Are you a dynamic, forward-thinking attorney with substantial experience representing government looking for a cooperative and vibrant environment to further your professional development? Are you excited about the opportunity to work for a thriving, diverse city with unique challenges? Are you a dynamic problem solver who is not afraid to challenge the status quo? If so, the City of Bellevue wants you!

The City of Bellevue is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill a senior attorney position. To be considered, you must have substantial background advising government clients on property, public works, utility, environmental, and long range planning matters and have some litigation background in those areas. The ideal candidate will be comfortable advising City Departments on day to day legal issues, assessing litigation risks, and providing briefings to the City Management and City Council.

This Senior Attorney will be part of the legal team working on the legal challenges arising in a thriving and diverse city which is routinely ranked among the best mid-sized cities in the country. Bellevue is home to some of the most exciting redevelopment projects in the Puget Sound region.

The attorney filling this position is expected to primarily advise the Citys Community Development and Utilities Departments. The Community Development Department handles a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from comprehensive land use, environmental stewardship, and other long-range planning, to affordable housing, economic development, and arts and culture. The Utilities Department has four diverse business lines (water, sewer, stormwater and solid waste services) providing exceptional public service to Bellevue residents and businesses. As a Phase II NPDES permittee, the Utilities Department is responsible for administering programs such as the stream team that educates Bellevue residents about the benefits of water quality and monitors fish populations in our creeks. The Utilities Department continues to move forward with various Smart City initiatives to enhance customer usage of its services.

Primary Duties:

  • Provide counseling and strategic advice to the Utilities and Community Development Departments, City Management, City Council, and assigned boards and commissions, both orally and in writing, on all facets of legal issues, including but not limited to environmental issues, contracts, land use, public works, real property, affordable housing, and urban planning.
  • Represent Utilities and Community Development Departments in administrative hearings (such as hearings before the Growth Management Hearings Board and the Pollution Control Hearings Board) and related appeals.
  • Provide legal interpretations of regulations and laws that govern the conduct of City business.
  • Respond to inquiries from City Management, City Council and the general public.
  • Assist City departments in drafting resolutions and ordinances for adoption by the City Council.
  • Draft contracts and other legal agreements/documents with other governmental bodies and third parties.
  • Provide advice on other legal issues and represent the City in litigation, as needed.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Graduate of an ABA accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree.
  • Currently licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of Washington.
  • Considerable knowledge of the Clean Water Act, Growth Management Act, Land Use, Water Rights, Shoreline Management Act, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), Public Works Contracting, Surface Water Law, Real Property Law, Real Estate Financing, and Affordable Housing.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant municipal or other government experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of litigation experience; appellate experience is a plus.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Core Competencies of this Position:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues inside and outside of the City Attorneys Office. Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations. Relates comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Obtaining Results: Carries out assigned projects to their completion. Asks for direction as appropriate. Balances among competing priorities and multitasks appropriately. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm. Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances. Is able to work collaboratively and innovatively with departments to help solve problems and achieve the Citys goals.
  • Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Assessment Skills: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development. Willingness to take direction from senior staff. Must be analytical, logical, and innovative.
  • Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs.

Who we are:

Bellevue is a high tech and commercial hub that is home to various corporate headquarters, including REI and T-Mobile. Bellevue is routinely ranked among the best mid-sized cities in the country (Livability.com and 24/7 Wall Street), and Sound Transit’s East Link will soon provide light rail connections between Downtown Bellevue, Downtown Seattle, the Spring District, and points beyond.

The City of Bellevue is an international and multicultural, future-focused, high performing city. Five principles guide our actions and our decision making: Exceptional Public Service, Stewardship, Commitment to Employees, Integrity, and Innovation. The City values all employees and their contributions and encourages and rewards employee growth and development. City of Bellevue employees enjoy many outstanding benefits, including federal and state holidays, state retirement, generous matching 401(k), a 457 defined benefit plan, and excellent health benefits. The City also offers paid vacation and sick leave, professional membership dues, training and professional growth opportunities, and ORCA cards.

For more information on this position please contact Deputy City Attorney Nicholas Melissinos at 425-452-2033, or City Attorney Kathy Gerla, at 425-452-7220.

The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Persons needing assistance in the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 425-452-6838 or bellevuehrbellevuewa.gov. If you are invited to participate in the selection process and need ADA accommodations, please notify HR before you are scheduled for an interview or testing.

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