Job Posting: ATTORNEY III - GENERAL COUNSEL

California Civil Rights Department

JC-416769
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ATTORNEY III - GENERAL COUNSEL
ATTORNEY III

$10,536.00 - $13,526.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/23/2024

Job Description and Duties

The Attorney III works under general direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel. The Attorney responds to complex Public Records Act (PRA) requests, conducts legal research and analysis on complex PRA issues, provides advice and counsel, and generates data reports.


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

Working Conditions

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

• Requires ability to effectively handle stress and work in a noisy and fast paced environment.

• Requires daily use of a personal computer and related software applications at a workstation.

• Requires ability to complete tasks that require repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties, with or without reasonable accommodations and modifications to facilitate such tasks.

• Requires prolonged use of a workstation for 6.5 to 7 hours per day.

• Requires punctual and regular attendance.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-416769
Position #(s):
326-410-5795-XXX
Working Title:
ATTORNEY III - GENERAL COUNSEL
Classification:
ATTORNEY III
$10,536.00 - $13,526.00
# of Positions:
1
Work Location:
United States
Telework:
Hybrid
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Civil Rights Department (CRD or Department) is the civil rights enforcement agency for the State of California. CRD's mission is to protect all people in California from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, human trafficking, and hate violence.

 

The CRD is the largest state civil rights enforcement agency in the country. It enforces the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Unruh Civil Rights Act, Disabled Persons Act, Ralph Civil Rights Act, and the California Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Department has jurisdiction over both private and public entities operating within the State of California, including corporate entities, private sector companies that contract with the State of California, and all State departments and local governments. 

The CRD receives, investigates conciliates, and initiates individual and systemic discrimination complaints in its five offices throughout California. CRD litigates individual, class, group and systemic cases in all California jurisdictions, including state and federal courts. It leads education and outreach efforts to stakeholders and the public, and has an active regulatory and legislative program.

Candidates who reside outside of the State of California may be admitted to the job interview. However, upon job offer, candidates must provide proof of residence in California prior to their appointment becoming effective, or the offer may be rescinded.


Telework Opportunity

California Civil Rights Department supports telework for employees who can perform their essential functions remotely, as operationally allowed. Travel expenses from your home to your assigned headquarters location is considered a normal commute and are not reimbursable.
 

This position can be filled in any of our office locations statewide.

Department Website: https://calcivilrights.ca.gov/

Special Requirements

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey CRD Human Resources Survey (Rev. Oct 2022) (surveymonkey.com)

We review your job application to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. Please ensure to provide detailed information in your application.

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: 2/23/2024

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.

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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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:

California Civil Rights Department
Attn: Alyssa Ramos
2218 Kausen Drive
Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

California Civil Rights Department
Alyssa Ramos
2218 Kausen Drive
Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758
09:00 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 -

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted with your application. Do not submit a cover letter.

    The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s skills, relevant experience, and ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  Please answer each question below separately. See Statement of Qualification Section below.

     

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:

Ability to communicate effectively and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and members of the public and display excellent customer service skills.

• Ability to operate a computer and knowledge of Excel and Word software programs.

• Ability to research, interpret, and apply laws, regulations, and legal principles to specific situations. Ability to follow oral and written instruction and established procedures.

• Ability to gather and analyze facts and evidence, reason logically, draw conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations and participate effectively in investigations and interviews.

• Ability to prepare and present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form.

• Ability to prepare written documents and accurate detailed reports clearly and concisely.

• Ability to multitask and manage multiple impending deadlines.

• Experience in or knowledge of the California Public Records Act and the California Evidence Code.

• Experience in or knowledge of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and provisions of laws and Government Code sections administered or enforced.

• Experience in or knowledge of the CRD complaint process, investigative techniques, and/or settlement of complaints.

• Experience in or knowledge of the California legal system and judicial processes.

• Knowledge of legal research methods and performing research.

• Ability to speak a second language (bilingual) or American Sign Language.

Benefits

There are many benefits to joining our team! We offer competitive pay, advancement opportunities, upward mobility, work-life-balance, and for many positions, flexible hours and remote work options. The State of California offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, subject to eligibility, such as:

 

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website: https://calcivilrights.ca.gov/
Human Resources Contact:
Alyssa Ramos
(916) 957-0353
Alyssa.Ramos@calcivilrights.ca.gov
Hiring Unit Contact:
Carmen Gibbs
(916) 584-4056
Carmen.Gibbs@calcivilrights.ca.gov

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:
EEO OFFICER
(213) 723-6024
Brenda.Valle-Balderrama@calcivilrights.ca.gov
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 Application Instructions

Using the online application system as specified in the announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel delivery or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement.

All information regarding your employment history must be included on the State Employment Application STD. 678. Applications that are submitted blank or with “see resume” in place of duties performed or applications received without the following information for each job entry will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted:
• "To" and "from" dates (month/day/year)
• Hours worked per week
• Private sector job titles
• Supervisor name and phone number
• Job duties performed
• State employees must list the specific departments for which they worked and indicate the specific civil service classification titles held (not working titles).

Transcripts: If you are meeting minimum qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcript for verification. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts at the time of hire. Foreign transcripts must include official verification of U.S equivalency prior to appointment by an organization found here. 

Personally Identifiable Information:
Please do not include your Social Security Number, date of birth, veteran status, personal photos, LEAP information, or any other personally identifying information on any documents in your application package.

Statement of Qualifications Instructions

Your response to these questions should be no longer, cumulatively, than six pages in length, using double-spacing and 12-point Times New Roman font.

 

1.   Why are you interested in serving as a PRA Attorney for the Civil Rights Department?

 

2.  Describe the skills and experiences that qualify you to support and meaningfully contribute to the Legal Division’s General Counsel work as described in the duty statement. Include in your answer a discussion of your familiarity with the civil rights laws that the Civil Rights Department has jurisdiction to enforce.

 

3.   Describe your approach to managing competing deadlines while overseeing multiple projects at the same time.

 

4.   Describe your experience with Public Records Act requests and Subpoenas.



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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail
Drop-off