Chief Counsel, CA Dept. of Child Support Services

Location: Rancho Cordova, CA

Under the general direction of the DCSS Director, the Chief Counsel plans, organizes, and manages the work of the Office of Legal Services (OLS).  OLS is responsible for providing and arranging all essential legal services required by the Department. The Chief Counsel is responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Director, the Chief Deputy Director, and Deputy Directors on legal-policy issues, legislation, and program integrity and enforcement matters. The Chief Counsel plans and directs legal services on behalf of the program areas of the DCSS. The Chief Counsel serves as liaison on departmental legal matters with the Governor’s Office, the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Judicial Council of California, the Department of Finance, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, and before the Legislature and legal stakeholders, as needed. Finally, the Chief Counsel manages the personnel, organization, budget and operations of OLS.

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  • Plans, organizes, and directs the management of the Office of Legal Services.
    Responsible for developing administrative regulations and legal research; writing legal opinions; and coordinating activities with the Federal Government and local child support agencies.
  • Oversees the legal functions of attorneys in the local child support agencies on all aspects of establishing and enforcing child support orders and ensures that all
    requirements of state and federal law are met. Serves as the Department’s liaison to the Judicial Council of California.
  • Serves as a member of DCSS’ executive management team, participates in policy decisions affecting all areas of departmental implementation; ongoing operations and county oversight issues; identifies potential legal problems and their solutions; coordinates work on legal and related issues with the legal staff of other state departments and local jurisdictions; provides oversight to the state hearing process, the Office of Intergovernmental Services, and the Office of Audits and Compliance for the Child Support Program; and provides oversight to the special department projects and activities.
  • Reviews and analyzes the legal aspects of existing and proposed legislation as well as proposed federal and state laws/regulations. Provides legal representation in personnel adverse actions and discrimination complaints.
  • Represents DCSS before the Legislature and its committees, Congress and
    other public bodies, and in cooperation with the Attorney General, represents the state in litigation affecting child support collection activities.

Special Requirements:

  • J.D. and license to practice law in California.
  • Knowledge of federal and state child support laws and regulations and related areas of the law.
  • Ability to communicate quickly and effectively by written and oral communications with the Director, Chief Deputy Director, DCSS management staff, other state departments and agencies, related federal agencies, the Legislature and stakeholders, and their respective counsel.
  • Ability to independently identify and propose resolution of legal issues in DCSS programs or operations.
  • Ability to manage the work of a government law office and manage a staff of attorneys and other legal professional staff.

How To apply:

Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at Final Filing Date: 9/23/2017

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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.
  • Other – Cover Letter Required
  • Statement of Qualifications – Please See Below For Specific Instructions
  • Resume is required and must be included.

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.

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