This Assistant City Attorney position provides legal support to the City of Phoenix Fire Department. The position will draft, review, and negotiate contracts and engage in other transactional work; draft and review request for proposals (RFPs); advise on Phoenix Fire Code interpretation and enforcement, permit issues, the citation process, and Code revisions. This position also represents the Fire Department in interpleader actions and assists and advises the department on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information) and other medical emergency issues. The position represents the department and its employees in other legal proceedings and assists the department in responding to public records requests. Legal experience in human resources, employment, and public safety functions is preferred but not required. This position may assist, coordinate, and work with legal advisors to the Phoenix Police Department for issues and matters that involve Police and Fire.
Assistant City Attorneys in the Law Department Civil Division work in one of six areas: Human Resources; Finance & Public Services; Litigation; Transportation; Public Safety; and Community & Development Services. The emphasis for this recruitment is to fill the position in our Public Safety Section. But this recruitment process may be used to fill future vacancies in other sections. All attorneys in the Law Department are assigned and may be reassigned based on the best interests of the City as determined by the City Attorney.
Assistant City Attorneys review, negotiate, and draft contracts and participate in other transactional work; provide client support; defend litigation; engage in government law practice; and handle all subject matters of the assigned client department. Assistant City Attorneys are expected to perform difficult professional and administrative legal work, including revisions to the Phoenix City Code and client consultation with decision makers regarding relevant legal issues. They may also be required to staff public meetings and represent the City during administrative hearings or court proceedings. Preferred candidates possess knowledge of municipal law, including open meetings, public records, conflicts, real estate, procurement, insurance, and employment law. Assistant City Attorneys report to an Assistant Chief Counsel and generally work independently in performing their duties.
Graduation from an accredited school of law and admission to the State Bar of Arizona (or from a state with Arizona bar reciprocity). Please include your State Bar license number on resume or cover letter.
Four years’ experience practicing law.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The job requirements listed above plus:
Knowledge of civil procedure and litigation, including related constitutional requirements
Municipal law practice including public-records and open-meeting law requirements
Experience providing legal advice and support to a public safety organization (Fire, Police, Emergency Management)
Employment or human resources experience
Contract negotiation, development, drafting, and administration
Additional Salary Information: Appointment can be made above the minimum depending upon qualifications. But for new hires, the salary is typically below the midpoint of the range.
Phoenix was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt the council-manager form of government in 1913 through a public vote approving a new City Charter. Phoenix is also the largest city in the country with the council-manager form of government.
Throughout its rapid growth, the City has had a long history of political and organizational stability, with three City Manager...s during the last 25 years. The City Manager is responsible for managing municipal operations which consist of a $3.5 billion budget and more than 14,500 employees. Phoenix operates on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.
The City Council of the City of Phoenix consists of a Mayor elected at-large to a four-year term and eight Council Members elected by districts to four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor may serve two four-year terms, and Council Members may serve three consecutive four-year terms.
City leaders are expected to be decision makers, problem solvers and innovators with strong interpersonal and communication skills. They are expected to be visionary, committed to high ethical standards, and should be passionate about making a difference.