The City of Berkeley is Looking for Enthusiastic Candidates for a Deputy City Attorney II Position

The City of Berkeley is Looking for Enthusiastic Candidates for a Deputy City Attorney II Position

OPENING DATE:     11/12/18
CLOSING DATE:      12/03/18 05:00 PM

SALARY:                   $57.23 – $71.19 Hourly
                                   $9,920.27 – $12,339.27 Monthly
                                   $119,043.18 – $148,071.25 Annually


The City of Berkeley is currently seeking candidates with a strong commitment to public service to      join our legal team as a Deputy City Attorney II.

The City of Berkeley is renowned for its compassionate and innovative approach to meeting the needs of its citizens and its diverse community and work force. At the Berkeley City Attorney's Office, you will encounter The Berkeley City Attorney's Office, you will encounter a fast paced practice involving legal advice and sophisticated litigation ranging from writs and injunctions to arbitrations, trials and appellate briefs. Exacting analysis of constitutional and statutory legal issues and the drafting of legislation to resolve the major public policy dilemmas of the day are routine. In addition to dedication to public service, exceptional analytical skills, judgment, and a sense of humor, are essential.

Typical duties include:

Confers and advises certain City departments concerning their respective duties, powers, functions and obligations;

Researches legal problems and prepares opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, permits and other legal documents;

Represents the City in court cases encompassing a wide variety of subject matters, including all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work;

Represents the City in administrative hearings before City boards and commissions, and state and federal agencies; and

Assists other attorneys in all phases of legal work on more complex litigation; attends meetings of the City Council, boards, and commissions as requested by the City Attorney.




Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctorate degree. AND


Two years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of civil law, preferably in a municipal setting. Experience in performing labor and employment law for municipal clients and knowledge of the ADA and analogous state laws highly desirable.

Other Requirements:

Current active membership in the California State Bar Association. Must be willing to attend evening meetings.



Knowledge of: Civil and administrative procedure (pre-trial and trial);  Pleading and practices and effective techniques in the presentation of court cases; Judicial procedures and rules of evidence; Principles, methods and techniques of legal research and investigation; Responsibilities and obligations of public officials and administrative agencies; and Municipal government organization, structure, and functional responsibilities.

Ability to:  Define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations; Present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically; Exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters; Interpret state and federal laws and constitutional provisions affecting municipal operations; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; Represent the City effectively in hearings, courts of law and meetings with others; Prepare clear, concise and competent resolutions, ordinances, contracts, leases, permits, reports, correspondence and other written materials.


Applicants must submit the following:


All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

Application Review

All application materials will be reviewed to ensure all materials have been submitted and for qualifications verification. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and having completed all required application materials will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. The City Attorney's Department will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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