependency related public law experience
  • Exceptional research and written communication skills
  • Courtroom experience including trial advocacy highly desired
  • A demonstrated ability to creatively problem-solve
  • Experience with complex and fast-moving projects
  • The ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team
  • An excellent academic record is highly desired

IMPORTANT: The position will be filled at the I, II, or III level. If you are interested in applying at the I, II, and/or III level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for those classifications.

*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331. EOE Apply by 10/6/20