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Job Posting: Attorney III

Department of Industrial Relations

Attorney III

$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Chief Counsel of the Office of the Director Legal Unit (OD-Legal), and the Assistant Chief Counsels, Attorney IIIs represent the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department, and division chiefs and managers in a wide and interesting variety of subject areas that are within the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Department. Attorney IIIs generally have mid-level experience, and are expected to independently handle a caseload, to have solid lawyering skills, and to have some level of subject matter expertise in or more areas of the Department's responsibility.

Duties may include but are not limited to:
Representing the Department, Director, or Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation in all Anti-Fraud Unit matters, including but not limited to working to suspend fraudulent providers and practitioners and to dismiss liens of fraudulent providers and practitioners out of the workers' compensation system;
Representing the Department, Director, or one of DIR's divisions in civil and writ litigation, including litigation involving constitutional and statutory construction issues; ? Analyzing and drafting proposed legislation; Drafting proposed regulations; Representing the Director of DIR in workers’ compensation cases involving special funds administered by the Director;
Providing legal analysis and advice concerning Public Records Act requests;
Serving as a Privacy Officer and advising the Department with respect to privacy and confidentiality issues;
Providing legal services with respect to contract matters involving the Department; and
Providing legal services on a wide variety of other issues that may arise in the operation of the Department.

Applications may be screened and only the most competitive will be invited for an interview. This advertisement will run until filled with the following cutoff dates for review of application: the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

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

Working Conditions

This is a full-time position headquartered in the Office of the Director Legal Unit, located in an office environment in the 22-story State office building located at 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, California. This unit is currently located on the 7th floor. Employees in this position have their own offices, work at desks, and are required to work extensively on computers as necessary for the drafting of letters, briefs and other documents, and for research, email communication, file review, training and other purposes. Attorneys are expected to handle their own word processing, and secretarial support is generally limited to the finalization and filing process. This position requires occasional in-state travel, either locally within the Bay Area, or for one to three day overnight trips within California, based on assignments, and as determined according to the needs of the Department. This is a full-time, Monday through Friday, position. Attorneys are expected to work all hours as necessary to accomplish their assignments, and although they will generally average a 40-hour week, longer work hours may occasionally be required. There is some flexibility as to the specific work schedule, which will be determined after hire in consultation with the Chief Counsel or Assistant Chief Counsel. [**NOTE: During the COVID-19 crisis and while the Alameda County shelter-in-place orders remain in effect, most attorneys in OD Legal are teleworking from home.**]

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Attorney III
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Department of Industrial Relations

Department Information

This position is located in the Department of Industrial Relations, Office of the Director Legal Unit, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 701, Oakland, CA, 94612

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was established in 1927. Its mission is to improve working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR administers and enforces laws governing wages, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs, and medical care and other benefits for injured workers.

Electronic Submission of Applications preferred. Application Packages maybe submitted electronically through your CalCareer. Please only submit ONE application. Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey: DIR Applicant Survey

Department Website:

Special Requirements

Statement of Qualifications

In order to apply for this position, you must submit a Statement of Qualifications answering the questions below in addition to the standard application form. A resume cannot be submitted in lieu of the SOQ, and generally resumes are not reviewed.

The SOQ should be typed in 12-point font, with 1.5 or double-spacing, and be no more than two (2) pages in length.

Questions to be answered in the SOQ (please copy and paste these questions into your document):

1. Briefly summarize your prior experience in civil or administrative litigation, including with respect to the subject areas in which you have practiced, the courts or other forums in which you have practiced, the responsibilities you have handled, and the extent of your law and motion, trial, and/or appellate experience.

2. Briefly describe two significant matters you handled that you feel demonstrate your skills and accomplishments as an attorney. Include a brief summary of the matter, and explain what it is about the results, outcome or circumstances that you feel reflects well on your abilities as an attorney.

3. Have you ever written any briefs for filing in the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court, or any federal appellate court? If so, please provide an estimate of the number of state and federal appellate briefs you have authored. If you have been counsel in any cases resulting in published opinions, provide the case cites.

You may attach your SOQ in either Word or Adobe pdf format.

