DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
Under general supervision from the City Attorney, performs professional legal and administrative work for the City Attorney’s office. Provides legal research, advice and counsel to City staff, City Council and boards and commissions. Reviews and drafts contracts, ordinances and other documents. Represents the City in court and performs other duties as assigned.
The Deputy City Attorney is an entry level attorney job classification. The incumbent will perform a variety of assignments while receiving on-the-job training. With experience, the work becomes progressively more diversified and difficult requiring impendence of judgment and working under general direction.
Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary with individual assignment.)
- Performs legal research and prepares opinions regarding City business.
- Attends meetings of City commissions and boards.
- Provides advice on legal and procedural matters.
- Provides verbal and written legal advice on a daily basis to other City departments and prepares documents as needed.
- Represents the City in litigation, including preparation of court documents and appearances in courts.
- Drafts and reviews legal documents including contracts, ordinances, resolutions, leases and deeds.
- Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information.
- Analyzes recent cases/legislation's and recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
- Prosecutes code enforcement's actions.
- May act for the City Attorney as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Jurist Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited law school and active membership in the State Bar of California. Experience performing legal work in California in the practice of municipal or other government law is highly desirable.
At the option of the appointing authority or the City, persons hired into this class may be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, professional registration, certification or specialized education or training relevant to the area of assignment. Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within and away from the City; strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 30 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
Knowledge of: (at entry)
- Legal research methods;
- Rules of evidence and conduct of hearings in court or administrative settings;
- Municipal or public law and the functioning of City government;
- Effective public speaking techniques;
- Public sector budgeting principles and practices;
- Applicable laws, rules, ordinances and regulations;
- Computer applications related to the work; and
- Techniques for effectively representing the City, including dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
Skill in: (at entry)
- Perform legal research;
- Read, interpret and analyze complex laws, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures and apply to complex problems;
- Provide well-reasoned legal advice;
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
- Work collaboratively and independently;
- Relate effectively to those contacted in the course of work;
- Distinguish between legal and policy matters;
- Maintain confidentiality;
- Work under pressure of deadlines;
- Handle difficult and sensitive situations, using sound, independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines; and
- Communicate effectively with co-workers, subordinates, superiors, the general public, representatives of public and private organizations and others sufficient to exchange or convey information.