Job Posting: Senior Counsel

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

JC-259333
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Senior Counsel
ATTORNEY IV

$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/29/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation is recruiting for multiple Permanent, Full-time Attorney IV positions in the Enforcement Division. Positions to be filled in Sacramento, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. This recruitment may be used to fill subsequent vacancies of these positions within the next 180 days.

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 the most complex and sensitive nature, including litigation, appellate cases, settlements, pre-trial negotiations, legal research, and hearings under the laws administered by the Department. Responsible for filing civil and administrative cases in state and federal courts and before the Office of Administrative Hearings.  Drafts complicated complaints to be filed in court concerning violations of the law, and draft pre-trial, trial and post-trial motions. Engage in extensive administrative and civil discovery, including taking investigative testimony and conducting depositions, preparing and responding to requests for admissions and propounding and answering interrogatories. Responsible for all aspects on appeal include preparing writs of mandamus and appellate pleadings. Acts as lead attorney on the most complex cases. 



*P
ositions are pending finance approval.


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

Working Conditions

The incumbents 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.


The Sacramento Location:

The Sacramento office is located in north Natomas. The 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.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-259333
Position #(s):
410-000-5780-XXX
Working Title:
Senior Counsel
Classification:
ATTORNEY IV
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 A
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 L
# of Positions:
Multiple
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: https://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: 7/29/2021

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. 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 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: K. Cifelli
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
Attn: K. Cifelli
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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Supplemental Application - A Supplemental Application is a required document and must be included. 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 read the section below titled 'Supplemental Application Instructions', for detailed completion instructions.


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: https://dfpi.ca.gov/
Human Resources Contact:
Kathryn Cifelli
(916) 576-3176
Kathryn.Cifelli@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 Instructions

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



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