Job Posting: Attorney V

Department of Industrial Relations

Attorney V

$11,641.00 - $14,857.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/27/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Chief Counsel of the Office of the Director-Legal Unit (OD-Legal) or their designee, the Attorney V’s are the most experienced, skilled, and qualified attorneys within the OD-Legal and the Department of Industrial Relations. They represent and advise the Director of the Department and the various Division Chiefs with regard to the most complex issues that are within legal practice areas of the Department, including with respect to high-level policy issues, program direction, legislation, litigation, and other matters as directed by the Chief Counsel and Director. They have exceptional knowledge and expertise in the areas of law in which OD-Legal provides representation, and are sufficiently expert and specialized to lead and monitor one or more teams of attorneys within a particular practice area. Assignments typically consist of representing the Department and its officials in administrative, state and federal court litigation, including appellate and writ litigation; serving as a hearing officer; research and writing memoranda involving novel, complex or difficult legal questions; evaluation of legislative proposals and drafting legislative language as assigned; rendering legal advice and opinions to Department management; responding to sensitive correspondence on difficult and complex questions; developing strategy and tactics in the most complex issues, disputes and litigation; assisting the Department in developing internal policies; monitoring ethical and conflict of interest rules; and a wide variety of special projects as assigned by the Chief Counsel or the Director. Active State of California Bar License is required.

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

Working Conditions

This is a full-time position in the Office of the Director Legal Unit in Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles. Attorneys may telework on a frequent basis during the pandemic. 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 with possible one to two-night 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 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 V
$11,641.00 - $14,857.00 A
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Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Department of Industrial Relations

Department Information

1515 Clay Street, Oakland 94612
Our office is located in downtown Oakland, about two blocks from the Oakland City Center/12th Street BART station. Within walking distance are delis, burrito and sandwich shops, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Italian restaurants, barbecue, cheesesteaks, pizza, coffee shops and fast-food restaurants.

Position may also be located in Los Angeles ( JC - 268906) or Sacramento ( JC - 268900 ) if you are interested in the other locations you must submit an application to each job posting.

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.

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

    Special Requirements

    In order to apply for this position, you must submit a Statement of Qualifications highlighting your experience that qualifies you for this position in addition to the standard application form. A resume cannot be submitted in lieu of the SOQ. The SOQ should be typed in 14-point Times New Roman font, be no more than 5 pages in length, and address the following three topics (include each topic as a heading):

    ? Describe the breadth of your experience in administrative and/or civil litigation, including the types and estimate of numbers of particular law and motion matters, as well as federal or state appellate brief writing and oral arguing that you have done.
    ? Describe how your post-bar legal experience and training has prepared you for a position representing a government entity.
    ? Describe how your experience to date has prepared you to organize and manage a high volume of work.

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


    In order to apply for this position, you must submit two writing samples. The samples should be no longer than 15-pages in length, and should consist of your written work, not work that has been heavily edited by others. You may attach the two writing samples in either Word or Adobe pdf format.

    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: 10/27/2021

    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. 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: Certification 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
    Dept. of Industrial Relations - Certification Unit
    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.
    • Statement of Qualifications - please see special requirements section ofjob posting for instructions on statement of qualifications
    • Other -

      In order to apply for this position, you must submit two writing samples. The samples should be no longer than 15-pages in length, and should consist of your written work, not work that has been heavily edited by others. 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, labor and employment law, wage and hour law, and/or workers’ compensation law.
    ? Prior experience serving as counsel to a public agency.
    ? Prior experience writing and filing briefs in federal court, the California Court of Appeal and/or California Supreme Court.
    ? At least five years of prior civil litigation 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.


    • Health, dental, and vision benefits
    • Paid sick and vacation
    • California State holiday pay
    • 401 (k) and 457 plans
    • Retirement (CalPERS)
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Public Transit Subsidy 

    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.

    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.

    Please note that the Exam and Certification Online System (ECOS) does not allow you to resubmit your application once you withdraw it. If you have any updates to your online application, please contact the Personnel, Recruitment, & Hiring Unit at (800) 564-0771.

    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. 

    - 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.

    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.