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FLSA Designation: Exempt
Adopted: June, 2006

DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under general direction of the City Attorney, performs professional legal and administrative work related to municipal government operations; conducts legal research, prepares opinions, provides advice and counsel to City staff, commissions and other boards; reviews and drafts contracts, ordinances, resolutions and other documents; represents the City in court; performs other City legal work; performs other duties as required.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
The Deputy City Attorney is a full journey level classification requiring the application of in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of legal proceedings and the ability to act independently, problem-solve and use sound judgment. Incumbents in this class perform a wide range of duties in litigation, land use law, real estate transactions, code enforcement, and other legal services. This class is distinguished from the Assistant City Attorney in that the latter is assigned more difficult and complex assignments and performs duties involving higher levels of City administration. Receives supervision and direction from the City Attorney. A person appointed to the Deputy City Attorney classification is an “at-will” employee.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address City needs and changing City practices.

  1. Performs in depth legal research and prepares opinions on various legal issues regarding City business.
  2. Provides verbal and written advice on a daily basis to other City departments and prepares a variety of reports and documents as necessary.
  3. Drafts and reviews legal documents including contracts, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, permits, licenses, and other legal instruments.
  4. Appears before courts and administrative proceedings to represent the City’s interest; represents the City in civil litigation proceedings as required.
  5. Analyzes recent cases and legislation and recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
  6. Performs special projects and assignments.
  7. Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence.
  8. Prosecutes code enforcement actions.
  9. Provide legal updates and training to staff and commissions.
  10. Makes court appearances as necessary, including preparation of court documents.
  11. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of municipal law.
  12. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Principles of municipal law, including functioning of California general law cities and various departments. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including litigation, conflict of interest, labor, employment, land use, environment, fair housing and discrimination and eminent domain. The Brown Act, Political Reform Act, Fair Political Practices Act, Public Records Act and other state laws and court cases applicable to municipalities and public bodies. Effective public speaking techniques. Methods and techniques of case management, prioritization, and control. Methods and techniques for legal research, analysis, and writing. Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Perform legal research. Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies. Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments. Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. Maintain confidentiality. Analyze complex legal issues, evaluate alternatives, and implement sound solutions. Negotiate effectively on behalf of clients concerning litigation and contracts. Prepare litigation documents, pleadings, motions and points and authorities. Provide effective representation in hearings, courts of law, and meetings. Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
Juris Doctorate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or the California Bar Association.

Experience:
One year of increasingly responsible experience as an attorney in the practice of several major phases of municipal law including California land use, redevelopment, liability, discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Workers’ Compensation, California Public Contract Code, public sector labor law, federal, state, and local ordinances, civil litigation, criminal issues, and administrative law.

License or Certificate:
Active membership in the State Bar of California is a condition of initial and continued employment. Possession of an appropriate valid driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read small print, computer screens and other printed documents.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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