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City Attorney Opportunity

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image of the recruiting flyerThe City Attorney is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. Serving as the chief legal consultant and advisor for the City, the City Attorney is responsible for providing legal counsel to the City Council, City Manager, key City leaders, boards and commissions, and other staff regarding legal matters; directing legal activities and providing leadership and general administrative oversight to support staff and legal support professionals in the City’s Legal department; providing a full range of legal services to the City including preparation of legal opinions, research and support, representation in legal actions, document preparation; and contributing as a member of the City’s executive management team on strategy and policy to ensure the City’s mission and core values are incorporated into operational activities and services.

INTERESTED?
Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a resume and letter of interest to: [email protected]. Candidates selected to continue in the recruitment process will be contacted with next steps. Initial review of submissions will be April 20. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES

  • Serve as the chief legal consultant and advisor to the City Council, City Manager, boards and commissions, city departments, and city staff in their official capacity, including but not limited to providing legal advice and legal counsel, and providing legal representation in litigations and legal proceedings.

  • Provide leadership and direct the operation of the City Attorney’s office and perform a full scope of supervisory responsibilities, including but not limited to hiring, developing, counseling, and advising subordinate attorneys and office staff; and making terminating and disciplinary decisions and/or recommendations.

  • Provide legal counsel, directly or indirectly through staff, which includes researching federal, State, and local laws and regulations, and issuing legal opinions to the elected and appointed officials of the City and to various City boards and commissions.

  • Serve as the liaison for the City Attorney’s Office with City Council, City Manager, other divisions, departments and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues; and provide legal expertise to joint action agencies in which the City is involved.

  • Staff or attend all regular City Council meetings, and committee meetings as appropriate to provide legal guidance to elected officials in carrying out their responsibilities within the law.

  • Draft legal documents on behalf of the City, including ordinances, resolutions, minute orders, code provisions, contracts, council materials and a variety of other legal instruments for legislative enactments, including but not limited to deeds, vendor’s liens easements, releases and other instruments binding the City with regard to real property; negotiate and/or review contracts and other legal documents involving the City of College Station; and approve all City legal documents prior to execution by the Mayor or other approving authority.

  • Direct and oversee in-house and contracted legal counsel representation of the City in all litigation – civil, criminal and appeals.

  • Direct the prosecution of criminal matters in municipal court and appellate criminal courts.

  • Prepare, administer and manage the Legal Department’s budget.

  • Establish sound working relationships and work collaboratively with City Management and other members of the executive Management Team, to include but not limited to, serving as a member, and participating in collaborative efforts towards achieving financial objectives, Council directives, and other goals and objectives to meet the operational needs of the City.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED:
Graduation from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in the state of Texas and 8 years of progressively professional experience in the practice of municipal law or other governmental law, including real estate, construction law, employment law, land use, and litigation. Membership in the Texas Bar Association and Texas City Attorney’s Association. Possess qualifications to gain admission to practice in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Federal Fifth Circuit Court, and the United States Supreme Court. Possess qualifications to obtain membership in the American Bar Association and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Knowledge of the principles of civil and criminal law, the methods and practices of pleadings in criminal cases and in civil cases, and the statutory provisions related to the authority and operation of municipalities. Highly effective team building, and leadership skills including consensus-building to resolve conflicts, negotiate agreements and gain cooperation among competing interest groups. Excellent oral communications skills for explaining legal issues and options, as well as complex legal principals and regulations to clients and to garner their compliance. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with elected officials and staff, other departments, the media, the public, and internal/external legal and court officials and stakeholders.

PREFERRED:
10 years of progressively professional experience in the practice of municipal law. Bar certification in the practice of municipal law, where available. Previous experience providing legal representation to a municipal electric utility.




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