Assistant County Counsel - Land Use

County of Ventura
Until Filled

An Assistant County Counsel position is available in the Civil Attorney II, Civil Attorney III or Senior Civil Attorney classification, depending upon candidate experience. Applications are sought from motivated attorneys with subject matter familiarity and experience in land use law in areas such as planning and zoning, oil and gas development, surface mining, housing, telecommunications, development project review, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance.  Ideal candidates will also have experience drafting and interpreting land use ordinances, plans and policies; preparing and presenting cases before state and federal courts; and a solid understanding and knowledge of the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflict of interest laws and general public law.

The Office of County Counsel employs approximately 25 attorneys and 12 support personnel.

The working title for line-assigned attorneys is Assistant County Counsel, although the formal Civil Service classifications for the position are Civil Attorney I/II/III and Senior Civil Attorney. Four attorney positions are assigned to management of the Office, including the County Counsel. The individual assignments of Assistant County Counsels are varied, reflecting the breadth of functions performed by the County, and can include litigation, advisory or transactional duties.

  • Act as legal adviser to County officers, departments, boards and commissions;
  • Advise County officers, departments, and staff regarding land use matters, CEQA, interpretation and application of County zoning ordinances, plans and policies;
  • Draft land use ordinances, plans, policies and other legislative matters;
  • Prepare litigation documents including complaints, answers, demurrers/motions to dismiss, and appellate briefs;
  • Prepare formal written legal opinions to County officers and staff on legal questions;
  • Prepare and review contracts, leases and other instruments for legal sufficiency;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

All levels require graduation from law school and active membership in the State Bar of California.

Civil Attorney II - A minimum of two (2) years of professional legal experience. 

Civil Attorney III - A minimum of four (4) years of professional legal experience.

Senior Civil Attorney – A minimum of six (6) years of professional legal experience.

Knowledge of and experience with land use law and CEQA compliance.

Legal experience in the public sector or with public sector clients.

This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. 

A first review of applications will occur on or around the week of April 26, 2021.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at or click this link to be directed to the job posting: Assistant County Counsel - Land Use.  If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Monika Maine by email to or by phone at (805) 654-2629.