Job Posting: Senior Counsel

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

JC-229937
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Senior Counsel
ATTORNEY IV

$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/27/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) (formerly Department of Business Oversight) is recruiting for one permanent, full-time Attorney IV position in the Enforcement Division. The position will be located in the Los Angeles, Sacramento or San Francisco office. This recruitment may be used to fill subsequent vacancies of these positions in DFPI within the next 180 days.

Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Human Resources implemented the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020). State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for 16 hours per month of PLP 2020 leave credits. The salary information listed under “Position Details” does not reflect the reduction in pay.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel and may receive direction from the Deputy Commissioner the Attorney IV performs independently and with broad discretion, legal work of complex and sensitive nature, including litigation, appellate cases, settlements, pre-trial negotiations, legal research, and hearings under the California Consumer Financial Protection Law, Debt Collector law, Corporate Securities Laws; Franchise Investment Law; Check Sellers, Bill Payers and Proraters Law; California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, California Finance Lenders Law; Escrow Law; Deferred Deposit Transaction Law; and California Commodities Law; Financial Institutions Law; Banking Law; Business and Industrial Development Corporations Law; California Credit Union Law; Industrial Loan Law and Money Transmission Act.

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

Working Conditions

Sacramento Location: The Sacramento office is currently located in a convenient midtown location within walking distance to light rail, restaurants, Capitol Park, and the Golden 1 Center. DBO anticipates moving their midtown office to the north Natomas area within the next 3 months. The north Natomas office offers FREE PARKING, is easily accessible from INTERSTATES 5 and 80, and is also close to various dining and shopping choices in the Natomas area.

San Francisco Location: The San Francisco office is located in the heart of the financial district within walking distance to BART and restaurants.

Los Angeles Location: The Los Angeles office is located in the heart of the downtown financial district within walking distance to restaurants, transit, multiple parking options.

The incumbent must be willing to exercise flexibility and agility as well as be willing to telework (remote work) from home as needed. Telework is subject to DFPI’s Telework Program Policy.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-229937
Position #(s):
410-340-5780-001
Working Title:
Senior Counsel
Classification:
ATTORNEY IV
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00
# of Positions:
1
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) (formerly Department of Business Oversight) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DFPI supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DFPI licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders. The DFPI offers benefit packages, competitive salary, a robust training program and opportunities for advancement.
Department Website: http://www.dfpi.ca.gov

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: 1/27/2021

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:

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Attn: Olivia Maloney
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Olivia Maloney
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
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 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.
  • Supplemental Application - Please see supplemental application 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:
  • Knowledge of the laws under the jurisdiction of the Department, and the rules of Evidence, Administrative Procedures Act and the Code of Civil Procedure.
  • Demonstrates trustworthiness and ethical behavior with consideration of the impact and consequences on the Department.
  • Demonstrates highest proficiency at communicating and advocating in all forums verbal and in writing.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks regarding the most complex and sensitive matters to meet required deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive interactive relationships with others inside and outside the department.
  • Ability to handle a heavy and diverse caseload. 
  • Ability to lead extensive investigations consisting of a multi-discipline staff including examiners, investigators, support staff and other attorneys.

Benefits

State employees may be eligible for health, dental, vision and leave benefits, as well as retirement programs and other benefits. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees’ wages, hours and conditions of employment. Other possible benefits include:
  • Alternate Work Schedules
  • Telework
  • Reimbursement Accounts

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees.

Contact Information

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

Department Website: http://www.dfpi.ca.gov
Human Resources Contact:
Olivia Maloney
(916) 576-3176
Olivia.maloney@dfpi.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:
Kevin Morrison
(916) 576-4938
kevin.morrison@dfpi.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.

Supplemental Application

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a Supplemental Application. The Supplemental Application must be no more than three pages in length, must include your first and last name, and must be titled Supplemental Application. Application packages received without a Supplemental Application may not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, and statement of qualifications do not take the place of the Supplemental Application. Please respond to the following:

1. Litigation Experience: Describe your knowledge and experience independently handling complex or sensitive litigation of appellate, civil, administrative or criminal actions. Discuss in your answer the number of cases you have handled involving complex and sensitive litigation in the areas of consumer protection or financial services and transactions, including bankruptcy, collections, securities and franchise law. Include in your response: the approximate number of pleadings and appellate briefs filed; frequency of civil actions; experience with discovery in both civil and administrative proceedings; and description of involvement in matters involving highly contested or novel issues of law.

2. Legal Analysis and Decision Making: Discuss your experience leading or supporting detailed and extensive investigations involving multiple parties or victims, voluminous documents, and coordinating a litigation support team of auditors, examiners, paralegals, investigators and other government agencies In your answer discuss your experience analyzing facts to novel and complex areas of law and determining and recommending appropriate action that has led to positive results (e.g., criminal convictions, jury verdicts, restitution or penalty awards, injunctive relief, receiverships, temporary restraining orders, license suspension, revocation or bar, or other ancillary relief) in civil, administrative or criminal actions. Include in your response experience analyzing case files, complex legal principles and precedents and application to complex legal and administrative problems.

3. Legal Practice and Procedure: Describe your experience performing complex and sensitive legal work in the areas of financial transactions or laws. Include in your response experience and favorable results in preparing and presenting legal arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form. Discuss any experience negotiating and resolving disputes in litigation. Discuss any experience in review and recommendation of legislation, appearances before legislative bodies, administrative rulemaking, and providing advice to top-level leadership on legal issues and policy governing laws..

Additional Filing Instructions

  • You are encouraged to apply electronically through your CalCareers account.
  • If applying with a hard copy application, please reference “JC-229937/RPA# 20-ENF0014" in the Job Title section of your State application in order to be considered for this vacancy. 
  • Applications not received or postmarked by 5:00 pm on the final filing date will not be accepted.
  •  Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

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