Overview

The Grand Prairie City Attorneys office is looking for an innovative and passionate municipal lawyer to be a part of its world-class team!

This seasonal, part-time position assists in providing a wide range of legal services for the City of Grand Prairie, its departments and employees. The hourly rate will be set between $60 and $75, depending on qualifications. The position requires 20-30 hours a week, in person, with a maximum of 1,000 hours total.

Applications received on or before October 30, 2020 will be considered for the initial interview process. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis as needed until the position is filled.This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent.

This position has responsibilities that require lifting up to 10 pounds on occasion.

  • Prepares or reviews City contracts, agenda items, and Public Information Act documents.
  • Prepares text for new ordinances or amendments to current ordinances upon request of City departments.
  • Researches, analyzes, and prepares legal opinions and training bulletins on civil law, department policy, case law, and legislative updates as necessitated by law or as requested by the City Attorney.
  • Represents, or supervises outside council, for the City in some litigation.
  • Maintains current information on all pertinent federal, state and municipal laws and case rulings; monitors and advises on legislation that could impact the operations of the City.
  • Maintains a general understanding of all aspects of municipal law and functions; answers questions from all City departments on a range of topics.
  • This role will be required to also assist in other aspects of municipal law; the City’s legal department is small, so versatility, flexibility, and adaptability is essential.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by a supervisor/manager within department/division.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Experience: Minimum 5 years experience in municipal law and preference for specialization in one of the following: municipal contracts/procurement, municipal land use, municipal economic development, municipal labor/employment.
  • Licenses: Valid Class C Driver’s License required; Licensed with the State Bar of Texas
  • Certifications Required: None
  • Reading: Ability to read and understand advanced literature, books, reviews, legal or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Math: Knowledge of intermediate math to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Writing: Ability to write at an advanced level to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study. Communicating information and ideas effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience, including via specific legal communications, such as pleadings, briefs, memoranda, and non-standard correspondence.
  • Managerial: Within this job, the employee normally performs the duty assignment within broad parameters defined by general organizational requirements and accepted practices. Total end results determine effectiveness of job performance.
  • Budget Responsibility: Has little to no budgetary responsibility.
  • Supervisory / Organizational Control: Work requires the occasional direction of helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, or temporary employees.
  • Complexity: Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives and policies. Requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.
  • Interpersonal / Human Relations Skills: Decisions regarding establishment of policies may be made. Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations.
  • Persuasion: Convincing others to approach things differently.
  • Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Functional Supervision: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work.
  • Active Listening: Listening to what others are saying and asking questions as appropriate.
  • Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others actions.
  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
  • Judgment & Decision Making: Weighing the relative costs / benefits of a potential action.
  • Active Learning: Working with new material or information to grasp its implications.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of the reactions of others and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Synthesis and Reorganization: Reorganizing information to get a better approach to problems or tasks.
  • Oral Comprehension: Listening to and understanding information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression: Communicating information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Writing Comprehension: Reading and understanding written information and ideas.
  • Inductive Reasoning: Combining separate pieces of information or specific answers to problems to form general rules or conclusions. This includes coming up with a logical explanation for why a series of seemingly unrelated events occur together.
  • Deductive Reasoning: Applying general rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers. This involves deciding if an answer makes sense or provides a logical explanation for why a series of seemingly unrelated events occur together.
  • Fluency of Ideas: Developing a number of ideas about a given topic. This concerns the number of ideas produced and not the quality, correctness, or creativity of the ideas.
  • Originality: Developing unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or developing creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity: Telling when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Speech Recognition: Identifying and understanding the speech of another person.

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