Assistant County Attorney
Eagle County Government
 Wolcott, CO

Requisition Number: ASSIS01168

Hiring Range: The hiring range for this position is $90,000-115,000. The maximum of the pay range is $127,951.

Eagle County Government is seeking a dynamic, dedicated Assistant County Attorney to join our fast-paced team in providing legal advice and assistance in support of the Eagle County Government, the Board of County Commissioners and other County departments, boards, authorities, and commissions. The County Attorneys’ Office represents the County in a wide variety of matters, including land use and planning, litigation, including tax appeal litigation, contracts and procurement, open space and real property acquisitions, workforce housing, public health and law enforcement. Other responsibilities include code writing, legal research, legal opinions and statutory and code interpretations. The Assistant County Attorney may attend meetings of the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission and other boards and commissioners as necessary.

The position is located at our office is in Eagle, Colorado, and all work is expected to occur in person, subject to current public health orders. We value teamwork, quality communication and work life balance. We strive to provide exceptional public service to our customers and encourage creativity and innovation.

Recruitment Process: This position will remain open until filled.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Advises department management and staff on questions of law pertaining to County business; responds to queries from elected officials, department heads, and media. Attends meetings as requested for the purpose of providing legal advice.
  • Performs legal research and prepares opinions, briefs, pleadings, memoranda, and correspondence on various legal issues for County departments and officials.
  • Represents the Board of Equalization for tax appeals at all levels
  • Provides advice to the Board of County Commissioners, various county committees, authorities and commissions. (i.e. planning commissions, housing authority and related entities, open space committee, ECAT and the like)
  • Reviews, revises, drafts complex contracts for all County departments, drafts resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents and instruments for various county departments; reviews such documents and offers informal opinions as to legal acceptability.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance on major development and real estate acquisitions.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance on land use and planning matters.
  • Develops efficiencies in processes to serve needs of internal clients.
  • Investigates claims and complaints by or against the County; recommends action to be taken; assists in preparing and trying cases for damages and other suits and hearings.
  • Reviews new case law and legislation for impact on County business.
  • Represents the County in court proceedings.
  • Provides any type of legal assistance as requested by the County Attorney.
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.
  • Performs other related work as may be assigned by senior attorneys in the office.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Must be licensed to practice law by the State of Colorado and in good standing.
  • Three (3) years in the practice of law with broad contract, real estate and litigation experience or, if less than 3 years, a demonstrated ability to perform the tasks based on education and experience.
  • Strong background in local government with a focus on contracts, complex real estate matters, land use and planning, litigation, including tax appeal litigation, and representation of and providing legal advice to boards and committees preferred
  • Strong and effective communication skills and ability to write clear and well-reasoned correspondence, memorandum, contracts, motions and briefs.
  • Ability to translate and communicate complex topics in a variety of forums, tailoring communications to effectively fit and influence the targeted audience; strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities, multiple constituencies and fast-approaching deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with key internal and external leaders, partners, consultants and community members.
  • Ability to lead the entire range of problem solving work from problem definition to analysis and recommendation.
  • Makes well reasoned and timely decisions based on careful, objective review and informed analysis of available considerations and factors.
  • Establishes effective working relationships among team members and participates in solving problems and making decisions.
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development
  • Proficient in the use of computer technology and software such as Microsoft Office or Google Suite

Additional Information

A career with Eagle County Government impacts and enriches the lives of our community members by following our mission: Creating a Better Eagle County for All. With nearly 500 amazing employees, Eagle County is a progressive and values-driven organization located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a small town community are attracted to Eagle County for the amazing lifestyle. Although we are best known for our world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and outdoor activities, it is really the people that make our valley so great!

Benefits for full-time employees:

  • Comprehensive and low cost medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Wellness program where you can earn cash or extra days off
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid time off and medical leave
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • 6% match retirement plan
  • Free classes at Colorado Mountain College
  • Eagle County University classes (internal trainings)
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Free bus pass and more

As a certified healthy workplace our culture recognizes the importance of individual needs and enjoying life outside of work. Other perks may include flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time and daytime fitness classes/bike rides.

Eagle County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Working in a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment is essential for our employees be successful in serving our community. We do not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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