Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description

The City Attorney provides management of the City Attorney's Office and serves as the chief legal advisor to City Council, City boards and commissions, City departments and City staff.
 
To apply:  Email cover letter and resume to carecruitment@littletongov.org

For more information visit: https://cityoflittleton.meetthe.team/city-attorney/

Essential Duties & Reponsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, and directs all legal services, programs and activities for the City;
  • Supervises and makes recommendations to City Council concerning Municipal Court prosecution;
  • Prepares and reviews policy, drafts of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents as requested by City Council or City Manager;
  • Prepares civil cases for trial and investigates claims and complaints by or against the City; tries cases before the County, State, and/or Federal courts;
  • Prepares legal opinions of routine to complex nature for City Council, City Manager, departments, and City Boards and Commissions;
  • Attends City Council, quasi-judicial, and various other meetings to advise on legal problems and questions;
  • Provides status reports as requested to City Council on litigation matters and other important legal matters;
  • Keeps City officials and employees apprised of new legal developments affecting City operations;
  • Prosecutes ordinance violations and litigates other City cases in court and before other legally constituted tribunals.
  • Performs other duties, projects, and responsibilities at the City Council's discretion. 
SUPERVISORY DUTIES:
  • Selects, trains, supports and evaluates personnel; assigns, and directs work; addresses complaints and resolves problems.
  • Provides meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals; effectively manages performance by rewarding, addressing performance issues, and assigning discipline;
  • Demonstrates trust, collaboration, innovation, accountability, continuous improvement, and performance management skills with employees to strategically meet goals and objectives;
  • Fosters a participatory organizational climate that is trusting, transparent, positive, and supportive; 
  • Demonstrates a long-term perspective through the coaching and development of employees to meet succession planning goals. 

Education, Formal Training & Experience

  • Juris Doctorate from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association required;
  • Requires a license to practice law in Colorado and a member in good standing with the Colorado Bar Association;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience as a practicing attorney which has included at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity and at least five (5) years' experience in the practice and application of municipal or county law;
  • Requires an equivalent combination of education, training, or work experience, that provides the knowledge, skill, and ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for long periods of time.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds with or without assistance.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City Council and the City Manager;
  • Ability to effectively establish, administer, demonstrate and maintain sound management principles, practices and methods;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of municipal court procedures; criminal and civil law; trial/hearing preparation and presentation, legal research and legal ethics;
  • Requires knowledge of legal terms and the principles of government regulation; and the ability to read, interpret, apply, and communicate the requirements of selected provisions of the state and federal law, City charter, codes, regulations, and court orders;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to perceive and appropriately respond to customers' needs; Ability to act with tact, good judgment, and discretion; Ability to effectively work with individuals under stressful conditions, and ability to maintain the confidentiality of matters;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills including the ability to gather and analyze data, identify problems, compare results, and consider options for solutions;
  • Demonstrated project management skills and abilities, including the ability to determine overall plans, outline tasks, delegate responsibilities, set deadlines, get feedback, review and report results;
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret, and apply personnel policies and procedures; has knowledge of legal standards and rules of safety and conduct, and is able to communicate and enforce these standards and rules.

Application Instructions

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