Overview

The Municipal Section of the Boise City Attorney’s Office is seeking an attorney with 3 -9 years’ experience. We’re looking for someone intellectually curious who is excited to help shape the future of Boise. The ideal candidate will be conversant in general municipal law and (a) land use planning, (b) real estate transactional work, and/or (c) contract negotiation and drafting. In addition to your resume and references, please include a short (3-5 page) writing sample that you certify was written, proofed, and edited only by you. Based on the skills and qualifications of the successful candidate, we can place a new employee at the Attorney II level starting between $70,000 to $75,00 and at the Attorney III level starting between $85,000 and $90,000.

Performs the duties of an Attorney I or II – Municipal with added responsibilities that may include reviewing, mentoring, and advising the work of junior attorneys in civil and/or criminal matters; providing internal training for Deputy City Attorneys and general city employees; giving legal advice and counsel to assigned internal clients regarding a wide variety of civil legal matters that require specific subject matter competency in areas such as real property, intellectual property, contract, or state and federal administrative law. Works independently while making decisions that requiring technical discretion and sound judgment.

This position is designated as At-Will.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Provides civil legal assistance to city departments, commissions/boards and divisions. Completes special projects as requested, including drafting resolutions and ordinances. Offers specialized legal advice to internal clients by drafting/reviewing contracts, leases, land transactions, interagency memorandums of understanding, and other documents with potential liability exposure for the city. Represents the city in civil rights, contract, and tort cases. Reviews public records requests. Attends internal and public meetings and hearings on behalf of the assigned clients. Answers general questions from members of the public. May provide legal advice to Mayor and Council at City Council meetings. Performs other duties as assigned.

Civil Focus: Areas of emphasis may include contract, code, ordinance, and resolution writing; real property transactions; legal research and writing assignments; attendance of meetings associated with city clients, including those of internal boards and commissions.

Public Safety Focus: Areas of emphasis may include providing extensive legal advice and training for Police, Fire, and Code Enforcement departments; processing public records requests and property and weapons dispositions; completing special projects as assigned; providing advice to police officers seeking criminal arrest warrants, search warrants, and magistrate inquiries; providing back-up to the criminal prosecution team, and serving as an on-call advisor for the police. (100%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training
Required Knowledge, Experience, and Training:

Must have a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and three years of experience in civil or criminal litigation, or municipal governance.

Working knowledge of the principles of civil and criminal law, court rules and trial procedure, rules of evidence, rules of professional conduct, parliamentary procedure, and legal ethics.

Ability to work independently with little supervision; communicate proficiently verbally and in writing in order to handle complex cases in state and federal court, and to write briefs and other complex legal documents; review, proof, and critique the legal research and opinions of others; operate a computer with demonstrated proficiency using contemporary databases, word processing and spreadsheets software applications; represent the City before outside agencies, communities and elected and/or appointed officials; display an attitude of cooperation, and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees and the public; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies, and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation; be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record.

Position requires work that may be outside of, or extends beyond, a typical 8am to 5pm M-F workweek.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training
Seven or more years of specialized knowledge and experience providing legal representation to local units of government, and the ability to provide politically sensitive legal advice and counsel consistent with open meeting, public records, and other applicable laws. Expertise in civil matters such as land use, civil litigation, public safety, risk management, environmental, aviation, human resources, or contracts and procurement law. Experience working with and advising interdisciplinary work groups, and participation on a project management and implementation team.

Licensing And Other Requirements
Licensed and active member of the Idaho State Bar in good standing.
Valid driver’s license.

Special Requirements
All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Boise background check processes which include reference checks and criminal history checks.

Applicants must be able to pass, or have:

  • Driving Record Check
  • Education Verification
  • Criminal Justice Information System background check (CJIS)

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Efforts
While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds and occasionally lifting/carrying up to 20 pounds. Also the employee is frequently pushing/pulling up to 10 pounds and occasionally pushing/pulling up to 20 pounds. The noise level is frequently moderate. Work includes sensory ability to talk and hear. Work in this position also includes close vision. Employees will sit, stand, walk, reach and grasp. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position.

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