Writing Samples

In order to apply for this position, you must submit two recent writing samples you prepared within the last 24 months. The samples should be no longer than 15-pages in length (if the original work product is longer than 15 pages, it is acceptable to just provide the first 15 pages). You may attach the two writing samples in either Word or Adobe pdf format.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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:

Department of Industrial Relations
Attn: Department of Industrial Relations
1515 Clay St., Suite 409
Oakland, CA 94612

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Industrial Relations
Department of Industrial Relations
1515 Clay St., Suite 409
Oakland, CA 94612
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 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 - Please see special requirements section of the job posting for instructions on the statement of qualifications
  • Other - In order to apply for this position, you must submit two recent writing samples you prepared within the last 24 months. The samples should be no longer than 15-pages in length (if the original work product is longer than 15 pages, it is acceptable to just provide the first 15 pages). You may attach the two writing samples in either Word or Adobe pdf format.
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 concerning the work of the Department, workers' compensation law, anti-fraud law, and/or labor and employment laws.  Prior experience serving as counsel to a public agency.  Prior experience writing and filing briefs in the California Court of Appeal and/or California Supreme Court.  At least five years of prior civil litigation or administrative law experience.  Prior experience analyzing and working on legislation and/or administrative regulations. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability and desire to contribute to a collegial office environment.  Proficiency in Word and other Microsoft applications. Knowledge: • Attorney III's must have at least six years of experience in the practice of law. • Must have prior experience in one or more of the following areas: workers' compensation litigation, any aspect of labor and/or employment law, public entity representation, or civil or administrative litigation. • Must have knowledge of lawyering practice, procedure, and skills, including knowledge of civil procedure and evidence, discovery techniques, witness examination, oral advocacy, legal research methods, case citation format, court filing procedures, and other skills necessary to perform competently and independently as a mid-level attorney. Skills: • Must be able to research and to analyze legal issues. • Must be able to independently analyze legal issues and come to a conclusion for purposes of recommending action to the Department. • Must be able to consistently and timely generate well-written legal briefs and other written work product. • Must be able to consistently present legal argument, both orally and in writing, in a clear, organized and persuasive manner. • Must be able to present evidence in a clear, organized, and persuasive manner, including by the examination of witnesses and introduction of exhibits. Abilities: • Must be able to consistently perform competently, independently, and professionally as a mid-level attorney with minimal supervision, exercising discretion and good judgment. • Must be able to communicate effectively and professionally with opposing counsel, courts, client representatives, coworkers and the public. • Must be able to organize and manage a high volume of work and perform in potentially stressful situations. • Must be willing and able to accept supervision and direction from management and Department leadership. • Must be able to appear in civil and administrative courts, and travel as assigned (for short duration trips, within California).


OD Legal has interesting work, nice people, and great potluck lunches.
State of California health coverage and other benefits are comprehensive and compare favorably to the private sector.
Our building is located in downtown Oakland, approximately two blocks from the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station. Benefits include a public transit voucher to support employee use of BART or other public transit systems.
The Oakland City Center area has many fun and healthy options for lunch; on Fridays, there is a farmers’ market within walking distance in the Old Oakland/Swan’s Market area.
There is a day care center in the building (whether there are current openings is unknown; those interested would need to inquire).
Secure bike parking is available in the building garage with an incentive program for those who bicycle to work.

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:
Human Resources Contact:
Certification Unit
(800) 564-0771

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:
DIR EEO Officer
(510) 285-3080
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.

DIR Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to protect and improve the welfare and working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR is also committed to ensuring that all employers comply with labor laws in California to support a fair and thriving business environment.

Integrity - We fulfill the promise of our mission through fair, honest and ethical behavior.

Service - We are committed to responsibly serving the public and value their trust.

Respect - We treat others with dignity, courtesy and consideration.

Quality - We take pride in providing the public with accurate and timely services.

Transparency - We conduct ourselves with openness and accountability in all aspects of our work.

Additional Information

Preference will be given to persons with State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) or Surplus status. Applicants must attach a copy of their most recently dated letter that specifies their designation as either SROA or surplus candidate as proof.

Qualified candidates must have eligibility in State employment, be in a reachable rank on an employment list for this classification, be currently in this classification, or have transfer eligibility to this classification. 

If you do not hear from us in 4-6 weeks, you may assume the position has been filled by another applicant. Please note that all additional vacancies that become available may be added to this advertisement.

If you have inadvertently withdrawn your application or would like to make any updates to your online application, please contact the Personnel Recruitment & Hiring Unit at (800) 564-0771 or email us at

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