Assistant City Attorney

City of Roanoke, VA Roanoke, VA
Description

Provides legal services to various City departments, boards and commissions, advising groups on legal matters. Attends meetings of boards and commissions of the City and renders legal advice to these clients. The successful candidate should have a diverse practice that includes experience in litigation, including workers' compensation law, tort law, and civil rights litigation; zoning and land use law; code enforcement and administrative law. The successful applicant will also be required to review and draft contracts, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, releases and other complex legal documents on behalf of the City. The City of Roanoke is a self-insured entity. Therefore, the assistant city attorney will also be expected to defend the City in court including preparing cases for court at both the trial and appellate levels.

Applicants should possess excellent communications skills to deal effectively with public officials and the general public. Experience utilizing Windows, Word and Excel. Virginia State Bar membership is required. One to five years of local government law experience is preferred. Law degree from an accredited law school; five to ten years related experience and/or training in the practice of law; preferably municipal law; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Please attach your resume, law school transcript and a writing sample to your application.

Examples of Duties

SUMMARY

Provides legal services to various City departments, boards and commissions, advising groups on legal matters. Attends meetings of boards and commissions of the City and renders legal advice to these clients.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Attends City Council meetings to assist the City Attorney when necessary

Attends meetings of boards and commissions of the City and renders on-the-spot legal advice

Drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, releases, franchises and other complex legal documents on behalf of the City

Processes and litigates claims against the City

Prepares cases for trial, interviewing witnesses, examining law and evidence

Represents the City in complex trial and appellate litigation

Prepares formal legal opinions for the signature of the City Attorney

Prepares for and negotiates with third parties on behalf of clients

Conducts title searches, certifies titles and handles closings

Researches and renders advice on complex legal issues on a daily basis to all officers, departments and agencies of the City

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervises clerical staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Typical Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Law degree from an accredited law school; five to ten years related experience and/or training in the practice of law; preferably municipal law; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience utilizing Windows, Word and Excel.

Supplemental Information

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints orally or in writing. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Eligibility to practice law in the state of Virginia.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This is a job description and not an individualized position description. A job description defines the general character and scope of duties and responsibilities of all positions in a job classification, but it is not intended to describe and does not necessarily list the essential job functions for a given position in a classification.