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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: County Counselor
Job Title: Assistant County Counselor
Salary: $76086.40 Annually


Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.


Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Sedgwick County is accepting applications for the position of Assistant County Counselor.  This position advises the Board of County Commissioners, managers, department heads and elected officials on legal matters related to County business.  A specific focus of this position is providing legal counsel on employment issues and employment related claims and litigation.

The salary range for this position is $76,086.40 - $111,344.48.  

Essential Job Functions:

1.   Advises the County Commissioners, elected officials, county manager and division/department heads (as assigned) on questions of law pertaining to County business.

  • Attends meetings of the Board of County Commissioners as required.
  • Responds to inquiries made by commissioners and other county officials.
  • Prepares resolutions, briefs, opinions, pleadings and other legal papers; conducts necessary legal research; maintains case records and prepares reports.
  • Reviews case law and legislation for impact on County business.
  • Examines and advises on deeds, bonds, contracts and other documents.

2.    Represents and coordinates the representation of County’s interests in all matters related to the Contracts, Human Services, Purchasing and ADA practice group.

  • Coordinates with co-leader of the Contracts, Human Resources, Purchasing and ADA practice group to assure coverage of practice group duties.
  • Provides legal representation to County entities as a member of the Governance and Public Policy practice group as assigned.

3.     Examines claims, lawsuits and demands against the County to determine their legality.

  • Prosecutes interests of or defends interests of County in demands, claims and litigation involving the County as assigned.

Competencies:

Integrity:  Displays and promotes conduct and behaviors consistent with agency and governmental standards.  Familiarizes oneself with the pertinent rules and regulations that govern their area of responsibility.  Applies rules and regulations in a consistent, non-biased manner, maintaining an inclusive work environment.  Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.  Guards the handling of sensitive or high risk information appropriately.  Demonstrates sensitivity to surroundings and acts accordingly in conversations. Does the right thing rather than the convenient thing.

Analytical Thinking:  Works systematically and logically to resolve problems, identify causation and anticipate unexpected results.  Manages issues by drawing on own experience and knowledge and calls on other resources as necessary.

Leadership:  Communicates a vision and inspires motivation; engages with others (direct-reports and peers) in team process to solve problems; works to find a win/win resolution of differences; is aware of how management style impacts staff productivity and development; modifies leadership style to meet situational requirements; helps team stay focused on major goals while managing within a context of multiple directives.

Performance Management:  The continuous process of setting objectives, assessing progress and providing on-going coaching and feedback to ensure that employees are meeting their objectives and career goals.

Problem Solving:  Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complex issues, and understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.

Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.

Years of Experience: Five to seven years’ experience in the practice of law as it relates to local units of government or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  A minimum of three years of experience in advising on state and federal employment law matters is preferred.  Experience with drafting, reviewing and interpreting contracts is also preferred.  

License, certifications, etc…

  • Admitted to the Bar of the State of Kansas.  Eligible to practice law before the courts of the State of Kansas and the Federal District Court for the District of Kansas.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices of legal research.  Proficiency in performing legal research electronically, accessing court documents, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices of civil prosecution and civil defense, effective trial techniques and the presentation of evidence.  Knowledge of the common law, State and Federal laws and regulations, state and local court rules.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.  Ability to analyze and organize facts in complex cases, to apply the law to them, and to present arguments thereon in clear and concise fashion, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in performing legal research electronically, accessing court documents, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint and Outlook. .
  • Knowledge of the common law, State and Federal laws and regulations, state and local court rules.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with elected and appointed officials, County management and employees, the courts and the public.
     

Physical Requirements of Position:

  • Sedentary work.  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
  • Close visual acuity is required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

Testing/Screening Requested:

Drug screen and background check

Equipment:

Use of personal computer and software (Word, Excel, Outlook, legal research). Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location of work:  525 N Main, Ste 359, Wichita, KS

Salary Range:  $76,086.40 - $111,344.48

 

*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.



Vacancy Number: 20000232

Open Date: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 1/31/2019 11:59:59 PM