Overall Job Objective
- 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 email@example.com
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.
- 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
WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
- 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.
- 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.