JOB TITLE: PRINCIPAL MANAGER I, ATTORNEY
LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO or SACRAMENTO
JOB OPENING: 4646
The Legal Services office of the Judicial Council of California provides quality, timely, and ethical legal advice and services to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, trial courts, and the Judicial Council, and its advisory bodies and staff. Legal Services is currently seeking to fill two Principal Managing Attorney positions to join its dynamic law office made up of a highly skilled workforce that provides effective legal support to judicial branch clients on challenging, varied, and significant legal issues.
The office has two major functions: (1) house counsel and (2) legal services for rules and projects. Under the house counsel function, the office provides labor and employment law, litigation management, real estate, legal opinions on judicial administration issues, and transactions and business operations legal services. Under the rules and projects function, the office provides primary staff support to the council's Rules and Projects Committee and to several Judicial Council advisory committees and task forces, and staffs other projects designed to improve court administration and proceedings.
Under general direction, each Principal Managing Attorney position will directly manage two (or more) units within Legal Services: either (1) the Transactions and Business Operations and Real Estate Units, or (2) the Litigation Management Unit and Labor and Employment Law Units. The Principal Managing Attorney positions work independently within organizational and policy confines and report to the Deputy Chief Counsel. The preferred work location for these positions is San Francisco, however, applicants who wish to work in the Sacramento office will also be considered.
• As a member of Legal Services' senior management team, perform office-wide management functions such as:
o Collaborate on development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards.
o Collaborate on development of metrics and benchmarks for tracking and reporting on progress against goals and objectives.
o Collaborate on personnel matters, such as selection, training, professional development, evaluation, and discipline of office staff.
o Assist with development, administration, and monitoring of office budget and finance issues.
• Provide oversight of and guidance to staff about unit functions; plan, manage, and evaluate unit programs and policies; develop and implement unit goals, objectives, training, work procedures and work standards.
• Provide legal advice, briefings, and presentations to the Chief Justice, Judicial Council, internal council committees, advisory bodies, courts, and Judicial Council executives and offices.
• Promote efficiency and the use of best practices; continuously assess work practices and procedures to assure that they are efficient, effective, and customer service-oriented.
• Directly handle significant matters and serve as a Legal Services advisor and representative for special projects, initiatives, and programs.
• Provide direction on selection, management, and evaluation of outside counsel.
• Review and respond to requests from judicial branch clients for unit services.
• Collaborate with other Judicial Council offices on inter-office projects and programs.
• Manage unit work flow and work load to achieve efficient and effective delivery of legal services.
• Provide oversight and direction to legal staff for various Judicial Council committees.
• The Principal Managing Attorney managing the Transactions and Business Operations and Real Estate Units will oversee and manage:
o Real Estate Unit services and programs, including acquisition, financing, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of court facilities; and
o Transactions and Business Operations Unit services and programs, including solicitation, contracting, procurement of goods and services, risk management, and operational initiatives.
• The Principal Managing Attorney managing the Litigation Management Unit and Labor and Employment Law Units will oversee and manage:
o Litigation Management Unit services and programs, including management of government claims, small claims, writ petitions, subpoenas, and disqualification motions involving the courts and the Judicial Council
o Labor and Employment Unit services and programs, including legal advice on all aspects of the employment relationship, including labor matters; and management of employment-related litigation and labor arbitrations and matters before the California Public Employment Relations Board.
Juris Doctor Degree and seven (7) years of post-bar experience as a practicing attorney, including at least three (3) years of increasingly responsible management experience.
LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS
Current active membership with the State Bar of California.
• Principles and practices of office, budget, and project management and administration;
• Problem solving and conflict resolution;
• Workforce development and management of legal staff in cross-functional teams;
• Effective customer service;
• Employee development, supervision, training, goal setting, evaluation, and discipline; and
• Judicial branch operations.
Deep and broad experience in the following subject matter specialties:
• Transactional legal work and real estate law; or
• Litigation management and labor and employment law.
• Principles of substantive and procedural law and their applications.
• Scope and character of California statutory and case law and provisions of the United States and California Constitutions.
• California Rules of Court; the legislative process; drafting statutes and Constitutional provisions governing the organization, duties, powers, procedures, management, and conduct of the work of the trial and appellate courts.
• Legal research methods, principles of administrative and constitutional law.
• Rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in California trial and appellate courts.
• Modern legal technology solutions.
• Matter, knowledge, and document management.
• Problem-solving and conflict resolution methods and techniques.
• Customer service-focused.
• Proactive, taking initiative to assess work practices, procedures, and activities; identifying areas where improvements can be made; and proposing improvements.
• Creative and innovative.
• Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards.
• Multi-task and remain calm under pressure.
• Manage programs and staff often through subordinate supervision.
• Translate unit goals, objectives, and policies into day-to-day operations.
• Develop effective work teams and motivate individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide services in the most effective and efficient manner.
• Develop and administer the budget of the assigned area.
• Perform legal research; apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts.
• Analyze policy issues; present statements of facts, law, policy, and argument clearly, concisely, and logically in both written and oral form.
• Draft legal and administrative correspondence and reports effectively and concisely.
• Analyze and draft proposed legislation.
• Interact successfully with internal committees, advisory committees, judges, court and agency staff, the State Bar, the Legislature, and the public.
• Apply problem-solving and conflict resolution methods and techniques.
HOW TO APPLY
To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, March 23, 2018.
This position requires the submission of our official application, a cover letter, a resume, writing sample, and a response to the supplemental questions.
To complete an online application, please visit us at www.courts.ca.gov/careers and search for Job Opening #4646.
To obtain a printed application, please download a copy from the Careers page on our website under the Special Access section, and click on the Employment Application link.
Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
415-865-4272 Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
Please refer to "Principal Manager I, Attorney, Job Opening # 4646" on your application materials and all correspondence.
The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation. Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260
Please note: If you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in the United States will be required.
PAY & BENEFITS
Monthly Salary Range:
$13,128 - $15,755 per month
Starting Salary: $13,128 per month
Some highlights of our benefits package include:
• Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
• 13 paid holidays per calendar year
• Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
• 1 personal holiday per year
• $130 transit pass subsidy per month
• Pre-Tax Parking Savings Program
• CalPERS Retirement Plan
• 401 (k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
• Employee Assistance Program
• Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
• FlexElect Program
• Long Term Care Disability (employee paid/optional)
• Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional
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The Judicial Council of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Principal Manager I, Attorney (Job Opening #4646)
To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, we will review your responses to the following questions. Please indicate for which employer you performed these functions. Your answers should not exceed a total of three pages.
1. Please state why you are interested in this position.
2. Please describe your substantive legal experience in the following areas: transactions and business law, real estate law, litigation management, and labor and employment law.
3. Please describe your experience providing legal services to public sector clients.
4. Please describe your experience as a supervisor and manager of attorneys and support staff, including the number and job titles/positions of staff you have managed and supervised.
5. Please describe your leadership style and provide examples of how your style has contributed to the success of an organization.
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