ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY I
The City of Fort Lauderdale City Attorney's Office is seeking a candidate for an entry-level Assistant City Attorney I position, as a recent law school graduate or with minimal experience for work in local government/municipal law, initially with the assistance of an experienced attorney with progression to handling duties independently. This position provides legal assistance to the City Attorney's Office advising City Commission, the City Manager's Office, department-level management and staff on a variety of legal issues.
Examples of work include the review and drafting of transactional agreements and contracts, review of public records requests, clarifies and responds to questions regarding code of ethics issues, and other municipal legal work involving a wide variety of legal issues and projects. The candidate must be admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. Please submit a writing sample, resume, and cover letter to Maureen Richards, Law Office Manager, at email@example.com .
See Special Instructions on how to apply below.
This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.
The City offers a wide variety of benefits to employees. In addition to the competitive benefits package and salary, the City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which offers an investment option and a pension option, and requires a 3% contribution from employees. New hires are automatically enrolled in FRS.
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This job classification is in Management Category III for benefits purposes, which includes Six (6) additional management vacation days per calendar year and a monthly vehicle allowance of $250.00.
This is a non-classified "at-will" position and is not subject to Civil Service Rules or any collective bargaining agreement.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.
- Performs professional civil municipal legal work involving a wide variety of legal issues, cases and projects.
- Works independently on legal matters and will work with more experienced attorneys on more complex legal matters.
- Knowledge of general municipal law bearing on City code of ethics, public records requests, ability to draft and review agreements (initially with the assistance of an experienced attorney with progression to handling these duties independently) and the ability to provide City Departments with legal advice.
- Performs legal research and skilled in legal writing.
- Performs related work as required.
JOB REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS :
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.License to practice law in the State of Florida in accordance with the Florida Bar Association.
1. Knowledge of constitutional, federal, state, and local laws affecting municipal government.
2. Ability to analyze data, identify trends and recommend solutions is highly desirable.
3. Attention to detail and excellent problem-solving abilities.
4. Strong legal research and writing skills.
5. One (1) or more years of increasingly responsible experience in city or related government law, including trial experience.
Non-Essential Employees will not be required to work during a declared emergency but may be required to work in some capacity after the declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine when the employee will be required to work.
PHYSICAL STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment Frequency Working in Designated Environment Office or similar indoor environment Frequently or Often Outdoor environment Seldom or Never Street environment (near moving traffic) Seldom or Never Construction site Seldom or Never Confined Space Seldom or Never In the community (homes, businesses, etc.) Seldom or Never Lab Seldom or Never Warehouse environment Seldom or Never
HOW TO APPLY/ VETERAN INFORMATION
Special Instructions to Apply:
To be considered for this position you must submit a writing sample, resume, and cover letter directly to Maureen Richards, Law Office Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular full-time employees including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance.
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Closing Date/Time: Continuous