Closing Date: 7th April, 2023


Under the direction of the Chief Counsel of the Office of the Director Legal Unit (OD--Legal), the Assistant Chief Counsels, Senior Counsel represent the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department, and division chiefs and managers in a variety of subject areas within the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Department. Senior Counsel are expected to perform the more complex, novel, difficult and sensitive legal work of the unit, and to have a high level of experience, strong technical lawyering skills, and subject matter expertise in one or more areas of the Department's responsibility. Duties include but are not limited to: representing the Department, Director, or one of DIR's divisions in civil and writ litigation, including litigation involving constitutional issues; representing the Department in internal personnel matters; representing the Director of DIR in workers' compensation cases involving special funds administered by the Director; analyzing requests for public works coverage determinations and drafting proposed decisions for the Director's review; serving as a hearing officer in appeals from assessments for prevailing wage violations and drafting proposed decisions for the Director's review; providing counsel on apprenticeship matters; analyzing and drafting recommended decisions in appeals from retaliation complaint investigations; providing analysis and advice concerning Public Records Act requests; analyzing and drafting proposed legislation; providing legal services with respect to contract matters involving the Department; drafting proposed regulations; and providing legal services on a wide variety of other issues that may arise in the operation of the Department.

This is a full-time permanent position. The hours are usual business hours Monday through Friday. Attorneys are expected to work all hours necessary to accomplish their assignments, and although they will generally average 40 hours a week, longer work hours may occasionally be required.. Partial telework schedules are available, which will be determined after consultation with the Assistant Chief Counsel.

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies in accordance with 2 CCR 249.3

To be considered for this Attorney IV job opportunity, applicants must be either reachable on an employment list, have transfer eligibility or have reinstatement eligibility. To take the exam and gain employment list eligibility, please click here to access the exam bulletin:

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

Working Conditions:
This postion is located in the Department of Industrial Relations, Office of the Director--Legal Unit.

This is a full-time position in an office environment on the 18th floor of a 45-story office building located at 355 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California. Employees in this position work in an office at desks, and are required to work extensively on computers as necessary for the drafting of letters, briefs, and other documents, and for research, email communication, file review, training, and other purposes. Attorneys are expected to handle their own word processing, and secretarial support is generally limited to the finalization and filing process. This position requires in-state travel, either locally within Southern California, or for one or two-night overnight trips within California, based on assignments, and as determined according to the needs of the Department. Partial telework schedules are available.

Central location with easy access to public transportation, bike parking, cultural institutions, eclectic dining, and fitness centers. Subsidized monthy commuter public transportation passes of 100 percent. Partial telework schedules are available.

Minimum Requirements:
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
Attorney IV

Additional Documents
Job Application Package Checklist
Duty Statement

Department Information:
  • The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was established in 1927. Its mission is to improve working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR administers and enforces laws governing wages, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs, and medical care and other benefits for injured workers.
  • Electronic Submission of Applications preferred. Application Packages maybe submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. on or before the above final filing date.
  • Please only submit ONE application. Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.
  • If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 and application package to the mailing address provided in the “Application Instructions” section below and ensure the following:
  • Clearly indicate the Job Code #, Position Number and the Title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.
    • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility (cert, transfer, reinstatement, etc.) in the “Explanations” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.
    • Remove and do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678. This page is for examination use only.
    • Do not include your full Social Security Number on your documents and/or do not provide any LEAP information.
  • Department Website:

Special Requirements:
A statement of qualifications is required addressing the following two topics:
  • Describe the breadth of your experience in administrative and/or civil litigation, including the types and estimate of numbers of particular law and motion matters, as well as federal or state appellate brief writing and arguing that you have done.
  • Describe how your post-bar legal experience and training has prepared you for a position representing a government entity.

Must be a member of the California Bar and qualified to practice law in California for at least 10 years.

Application Instructions:
Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 4/7/2023

Who May Apply:
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How to Apply:
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
Department of Industrial Relations
Attn: Certifications Unit
2180 Harvard Street Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95815

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Industrial Relations
2180 Harvard Street Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95815
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see Special requirements section of the posting for instructions on the Statement of Qualifications.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

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:
  • Knowledge concerning the work of the Department, labor and employment law, wage and hour law, and workers' compensation law.
  • Prior experience serving as counsel to a public agency.
  • Prior experience writing and filing briefs in the California Court of Appeal and/or California Supreme Court and/or federal courts.
  • At least five years of civil litigation experience.
  • Prior experience analyzing and working on legislation and/or administrative regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability and desire to contribute to a collegial office environment.
  • Proficiency in Word and other Microsoft applications.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:

Human Resources Contact:
Certification Unit
(800) 564-0771

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
DIR EEO Officer
(510) 285-3080

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information:
  • Preference will be given to persons with State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) or Surplus status. Applicants must attach a copy of their most recently dated letter that specifies their designation as either SROA or surplus candidate as proof.
  • Qualified candidates must have eligibility in State employment, be in a reachable rank on an employment list for this classification, be currently in this classification, or have transfer eligibility to this classification. Training and Development (T&D) assignments may be considered.
  • If you do not hear from us in 4-6 weeks, you may assume the position has been filled by another applicant. Please note that all additional vacancies that become available may be added to this advertisement.
  • Please note that the Exam and Certification Online System (ECOS) does not allow you to resubmit your application once you withdraw it. If you have any updates to your online application, please contact the Personnel, Recruitment, & Hiring Unit at (800) 564-0771.
  • Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey: DIR Applicant Survey

DIR Mission and Core Values
  • Our mission is to protect and improve the welfare and working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR is also committed to ensuring that all employers comply with labor laws in California to support a fair and thriving business environment.
  • Integrity - We fulfill the promise of our mission through fair, honest and ethical behavior.
  • Service - We are committed to responsibly serving the public and value their trust.
  • Respect - We treat others with dignity, courtesy and consideration.
  • Quality - We take pride in providing the public with accurate and timely services.
  • Transparency - We conduct ourselves with openness and accountability in all aspects of our work.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.