Job Opportunity

Public Defender
Ventura County

Date Posted:

September 16, 2020


$280,906 Annually, plus benefits


The County of Ventura seeks to hire a Public Defender. The ideal candidate will be a politically astute leader and manager with 10 or more years of criminal defense trial experience and a work history that includes excellent scope and depth of administrative, organizational, management, supervisory, and budgeting experience. The successful candidate will also be highly-motivated and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a passion for providing the highest quality of services.


Graduation from an accredited law school. At least ten (10) years of intensive trial experience combined with professional legal experience involving administrative and organizational responsibility.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have and maintain active membership in the State Bar of California and possess and maintain a valid California driver license.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity you may click on this online brochure:

How to Apply:

To APPLY for this exceptional career opportunity, please send a resume and a cover letter that illustrates all of the following:
• Your experience as a lawyer including criminal experience and dedication to justice for diverse populations and commitment to social justice;
• Your experience in a leadership role, managing and training staff, including the titles, sizes, and functions of staff you have supervised;
• Any process improvement initiatives you lead and the outcomes; and
• Your experience with making presentations to upper management, executives and board members.
If interested, submit an online application at and attach your current resume and cover letter. For additional inquiries, contact Jessica Ruiz by e-mail at or by telephone at (805) 654-2419.

Filing Deadline:

Monday, September 28, 2020

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