Assistant City Attorney – City of Berkeley

CITY OF BERKELEY 
Invites Applications For The Position Of:
Assistant City Attorney

SALARY:

$69.97 – $93.61 Hourly 
$5,597.38 – $7,488.90 Biweekly 
$12,127.67 – $16,225.94 Monthly 
$145,531.98 – $194,711.30 Annually 

OPENING DATE:

03/18/19

CLOSING DATE:

04/08/19 05:00 PM

THE POSITION:

The City Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for Assistant City Attorney. Under direction of the City Attorney, this position assists in administering all phases of City legal work, including the supervision of assigned staff, performs specialized and complex legal work in connection with the more significant legal problems or in a critical specialty area, and performs related work as assigned. In addition to supervising legal work performed by attorneys in lower classes, this position directs day to day activities of specified program areas of the Legal Department and may serve as the department head in the absence of the City Attorney. Responsibilities also include acting as senior counsel in handling serious, controversial and complex legal matters and in providing advice and counsel to Boards and Commissions in areas of legal specialty.

Typical duties include: 

  • Organizes, supervises, and trains subordinate professional staff at the request of the City Attorney; participates in employee selection and performance evaluation of staff;
  • Assigns legal work to staff and reviews for technical accuracy and completeness;
  • Confers and advises City departments concerning their respective duties, powers, functions, and obligations;
  • Researches legal problems and prepares opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases and permits and other legal documents;
  • Represents the City in court cases encompassing a wide variety of complex legal issues, including all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work in state and federal courts;
  • Represents the City in administrative hearings before City boards and commissions, and state and federal agencies;
  • Attends meetings of the City Council in the absence of the City Attorney; acts in the absence of the City Attorney;
  • Monitors developments, including proposed legislation and court decisions related to municipal law and activities, and evaluates their impact upon City operations;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Education
Equivalent to graduation from a college or university with an appropriate law degree

AND

Experience
Five (5) years of experience in the active practice of law which included assignments at the lead level or above and courses on the principles and techniques of effective supervision. Experience in a municipal setting in the area(s) of law to which assigned and in extensive litigation are desirable.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must be a current member of the California State Bar Association. Must be willing to attend evening meetings.
 

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of: Civil and administrative procedure; Pleadings and practices and effective techniques in the presentation of court cases; Judicial procedures and rules of evidence; Responsibilities and obligations of public officials and administrative agencies; Municipal government organization, structure and functional responsibilities; Supervisory principles and methods, including program development and implementation and work assignment, and employee selection training, work evaluation, and discipline.

Ability to: Plan, organize, supervise, review, and evaluate varied legal activities and functions; Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned staff; Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards; Perform complex legal research, analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations; Exercise independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; Represent the City effectively in meetings with others; Prepare clear, concise and competent reports, correspondence and other written materials.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applicants must submit the following:
 
1. CITY OF BERKELEY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
2. RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE
3. RESUME

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.
 
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) 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.
 
All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

 

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: 
http://www.cityofberkeley.info/hr/

2180 Milvia Street (1st floor)
Human Resources Department
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-6800
(510) 981-6806

hr@CityofBerkeley.info

Position #2019-03-12130
ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY