City Attorney
City of Ames, IA - Ames, IA

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The City Attorney provides legal advice and services to the Mayor, the City Manager, elected officials, the City departments and Mary Greeley Medical Center in manners related to operations, services and activities of the municipality; drafts City ordinances, resolutions and other legislative documentation; reviews policies and procedures for compliance with legal requirements.

For more information about this position, view the City Attorney Recruitment Brochure.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:

Examples of Essential Job Functions: Acts as legal advisor and counsel for the City of Ames and all officers of the City, including all boards and commissions as applicable; conducts legal research; advises City officials and staff concerning legality of operations, policies, procedures and activities. Drafts ordinances, resolutions and other documents for review and action by the Mayor and City Council; drafts other legal documents for City staff and Mary Greeley Medical Center. Prepares opinions about questions of law regarding the interests of the City. Represents the City in general litigation matters; prosecutes and defends all suits and actions to be brought and pending in any court in the state of Iowa or the United States; attends administrative hearings and other meetings to represent the City's position. Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence. Attends City Council meetings and provides legal advice and opinion.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include continuous improvement, respect for others, being customer driven, leadership, data-driven decisions, positive attitude, teaming environment, honesty and integrity, innovation and creativity, employee involvement, and excellence. For all employees, this includes maintaining city-wide services through a Total City Perspective, presenting a positive attitude, communicating effectively, dealing courteously with customers and co-workers, and maintaining effective relationships. For leaders, this also includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions: Conducts special projects and research assigned by the Mayor, City Manager, Mary Greeley Medical Center and elected officials. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


Education and Experience: JD from an accredited law school; admission to practice law in Iowa state and federal courts; and experience in legal practice including litigation and negotiation, real estate, commercial and contract law is required. Experience in Iowa municipal and administrative law, management/supervisory and five years of public sector professional legal experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of modern and complex principles and practices of criminal, constitutional, municipal, human resources, labor relations and contract law; methods and techniques of legal research; courtroom procedures; principles of legal and business letter writing and report preparation; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. Ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge of legal problems; present statements of law and fact clearly and logically; prepare clear and concise legal position papers; conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; communicate concisely and clearly both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in course of work; make sound decisions and use good judgment, determine the appropriate approach to use for lawsuits, and demonstration of intellectual capabilities. Computer skills, including word processing, electronic docketing and filing, budget spreadsheets, electronic legal research, case management, code supplement updates and internal code publishing. An understanding of the property tax appeal process and representation of the Board of Review. Ability to manage and produce work within digital file storage software; conduct online legal research; prepare and edit documents using word processing software; file legal documents electronically; and read and interpret budgeting documents.

Supplemental Information:

A limited number of finalists will be invited to visit the City and participate in a structured interview process for the position. Participation may be limited to candidates possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Note: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department, in writing. Residency within the Ames city limits.