Office of Legislative Counsel


$10,982.00 - $14,107.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/28/2020

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of a Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel II (PDLC II), the Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel I (PDLC I) is a supervising attorney assigned to one of the legal branches.  The incumbent supervises a number of staff attorneys.   

  • Review and approve drafts of proposed legislation, opinions, and/or letters to ensure that work products meet the needs of the client, identify and address relevant legal issues, are technically and legally accurate, and are timely
  • Participate in planning and/or strategy meetings with attorneys to determine the best and most accurate approach to legal issues within the branch
  • Perform supervisory duties over attorneys within the branch, including, but not limited to, evaluating the performance of attorneys throughout the year; provide ongoing written and oral feedback; developing training plans, performance expectations, and guidelines; and assisting attorneys with meeting their professional development goals.  Provide guidance to attorneys as needed or requested, and assists attorneys with the more difficult and complex aspects of their work
  • Work with other principals in the branch to assist with the planning, organization, coordination, and direction of the resources within the section
  • Provide oral legal advice and consultation to Members of the Legislature, legislative staff, state officers, and other authorized persons on a variety of issues, including legislative rules and procedures, legislative proposals, existing law and legal precedent, and how to accomplish desired statutory goals
  • Prepare difficult and complex elements of proposed legislation and assigns staff assistance to individuals interested in preparing less complex legislation
  • Appear before legislative committees to provide legal advice on existing law or proposed legislation  
  • Act as back up to other legal managers and supervisors in their absence, and participate in agency-wide strategic planning and other efforts as requested or assigned




Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

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$10,982.00 - $14,107.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC) is a small civil service department whose mission is to provide legal services and information technology support services to the State Legislature. The State of California provides excellent health benefits and retirement options, sick leave and vacation accrual, and paid state holidays. This position is located in the heart of downtown Sacramento. OLC employees are excluded from collective bargaining and, therefore, receive enhanced benefits and do not contribute fair share.

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: 9/28/2020

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 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:

Office of Legislative Counsel
Attn: Hua Chu
925 L Street, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Hua Chu
925 L Street, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 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 required and must be included.
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 of the scope and character of California statutory law and state and federal constitutional law 

·         Knowledge of the rules, organization, and operation of the California State Legislature; goals, values, policies, and organization of the Office of Legislative Counsel; and practices of the Office of Legislative Counsel that govern drafting legislation, preparing opinions, and performing other legal services

·         Ability to present statements of facts, law, and argument clearly, logically, and effectively in written and oral form

·         Knowledge of legal principles and precedents and their application to difficult, complex, and novel legal problems

·         Ability to work effectively to deliver legal service under legislative deadlines

·         Knowledge of principles and practices of effective supervision

·         Ability to plan, organize, direct and review the activities of a legal staff; develop the skills and abilities of legal staff to ensure effective performance of their duties; perform and direct legal research and difficult legislative drafting

·         Ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action while appropriately applying office policies



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.

Human Resources Contact:
Michael Dallas
(916) 341-8333
Hiring Unit Contact:
Michael Dallas
(916) 341-8333

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:
Human Resources
(916) 341-8330
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.

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