DIR Now Hiring: LCO Chief Counsel

The Organization

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency.

DIR is composed of four divisions, the Division of Occupation Safety and Health, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, the Division of Workers' Compensation, and the Labor Commissioner's Office. These divisions focus on workplace safety and health, apprenticeship, workers’ compensation, and labor law enforcement.

The mission of the Labor Commissioner's Office is to ensure all Californians labor under legal working conditions and that law-abiding employers operate on a leveled playing field. In order maintain the enforcement of these rights, the Labor Commissioner's Office is seeking a qualified and highly dedicated individual to lead the Legal Unit.

The Position

The Labor Commissioner's Office is a National leader in workplace enforcement. The Legal Unit is implementing cutting edge legal standards with the objective of transforming how business operates in California. The Legal Unit prosecutes employers for systemic violations of law, designs enforcement strategies across the various authorities held by the Labor Commissioner, and influences the development of legal precedents to promote the welfare of workers and law abiding employers.

Duties

Under the direction of the State Labor Commissioner, the Chief Counsel is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the work of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement's Legal Unit, and ensuring that all Assistant Chief Counsels are aligned with the vision of the Labor Commissioner and focused on achieving the mission of the Labor Commissioner's Office throughout each Legal Unit. The Chief Counsel represents the Labor Commissioner and serves as the Division's top legal liaison to the Governor's Office, the Legislature, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and the Department of Industrial Relations. The Chief Counsel determines policy positions and legal arguments in difficult and complex legal cases, formulates policy initiatives, and informs enforcement priorities, plans, and strategies to carry out Labor Commissioner's statutory mandate to vigorously enforce minimum labor standards on behalf of workers, particularly in low wage industries, and to protect employers who comply with the law from competitors who attempt to gain an unfair advantage through noncompliance with these standards. As the leader of the Legal Unit, the Chief Counsel provides legal advice to the Commissioner and the units on a wide range of issues that have impact on the Labor Commissioner's Office and the workers of California. This Unit consists of 77 attorneys, including 3 Assistant chief counsels, and 22 support staff located in 15 offices throughout the state. The program provides legal counsel and guidance to the following Labor Commissioner Office programs in the enforcement and investigation of: Wage claims, Retaliation Complaint Investigations, Public Works, Licensing, Field Enforcement, Judgment Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations in relation to labor code violations.

The Unit

The Labor Commissioner's Office is a National leader inworkplace enforcement. The Legal Unit is implementing cutting edge legal standards with the objective of transforming how business operates in California. The Legal Unit prosecutes employers for systemic violations of law, designs enforcement strategies across the various authorities held by the Labor Commissioner, and influences the development of legal precedents to promote the welfare of workers and law abiding employers.

The Ideal Candidate

The Labor Commissioner's Office is looking for an effective leader and diplomatic individual with exceptional research skills and extensive legal knowledge. A viable candidate would have strong ethical commitment, a high level of personal integrity, sound judgment, and quality decision-making skills. In addition, the DIR is seeking a seasoned professional with:

  • Demonstrated commitment to transparency
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • Reliability, impartiality, tact, and patience
  • A wide range of experience in labor relations
  • Strong leadership and legal experience, initiative, and resourcefulness to achieve established goals
  • A strategic vision for the work of the Labor Commissioner's Office
  • Demonstrated commitment and innovation related to diversity, inclusion, and equity policies.

The Compensation

The annual salary range for this position is $161,400 - $179,832.
A comprehensive benefits package is also offered which includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Pension plan
  • 401(k)/457 retirement plans
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending account to save on medical and child care expenses
  • Paid vacation and holidays

To Apply

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please:

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Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following the selection.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Samantha Diaz at (916) 445-4541 or Samantha.Diaz@gov.ca.gov

 

January 2022