Closing Date: 14th May, 2024


Job Description and Duties:
A Government Department Office of the Director Legal Unit is hiring for two senior-level Attorney IV positions. Attorneys in this position are responsible for a wide variety of complex and interesting work, both non-litigation and litigation, broadly within the area of labor and employment law.

Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel of the Office of the Director Legal Unit (OD Legal) and the Assistant Chief Counsels, Attorney IV's represent the Director of A Government Department, the Department, and division chiefs and managers in a variety of subject areas within the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Department. Responsibilities include, among others, representing the Director of A Government Department in a special type of complex workers' compensation cases involving trust funds administered by the Director (SIBTF, UEBTF and DWD), representing the Department in internal A Government Department personnel, discipline and other labor and employment matters, serving as hearing officers in prevailing wage and other types of cases, and providing legal advice and representation in public works, Public Records Act, privacy, contracts, and other subject areas.

Attorney IVs also serve as primary and/or in-house counsel in civil litigation, including complex civil writ litigation, analyze pending legislation, draft and/or comment on proposed regulations, and advise Department leadership on a wide variety of policy questions. Attorney IV's are expected to have a high level of knowledge, skill, and expertise as practicing attorneys. Assignments will involve dealing with complex, novel and sensitive issues, and will require strong analytical, communication and writing skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work with opposing counsel, stakeholders, and other external representatives who also have a high level of experience, expertise and skills.

Essential functions of this position are to perform competently as a senior-level attorney in the specific job duties identified in the Duty Statement (which should be reviewed before applying!); to accomplish assigned legal work with a minimum of supervision and exercising broad discretion, while also taking and following general direction from the Chief Counsel and Assistant Chief Counsels; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, as required for the specific job duties, including by producing high quality legal briefs and other written work product; to appear in workers' compensation, civil and administrative courts as necessary and as assigned; to communicate in a professional, respectful and productive manner with judges, opposing counsel, Department leadership, stakeholders, colleagues, and the public; to travel as necessary and as assigned; and to demonstrate good judgment and act with high ethical standards. The ability to travel for a short duration (one to two days) is required for this position.

Following the probationary period, regular telework may be considered, in consultation with the supervisor, although work days in the office will also be required. This is not a full-time telework position.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement. (

Special Requirements:
The Attorney IV position requires admission to the California Bar.

Two Writing Samples. The writing samples should be your own work, recent, and limited to 15 pages each. If the original brief is longer than 15 pages, it is acceptable to just crop the brief and submit the first 15 pages. Please submit in pdf format.

Instructions for Applying: To Apply, Please Submit the Standard State Application, a Cover Letter, Your Resume, and Two Recent Writing Samples. in The Cover Letter, Please Briefly Summarize Your Experience as An Attorney, Including the Nature and Extent of Your Litigation Experience, Including Your Experience Writing Briefs for Civil or Administrative Courts at The Trial And/or Appellate Level. Your Writing Samples Should Reflect Your Own Work, Be Recent, and Submitted in Pdf Format.

Desirable Qualifications:
In Addition to Evaluating Each Candidate's Relative Ability, as Demonstrated by Quality and Breadth of Experience, the Following Factors Will Provide the Basis for Competitively Evaluating Each Candidate:
  • Excellent Legal Research, Analysis and Writing Skills.
  • Strong Oral and Written Communication and Advocacy Skills.
  • Extensive Prior Experience Writing and Filing Briefs in The Superior Court, California Court of Appeal And/or
  • California Supreme Court, And/or in Federal Court.
  • Thorough Knowledge of State And/or Federal Civil Procedure and Prior Experience in Civil Litigation Or
  • Administrative Law Experience.
  • Ability to Organize and Independently Manage a High Volume of Work, and Perform in Potentially Stressful Situations.
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills and The Ability and Desire to Contribute to A Collegial Office Environment.
  • Proficiency in Word and Other Microsoft Applications.