Assistant City Attorney

City of Oxnard

The City of Oxnard's City Attorney's Department is seeking a well qualified, highly motivated Assistant City Attorney.  The successful candidate will be able to thoroughly research and analyze problems, evaluate risks, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.  The Assistant City Attorney will present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically all while exercising sound and independent judgment that follows the general policies, guidelines and legal parameters of federal and state laws, regulations, and constitutional provisions applicable to municipalities.  

Under general direction, provides a wide range of professional legal services to all City departments and divisions, City Council and various boards, commissions, committees; may assist in coordinating the work of contract attorneys on complex or specialized matters; performs related duties as assigned.

The Assistant City Attorney is the advanced journey level in the professional legal series. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Deputy City Attorney II by the level of difficulty and complexity of responsibilities performed. An incumbent in this class is expected to frequently use a high degree of independent judgment and is expected to represent the City Attorney at various meetings, functions and proceedings as required.
General direction is provided by the City Attorney and the Chief Assistant City Attorney. The Assistant City Attorney may exercise technical or functional supervision over Deputy City Attorneys, paralegals and clerical staff.

The normal work week is Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and alternating Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs.  This position is not eligible for overtime pay.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: include but are not limited to the following
  • Works closely with the Public Works Department providing legal counsel on issues relating to public infrastructure and public contracting; utilities operations and regulations; and grant requirements.
  • Works closely with the Purchasing Manager in procuring goods and services for the City including public work construction projects.  Advises departments on solicitations, bid protests and contract awards.  Drafts and negotiates contracts.
  • Confers with and renders assistance to Department Directors and Division Managers in establishing policies by developing and applying legal points and procedures; recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
  • Prepares and drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents and instruments, reviews such documents and offers opinions as to legality.
  • Attends meetings of boards, commissions and committees  as may be required; renders legal advice as requested.
  • Investigates claims and complaints by or against the City; recommends action to be taken.
  • Prepares matters for administrative hearings and represents the City in such hearings.
  • Represents the City Attorney at various meetings, functions and proceedings when necessary.
  • Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information.
  • Represents the City in the community and at professional meetings as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: the following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Assistant City Attorney. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education and/or Experience:
  • The equivalent of six (6) years of experience in the practice of municipal law or related experience.
  • A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements:
  • Membership in the State Bar of California.
  • Additional certifications, licenses, endorsements and training may be required, depending on assignment. You may be required to submit documented proof of these requirements.