Overview

PN#23495 ATTORNEY – HOUSING

LEGAL DEPARTMENT:
The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the “OCA”) provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service  Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.
  • Partnership & Teamwork  Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City’s goals.
  • Integrity & Candor  Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.
  • Dignity & Diversity  Promoting each person’s value.
  • Innovation & Imagination  Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City’s objectives.

Composed of approximately 100 of Houston’s finest attorneys working in 11 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.

Every member of the OCA must be committed to “Service Through Law.”

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The City of Houston seeks applicants for an Assistant City Attorney position in the Real Estate Section of the Legal Department. The applicant should be an experienced practitioner with the Section’s disciplines, with at least five years of relevant experience.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) in various affordable housing acquisition, rehabilitation and development projects.
  • Actively engaging with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Texas General Land Office (GLO), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other state and local authorities to ensure HCDD abides by and remains compliant with all federal, state and local fair and affordable housing requirements.
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements, including inter-creditor and subordination agreements, with commercial lenders, nonprofit and for-profit developers, tax credit investors, agencies, other governmental entities, and other stakeholders in single-family and multi-family affordable housing projects.
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising City ordinances that relate to various HCDD matters, including program guidelines, affordable housing programs and agency agreements.
  • Reviewing and commenting on proposed federal, state, and local fair and affordable housing laws and regulations.
  • Performing title review and drafting documents related to the City’s down payment assistance and single-family home repair, construction and reconstruction programs.
  • Rendering legal advice to HCDD and other City departments regarding housing and general real estate law and land use matters.
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising city policies to further the City’s goal of providing fair and affordable housing in the City of Houston.
  • Special projects assigned by management.
  • Managing outside counsel.

EDUCATIONAL:
Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited college of law.

EXPERIENCE:
Four years experience in the practice of general civil law or specialized municipal law are required.

LICENSE:
Must be a member of the Texas State Bar.

Preference will be given to applicants with:
  • At least five years of experience in affordable housing law.
  • Experience working with HUD, GLO, FEMA, and other federal, state, and local governmental entities.
  • Familiarity with the 2 CFR Part 200 as it relates to federally funded projects.
  • Experience with Section 108 and/or Community Housing and Development Organization (CHDO) transactions.
  • General understanding of federal, state and local rules relating to affordable housing.
  • Experience working with real estate developers and commercial lenders planning and developing affordable housing projects to deliver services to low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Familiarity with third party agreements whereby a governmental entity provides federal monies to third- party public and non-profit organizations to provide public services including services related to housing, health and youth.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating contracts, loans, and grants for affordable housing, public services and/or public facilities.
  • Excellent drafting, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Texas real property statutes and municipal or public law.
  • Familiarity with procurement requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Experience providing legal and tax advice to city officials regarding Community Land Trusts.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate workload demands.
  • Proficiency with the Office 365 suite of programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel and the use of technology in the practice of law.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Above average academic and professional achievement.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**

SELECTION:
All applicants should provide a resume, writing sample, academic transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by

visiting: http: agency.governmentjobs.c… or call (832) 393-6069.

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All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and may be required to pass a physical examination.

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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