Assistant City Attorney 1 or 2
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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Posting Dates: Open Until Filled
Department/Division : City Attorney’s Office

Supervisor : Glenn Klein, Eugene City Attorney

Work Schedule
: 40 hours/week; Monday – Friday
* Additional evening and weekend hours are routinely required with limited flexibility to adjust daytime hours based on position demands.

Work Location: City Hall, City Manager’s Office

The City of Eugene is seeking 1-3 attorneys to perform the function of Assistant City Attorney. These positions may be filled at either the Assistant City Attorney 1 level or the Assistant City Attorney 2 level and may focus on litigation, land use, employment, telecommunications and/or other general municipal law.
General Statement of Duties :
Provides expert legal services to designated departments and in assigned areas of the law; represents the City and its employees in administrative hearings, litigation, and appeals; and performs related duties as assigned.

These positions may be filled at either the Assistant City Attorney 1 or Assistant City Attorney 2 level.

Assistant City Attorney 1: $79,081-$98,592 annually
Assistant City Attorney 2: $86,361-$107,660 annually

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Key Areas of Responsibility:
  • Litigation attorney position would represent the City in civil litigation, primarily tort and section 1983 actions. The City is self-insured and attorney would be responsible for defending the City in civil litigation cases and, as needed, working in partnership with outside legal counsel in defense of the City. Attorney would prepare and argue motions, conduct discovery, and try cases.
  • Land use attorney position would advise the City’s Planning and Development Department and represent the City in land use matters before the Land Use Board of Appeals and the Court of Appeals.
  • General counsel position, with potential emphasis on employment or other area of specialty, would act as legal counsel to assigned City department; provide risk assessments and advice to personnel on current legal issues; provide advice and direction to ensure City compliance with legal requirements; review documents for legality; develop creative solutions to legal issues and problems to satisfy City departments and differing policy objectives; d raft resolutions and ordinances ranging from routine to complex; prepare oral and written legal opinions for City Departments and personnel; review proposed legislation for policy and fiscal impacts on the City; and, advise assigned departments on legal and policy issues.

Qualifications:

Key Qualificiations/Skills:

  • Litigation attorney: strong knowledge of principles and practices of civil litigation and administrative law, especially as they relate to Oregon municipal governments.
  • Land use attorney: strong knowledge of Oregon land use law, Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) procedures and rules, and effective practices and techniques in the presentation of LUBA cases,
  • Strong knowledge of municipal code, City Charter, state and federal law and regulations, court decisions and other legal requirements applicable to municipal government functions, operations, and personnel.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal communications with employees and members of the public on sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with staff, committee members, and public officials.
  • Ability to evaluate issues from multiple perspectives, make recommendations, receive feedback and implement changes.
  • Ability to provide advice to the City, executive leadership, and elected and appointed officials on a variety of issues.
Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Assistant City Attorney 1
Experience:
Some experience in municipal law, preferably in Oregon.
Training:
Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school.

Assistant City Attorney 2

Experience:
Five years of increasingly responsible experience practicing civil law in Oregon, preferably in a municipal setting.

Training:
Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school.

License or Certificates
Admission to the Bar of the State of Oregon; admission to practice law before State of Oregon courts.
Completion of on-going continuing legal education in accordance with the requirements of the State Bar.
Possession of or ability to obtain, and maintain an appropriate, valid Oregon driver's license.

Supplemental Information:

Applicants wishing to be considered for this role should complete a brief City of Eugene on-line application and attach a recent resume.

In addition to the salary listed above, upon eligibility, the City will contribute the employee contribution of 6% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Oregon Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).

Selection Process:

Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.

The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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