In this position, under the general direction of the City Attorney, you will direct, supervise, and oversee two or more of the five divisions of the City Attorney’s Office that provide legal services to the City: Corporate, Employment, Litigation, Utilities, and Prosecution. You will also perform highly responsible legal work relating to City business and operations. You may also lead negotiation of major contract agreements, direct legal counsel for the City in highly significant administrative and judicial matters, and manage the provision of legal services for special projects. Work includes administering designated functions of the Department in the absence of the City Attorney. Other duties include managing personnel; participating in policy development; providing work direction to subordinate attorneys and staff; providing legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, and City boards, commissions, and departments; preparing legal opinions and performing legal research; mentoring subordinate attorneys, conducting performance evaluations, providing instruction on office policy, issuing work assignments, and editing and reviewing written work product. The successful candidate will exercise considerable independent judgment and discretion in the performance of assigned duties.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Support the duties and functions of the City Attorney by collaborating with the City Attorney on highly important matters; perform difficult legal research, analysis, and document preparation; provide legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, City departments, and enterprises; and manage major assigned projects for the City Attorney
Oversee two or more of the five Divisions of the City Attorney’s Office; and manage, develop, and direct effective strategies for action in litigation and transactional work
Provide high level supervision of in-house and outside legal counsel engaged in representing the City or its constituent entities in important litigation and administrative proceedings
Review and edit pleadings, motions, and briefs; collaborate with assigned legal counsel on strategies, legal positions, and factual positions
Attorneys must have substantial knowledge of many areas of substantive law which may impact municipal entities. An attorney must be able to analyze, interpret, and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and the legal precedent. The successful attorney will also possess superior oral and written communication skills, exceptional research, interpersonal, and collaboration skills. The ability to work as a successful member of a team of attorneys and staff representing the City in all its functions is also required.
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:
Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law degree from an ABA (American Bar Association) accredited law school
Ten years of full-time professional experience practicing municipal law and demonstrating substantial knowledge in the substantive areas of practice described in "Essential Job Functions" above, including three years of experience supervising other attorneys
Admission to the Colorado Bar as an attorney in good standing
Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL ALSO HAVE:
Experience advising municipal clients on administrative law, utilities, government, commercial law, litigation, employment, and land use, including state and/or federal regulatory issues that may apply in these areas
Experience which demonstrates excellent research, writing, academic, and oral and written communication skills
Five years of experience supervising or mentoring municipal or other attorneys
The background check process for this position includes being fingerprinted. Fingerprints will be used to check the FBI's criminal history records.
In addition to completing the City's online application by the closing date, forward your resume/cover letter and writing sample to Wynetta Massey, City Attorney, City of Colorado Springs, P. O. Box 1575/MC 510, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1575, and/or email Kandi Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on May, 12, 2021. Resume and cover letter must include references and whether past employers can be contacted. Questions are encouraged.
Internal Number: 13953
About City of Colorado Springs
The City (City of Colorado Springs) is a municipal corporation and a home rule city duly organized and existing pursuant to Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado and the Charter of the City of Colorado Springs. The City is the 39th largest city in the United States and has been identified by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best places to live in the United States. This position will provide legal services for the City of Colorado Springs including its enterprises, as part of a team of attorneys in the City Attorney's Office. More information about the City is available at www.coloradosprings.gov.