Assistant City Attorney
The candidate will defined Benefit Pension, Plus an optional Deferred Compensation plan. Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants. Retiree health reimbursement account. Provide highly responsible and effective legal services within the City Attorney's Office to Service Area Administrators in several areas to the Public Services Area Administrator. Work with the lead attorney for the Public Services Area Administrator. Provide advice regarding contracts, procurement, competitive bidding, risk assessment, insurance, and assistance with contract negotiation, drafting, and addressing potential breaches. Provide advice regarding condemnation and inverse condemnation issues. Provide advice regarding the City's management of its streets, sidewalks, water, sanitary and storm water systems, sewers, fleet and facilities and other public works. Provide advice regarding utility and other rates and fees. Draft and assist with the drafting of ordinances. Provide advice regarding issues of governmental immunity. Provide written legal advice memo to City Council and staff. Perform other related duties as assigned. Excellent time management and an ability to delegate as necessary to support staff. Ability to prioritize responsibilities. Works cooperatively and maintains composure with a variety of people under difficult circumstances. Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) including creating documents in Microsoft Word. Ability to learn and use various software programs for managing assignments and preparing and managing City Council agenda items. Ability to inspire confidence in legal analysis and advice of staff and elected officials. Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree from accredited law school are required. Current member of Michigan State Bar Association are required. 2 years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law are required. Experience with WestLaw or other similar legal research sites are required. 1 years of experience practicing municipal law in a municipal setting or representing municipalities (or equivalent experience with municipal issues. 2 years’ experience providing legal services to a municipality, either in house or through a firm, including direct client contact with the municipality (or equivalent experience.). Demonstrated excellent writing skills. Experience in issues of municipal governance and ethics. Judicial clerkship experience are required.