Assistant City Attorney Annual salary range: $117,417.46 to $192,490.27 DOE DOQ The city provides an excellent benefits package. Application deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020
The City Attorney’s Office advises the City Council, Successor Agency to the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority on legal issues related to policy matters; provides legal advice to boards, commissions, committees, task forces, department directors and division managers; conducts legal research, drafts legal opinions, reviews agenda reports, reviews and prepares agreements, prepares ordinances, resolutions, regulations and administrative policies; assists the Code Compliance Unit in the prosecution of City Code violations; and manages and defends public liability claims and cases, workers’ compensation claims and cases, and administrative matters involving the City.
The Assistant City Attorney provides a wide range of professional legal services, primarily working with the Public Works Department providing legal counsel on issues relating to public infrastructure and public contracting; utilities operations and regulations; and grant requirements. In addition, the Assistant City Attorney advises departments on solicitations, bid protests, contract awards, as well as drafting and negotiating contracts. This position will work closely with the Purchasing Manager in procuring goods and services for the City including public works construction projects.
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, highly motivated professional with strong interpersonal skills, and excellent political acumen and awareness. The successful candidate will be able to thoroughly research and analyze problems, evaluate risks, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations, as well as having the ability to articulate and explain legal concepts to different levels of audiences while managing multiple projects. He/she should enjoy working in a collaborative environment and have the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities. A background in public works, land use, and other areas of municipal government is highly desirable. Dedication to public service, a strong work ethic, exceptional analytical skills, creativity, flexibility, judgment, and a sense of humor are essential. A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school (and an active member of the State Bar of California) AND the equivalent of six (6) years of experience in the practice of municipal law or related experience is required. Experience managing cases at all stages, including writs, pleadings, motion practice, discovery, trial in state and federal court is expected. Litigation experience is helpful.
Located on the beautiful Southern California coast, the City of Oxnard is the most populous city in the County of Ventura with almost 210,000 residents. Nestled about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara, Oxnard prides itself on its rich diversity and culture. Although agriculture remains a major industry, Oxnard enjoys an expanding economy based on a healthy combination of commercial and manufacturing development, tourism, and the U.S. Navy.