About Our Opportunity
We invite you to apply to join our team as a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt Assistant County Attorney. The essential functions of this position will be to assist and provide legal advice and counsel for the County in all phases of County representation and in civil litigation in State and Federal courts, to assist the Deputy County Attorney and County Attorney in advising and assisting County Council, County Boards and Commissions, and as circumstances require to assist County Departments with legal questions, issues and problems. Additionally, this position will require you to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County Management and Departments, Elected Official, Judges within the County, other court personnel, law enforcement agencies, County personnel, the general public and other related legal authorities. You may also be required to attend meetings scheduled by County Management or County Departments, as approved by the Deputy County Attorney or County Attorney.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; required to attend board and commission meetings on a regular basis outside of the standard hours. Overnight travel may be needed on an occasional basis.
This position will remain open until filled with applications being reviewed weekly
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides professional legal advice and counsel for the County in all phases of County operations and in litigation in both civil and criminal courts, including appearing in trial and appellate courts, conducting mediations, and engaging in settlement conferences.
- Reviews assigned cases, researches and briefs the legal issues, and develops effective legal strategies.
- Conducts research, and prepares orders, motions, appeals, and other related legal and court documents.
- Researches and reviews legal documents to determine the basis for which legal actions can be filed.
- Through appropriate legal action, enforces various County Ordinances including but not limited to, animal control, zoning, stormwater management, public nuisances, and littering.
- Represents the County in various litigation actions including but not limited to, road closure hearings, quiet title actions, stormwater actions, appeals from commission and/or board decisions, and eminent domain proceedings.
- As circumstances dictate, provides professional legal advice to a wide variety of County Departments and Offices regarding all facets of state and federal civil law.
- Drafts proper legal documents for the County Council, to include ordinances, resolutions, agreements, and contracts as assigned.
- Drives to and attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions using County vehicle.
- Reviews materials to maintain licensure and to become and remain current on the principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
- Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
- Responds to questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
- Communicates and coordinates regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
- Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
Required Experience and Education:
- Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree from an accredited institution.
- License to practice law in the State of South Carolina required.
- Completion of Rule 403 Requirements or within 90 days of hire.
Preferred Experience and Education:
Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law preferred.
Licenses and Certifications:
Valid driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Attributes:
- Knowledge of home rule, statutory provisions related to the administration of county government, and relevant areas of civil and criminal law.
- Substantial knowledge of procedural and evidentiary court rules, practices and procedures for both trial and appellate courts.
- Knowledge of State and Federal common law, statutes and regulations pertaining to municipal governments.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, materials and references utilized in legal research.
Skills and Abilities/Attributes:
- Skilled in communicating effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using technical and nontechnical language to respond to inquiries from employees and the public.
- Skilled in operating a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.
- Ability to serve in a confidential work relationship and to handle confidential legal material with tact and discretion.
- Ability to accurately prepare legal documents, correspondence, reports and memorandum.
- Ability to prioritize in a changing environment.
- Ability to negotiate with and persuade others, including both individuals and groups.
- Ability to present and/or argue both routine and complex issues.
- Ability to think quickly (under pressure) and perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
- Ability to work either as part of a team or as a leader depending upon the case circumstances.
- Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
- Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
Physical and Dexterity Requirements:
Requires work involving: sitting, gripping or feeling with hands, reaching with hands and arms, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling under 1/3 of the time; standing, walking, talking, or hearing 1/3 to 2/3 of the time; and lifting more than 50 pounds under 1/3 of the time.
Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down or to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).