Assistant City Attorney III - Civil

$95,834 - $138,985 yearly
  • City of Plano
  • 1520 K Avenue, Plano, TX, USA
  • Oct 06, 2020
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

At the City of Plano, our values make us who we are and guide us as we SERVE our city.  As members of Team Plano, our organizational Values (what is most important to us) make up the acronym, SERVE (Stewardship Engaged Respectful Visionary Excellence). 

Summary of Duties: Under general supervision, the Assistant City Attorney III - Civil performs a wide range of advanced municipal legal work, including advising City staff, boards and commissions as assigned; preparing complex legal documents including contracts, ordinances and resolutions; representing the City and City officers and employees in administrative hearings and civil litigation.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the advanced journey-level classification in the Assistant City Attorney- Civil series. The incumbent plans detailed methods to attain desired objectives working within established policy. Methods require use of initiatives and resourcefulness in developing processes and procedures. Works under indirect supervision, conferring with supervisor on unusual matters.


Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Represents and provides legal advice and opinion to the City in various aspects of municipal law including zoning and land use, real estate, municipal liability, legislation, general liability issues and all other legal matters affecting the City of Plano.
  • Drafts and reviews various legal documents relating to municipal operations including ordinances, resolutions, releases, agreements, written briefs, memos, leases, and other legal documents as required.
  • Negotiates, drafts and reviews contract documents involving various areas of law including but not limited to construction, procurement of goods and services, professional services, interlocal agreements, grant funding agreements, and sole source purchases.  Must be familiar with laws regarding bid solicitation, contract award and other aspects of municipal purchasing.
  • Provides legal expertise to assigned departments and boards so that they may operate in conformance with laws and other applicable policies/regulations.  
  • Demonstrates proficiency in researching and formulating recommendations that reflect full understanding of the subject matter, application of law to City operations, and options for risk avoidance or minimization, and impact on public policy.
  • Provides representation in general civil litigation matters; prepares pleadings, briefings, motions, and other documents as required.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.

Marginal Duties:

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Decisions: Provides legal advice or recommendation of a course of action after research, analysis and evaluation of the situation or matter affecting the City and legal issues affecting such situation or matter.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of:  State and Federal laws affecting municipalities including but not limited to the Texas Local Government Code, and Texas Government Code, specifically in the areas of zoning and land use, Real Estate, Procurement, Health and Safety, the Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.  Knowledge of municipal procurement law a plus.

Skill in: Demonstrating advanced and highly effective analytical, organization, verbal and written communications skills; interpreting codes, ordinances, statutes, and legislation; drafting effective ordinances, pleadings, and legal documents; managing multiple complex projects simultaneously; developing litigation and transactional strategy.

Education:  Requires graduation from an accredited law school.

Experience:  Five (5) years of progressive experience in municipal law with primary experience in planning, zoning, economic development, and real estate law and with experience advising boards, commissions, and city departments.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified experience requirements.

Licenses and Certifications: Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Conditions of Employment:   Must pass a drug test, criminal history background check, periodic CJIS background check (for positions requiring access into Police buildings) and social security number verification check.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required. The position also requires meeting the essential requirements of the Physical Demands and Working Conditions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Employer - EOE/M/F/V/D

Open positions are subject to close without notice.