The City of East Palo Alto seeks a Deputy City Attorney to provide legal advice/services on a wide range of general municipal law matters, with an emphasis on land use, housing, and contracts. Our ideal candidate will be a self-starter, comfortable in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual setting, and have relevant experience in the public sector.

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The Position

The Deputy City Attorney I position is a full-time position appointed by the City Attorney; it is an exempt, at-will classification. The Deputy City Attorney is expected to provide legal advice/services on a wide range of general municipal law topics, depending on the successful candidates experience. Specific responsibilities for this position will include:

 Providing written and oral advice on a daily basis to City Departments, with an emphasis on land use (CEQA, General Plan and zoning law), rent control, and public contracting and insurance matters.

 Performing legal research on a variety of general municipal law subjects including the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, and the Public Records Act, as well as providing written and oral opinions to the City staff, and various commissions.

 Drafting and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, staff reports, and other documents for legal soundness and acceptability.

 Drafting, and appearing in court on behalf of the City in writ actions, Pitchess motions, and code enforcement prosecutions, as needed.

 Representing the City Attorney at various boards and commission meetings, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, dependable, and highly ethical attorney ready to provide competent and practical legal advice on a range of municipal law topics. Candidates who bring experience in land use, public sector contracting, agreement drafting, and knowledge of rent control will be favorably considered. Candidates who are open, approachable, and who can develop positive working relationships across departments is a plus. The ideal candidate has the ability to forge professional relationships and the skill to translate complex/technical information into understandable terms.

Candidates must possess a Juris Doctor from an accredited school of law, a license to practice law in California, and a valid California drivers license. Candidates must possess at least one year of experience practicing law in a public agency law office, or a private firm that has contracted with a public agency for legal services. Candidates with at least three years of similar experience are preferred.

Application & Selection Process

The filing deadline is October 11, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

To be considered, please submit your cover letter,

application and supplemental information at:


Application packets will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure and job description.
Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications by the City may be invited to the panel interview. The most
qualified candidates, as determined by the City, will be invited to the final interviews.

For additional information contact: Irene P. Camarena, Human Resources Manager

Phone: (650) 853-3187

Email: icamarenacityofepa.org

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