The Assistant City Attorney provides difficult professional and administrative legal work ranging from general legal advice and counsel to city management and employees on major departmental issues and projects to assisting decision makers with the legal implications of decisions; code development or revision; negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts and development agreements to meet the needs and projects of various departments; representing the City in court, before boards, commissions, and administrative bodies in connection with claims or actions filed by or against the City. The Assistant City Attorney will attend meetings, negotiate agreements and provide opinions and advice to Council and Staff.
As a legal liaison for the City, the Assistant City Attorney must possess high moral values, maintain the highest ethical standards, and be able to inspire trust in others. The Assistant City Attorney should be a proactive, innovative individual who is capable of quickly establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the Mayor and City Council, City staff, and the City boards and commissions.
Candidates must hold a Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited college and possess a minimum of seven years experience in the legal field. Candidates must be admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and have a current Arizona license to practice law. Candidates will be expected to be knowledgeable about Arizona land use law, contract law, Title 34 law, water, eminent domain/condemnation law, transportation issues, labor law, construction and housing requirements, and election and constitutional requirements. Candidates with experience in land use and zoning law are preferred.
The ideal candidate will be a hardworking, results-oriented individual who has the ability to work within a team environment, is approachable to those who need guidance, and is able to articulate his/her concerns and provide sound legal recommendations to customers in a timely manner. Will possess excellent research, writing, and legal reasoning ability and be capable of assuming independent responsibility of complex legal matters with limited supervision.