Assistant City Attorney

CITY OF VICTORIA
invites applications for the position of: Assistant City Attorney
SALARY:$73,228 – $104,295/yr DOQ
DEPARTMENT:City of Victoria – Legal Department
OPENING DATE:06/08/22
JOB SUMMARY:
The City of Victoria has a current opening in our Legal Department for the position of Assistant City Attorney. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of dedicated public service individuals and to positively enhance the livability of our community. 

Under the direction of the City Attorney, the Assistant City Attorney acts as legal counsel for the city, city council, city manager and departments, boards and commissions of the city. The ideal candidate will conduct research, provide data, make recommendations, and implement solutions to achieve goals and objectives. Legal work is performed with considerable latitude in the use of initiative and independent judgment. Seeks technical guidance on unusual or complex situations. Apply today! We’d love to meet you.

Salary amount offered will depend on qualifications. This is an exempt position.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the City Attorney, serves as primary legal representative for various city departments, boards, and commissions of the city in legal matters as follows:  Renders oral and written legal opinions. Prepares and reviews contracts and legal agreements. Prepares ordinances and resolutions, providing legal review and approval. Prepares real estate documents and identifies problems and solutions in real estate transactions. Reviews state and federal legislation, judicial decisions and administrative decisions affecting municipal operations. Receives questions and complaints from the public and resolves as appropriate. Works with City Manager, Council, department representatives, outside attorneys, insurance representatives, and various community groups when obtaining or providing information about city legal matters.  Interacts with other departments when coordinating work projects or activities or providing information regarding legal matters and insurance claims. Coordinates with outside counsel as necessary. Assists outside counsel by responding to discovery, reviewing briefs and motions, locating documents, and researching municipal issues. Develops and maintains good working relationships with city employees, elected and appointed officials, and members of the public. Continues professional development by attending seminars and reviewing professional literature. Substitutes for City Attorney as assigned. Makes recommendations for purchases during the annual budget process.  Monitors expenditures during the year. Represents the City in state and federal administrative proceedings. Performs related duties as required or assigned.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
Work is performed in a standard office environment. 
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines:
Juris Doctor degree AND three (3) years of experience as a licensed attorney for a municipality or in government law; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
 
Knowledge of:  Administrative and management procedures, practices, and techniques.  Ability to read and understand legal and technical materials, reports, and journals. Ability to research techniques, methods, and procedures. General office policies, procedures, and practices.  Records maintenance and retention practices and procedures. Legal practices and methods.  Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs and operational needs.

Skill in: Ability to proper communicate and document, both orally and in writing, to represent the city’s position to citizens, the city council, departments, and legal staff.   Utilizing office equipment and associated software programs, including conducting computerized legal research and use of the Internet.  Interacting tactfully and professionally with City staff, outside agencies, and the public.  Ability to compile and prepare clear and concise reports. Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed action and implement recommendations in support of goals.  Organizing work and setting priorities to meet deadlines.  Presenting information to groups of varying size.  Preparing clear and concise reports.  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 
Licensed by the State Bar of Texas.  Valid Texas driver’s license with driving record that meets city guidelines.    

To be considered for this position, apply online at www.victoriatx.gov