The purpose of this class within the organization is to provide legal counsel and representation to the City Schools and its constituent agencies through their elected and appointed officials, employees, boards, and commissions. The position of Assistant City Attorney requires an individual who is a skilled professional capable of exercising independent judgment, and who possesses excellent legal research, writing and communication skills in addition to having the personal disposition, character, and psychological qualities necessary to work well with the public, co-workers and in a courtroom environment. The employee will provide legal services under the direction and supervision of the City Attorney.
This position is classified as Exempt for the purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Applicants should submit the following documents with the application:
1) Resume; 2) Cover letter; 3) Writing sample containing legal analysis of an educational or employment legal issue; and 4) Salary history for the last five years.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent may be assigned to represent the City or a specific City-related agency.
It is the expectation that the person hired into the position in response to the job posting first advertised on June 15, 2018, will be assigned to represent the Murfreesboro City Schools.
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class on.
Provides legal representation and advice to the Murfreesboro City Schools, through those entities' officials, employees, boards, and commissions, privately, orally and in writing, and at public meetings, on a variety of complex legal topics.
Researches & analyzes complex legal issues & prepares legal opinions relative to a broad variety of areas of the law including education, special education, employment, constitutional, contracts, general liability, and child custody; remains current on state and federal laws and regulation affecting the school system
Represents the Murfreesboro City Schools in federal, state, and local administrative hearings on matters ranging from personnel and student discipline, unemployment, special education, civil rights, and truancy.
Drafts and reviews policies, administrative directives, and forms to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws; works collaboratively with other City employees in developing these documents; maintains School Board's policy manual and supervises period revision of board policy as required by law or as requested by the School Board or Director of Schools
Provide legal guidance with respect to the implementation and application of policies and administrative directives
Prepares & reviews contract documents involving the expenditure of significant funds for purchase or lease of goods, services & professional services including specifications, bid documents, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications & contracts; advises staff with bid/proposal preparations, openings, and review
Conduct or provide legal counsel in connection with investigations of complaints filed against school employees, as determined by the City Attorney and Director of Schools
Provide training to staff on legal matters as needed
Attend all regular meetings of the Murfreesboro City Schools Board of Education, unless excused by the City Attorney
Responds to ad hoc legal inquiries, issues, and crises often requiring legal and/or factual research and preparation of written documents.
Reviews documents prepared by other School employees for legal compliance, style, and tone.
Handles litigation brought on behalf of the Murfreesboro City Schools or brought against Murfreesboro City Schools. Researches, writes, and files pleadings, motions, briefs, and other documents and exhibits. Conducts depositions, trials, and appeals of proceedings in State and Federal Courts.
Performs other work as assigned
Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.
TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Requires a Law degree..
Requires six (6) years of experience as an attorney handling civil matters.
Requires three (3) years of experience providing legal representation to a local education agency; experience in Tennessee and as in-house counsel preferred.
Special Certifications and Licenses:
Must have State of Tennessee license to practice law or be eligible for admission to practice in Tennessee within six (6) months of employment.
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The City of Murfreesboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City of Murfreesboro to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.
Internal Number: 1101201
About City of Murfreesboro
The City of Murfreesboro, county seat of Rutherford County, is located at the geographic center of the State of Tennessee approximately 35 miles southeast of Nashville, the state capitol. The City’s corporate boundary encompasses 55.94 square miles. Murfreesboro’s population growth continues to be strong and is on pace to make Murfreesboro the fifth largest city in Tennessee by 2020.
Although Murfreesboro is sometimes considered a suburb or exurb of Nashville, Tennessee, at 35 miles it is far enough away and has a large enough population to maintain a separate identity from its larger neighbor. It is Tennessee's fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a population growth from 68,816 to 126,118 between 2000 and 2015, a change of 83%. The city is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee, with a total student population of approximately 23,000 students.
The community has a work force that is skilled, educated and hard working. Its diverse economy
includes corporate headquarters, technology firms and manufacturing. In addition to national
companies such as Na...tional Healthcare Corp., State Farm and General Mills, the City is home to
entrepreneurs and locally owned retail stores, as well.
There is also a wide variety of places to play and shop. The City’s parks, community centers and Old Fort Golf Course are outstanding. Because of the central location, Murfreesboro has become a regional center for retail, medical services and tourism. The City has a commitment to quality living and planning. Murfreesboro has more than 1,000 acres of parkland, one of the highest percentages of municipal acreage devoted to parks in the State of Tennessee. In addition to the ten parks and five community center complexes within the City, the citizens of Murfreesboro enjoy 10 miles of Greenway trails, including the new Gateway trail and island with its gazebo, reception center, and pond with waterfalls.
The City has grown and prospered because residents, developers and local government have worked together: to educate their children, to keep the crime rate low, to provide exceptional parks and recreational facilities, to assure clean and attractive neighborhoods and business districts, and to exercise strong leadership in both land use policies and financial planning. The result of this planned approach and teamwork is a City that is known for its strong economy and also for the quality of life its citizens enjoy.
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