Close Date: Jan 13, 2014
Salary: $131,479.00 - $159,814.00 Annually
NATURE OF POSITION
Under general direction assists the City Attorney as legal counsel for the City, and in administering all phases of City legal work; performs specialized and complex legal work in connection with significant legal issues or critical specialty areas; performs other related work as required. This classification is established above other attorney classification series, providing for an elevated level of decision making associated with complex and specialized legal services, requiring expertise and in-depth knowledge of human resources, real estate, public utilities, redevelopment, development of former military bases, risk management, public works, public safety, planning and building, finance, and/or parks and recreation. Work may involve assigning, supervising and reviewing the work of subordinate attorneys.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
1. Acts as principal counsel in specialized legal matters such as those pertaining to human resources, real estate, public utilities, redevelopment, development of former military bases, risk management, public works, public safety, planning and building, finance and or parks and recreation.
2. Directs specified program area activities of the City Attorney’s Office.
3. Represents the City and its officers and employees in litigation as necessary, including preparation of pleadings, briefs, motions and other documents; appears before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.
4. Negotiates and drafts and/or approves complex and routine ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents and instruments.
5. Performs legal research and prepares complex and routine opinions considering the actions, powers, duties, functions and obligations of the City Council, City officials, City departments and various agencies, boards and commissions.
6. Provides legal assistance to various agencies or boards.
7. Confers with and renders assistance to department heads in establishing departmental policies by applying legal points and procedures; recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
8. Assists in or prepares cases for administrative and judicial hearings and represents the City in such hearings.
9. Coordinates and supervises the work of outside counsel engaged by the City for special legal issues and litigation matters.
10. Represents the City Attorney at various City Council, board and commissions meetings and in court as assigned.
11. Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information.
12. Serves as Acting City Attorney as required.
13. Assists in budget preparation and administration as assigned.
14. Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff attorneys and support staff.
Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants must possess the following:
- A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
2. Member in good standing with the State Bar of California.
- Five years of progressively responsible governmental law experience as a practicing attorney in California, including substantial experience in a lead capacity.
4. Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
Knowledge of legal principles and practices including civil, criminal and administrative laws and procedures; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; methods of administrative laws and procedures; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; methods of legal research; law and practices related to municipal government; principles and practices of public administration; specialized knowledge in areas such as to human resources, real estate, public utilities, redevelopment, development of former military bases, risk management, public works, public safety, planning and building, finance and or parks and recreation.
Ability to effectively perform and administer all phases of City legal work including those requiring specialized knowledge; analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; conduct legal research, prepare sound legal opinions and a variety of legal documents; demonstrate effective leadership; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls; review and analyze complex and technical information; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; set priorities and meet deadlines; interpret, apply and explain rules, laws, regulations, policies and procedures; issue instructions, directions and orders; analyze situations and make quick decisions requiring sound judgment; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare concise, comprehensive reports; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; exercise independent judgment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, community organizations and the general public; assist in budget preparation and administration; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
PART I: A review of all application materials, including the City Application form, Supplemental Questionnaire, and a current resume, to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completed City Application forms. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE OR RESUME WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.
PART II: A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%). A comprehensive review of each candidate’s technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position will be conducted. Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List. Placement on the Eligible List does not guarantee employment. The City Attorney shall make an appointment from the Eligible List. Prior to appointment, a reference check will be conducted. Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identify and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.
2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501.
Applications along with Supplemental Questionnaire and resumes must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply. No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application.
VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.
The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
For Benefits information, please visit our website at: http://alamedaca.gov/human-resources/benefits. A detailed summary for this position can be found under Management and Confidential Employees Association.