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ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY

Company: City of Greenville
Location: Greenville
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Job Description:

ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY - 0222 Salary $73,930.00 - $114,590.00 Annually Location 206 S. Main Street - Greenville, SC Job Type Full Time Department CITY ATTORNEY`S OFFICE Job Number 00710 Division CITY ATTORNEY`S OFFICE Brief Description Job Summary
Under broad administrative direction from the City Attorney, exercises significant independence and considerable discretion. Conducts comprehensive, accurate, and timely legal research in all areas of the law impacting the Citys operations including, but not limited to, the following: contracts, public finance, land use/zoning, real estate, criminal, constitutional, employment, and general municipal law. Provides general legal counsel to City management, staff, and City Council. Regularly participates in the analysis, interpretation, development, and/or implementation of broad and complex regulatory requirements, technical guidelines, and administrative policies. Manages a wide range of legal issues pertaining to the Citys operations from the initial phase to conclusion, including, but not limited to, land use and real estate matters. Conducts research, engages in interviews, and processes various documents regarding legal issues and their resolution. As assigned, drafts the Citys contracts for a wide range of goods and services. Support the relationship between the City and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; promote the City goals and priorities. Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information. Represents the City on assigned boards and commissions. Serves as liaison between outside counsel and the City for specialized legal matters.
Job Duties Essential Functions
Provide General Legal Counsel: Conduct comprehensive, accurate, and timely legal research in all areas of the law impacting the Citys operations including, but not limited to, the following: contracts, public finance, land use/zoning, real estate, criminal, constitutional, employment, and general municipal law. With respect to the foregoing, assess risks; provide counsel and legal opinions, reducing them to writing as necessary; present recommendations and solutions to minimize risk and safeguard the City`s operations to City management, staff, and City Council. Provide legal advice to City staff on major departmental issues and projects to assist the decision makers with the legal implications of their decisions and to assist the departments in meeting their goals. Assist City departments develop and/or amend policies and procedures to maintain legal compliance and to reduce risk and exposure. Prepare or review agenda items, and Public Information Act documents. Assist in preparing responses to contentious public inquiries, mitigating/preventing adverse publicity for the City. Prepare briefs, presentations, memorandum, real estate documents, and correspondence on various legal problems for the City. Draft proposed ordinances, letters, and other correspondence. Prepare written and oral opinions on various legal issues for the City Council, City departments and various boards and commissions. Advise risk management on liability claims and litigation. Monitor and advise on changes in state and federal regulations, standards and legislation governing municipalities. Respond to external citizen complaints/requests for information. Assist with open records request and subpoena compliance. Maintain availability and open relations with media and the public as appropriate to the position. Work with neighboring communities and other government units as appropriate. As assigned, provide back-up support to the City Prosecutor by appearing for the City in Municipal Court, handling municipal court case negotiations, motions, pleas, and trials. 60%
Advise on Real Estate and Land Use Matters: Provide advice and counseling on real estate and land use matters. Provide legislative drafting, transactional and contractual assistance on issues relating to real estate, zoning, land development, and environmental protection. Handle acquisitions and conveyances of real property interests with support from the Senior Paralegal. 20%
Advise Assigned City Commissions and Boards: Attend meetings of assigned City Boards and Commissions. As needed, provide legal counsel. Work with the Citys board liaison to address any issues and concerns and to review board related documents.10%
Draft and Review City Contracts: As assigned, draft the Citys contracts for a wide range of goods and services. Craft contracts tailored to specialized situations with or without the use of templates. Manage the workflow to ensure that contracts are drafted and returned to the user department in a timely manner. Manage communication with user departments concerning the status of contract requests and expectations concerning the contract production process. Advise the Office of Management and Budget on procurement matters. Provide advice and counseling concerning the Citys rights and remedies under existing contractual arrangements. 10%
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Job Requirements A Juris Doctorate Degree. Over six years of experience as an attorney. At least two years of other legal-related (e.g., law clerk, paralegal, etc.) job experience will be considered. Admitted to the South Carolina Bar with Rule 403 and continuing legal education requirements met or eligible and in the process of admission to the South Carolina Bar from a state with which South Carolina has reciprocity.
