The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment for the position of Assistant City Attorney I. Under direction from the City Attorney, the Assistant City Attorney I prosecutes violations of Municipal Code; provides legal advice and recommendations to City officials on matters related to City business; provides legal advice to City boards and commissions; represents the City in litigation and administrative proceedings; receives limited guidance on the completion of assigned Council referrals; assists in the development and administration of interdepartmental policies, programs, and projects; assists City Attorney with other legal work as assigned.
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Provides legal advice and supervision on real estate and contract documents, provides legal counsel and staffing to Boards and Commissions; Attends City Council, departmental, and outside meetings for oral and written presentations of projects or as necessary to accomplish City business; may attend closed session City Council meetings. Represents the City in administrative proceedings conducted before Administrative Bodies and subsequent court proceedings. Represents the City in interactions with elected and appointed state and local government officials, business owners and managers, neighborhood groups, employees, and other citizens and customers. Provides support and assistance for litigation matters to City Attorney and outside counsel. Provides legal advice and training to departments doing enforcement on code interpretation and enforcement procedures. Provides legal advice, reviews and prepares legal documents contracts, easements and ordinances, and conducts research in response to needs of various City departments and City Council; may act as chief spokesperson on behalf of multiple departments; may provide representation for City in Federal and State Court and administrative proceedings. Provides advice to management team during collective bargaining including representation during arbitration. Provides education to other city departments/employees on legal issues related to their jobs. Performs electronic legal research, database entry and document generation in case management system, and electronic filing with court. Prosecutes criminal and municipal infraction violations of Municipal Code and subsequent appeals Prepares and prosecutes cases for Small Claims Court to collect funds owed to the City including bankruptcy and foreclosure actions associated with collection. Reviews state and federal court decisions, and changes in state and federal laws and advises regarding the impact on city operations; attends legal education seminars and other professional training relevant to City business. Support and provide direction to legal support staff on assigned projects. At the direction of City Council assists in development and administration of City policies; coordinates City Council referrals and special projects. Assists in the accomplishment of all duties that are required of the City Attorney pursuant to State Code, including but not limited to: property tax appeals, eminent domain proceedings, closed sessions, special assessments, and civil service proceedings.
Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. 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.
Education and Experience: Juris Doctorate degree and two years of experience are required. Experience with Municipal law, government, public sector or other relevant practice preferred.
Candidates who are selected and successfully perform in their role as Assistant City Attorney I will be considered for reclassification to Assistant City Attorney II once the qualification requirements have been met.
Licenses and Certificates: Admission to the Iowa Supreme Court and Federal Court.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of areas of law specific to each functional department of the City; knowledge of and ability to work with each department's key personnel to assure its compliance with legal requirements; knowledge of the principles of criminal, administrative and civil law; knowledge of judicial and administrative procedures and rules of evidence; knowledge of the methods and practices pleadings; knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, practices and references utilized in conducting electronic legal research and case management; some knowledge of Municipal and State Codes.
Skill in document drafting and preparation. Skill in conducting legal research; skill in written and oral communication, including legal opinions, briefs, motions, ordinances, pleadings and contracts; skill in appraising, analyzing and organizing facts, evidence and legal precedents in order to determine legal issues, proper course of action, and most effective presentation of facts and arguments.
Ability to prepare various types of cases and present them in court or before administrative tribunals. Ability to make independent and reasoned legal judgments; ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with city managers and officials, members of the legal community and the general public; ability to use contemporary technology for research, document preparation and administrative activities; ability in presentations of both routine and complex issues; ability to prepare accurate and reliable opinions containing findings, recommendations and conclusions on legal decisions; ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology; and creativity and innovation in the performance of tasks. Ability to effectively and quickly prioritize and reprioritize work tasks; ability to manage a sizeable and unpredictable volume of assigned tasks.
To be considered all applicants must attach one the following writing samples to their application, which are to be authored solely by the applicant and written within the last 5 years: (1) a brief; (2) a memorandum of law; or (3) a legal opinion.
Selection Process: The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, including a review of the writing sample, a phone and on-site interview, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry and education check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status. Anticipated start is February 2018.
**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**
NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.
E-Verify Process: The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: http://www.uscis.gov.
The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.
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