The Opportunity
This position reports directly to the Chief Deputy and has administrative and technical responsibility for the Strategic Communications Division which is comprised of the Appellate, Employee Relations, and Communications Units in the Office of the Public Defender. The Division Chief assists in directing daily activities and operations. The Division Chief ensures the effective implementation of the office of the Public Defender’s legal mandate to provide zealous advocacy in Los Angeles County.

Job Responsibilities
Appellate
• Provides direction to the Head Deputy of the Appellate Unit on high‐level appellate matters.
• Directs the application of various policies and legal analysis on pending cases handled by Appellate.
• Advises departmental leadership on legal advocacy matters relevant to the Office of the Public Defender. Collaborates with CEO, the Board of Supervisors, and public defense associations on legislative advocacy.

Employee Relations
• Provides direction to the Head Deputy over the Employee Relations (ER) Unit and directs matters regarding performance management and progressive discipline of all employee groups, sensitive issues involving managers, and ER matters that are brought before the Civil Service Commission.
• Oversees pending litigation involving the Department and determines the impact of disclosure on the Department’s ongoing litigation and employee relations matters.
• Assesses departmental risks and presents recommendations to the Department’s executive leadership team.
• Directs matters concerning disputes with labor groups, including negotiations over collective bargaining agreements. Serves as the lead executive manager on issues requiring consultations or negotiations with labor groups, leads joint labor‐management discussions, represents the Department in arbitration and mediation meetings, and confers with the Chief Executive Office, County Counsel, and outside counsel on labor law issues.
Communications Unit
• Oversees the operations and activities of the Communications Unit with the Communications Manager. Develops and maintains strategic relationships with the Board of Supervisors, Federal, State, and local agencies, and the media.
• Directs the information campaign strategy of the Department. Coordinates with the Public Defender, Chief Deputy, Chief of Staff, and departmental leadership on internal and external communications strategies.
• Represents the Department in discussions with the Board of Supervisors and other government leaders on the communication strategy over select issues relevant to the Office of the Public Defender.
• Coordinates the Department’s responses to Public Records Act (PRA) requests.

Requirements
Qualifications Two years of experience supervising and directing a branch office or major legal section of a public defense agency, or similar agnecy, in a management capacity AND a Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university. License: Admission to practice law in all courts in California. Desirables • Familiarity with current legislative affairs of Los Angeles County’s Office of the Public Defender. • Demonstrated knowledge of current State and Federal laws and legislation and how it impacts Los Angeles County. • National presence in the public defense community. • A proven track record of directing the planning and delivery of information to ensure communication is in alignment with organization’s mission. • Ability to devise and implement a strategic communications plan to better understand the importance of the Department’s mission and vision, and the LA County Board of Supervisor’s Care First, Jails Last vision. • Experience in Labor Relations including memorandum of understanding negotiations, meeting and conferring with labor representatives regarding personnel and organizational matters. • Highly analytical and strategic with a creative and hands-on leadership style. • Success working in a State, County, or municipal organization, responding to the goals of elected officials as they meet the needs of constituents. • Exceptional project management, verbal, writing and communications skills. The Law Offices of the Public Defender in Los Angeles County has a history of providing robust representation to those in need, & advocating justice for all.   COMPENSATION & BENEFITS ANNUAL SALARY: $228,029‐$354,632 Salary will be determined based upon qualifications. This is an unclassified (at‐will) position and is subject to the provisions of the County’s Management Appraisal and Performance Plan (MAPP) at the MAPP Range of R19. This is a new position, subject to Board approval. Benefits: The County of Los Angeles provides an excellent benefits package that allows employees to choose benefits that meet their specific needs. The package includes: • Retirement Plan – The successful candidate will participate in a contributory defined benefit plan. • Cafeteria Benefit Plan – Benefits may be purchased from the MegaFlex Cafeteria Benefit Plan using a tax‐free County contribution of an additional 14.5% ‐ 17% of the employee’s monthly salary. • Flexible Spending Accounts – Optional employee tax‐free health care spending account. • Savings Plan (401k) – Optional tax‐deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution up to 4% of employee’s salary. • Deferred Compensation Plan (457) – Optional tax‐deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution up to 4% of employee’s salary. Qualifications Two years of experience supervising and directing a branch office or major legal section of a public defense agency, or similar agnecy, in a management capacity AND a Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university.   License: Admission to practice law in all courts in California.     Desirables • Familiarity with current legislative affairs of Los Angeles County’s Office of the Public Defender. • Demonstrated knowledge of current State and Federal laws and legislation and how it impacts Los Angeles County. • National presence in the public defense community. • A proven track record of directing the planning and delivery of information to ensure communication is in alignment with organization’s mission. • Ability to devise and implement a strategic communications plan to better understand the importance of the Department’s mission and vision, and the LA County Board of Supervisor’s Care First, Jails Last vision. • Experience in Labor Relations including memorandum of understanding negotiations, meeting and conferring with labor representatives regarding personnel and organizational matters. • Highly analytical and strategic with a creative and hands-on leadership style. • Success working in a State, County, or municipal organization, responding to the goals of elected officials as they meet the needs of constituents. • Exceptional project management, verbal, writing and communications skills. The Law Offices of the Public Defender in Los Angeles County has a history of providing robust representation to those in need, & advocating justice for all.   COMPENSATION & BENEFITS ANNUAL SALARY: $228,029‐$354,632 Salary will be determined based upon qualifications. This is an unclassified (at‐will) position and is subject to the provisions of the County’s Management Appraisal and Performance Plan (MAPP) at the MAPP Range of R19. This is a new position, subject to Board approval.   Benefits: The County of Los Angeles provides an excellent benefits package that allows employees to choose benefits that meet their specific needs. The package includes: • Retirement Plan – The successful candidate will participate in a contributory defined benefit plan. • Cafeteria Benefit Plan – Benefits may be purchased from the MegaFlex Cafeteria Benefit Plan using a tax‐free County contribution of an additional 14.5% ‐ 17% of the employee’s monthly salary. • Flexible Spending Accounts – Optional employee tax‐free health care spending account. • Savings Plan (401k) – Optional tax‐deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution up to 4% of employee’s salary. • Deferred Compensation Plan (457) – Optional tax‐deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution up to 4% of employee’s salary. For confidential inquiries, please contact: Alice Ting Executive Recruiter Talent Acquisition Division Department of Human Resources E‐mail: ating@hr.lacounty.gov
Job Contact
Alice Ting
ating@hr.lacounty.gov