Job Posting: Attorney IV

Department of Industrial Relations

Attorney IV

$11,020.00 - $14,149.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This is a senior-level attorney position responsible for a wide variety of complex and interesting work, both non-litigation and litigation, broadly within the area of labor and employment law.

Under the direction of the Chief Counsel of the Office of the Director Legal Unit (OD Legal) and the Assistant Chief Counsels, Attorney IV's represent the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department, and division chiefs and managers in a variety of subject areas within the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Department. Attorney IV's have a high level of knowledge and expertise as practicing attorneys, and independently perform the more complex and sensitive legal services provided by OD Legal, operating with broad discretion. Assignments will involve dealing with complex, novel and sensitive issues, and will require expertise in lawyering skills and in one or more subject matter areas, as well as the ability to work with and opposite opposing counsel and other external representatives who also have a high level of experience, expertise and skills. Responsibilities will include civil and workers' compensation litigation, as well as legal research, analysis and advice on policy questions, legislation, regulations, and enforcement decisions, among other issues.

Essential functions of this position are to perform competently as a senior-level attorney in the specific job duties identified below; to accomplish assigned legal work with a minimum of supervision and exercising broad discretion, while also taking and following direction from the Chief Counsel and Assistant Chief Counsels; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, as required for the specific job duties, including by producing high quality legal briefs and other written work product; to appear in workers' compensation, civil and administrative courts as necessary and as assigned; to communicate in a professional, respectful and productive manner with judges, opposing counsel, Department leadership, stakeholders, colleagues, and the public; to travel as necessary and as assigned; and to demonstrate good judgment and act with high ethical standards.

The ability to travel for a short duration (one to two days) is required for this position.

Following the probationary period, regular telework may be considered, in consultation with the supervisor, although work days in the office will also be required.

See the Duty Statement [LINK], for a full description of the position.

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 located in the Department of Industrial Relations, Office of the Director Legal Unit ("OD Legal"). Employees in this position work in an office environment, 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, or for one to two-night stays at other locations 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.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Attorney IV
$11,020.00 - $14,149.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Department of Industrial Relations

Department Information

1515 Clay Street, Suite 701, Oakland, California 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 Account by 11:59 p.m. on or before the above final filing date. 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.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

The Attorney IV position requires at least ten years of experience working as an attorney following Bar admission.


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. In addition, you must submit TWO writing samples, drafted within the past 24 months. These writing samples should reflect your own writing, including in the form of filed briefs, if available. The writing samples should be limited to 15 pages each and should be submitted in pdf format. If the original brief is longer than 15 pages, it is acceptable to just crop the brief and submit the first 15 pages.

The SOQ should be typed in 12-point font, with 1.5 or double-spacing, and be no more than three (3) 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.

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.

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: Personnel, Recruitment & Hiring Unit
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
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other - In addition, you must submit TWO writing samples, drafted within the past 24 months. These writing samples should reflect your own writing, including in the form of filed briefs, if available. The writing samples should be limited to 15 pages each and should be submitted in pdf format. If the original brief is longer than 15 pages, it is acceptable to just crop the brief and submit the first 15 pages.
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:

? Strong legal research, analysis and writing skills.
? Strong oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
? Prior experience writing and filing briefs in the Superior Court, California Court of Appeal and/or California Supreme Court, and/or in federal court.
? Knowledge of state and/or federal civil procedure and prior experience in civil litigation or administrative law experience.
? Ability to organize and independently manage a high volume of work, and perform in potentially stressful situations.
? Strong interpersonal skills and the ability and desire to contribute to a collegial office environment.
? Proficiency in Word and other Microsoft applications.


Oakland office of OD Legal is located in a pleasant office environment, with proximity to shopping areas and restaurants. It is a close walking distance from the 12th Street BART station, and a BART voucher is part of the benefits package. There is a secure bicycle parking area in the building garage. On Fridays, there is a farmers' market within walking distance (by the Swan's Market). Following the probationary period, some amount of regular telework is a possibility, although days in the office will also be required. OD Legal has nice people, and during non-COVID times, has great potluck lunches and silly holiday parties.

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 Certification 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.