Assistant City Attorney Position in Sunrise, FL

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 12:43 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
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invites applications for the position of:

Assistant City Attorney 102918

SALARY:  $95,957.68 - $149,661.41 Annually
OPENING DATE:  10/29/18
CLOSING DATE:   Continuous




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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

It shall be the policy of the City of Sunrise to hire well-qualified persons to perform the many tasks necessary in providing the services the City is called upon to render. An integral part of this policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons for employment and to recruit and administer hiring, working conditions, benefits and privileges of employment, compensation, training, appointments for advancement, including upgrading and promotions, transfers, and terminations of employment including layoffs and recalls for all employees without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, age or physical or mental disabilities who are qualified for the jobs they are seeking. As provided in the Florida Statutes, preference in initial appointment will be given to applicants who are eligible for Veterans' Preference. Eligible applicants must complete the Veterans' Preference section of the application at the time it's submitted, and include a copy of their DD214 (separation papers) indicating character of service. Applicants must also include any additional required documents to support their level of preference eligibility such as their VA Letter of Disability, if applicable.



Position #Assistant City Attorney
10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33351

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