Assistant City Attorney
City of Idaho Falls, ID - Idaho Falls, ID

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The City of Idaho Falls is accepting applications for an Assistant City Attorney. Under the direction of the City Attorney, this new position provides legal advice and counsel to Mayor, City Council, Division Heads and City employees on a wide variety of municipal law issues. Represents the City in litigation, administrative hearings, contract negotiations, and other legal matters and proceedings under the direction of the City Attorney.

To Apply : Candidates are required to fill out the electronic job application in as much detail as possible. Candidates are encouraged to upload and attach a cover letter explaining how their education and experience has prepared them for this position. The anticipated salary range is $50,000 to $65,000, depending on experience.

Essential Functions:

Acts as legal consultant to City departments and divisions on special projects or issues or on particular areas of expertise; reviews and develops legal research and opinions; occasionally attends meetings to provide advice and counsel to the Mayor, the City Council, City Divisions, City Commissions, Boards, and other City clients.

Reviews incoming complaints and paperwork as assigned or delegated by the City Attorney; reviews or responds to public records requests; prepares memos, legal opinions, ordinances and resolutions as needed.

Represents the City in civil litigation cases and/or administrative hearings; prepares memoranda, motions, briefs and pleadings to be filed in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings; negotiates, reviews, and prepares agreements and contracts for City Divisions; may represent City in complex contract negotiations.

At the request of the City Attorney, Division Directors, or other city officials, provides training to public safety officers and general city employees, as well as legal training in civil and related law topics to legal staff in areas of constitutional law, risk assessment, legal compliance, and policy development. Performs other duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:

1. Education and Experience: A. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctorate; AND B. No experience required; 1-3 years’ experience as a practicing attorney with an emphasis in civil law preferred. OR C. An equivalent combination of education and experience

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of Idaho municipal law; court administration; current principles and applications of Idaho civil, criminal, and administrative law that impacts municipal corporation legal activities; state and federal court procedures and rules of evidence; interview techniques, methods and strategies used for case preparation; pleadings and effective practices and techniques in the presentation of court cases; principles, methods and techniques of legal research and investigation; principles and practices of legal communication methods; management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and leadership techniques.

Skill in in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, and staff. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, and related office equipment.

Ability to define and analyze complex legal issues and problems; research and organize facts; perform legal risk-benefit analyses; evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly, logically and persuasively; exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters under pressure; interpret and explain state and federal law, regulations, legislation and constitutional provisions; develop sound litigation strategy and represent the City effectively in hearings, courts of law and meetings; use a high degree of tact, discretion and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive situations and concerned or upset individuals; determine long range needs for development of the department; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without reasonable accommodation.

3. Special Qualifications: Current member of the Idaho State Bar or a state bar with reciprocity in Idaho and currently licensed to practice law in the State of Idaho. Must possess a valid driver’s license.