The purpose of this position is to provide in-house legal advice and representation to the City of Vancouver, its officers, directors, managers, employees, boards, commissions and volunteers as needed. Assistant City Attorneys assigned to the Civil Division are responsible for delivering prompt, accurate, client-centered legal services. Within the civil division, attorneys are required to work collaboratively with the director(s) of their assigned department(s) to identify/affirm a shared understanding of their clients’ goals, objectives and risk tolerances. Civil attorney work should consistently be guided by the same.
- Collaborate with director(s) of their assigned department(s) to identify/affirm a shared understanding of client goals, objectives and risk tolerances. Represent and advise clients on a broad range of municipal legal matters in furtherance of such goals;
- Attend meetings of City Council, boards and commissions to provide legal advice and representation;
- Provide written and oral advice to City departments and employees on legal matters including litigation avoidance and legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions and obligations;
- Draft contracts, ordinances, resolutions, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, memoranda, correspondence and other legal documents;
- Study and interprets laws, court decisions, ordinances, and other legal authorities;
- Prepare pleadings and handle depositions, interrogatories, pretrial motions, hearings, trials, appeals, settlement conferences and other legal matters in representation of the City, its officials, directors, managers, employees, boards, commissions and volunteers when needed;
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Experience and Education
Five (5) or more years of professional legal experience as an attorney with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: municipal law, land use, community & economic development, public utilities, construction, contracts, public procurement, privacy, public records, information technology (IP law), tax, bankruptcy, corporate law, labor, employment, real estate, torts, constitutional law, code compliance.
Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint. Proficiency in using online legal research services preferably Lexis Advance.
Required Licenses and/or Certifications
License and membership in good standing in the Washington State Bar required
- Legal principles and their application within area of assignment;
- Federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations pertinent to assignment;
- The methods, procedures, and practices used in the preparation of legal specialty;
- The organization, powers, and limitations of municipalities;
- Operational characteristics, services and activities of a municipal law program.
- Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
- Use of personal computers and basic software
- Obey the laws of the United States and the State of Washington and abide by the provisions of the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Vancouver
- Perform a complete range of civil legal work and present cases before any court within the state
- Analyze legal problems and apply legal principles and practices
- Present facts, arguments and laws clearly and logically in written or oral form
- Conduct legal research
- Draft ordinances, contracts and other legal instruments, including pleadings and briefs;
- Represent the City in various civil proceedings
- Prepare sound legal opinions
- Apply sound principles of reasoning to a wide range of legal, intellectual and practical problems
- Read, analyze and interpret complex legal documents
- Present persuasive and well-reasoned arguments in courts as well as public meetings
- Identify, learn and effectively utilize new technology
- Operate a personal computer and appropriate software
- Work in a manner consistent with the City of Vancouver’s Operating Principles
- Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other City employees
- Provide a high level of customer service at all times
- Project and maintain a positive image with those contacted in the course of work
- Develop and maintain collaborative and respectful working relationships with team members and others
- Consistently provide quality service
- Maintain regular and dependable attendance
- This position is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment reference check, a criminal background check and a driving abstract.