Land Use Attorney

DeFuniak Springs, FL
Full Time
Exp.: 5+ Years
Under the direction of the County Attorney, performs complex, technical, administrative and professional legal work with a major emphasis in the area of land use.

Job Responsibilities
  • 100% - The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load.
  • Provides written and oral legal opinions, advice and guidance to County Planning and Development Division.
  • Attends meetings of County boards, commissions, and committees, including the Board of County Commissioners, and provides legal counsel to Planning staff during such meetings.
  • Prosecutes and/or defends land use litigation involving the County, as assigned by the County Attorney.
  • Works with the County Planning and Development Division on land use matters.
  • Represents the planning function in legal matters at the appropriate level.
  • Confers with County Commissioners, departments, officers and employees, in reference to legal questions regarding land use.
  • Reviews documents of legal significance pertaining to land use prior to submission to the Board of County Commissioners for board action.
  • Drafts and reviews land use legal documents, contracts, resolutions and ordinances.
  • Attends and participates in public hearings.
  • Attends and participates in meetings with County Department and Division Directors, staff, outside counsel and citizens.
  • Performs related work as necessary and as may be required.
  • Adheres to work schedule and attendance requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Land Use Attorney
  • Knowledge and experience as to a broad range of issues pertaining to the practice of law.
  • Knowledge of land use and real estate law.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and practices of legal research.
  • Ability to draft legal instruments, propose ordinances, resolutions and policies.
  • Ability to analyze and organize legal facts, evidence and precedents.
  • Highly developed legal writing skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, the Court, outside agencies, employees and the general public.

Qualifications, Training and Experience
Possess a Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school. Membership in good standing with the Florida Bar. A minimum of five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney, three (3) years with a major emphasis in Florida land use and real estate, required. Local government experience preferred. A Valid Florida Drivers’ License is required.

How to Apply:

Closing Date: 11th September, 2017
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