Overview

Provide a wide range of professional legal services to all City departments, various boards and commissions, City Council and Constitutional Officers under the general supervision of the Senior Deputy City Attorney of the Development/Finance Team and the City Attorney. Technical or functional support may be provided to clerical staff. This position is primarily transaction-oriented, but some litigation tasks will also be assigned.* Performs legal research, prepares opinions, and advises departmental clients on various legal issues relating to certain municipal functions, including but not limited to, contract preparation, economic development, real estate, finance, budget, procurement, recreational activities and tax matters. * Studies, interprets and applies laws, court decisions, ordinances, and other legal sources in advising officers and employees in legal matters. * Prepares and drafts ordinances, resolutions, administrative policies, contracts, leases and other legal documents and instruments; reviews such documents and offers opinions as to form and legal sufficiency when presented to the City for consideration. * Prepares and tries cases associated with collection of delinquent loan and/or grant amounts; assists with the administration of loan and grant programs.* Advises on legal aspects of disputes, such as contract disputes and tax appeals; represents the City in such disputes.* Negotiates contracts, real estate purchases, and leasing transactions. * May analyze financial issues and render opinions at the direction of the Senior Deputy. * May investigate claims and complaints by and against the City. * May represent the City Attorney at specified board and commission meetings. * Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information pertaining to procurement, certain loan and grant programs, real estate, finance, budget and tax matters.* Represents the City in the community and at professional meetings as assigned. * Adheres to the City’s vision and contributes to the positive image of the City Attorney’s Office and the City.* Trains other staff, Council, Boards, Commissions and City departments in recent developments in the law pertaining to contracts, finance, budget, procurement, tax, recreational and other matters as assigned.* Possesses a cooperative spirit and works collaboratively with all members of the City Attorney’s Office to generate innovative solutions to challenges. * Prepares and tries cases before administrative agencies.* Performs other duties as assigned.Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and a minimum of two (2) years legal experience as a practicing attorney, though candidates with a combination of at least one (1) year of general professional legal experience or other extensive municipal work experience (at least 5 years) in the areas of emphasis may be considered. Must be an active member in good standing in the Virginia State Bar. Financial and accounting experience preferred, but not required. Requires thorough knowledge of: legal office work, procedures, terminology, and documents, including proper English grammar, spelling, and punctuation; legal principles and practice, including civil, criminal, constitutional, and administrative law and procedures; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; established precedent and sources of legal reference applicable to municipal activities; ordinances, statutes, and court decisions related to municipal entities; the organization and operating procedures of a City Attorney’s Office. Requires the ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and work as a member of a team; plan and organize own work and work space; prepare and proofread documents; read, explain, and interpret forms, rules, and policies; utilize various specialized software applications; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; organize, interpret, and apply legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems; conduct research using state of the art methods of legal research to prepare sound legal opinions; present statements of law, fact, and argument clearly and logically; interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies; analyze and prepare a variety of legal documents; perform increasingly complex legal work using independent judgment; follow instructions, policies, and procedures; communicate effectively in person, on telephone, and in writing; work independently, recognize priorities, and meet deadlines. Applicants must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and must have a satisfactory driver’s record based on the City of Hampton criteria. Any person offered employment in the position shall be subject to a criminal history background check. A combination of education and experience which qualifies an applicant may be considered in lieu of the more specific requirements above.Performs duties under the general supervision of the Senior Deputy City Attorney for the Development/Finance Team and the City Attorney. Some contact with federal, state, and local courts and with federal, state, and local officials and personnel from the City, related agencies, and other professional organizations. This position involves a wide range of municipal law topics. This position handles the routine to moderately difficult and moderately complex professional legal tasks independently with limited supervision; with instruction and assistance as needed on the more difficult and complex tasks. Requires tact, good judgment and discretion in dealing with co-workers, other City staff, and the public; must maintain the confidentiality of all information. Requires continuing legal education in subjects affecting municipal law in the areas of procurement, collections, economic development, finance, budget, real estate assessment and other tax matters. Requires considerable research and analysis, trial preparation and often requires hours beyond the normal workweek; requires some evening meetings. This is an exempt position.

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