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The City of Alameda is seeking a diligent, committed, and solutions-focused attorney to fill either the role of Deputy City Attorney II (minimum of 3 years of relevant experience) or Assistant City Attorney I (minimum of 4 years relevant experience) to serve as counsel for the Community Development and Public Works Departments, and to handle complex real-estate or public works transactions involving major public works projects, disposition and development agreements, exclusive negotiation agreements, development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, intergovernmental agreements, deeds, easements, and leases. The Position may further require staffing on labor and employment, conflicts, Public Records Act and/or Brown Act matters.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Negotiates and drafts and/or approves complex and routine ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other
legal documents and instruments.
2. Performs legal research and prepares complex and routine opinions considering the actions, powers, duties, functions
and obligations of the City Council, City officials, City departments and various agencies, boards and commissions.
3. Provides legal assistance to various agencies or boards, including the Community Development Department, the Human
Resources Department, and the Public Works Department.
4. Acts as lead counsel in handling serious, controversial and complex legal matters.
5. Confers with and renders assistance to department heads in establishing departmental policies by applying legal points
and procedures; recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
6. Assists in or prepares cases for administrative and judicial hearings and represents the City in such hearings.
7. Represents the City Attorney at various City Council, board and commissions meetings and in court as assigned.
8. Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information.
9. Participates in the supervision, training and evaluation of the City Attorney’s Office’s professional staff.
10.Conduct public meetings, workshops and training sessions to provide community education.
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Position Summary
This position is regularly scheduled to work a 4 day-36 hour work week, but is required to attend meetings, court dates and other obligations outside their regular 4 day schedule (e.g. evenings, Fridays, and weekends) as needed.
Skills and Competencies
Knowledge: Knowledge of legal principles and practices including civil, criminal and administrative laws and procedures; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; methods of administrative laws and procedures; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; methods of legal research; law and practices related to municipal government; principles and practices of public administration.

Ability: Ability to effectively perform and administer all phases of City legal work; analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; conduct legal research, prepare sound legal opinions and a variety of legal documents; demonstrate effective leadership; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls; review and analyze complex and technical information; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; set priorities and meet deadlines; interpret, apply and explain rules, laws, regulations, policies and procedures; issue instructions, directions and orders; analyze situations and make quick decisions requiring sound judgment; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare concise, comprehensive reports; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; exercise independent judgment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, community organizations and the general public; assist in budget preparation and administration; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

Qualifications and Prior Experience
Any combination equivalent to education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Deputy City Attorney II
Education: Equivalent to a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
Experience/Knowledge/Ability: Three years of progressively responsible experience performing legal work including experience in a principal or lead capacity. Experience in specialized legal matters such as those pertaining to real estate transactions, public works projects, and general municipal laws, such as the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and Conflict of Interest laws is highly desirable.

Assistant City Attorney I
Education: Equivalent to a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

Experience/Knowledge/Ability: Four years of progressively responsible legal experience including experience in a principal, lead or supervisory capacity. Experience in specialized legal matters such as those pertaining to real estate transactions, public works projects, litigation and claims liability, employment law, public contracting, land use and environmental laws, Brown Act, First Amendment, Public Records Act, Conflicts of Interest laws, Municipal Finance, and/or election laws is highly desirable.

Both positions require membership in the California State Bar or the ability to obtain membership within 12 months of employment.

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