Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1. Assists in the providing of legal advice to management/council/departments. 2. Compiles data/information for reports, cost estimates, etc. 3. Coordinates research information as requested and/or needed. 4. Negotiates with citizens, businesses, attorneys, etc. to resolve legal actions involving the City. 5 Writes/drafts legal documents, i.e. contracts, regulations, ordinance amendments, resolution, etc. 6. Writes legal opinions. 7. Handles complex legal matters requiring substantial legal experience Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for dismissal.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence. Knowledge of civil and criminal law. Knowledge of municipal law and specialized area of law relevant to municipal practice. Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles. Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures. Skill in oral and written communication. Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing. Skill in using computers and related software. Skill in data analysis and problem solving. Skill in planning and organizing. Ability to conduct research on legal problems and prepare opinions. Ability to prepare and review legal documents. Ability to analyze facts and precedents in order to present them effectively in court. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other city employees and the public.
Graduation from an accredited school of law plus five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney with a minimum of three (3) years experience in a lead or supervisory capacity. Licenses or Certifications: Member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas.
Experience with public meetings, public information, statutory construction, ethics and city government elections.
The mission of the Law Department is to provide quality legal services to the City of Austin so that it can govern lawfully with the highest level of integrity and serve the community effectively.
As the chief legal advisor for the City, the Law Department provides legal advice and representation to the Mayor, City Council, City Officers, City Manager, city departments, boards, and commissions... of the City.
The City Attorneys' Office is committed to providing excellent, timely, and cost effective legal advice to our clients to support their efforts to serve the citizens of Austin.
The Law Department has a diverse staff of talented professionals with the expertise to provide comprehensive legal services for the wide variety of legal issues facing our city.