The City of Grand Island, a community of approximately 50,000 residents, is seeking a highly ethical leader and manager with proven successful experience in municipal law to serve as the next City Attorney. The City Attorney, plans, directs, and participates in the provision of complex professional legal services to the Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, City departments and various boards and commissions.
Develop, plan, and implement department goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures; monitor and interpret legislation impacting or affecting the city or its operations and activities.
Fulfill the duties set forth in the Statutes and Ordinances that are assigned to the City Attorney.
Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
Direct and oversee the City procurement process to ensure compliance with State Statutes and City codes.
Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; evaluate employee performance; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Legal Department budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement midyear adjustments.
Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide legal assistance to the City Administrator, Mayor and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Prepare civil cases for trial; investigate claims and complaints by or against the City; try cases before County, State and Federal courts.
Negotiate labor contracts with labor unions.
Draft ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents; assist in formulating proposed legislation for enactment by the State Legislature in regard to matters of interest to the City.
Participate with a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional groups and committees; advise on legal problems and questions; prepare legal opinions for City officials, departments, boards, commissions and the City Council.
Provide guidance to and review the work of the Attorney.
Advise other department management staff and employees on legal questions and procedures; assist City departments in workers' compensation litigation, personnel lawsuits, and other personnel related matters.
Answer communication from the public relating to legal matters affecting the City; advise taxpayers on municipal codes and ordinances.
Supervise the maintenance of proper records and reference facilities for the department.
Display a willingness to assume and visibly demonstrate mentoring and coaching, role modeling and leadership to staff members by recognizing and developing talent.
Display honest, trustworthy, and ethical behavior when dealing with internal and external customers.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Regular attendance that is punctual and dependable is required.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Modern and complex principles and practices of legal program development and administration.
Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management, including knowledge of labor laws and labor negotiations. .
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Principles and practices of civil law including ownership, acquisition and conveyance of real property.
Tort law and liability insurance litigation.
Methods of legal research.
Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
City, State, and Federal laws, ordinances, statutes and court decisions relating to municipal corporations.
Statues and court decisions relating to civil rights and public labor law.
Organization, function and authority of various City departments.
Effectively administer a variety of legal activities.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Analyze, appraise, organize and present facts, evidence and precedents in a clear and logical form.
Conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions using independent judgment.
Interpret Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
Identify and respond to public and City Council issues and concerns.
Present and argue cases in court and handle unanticipated problems.
Select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
Prepare and administer a budget.
Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally, in writing and email communications.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Increasingly responsible experience as a municipal law attorney including trial, administrative and supervisory responsibility.
A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
License or Certification:
Admitted as a licensed attorney in Nebraska.
Must reside within twelve (12) miles of the City limits upon completion of the six (6) month introductory period.
Must submit a copy of Juris Doctorate diploma with your application.
The position is statutory and serves in conjunction with the term of the Mayor.
Candidates selected as finalists may become public information.
Candidates are subject to a background check.
About City of Grand Island
The City Of Grand Island is a municipality in Grand Island, Nebraska. With a workforce of more than 500 employees, the City offers an extensive level of programs and services to the community. The City supports over 50,000 residents with services including; Law Enforcement, Fire, Utilities, Public Works, Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation, Library, Building, Regional Planning and Administration.
The City offers a number of career opportunities for a wide variety of professional, trade, administrative, managerial and other employment occupations. To learn more about the City Of Grand Island and career opportunities, please visit www.grand-island.com.
is to enhance the quality of life in the Grand Island community, to recognize the vitality and diversity of our neighborhoods, and to promote development by providing effective and responsive services through vision, respect and courtesy.