Senior Associate City Attorney

$96,491 - $150,000 yearly
  • City of Raleigh
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Nov 08, 2019
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

Provides a broad range of legal services to the City Council, the City Manager and City Officials and staff in the conducting of City business.  Provides formal and informal legal opinions and drafts a variety of documents, ranging from a low to high level of complexity.

Hiring range: $96,491.00 - $150,000.00 (Promotional range may vary) 

 Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential position duties and responsibilities include the following (additional duties may be assigned as needed):

  • Provides a broad range of legal services related to municipal operations as directed by the City Attorney.
  • Participates in problem-solving on a variety of City issues and special projects from the legal perspective, interpreting laws, rulings and regulations. 
  • Serves as a member of a team of highly experienced professionals in a dynamic law office setting.
  • Researches a variety of legal issues and provides legal advice and direction to City representatives, who may include the City Council or City Departments.
  • Reviews and assists in the drafting of changes to the City Code and the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and provides advice relating to interpretation of the same.
  • Represents the City Attorney's Office when attending staff, Council, Board of Adjustment, community, and other meetings.
  • Tracks legislative changes that impact UDO and advises City Attorney on compliance.
  • Represents the City in a variety of litigation matters at the local board level as well as in state and federal court on appeal of those matters.
  • Reviews and drafts contracts, documents, ordinances and city regulations.
  • Assists the City in all aspects of zoning and land use matters, including ordinance drafting, and providing advice to City staff, boards, and elected officials.
  • Assists the City Attorney or other attorneys in addressing matters as they may arise.

Typical Qualifications:

Juris doctorate degree (J.D.) or equivalent required.Graduation from an accredited school of law. 
At least 6 years of increasingly responsible experience and demonstrated success in matters of at least moderate complexity and organizational risk is required and 10 years of law practice preferred.  An emphasis or interest in areas of law relevant to municipal practice, especially zoning and land use, is also preferred; interest in local government and public service. 
Computer Skills                                            
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software and competent use of legal research software (Westlaw).
Certifications, Licenses, Registration 
License to practice law in North Carolina required by hire date.

 Additional Information:

Knowledge of:

  • Techniques and methods for organizing, prioritizing, and monitoring work.
  • Techniques and methods for legal research and drafting legal documents.
  • Principles and practices of intergovernmental relations.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence.
  • Principles and practices of group facilitation and building consensus.
  • Principles and practices of conflict resolution.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment).
  • Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.
  • Modern office technology.

Skill In:

  • Coordinating deadlines, prioritizing work demands, and assigning/monitoring work performed.
  • Overseeing the implementation and adherence to quality assurance and standards.
  • Reading, analyzing, evaluating, interpreting and summarizing written materials and statistical data.
  • Reviewing research and implementing industry trends, solutions and best practices.
  • Compiling and sorting data and articulating issues and recommendations.
  • Authoring and editing complex reports and documents.
  • Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.
  • Exercising political acumen, tact and diplomacy.
  • Overseeing the management and maintenance of official records and documents.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards (based on assignment).
  • Providing customer service.
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications.
  • Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

ADA and Other Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work:
Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Working Conditions:
Work is routinely performed in an indoor, office environment.

This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.