Flagstaff is the largest community in the high country and is the county seat for Coconino County, the largest county in the United States. A historic Route 66 town, Flagstaff is ideally located at the juncture of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40. Though still reflecting a small town atmosphere, it maintains a selective growth plan with new expansion programs underway.
The City of Flagstaff is Northern Arizona’s Employer of Choice! Our City government is devoted to enhancing the quality of life of our citizens and the experience of the many visitors who are attracted to Northern Arizona.
Date Posted: April 27, 2018
Vacancy No: 048-18
Position Title: Assistant City Attorney
Division / Section: City Attorney’s Office/Prosecution
Position Status: Full Time/; FLSA Non-Exempt; Tenure & Benefit Eligible
Work Week: Monday – Friday; Some nights, weekends, and holidays may be required;
Hours Vary; Shifts Will Rotate every 6 Months
Salary Range: $65,713.02 - $92,152.53 Annually DOE
Closing Date: May 11, 2018
Performs professional legal work assisting the City Attorney and City Prosecutor with researching and drafting ordinances and legal memoranda; enforcing ordinances and statutes; prosecuting misdemeanors in City Court; and advising City staff.
The Assistant City Attorney is a broad band series where incumbents are responsible for performing a wide variety of tasks. There are three zones within the broad band. The incumbent will have the opportunity to advance through the zones based on experience levels, ability to work with little supervision, expertise, mentoring responsibilities, and overall contribution to the team. Progressive responsibility and experience, continuing education, and professional development will also be considered.
Employees of this class in the Prosecution section will be under the direct supervision of the City Prosecutor, and are expected to exercise a large degree of independence, initiative, and professional expertise in the day-to-day prosecution of misdemeanor cases before the Flagstaff Municipal Court and the research functions of criminal law. An important aspect of this position is preparing and properly representing the city/state in misdemeanor trials.
Employees of this class in the Civil section will be under the direct supervision of the Deputy City Attorney, and are expected to be skilled in researching and writing legal memoranda and opinions, drafting contracts and ordinances, and providing independent professional advice on civil legal matters to City staff and City Council.
This position is FLSA exempt.
EXAMPLES OF THE WORK PERFORMED (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
May be assigned to research criminal matters as well as civil.
May be assigned to investigate, prepare, and try administrative, civil, or criminal cases and appeals by or against the City in city, county, state, or federal courts, commissions or other administrative bodies.
May be assigned to mentor or supervise other attorneys in areas of expertise, and to provide supervision for support staff and interns.
Prepares legal memoranda and briefs and performs legal analyses.
Performs related duties as required.
Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
Handles all phases of prosecuting criminal misdemeanor cases, including City Code violation cases, and some civil traffic cases, before the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
Conducts jury and nonjury trials.
Appears in court for hearings, including but not limited to evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, restitution hearings, status hearings, and probation revocation hearings.
Conducts legal research, develops arguments and drafts legal briefs in criminal cases.
Conducts pre-trial conferences with defendants and defense attorneys in criminal cases and negotiates plea agreements.
Prepares disclosure statements; responds to requests from defense for additional disclosure; negotiates and/or litigates issues.
Reviews information provided by defense after pre-trial conferences but before trial; performs factual and/or legal research; if necessary negotiates plea offers; prepares written plea agreements and related paperwork; appears at change of plea hearings; reviews plea agreements with defendants; submits plea agreements to judge; provides judge with factual basis for charges; resolves any last-minute disputes.
Reviews sentencing files and prepares sentencing recommendations; appears at sentencing hearings, submits sentencing recommendations and argues in support of those recommendations as necessary.
Communicates with crime victims and Victim Witness advocates and keeps them advised of case status.
Files appeals to the Superior Court and sometimes to the Arizona Court of Appeals and responds to defense appeals.
Interviews police officers and other witnesses to ascertain that evidence is complete and will be well presented.
Assists the police department and informs affected private citizens in criminal matters.
Reviews requests from citizens and law enforcement officers to charge crimes.
Occasionally prosecutes conflict cases for other jurisdictions.
TO APPLY ONLINE:
In order to apply for this position you will have to fill out a City of Flagstaff application on our website. Visit our website to apply or for more information on this position and other opportunities. You will find complete job descriptions, requirements and application information at: http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/jobs
NOTE: Applications are due to the Human Resources department by 4PM on the closing date regardless of the postmarked date.
TO APPLY IN PERSON:
Applications are available and can be turned in at: 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Call our general information line at (928) 213-2090 or (800) 463-1389 to request an application by mail. Fax your resume to (928) 213-2089 or E-mail: email@example.com
Additional information about current and open job vacancies can also be found by calling our job line at (800) 463-1389.
The City of Flagstaff is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected Veteran status.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
Paid Holidays • Paid Vacation Days • Paid Sick Days • Health/Dental/Life/Vision Insurance
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Skill in expressing oneself clearly, logically and persuasively, orally and in writing.
Ability to write clear, concise, and defensible briefs and memoranda.
Ability to conduct thorough legal research and prepare sound legal opinions.
Ability to understand and present complex legal and scientific theories in a hearing or courtroom setting.
Ability to analyze, assess, and organize facts, evidence and precedents and effectively present such materials verbally and in writing.
Working knowledge of local, county, state, and federal laws that relate to the criminal prosecution of suspects and/or enforcement of laws affecting municipal government.
Working knowledge of judicial procedures and the Rules of Evidence.
Ability to draft clear and enforceable contracts and ordinances.
Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research of a complex nature and to conduct and present clear and succinct analyses of complex issues.
Ability to independently exercise good judgment and use discretion.
Considerable knowledge of the methods of legal research and of established precedents and sources of legal reference applicable to municipal activities.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-attorneys, law enforcement officers, subordinates, employees, public officials at other governmental entities, legal counsel for persons and entities working with the City, and the general public.