|SALARY: $95,957.68 - $149,661.41 Annually
|OPENING DATE: 10/29/18
|CLOSING DATE: Continuous
NATURE OF WORK
This is highly responsible professional work acting as a legal advisor and counselor for the various City departments.
An employee in this classification is responsible for preparing contracts, resolutions, ordinances and other written documents involving the City; for performing legal research and preparing legal opinions; for advising City officials; and for representing the City in litigation and administrative proceedings. The employee represents the City in legal matters, including the bringing and defending of suits and negotiating settlements. The employee attends meetings of the City Commission and advisory boards, as necessary; advises the City Commission, City Manager and City departments in reference to legal questions. Duties include representing the City before various local and state departments and other governmental subdivisions. Supervision is exercised over legal and clerical staff, which includes training, and evaluating work performance. General direction is received from the City Attorney however; the employee is expected to exercise considerable initiative and independent professional judgment in developing the technical aspects of the job.
|EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Researches, compiles, analyzes and summarizes information on statutes, legal decisions, opinions, rulings, codes and ordinances for internal departmental use and citywide use.
- Drafts resolutions, ordinances, contracts, leases, deeds, pleadings and other legal documents
- Conducts witness interviews, prepares legal correspondence and documents, prepares trial plans and drafts pleadings such as findings of fact or conclusions of law.
- Examines and analyzes complaints and evidence of alleged or suspected violations of laws or regulations in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures.
- Reviews legal instruments or other related documents to assure completeness of information and conformance to applicable laws, rules, precedents and procedures.
- Research, assemble and summarize information on legal instruments and various legal subjects.
- Assists in case preparation for civil litigation or tries lawsuits.
- Meets with clients and the public.
- Negotiates various documents.
- Performs related work as required.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
- Graduation from law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a doctor of jurisprudence or a LLM.
- PROOF OF THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMPLETED EDUCATION MUST BE SUBMITTED AS AN ATTACHMENT WITH APPLICATION. (Applications without attached proof of education will not be processed for consideration.)
- Five (5) years' membership in The Florida Bar.
- Broad range of experience and knowledge in local government law including one or more of the following subject areas: drafting municipal agreements, sunshine, ethics, public records, utilities, land use/ zoning, code enforcement, public finance, civil litigation relating to section 1983 liability, criminal litigation, public procurement, grants, contract drafting and administration, labor and employment law, municipal pension law, construction law, police, fire, or other local government related experience.
- Be a member in good standing of the Florida Bar.
- Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact.
- Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to, computers, scanners, calculator, copier, and fax machine.
- No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling is required.
- Ability to perform minimal lifting, not to exceed 10 pounds of force, which may be required on a limited basis.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Considerable knowledge of the goals and objectives of the legal matters to which assigned.
- Considerable knowledge of local, state and Federal statutory law.
- Considerable knowledge of legal procedures in the areas of assignment.
- Considerable knowledge of legal instruments in applicable fields of law.
- Considerable knowledge of the sources and availability of current legal decisions, opinions, rulings and statutes.
- Ability to apply knowledge of the law and legal procedures to a variety of legal assignments.
- Ability to analyze procedural problems and recommend solutions in assigned fields of law.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Ability to conduct thorough legal research and prepare various legal documents and summaries.
- Ability to prepare cases for civil litigation.
- Ability to express ideas clearly and to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Ability to assign and supervise work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
- Ability to achieve rapport with various government officials and members of the public requesting information.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, representatives of private businesses, service and civic organizations, and the public.