City of Sacramento, CA Sacramento, California, United States
Mar 08, 2020Full Time
THE POSITION IDEAL CANDIDATE The City Attorney's Office is recruiting for a Senior Deputy City Attorney for our Litigation Division. The ideal candidate is an experienced litigator with at least five years' experience who is capable of independently handling a robust employment litigation caseload, so experience in that area is strongly preferred. Under general direction, the Senior Deputy City Attorney provides professional legal services for the City of Sacramento and its boards, commissions, offices, and departments. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This classification is populated with multiple incumbents assigned to a City Attorney's office: Special Projects, Litigation, and Advisory. Senior Deputy City Attorney is the advanced journey-level in the City Attorney's office. Incumbents are expected to use professional judgment and skill in performing work, the acceptability of which is subject to review by professional superiors through inspection of casework, records, and documents, and through periodic conferences. The Senior Deputy City Attorney is distinguished from the Deputy City Attorney II in that the former may specialize in certain areas of the law as it applies to the City. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED General direction is provided by a Supervising Deputy City Attorney. The Senior Deputy City Attorney may oversee and lead the work of other attorneys, paralegal and office support staff. The Senior Deputy City Attorney does not supervise. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - Performs complex legal research and prepares opinions on various legal problems for the City Council, City of Sacramento, and its boards, commissions, offices, and departments; represents the City Attorney at various board and commission meetings as assigned. - Prepares and drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents; reviews documents and offers advice as to the legal acceptability of such documents; confers and assists City departments in establishing policies by developing and applying legal points and procedures, recommends changes in policies and procedures in order to meet legal requirements. - Investigates claims and complaints by or against the City; recommends action to be taken; prepares cases for hearings; represents the City in such hearings. - Prepares cases for trial; may serve as trial lawyer for the City before County, State, and Federal courts at all levels. - Initiates code enforcement proceedings in Court and prepares the required pleadings; prepares cases for condemnation proceedings. - Initiates and defends cases involving the City, prepares the required pleadings; may serve as a trail lawyer for the City before County, State and Federal courts at all levels. - Performs other or related work as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of: - Municipal, state, and constitutional laws affecting city government. - Methods of legal research. - Court and administrative agency procedures, methods and practices of pleading and rules of evidence. Skill in: - Use of desktop computer including basic applications and related computer-based research. Ability to: - Research legal issues and prepare sound opinions. - Draft and present persuasive arguments. - Read and comprehend legal documents quickly an efficiently. - Use sound judgment in providing legal advice. - Establish and maintain cooperative relationships. - Work well under the pressure of a heavy caseload and short deadlines. - Recognize and handle issues of political sensitivity. - Direct support staff that are not direct reports - Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience: Four years of professional legal experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney with the City of Sacramento. Education: Graduation from an accredited school of law. PROOF OF EDUCATION Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education such as but not limited touniversity/collegetranscripts, certificates, and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job #001815-20 on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable. An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by acredentialsevaluation service. This evaluation must be submittedby the final filing deadline. SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS Current membership in good standing the California State Bar Association. PROOF OF M EMBERSHIP Proof of the required membership to the California State Bar Association must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to email@example.com the final filing deadline.If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job #001815-20 on your documents. Important note: Applications will be rejected without proof of the required membership. Driver License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. THE SELECTION PROCEDURE Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the governmentjobs.com applicant inbox. 1. Application: (Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Officeby the final filing deadline: Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted. Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified: If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week). If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section. Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees must besubmitted online with your application, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org , delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mailby the final filing deadline. 2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) - In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire: Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted. Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed. A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire. Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the selection process. 3. Screening Committee : (Pass/Fail)- Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement. 4. Interview Process : Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. 5. ? Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and passLiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment. QUESTIONS: For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process: Please visit? https://www.governmentjobs.com/Home/ApplicationGuide for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the application process. For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627. Visit the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department website at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Career-Opportunities ; Send an email to email@example.com ; Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726; or Visit the Human Resources Department at Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Plaza Level, Sacramento, CA 95814.