Applicant should be an energetic, self-motivated litigator with a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience to fill a full-time Assistant City Attorney position. Applicant should have experience in federal and Texas state court, civil litigation, municipal prosecution or defense, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Practice will be varied and offers the opportunity to engage in diverse areas and many aspects of municipal law, including civil litigation, drafting ordinances, contracts, resolutions, open government, eminent domain, construction, code compliance, real property matters, and issuing legal opinions. The attorney will represent the City in all aspects of trial work, including pre-trial discovery, motions, negotiations, trial preparation, mediations and trials, defense of tort claims involving the Texas Tort Claims Act, and some civil rights litigation of federal constitutional claims. Prior civil litigation and experience working in a municipal law office setting or representing government entities is preferred. The attorney will also be assigned to represent the City in all aspects of municipal prosecution, including code compliance violations, class “c” misdemeanors, traffic citations, and truancy cases. The attorney will be responsible for briefing and arguing any appeals on the City’s behalf. The attorney must possess the ability to research and effectively analyze complex legal issues, and to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. The City of North Richland Hills (NRH) is a valued community partner, and employees are expected to participate in activities that benefit the community and enrich the lives of NRH citizens. Position reports directly to the City Attorney.
Essential Job Functions: •Provide assistance to the City Attorney as requested •Represent the City in all aspects of trial work and municipal prosecution •Prepare ordinances, resolutions, contracts, legal pleadings and issue legal opinions •Advise City staff and elected and appointed City officials on various areas of municipal law •Respond to inquiries from the general public and media about public information •Attend meetings of the City Council and other City Boards and Commissions •Provide appropriate training and presentations for elected and appointed officials and City staff •Perform other related duties as assigned
Minimum Job Requirements:
J.D. Degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school
Must be licensed to practice law in Texas, and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
Minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience as a practicing attorney
Knowledge of federal and Texas Codes of Civil and Criminal Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, and Texas Municipal Law
Valid Class "C" Texas Driver's License or ability to obtain a valid Texas Driver's License within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident
Consent to and successful passing of a background check and drug screening will be conditions of employment
Salary range is $78,000 to $90,000 annually, depending on experience. The position offers full employment benefits, including vacation, paid holidays, health, life and dental insurance, and an annual phone allowance. The position is exempt from civil service protections. The first review of candidates will be February 9, 2018.
To apply, please submit letter of interest, resume, official law school transcript, salary history, and three professional references. References should include length of time you have known the person and the capacity in which you worked with him or her. Please submit all materials to: Human Resources, 4301 City Point Drive, North Richland Hills, TX 76180.
Additional Salary Information: Depending on experience
Internal Number: 26547
About City of North Richland Hills
About North Richland Hills:
Just minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, North Richland Hills is the third largest city in Tarrant County with more than 67,000 residents, 1,200 businesses and 30 major employers. Our community has much to offer with an excellent blend of neighborhoods, parks and trails, dining, shopping, office and manufacturing space. We have a low crime rate, excellent public school system, one of the best public libraries in the state and a nationally recognized parks and recreation program.