Driver`s License Requirements Valid South Carolina Class D Driver`s License.
Performance RequirementsKnowledge of: Modern and highly complex principles and practices of municipal law. Legal principles and practices, including civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law, and procedure. Organization, duties, powers, limitations, and authority of City government and the City Attorney`s office. Judicial procedure, criminal procedure, rules of evidence and court rules. Ordinances, statutes, and court decisions relating to municipal corporations. Current literature, trends, and developments in the field of municipal law. Methods of legal research and public agency administration.
Ability to: Perform highly complex legal research and prepare written and oral opinions on various legal issues for the City Council, City departments and various boards and commissions. Serve as legal advisor to City boards and commissions as assigned by the City Attorney. Provide sound legal guidance in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies. Present logically organized and clear statements of law and fact. Prepare, review, and draft ordinances, resolutions, and motions. Represent the interest of City departments in drafting legislation or contracts. Effectively apply legal knowledge and principles in court as needed. Apply the highest level of creative thinking, complex analysis and reasoning to originate and develop innovative program or production concepts, techniques or procedures which can have a major impact on the nature and quality of programming or operations. Communicate at a superior level verbally and in writing, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences. Effectively manage interactions that are generally contentious and involve confidential discussions or situations where conflicting interests are apparent. Effectively handle communications that involve a high degree of difficulty (i.e. contentious confidential sensitive or political) with very diverse, very important contacts both inside and outside of the organization.February 02, 2022 Page 4 of 5 Use discretion, persuasion, conciliation, dispute resolution, mediation, or negotiation skills when dealing with complex situations. Consult on issues, presenting complex information, explaining analysis and rationale, and making recommendations with the requirement to exercise persuasion to obtain cooperation, consensus, or approval of action to be taken. Maintain effective working relations with City Council, City Manager, Department Directors, city staff, court officials, external attorneys, and the public. At an advanced level write policies, contracts, speeches, formal presentations, and/or technical and legal documents and correspondence. At an advanced level read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals and procedures, financial reports, legal documents, and governmental regulations as well as literature, books, reviews, reports, and abstracts. Work with advanced mathematical operations methods and functions of real and complex variables. Use computer, printer, copier, scanner, fax, phone, calculator, computer, printer, car, and various software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, Map-It, Prolaw, Casemaker, and Westlaw. Working ConditionsPrimary Work Location: Office environment.
Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards.
Physical Demands: Continuously requires vision, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires fine dexterity, sitting, and handling. Occasionally requires standing and walking. Sedentary strength demands include exerting up to 10 pounds occasionally or negligible weights frequently; sitting most of the time.
Mental Demands: Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, and tedious or exacting work. Occasionally requires emergency situations and irregular schedule/overtime.
Americans with Disabilities Act ComplianceThe City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.
DisclaimerThe above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive and affordable benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families. View more details about these benefits here: City of Greenville Employee Benefits.

HEALTH INSURANCE

The City offers the following health insurance options to eligible employees:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Term Life
  • Employee Supplemental Life
  • Spouse Term Life
  • Child Term Life
  • Short Term Disability (STD)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Care, etc.)All health insurance coverage is effective the first of the month following the employees hire date except for LTD which is effective the 91st day following date of hire.

    LEAVE & HOLIDAY BENEFITS
    • General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours.
    • The City of Greenville observes 11 paid holidays.RETIREMENT BENEFITS
      The City is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems.

      AWARDS & RECOGNITION
      • Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ER&A)
      • Employee Service Awards
      • Longevity BonusOTHER BENEFITS & OPPORTUNITIES
        • Worker`s Compensation
        • Deferred Compensation
        • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
        • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Agency City of Greenville (SC) Address 206 S. Main St

          Greenville, South Carolina, 29601 Phone 864-467-4530
          Website https://jobs.greenvillesc.gov

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