City Attorney Annual salary: Negotiable and commensurate with qualifications. Application deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021.
The City Attorney reports to and receives policy direction from an active and engaged City Council. This position plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the City’s legal services and provides legal advice to Council, the City Manager, and all City Departments, and various boards and commissions in an effort to reduce risk to the City. The City Attorney is responsible for performing the most complex and important legal work including reviewing and making recommendations on contracts and real estate documents, drafting, and negotiating development agreements, ordinances, and resolutions, and providing other general legal services as needed. A background in public works, land use planning, California housing elements and public health, transportation, public records request, and other areas of specialized municipal government is ideal. The ability to prepare and administer departmental budgets and excellent contract writing and development is required. The City Attorney will be responsible for providing all City Council Members timely, balanced, and accurate updates and reports and have regular meetings as requested.
The ideal candidate will be an articulate, decisive, and highly motivated leader who possesses excellent political acumen and awareness. The successful candidate will be able to thoroughly research and analyze problems, evaluate risks, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations, as well as have the ability to intelligently explain legal concepts to different levels of audiences in a clear and direct manner. He/she should enjoy working in a collaborative environment and have the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities. A professional with effective communication and interpersonal skills is needed to build productive working relationships with city council, the city manager, department heads, and stakeholders within the community. Dedication to public service, ensuring the public’s trust, a strong work ethic, exceptional analytical skills, creativity, flexibility, and sound judgment are essential. Juris Doctorate from an accredited university or law school AND five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal law is required. Licensed to practice law in the State of California and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years prior to appointment is expected. Seven (7) plus years of progressively responsible experience (including 3+ years in staff management and/or supervision) in municipal law is desired. Bilingual English-Spanish is desired.
The City of Riverside is a rapidly growing metropolitan hub, with an artistic spirit, positioned for a sustainable urban future. Ranked as the 12th largest city in the state, Riverside is an urban amenities center that includes museums, theaters, fine dining, an array of festivals and markets, and four internationally recognized universities and colleges.
To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit your cover letter with resume (reflecting years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed), and a list of six work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) on our website: https://www.cpshr.us/recruitment/city-attorney-city-of-riverside-ca