Attorney I/II/III - City Attorney Administration
Under direction to perform a variety of professional civil and criminal legal duties including preparing cases for trial, drafting resolutions, ordinances, contracts, and related documents, and rendering legal opinions; and to serve as legal advisor to City boards and commissions.
The Attorney I and II exercise no supervision. The Attorney III may exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level staff, as assigned.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Initiate ordinance compliance proceedings in court.
Oversee preparation of required legal instruments.
Prepare and try cases, with and without juries.
Investigate claims and complaints by or against the City; recommend action to be taken.
Research and prepare legal documents for trials and proceedings.
Advise boards and commissions as assigned.
Review, revise, and prepare City ordinances and resolutions.
Review a variety of contracts and other instruments used by other Departments and Divisions including bid documents and contracts for services.
Respond to staff and citizen inquiries; provide assistance and advice as necessary to resolve problems.
In addition to the above duties, take on an increased responsibility in advising boards and commissions, as well as researching and preparing legal documents, and preparing and trying cases.
Responsible for all of the above duties, as well as functional and technical supervision over lower level staff as assigned. Assist with input on performance evaluations as needed.
OTHER JOB RELATED DUTIES
Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Civil and criminal law and the methods and practices of pleading.
Principles, methods, materials, and practices used in legal research.
Operate office equipment including computer equipment.
Analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to present such material in a clear and logical form.
Present and argue cases in court.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.
Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
Experience and Training Guidelines:
Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:
Experience as a practicing attorney is preferred.
Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a practicing attorney, or three (3) years as an attorney practicing municipal law is required.
Minimum of eight (8) years of experience as a practicing attorney, or six (6) years as an attorney practicing municipal law is required.
A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law is required.
Experience in a municipal or similar governmental practice preferred.
License or Certificate:
Admission to the Bar of the State of Texas or ability to secure admission is required.
A valid Texas driver’s license, the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment, or a military waiver is required.
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:
Ability to work in a standard office environment.
With or without accommodation, ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- Pay Type Salary
- Min Hiring Rate $71,151.00
- Max Hiring Rate $109,135.00
- City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America