Assistant City Attorney II
Duties: Provides professional legal representation for the City; performs directly related work as required. Conducts litigation in State and Federal District court on complex tort and related cases, including appeals through the United States Supreme Court; Provides advice to other Attorneys on trial strategy, evaluation of potential settlements and ideas related to preparation of cases; Prepares complex contracts and related legal documents for City Departments; Provides legal advice, counsel and course of action recommendations to City Departments in various areas, including Police, Community Development or related areas of substantial municipal responsibility; Represents the City in pre-trial conferences, including research and negotiation with all parties involved; Prepares cases for trial, examining law and evidence subject to review and assistance by a supervisor; Prepares and interviews witnesses presenting evidence for the City to ascertain that evidence is complete and will be well presented; Performs special projects for the City Attorney as requested; Represents City employees, boards and commissions; Represents the City before state and federal administration agencies, boards and commissions; Studies and keeps current knowledge of City, State, Federal and general municipal law for information and precedents bearing on City legal problems; Researches legal opinions, memoranda and data for the guidance of City Departments; Researches, prepares, and compiles proposed ordinances and resolutions and proposed amendments to existing ordinances; Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions; Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems; Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas; Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner; Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities; Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a JD Degree; and Considerable legal experience. Admission to the State Bar. Comprehensive knowledge of civil law; Some knowledge of criminal law; Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, materials and references utilized in legal research; Thorough knowledge of legal practices and procedures; Thorough knowledge of municipal law, torts, contracts, civil rights, administrative processes and real property; Thorough knowledge of appellate practices and procedures; Thorough knowledge of State and Federal statutes and regulations pertaining to municipal governments; Ability to use technology to research and present cases; Ability in negotiations and in persuasion of others, including both individuals and groups; Ability in presentations of both routine and complex issues; Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language; Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions; Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations; Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks; Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions; Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology; Integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Closing Date: 12/06/21
City of Des Moines, Iowa
City Hall, 400 East First Street
Des Moines, IA 50309