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The City Attorney’s Office provides general legal advice and counsel to the City in areas including but not limited to municipal finance, housing and economic development, rent program, code enforcement, public safety, land use, real estate, personnel, retirement elections, conflicts of interest, charter interpretation, and defense and affirmative litigation matters.
Services include drafting and reviewing contracts, legislation and other documents and providing litigation services in the defense of ordinances and other administrative actions and in specialized areas including probate and bankruptcy. The City Attorney’s Office provides counsel to the Mayor, City Administrator City Council and Council committees, Civil Service Board, Planning Commission, Police Commission, retirement and other City boards and commissions and City agencies and departments. Incumbents perform a variety of professional legal duties involving civil municipal law issues.
Position Summary
The attorney will supervise attorneys in the General Government and Finance unit, which handles and provides legal advice
and counsel on a wide range of municipal law matters to City officials, Boards and Commissions and City departments, including but not limited to: Offices of Finance, Budget, Treasury and Controller, Departments of Public Works, Transportation, Information Technology, Library, Cultural Arts, Parks and Recreation and Contract Compliance. The ideal
candidate will have experience and expertise in general municipal law practice areas including municipal finance (bonds, taxation, fees, and assessments), conflicts of interest, elections law, open meeting laws, public records, constitutional law and supervising attorneys and units.
Duties and Responsibilities
– Providing expert advice and legal opinions on general government matters such as municipal finance, taxes and fees, formation of special assessment and other financing districts, conflict of interest, elections law, public contracting, open meetings, public records and constitutional law to the City Administrator and other City executives, the Mayor, City Council and City departments, boards and commissions.
– Preparing and reviewing legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents.
– Supervising attorneys in the General Government and Finance unit, reviewing written
opinions, legislation, reports and other written work of assigned attorneys; preparing annual
performance evaluations and carrying out other management duties as assigned.
– Overseeing and collaborating with outside counsel.
– Working closely with the City Administrator, elected officials and agency and department
executives to ensure compliance with laws and City policies, and keeping City officials
apprised of the developments in current law and their duties and powers.
– Representing the City Attorney at meetings of the City Council, City Council committees and
other public meetings and providing advice on parliamentary procedure, Brown Act and local
open meeting laws.
– Attending evening and late night meetings of the Council and other City boards and
commissions; and other meetings as assigned.
Skills and Competencies
– Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances.
– Conduct research on legal issues and prepare sound legal opinions.
– Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
– Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame.
– Handle stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
– Interact with other in-house attorneys as part of a team, and as team leader, to provide the
best product for clients of the City Attorney’s Office.
– Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance
of required duties.
– Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of
outside agencies and the public.
– Skillfully and professionally present legal advice to clients including the elected and highlevel
appointed officials.
– Inspire confidence and respect for legal advice.
Qualifications and Prior Experience
– One year of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney IV in the City of Oakland
OR ten years professional experience in relevant areas of law.
– Graduate of accredited school of law.
– A member in good standing of the California State Bar.
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume by email [email protected]

Candidates selected to proceed in the hiring process may be asked submit additional information (e.g., a writing sample, references, answers to supplemental questions, the formal City of Oakland employment application).

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