Deputy City Attorney II - III

Admin
Full-time
City Of San Luis Obispo
10/06/2022


CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
invites applications for the position of:
Deputy City Attorney II - III

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply online through our city website at:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/slobispo/jobs/3734390/deputy-city-attorney-ii-iii?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

SALARY:
$48.55 - $66.95 Hourly
$3,884.00 - $5,356.00 Biweekly
$8,415.33 - $11,604.67 Monthly
$100,984.00 - $139,256.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/22/22CLOSING DATE: 10/06/22 05:00 PM

JOB DESCRIPTION:This position will be expected to perform a broad range of legal research and writing, and to deliver factually and legally supported advice and opinions to staff in all City departments. The City Attorney anticipates the primary focus areas assigned to the Deputy position will be real property transactions, including acquisition, disposition, and public-private partnership transactions; municipal code compliance, enforcement, and prosecution; and public transparency compliance, including open meetings, public records and public agency conflicts of interest and ethics compliance.

Candidates should plan on first interviews being scheduled for Friday, 10/21, with second interviews the following Monday, 10/24. Please note that second interviews are required to be in person. The goal of this recruitment is to have hired into the position by the end of November, specifically with a Monday, 11/28, start state (the first business day after the Thanksgiving holiday). 
JOB SUMMARY:
Performs a wide range of professional legal services and provides legal advice to assigned City departments and programs; performs legal research and renders opinions; drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents; may serve as an independent advisor to City advisory bodies or boards; may provide lead direction on assigned projects to staff in the City Attorney’s Office at the direction of the City Attorney.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS:
Deputy City Attorney II 
This is the journey level in the Deputy City Attorney classification series. Incumbents are expected to exercise a high degree of professional independence and legal judgment in areas of municipal law such as land use, environmental, civil rights, labor relations, contract preparation and negotiation, code enforcement and prosecution of municipal offenses, public works projects, municipal real estate transactions, municipal finance, public works projects, municipal real estate transactions, municipal finance,  elections, public transparency, ethics, and conflict of interest laws related to public officials. This classification is distinguished from Deputy City Attorney III in that the latter is an advanced journey-level classification that has broad discretion and decision-making responsibility in addition to performing the most complex professional legal work with little supervision.
Deputy City Attorney III
This is the advanced journey level in the Deputy City Attorney classification series. Incumbents provide comprehensive, specialized, and highly complex legal services to assigned departments and are expected to exercise considerable discretionary judgment, requiring little to no oversight, in areas of municipal law such as land use, labor relations, contract preparation and negotiation, code enforcement and prosecution of municipal offenses, public works projects, municipal real estate transactions, municipal finance, municipal real estate transactions, municipal finance, elections, public transparency, ethics, and conflict of interest laws related to public officials. This classification is distinguished from the Assistant City Attorney series in that the latter independently manages the City Attorney’s Office most complex legal projects and matters, regularly serves as the City Attorney in their absence, provides direction and oversight of outside counsel as assigned, and directly supervises and directs the workload of departmental staff.

 
SUPERVISION:SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:
Deputy City Attorney II
Receives direction from the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney. May provide lead direction on assigned matters to paraprofessional or administrative support staff.  
Deputy City Attorney III
Receives general direction from the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney. May supervise or provide lead direction to paraprofessional staff, administrative support staff, and/or outside counsel.

 
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this class.)
Performs legal research and renders opinions in writing and orally for assigned departments and programs.
Provides advice to staff on routine matters and makes recommendations to the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney on complex matters.
Assists the City staff of assigned departments in the review and modification of operational policies in the context of applicable legal parameters and procedures; recommends changes in City policies and procedures to meet changing legislative and legal requirements subject to the review and direction of the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney.
Drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, pleadings, motions, discovery responses, and other legal documents and instruments.
Prepares and directs administrative support staff in the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, and other materials.
Properly saves and retains the working and official files of the department.
Reviews materials responsive to public record and discovery requests and advises staff on applicability of legal exemptions to production.
Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect departmental and City operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval by City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney.
Supports and serves as a legal advisor to boards, committees, and commissions, including attendance at public meetings, as assigned by the City Attorney.
Identifies organizational training needs, plans for, and leads legal training sessions for internal departments and advisory bodies as assigned by the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney.
Prepares for and represents the City in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings as assigned by the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney, including criminal prosecution of municipal code violations and de novo reviews of administrative citations.
Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.
 
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:
Federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and ordinances.
Federal, state, and local trial, writ, and appeal procedures and methods of preparation.
Local agency ethics, public transparency, and public records requirements and practices.
Principles and requirements of professional responsibility, including organizational client representation, privilege, work product, and confidentiality.
Legal issues and practices related to municipal government functions.
Legal principles and procedures, including civil, criminal, and administrative law.
Court procedures and rules of evidence.
Methods of legal research, including online research.
Computer applications related to the work, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, and website applications.
Techniques for providing professional customer service to the community, City legislative and advisory bodies, and City staff, in person, in writing, and over the phone.
Ability to:
Critically analyze and provide legally supportable alternatives for resolution of routine and complex legal matters.
Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Present statements of law, fact, and argument clearly and logically.
Properly interpret and make recommendations in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
Conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions and alternatives.
Prepare cases and represent the City in court, administrative proceedings, or public hearings before Council or advisory bodies as necessary.
Exercise sound, independent judgment within general legal, policy, and procedural guidelines.
Work in a team atmosphere and participate, as appropriate, on a variety of departmental and City-wide project teams to enhance the provisions of all City services.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Attorney’s Office employees, public officials, members of other departments and agencies, the general public, and others contacted in the course of the work.
Work with diverse populations and maintain an inclusive environment. 
 
TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Deputy City Attorney II
Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited school of law.
and
Two years of experience as a practicing attorney performing legal and/or trial work and a demonstrated knowledge of public sector ethics, transparency, and records laws
or 
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Prior practice experience in municipal law areas preferred, such as land use, environmental, civil rights, labor relations, public employment, contract preparation and negotiation, code enforcement and prosecution of municipal offenses, public works projects, municipal real estate transactions, municipal finance, elections, public transparency, ethics, and conflict of interest laws related to public officials
Deputy City Attorney III
In addition to the requirements of the Deputy City Attorney II:
Two additional years of experience as a practicing attorney in a public agency or public law firm performing legal and/or trial work and a demonstrated knowledge of public sector ethics, transparency, and records laws
or 
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Prior practice experience in municipal law areas preferred, such as land use, environmental, civil rights, labor relations, public employment, contract preparation and negotiation, code enforcement and prosecution of municipal offenses, public works projects, municipal real estate transactions, municipal finance, elections, public transparency, ethics, and conflict of interest laws related to public officials
POSSESSION AND MAINTENANCE OF:
A valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
Must be a current member of the California State Bar Association in good standing.
CLETS training within six months of hire and every two years thereafter.
 
THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE A FINAL OFFER IS MADE:
Livescan Fingerprinting (DOJ & FBI)

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