The City Attorney's Office for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, has openings for up to 2 licensed attorneys. These positions offer an opportunity to work as part of a dedicated team of professionals in an upbeat, fast paced work environment to support the operations of one of the best cities in the country.
For these positions, past experience and interest in land use, planning, zoning and development regulation; affordable housing; real estate; business law, purchasing and contracting; civil rights and equal protection law; or technology and communications law may be helpful. Public sector experience is a plus. These attorneys will also represent and advise City management and staff in other areas as needed, which may include Environmental Services and Regulatory Compliance and Governmental Affairs, or other legal matters.
The mission of the Fort Collins City Attorney’s Office is to provide excellent legal services that reflect the values and achieve the goals of the City organization, including the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion. The organization has made significant strides in aligning its policies and practices for equity and inclusion and has achieved a Human Rights Campaign Foundation Municipal Equality Index score of 95, while striving for continuing improvement.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Minimum work experience of one to two years of as a practicing attorney for Attorney I position and minimum five years for Attorney II position, with emphasis in civil law. For more details, see job brochure under "Current Openings" at https://www.fcgov.com/jobs/
To be considered, applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or qualified for admission on motion to practice in Colorado.
Additional Salary Information: Attorney I position hiring range is $71,739 to $96,000
Attorney II position hiring range is $82,500 to $115,000
Internal Number: February 2021 posting
About City of Fort Collins - Fort Collins, CO
The Office: The Fort Collins City Attorney’s Office advises the City Council and all employees of the City in matters related to their official powers and duties. The City Attorney reports directly to the City Council, and she and her staff represent the City in all legal proceedings, prepare contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents, identify legal issues raised by City policies and practices, and recommend actions to address such issues, attend Council meetings and meetings of City boards and commissions, and perform all other services as required by the Charter, ordinances, or the City Council. The mission of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide excellent legal services that reflect the values and achieve the goals of the City, including the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion. The City Attorney’s Office is growing and developing, continually working toward operational excellence, creativity, and innovation. Leadership opportunities will be available in the future for attorneys who demonstrate acuity and continue to build their knowledge and skills.
The Organization: The City of Fort Collins is a home rule city with a Council-Manager form of g...overnment. The City Council is comprised of six District Councilmembers who are elected for four-year terms and a Mayor who is elected at-large for a two-year term. All elected officials are non-partisan. The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and the Chief Judge. The City Manager has overall responsibility for all other City employees. The City of Fort Collins directly provides a full slate of municipal services including operating its own electric, water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. The City of Fort Collins, at the direction of City Council and voters, is moving forward with building and implementing high-speed next-generation broadband to the entire community with an expected completion in 2021. Fire protection is provided by the Poudre Fire Authority (PFA). The City of Fort Collins operates with a biennial budget and provides funding for municipal operations, including approximately 2,500 employees.
The City of Fort Collins aspires to provide world-class services to the community while cultivating an outstanding organizational culture for its employees. In order to achieve its vision, both internal and external services are data-informed and implemented according to organizational values. The City develops resiliency and sustainability through organization-wide systems and processes that ensure consistent employee work practices and alignment across service areas. The City places a high value on public input and strives to include community members as fellow problem solvers whenever possible. Residents can expect to receive exceptional service, have the opportunity to engage with decision-makers, provide input regarding the allocation of City resources, and have access to government information in a timely and transparent manner.
The Community: Incorporated in 1873, Fort Collins is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth largest city and spans 57 square miles. At full build-out, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.
From its early days as the military fort of Camp Collins, Fort Collins has transformed into a vibrant, healthy, university city with ample attractions and amenities. There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Scenic Byway Poudre Canyon. Within the city, the Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife. Fort Collins is renowned for its craft beer culture and is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado.
Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University. With a student enrollment of 34,000, the University significantly affects the composition and culture of Fort Collins. More than half of Fort Collins’ residents are college graduates and the city has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Residents are educated and engaged in their local government. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.