Deputy City Attorney II/III, Berkeley, CA

  • 06 Aug 2019 9:45 AM
    Message # 7814606
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    SALARY: $58.38 - $88.94 Hourly 
    $10,119.20 - $15,416.27 Monthly 
    OPENING DATE: 08/05/19
    CLOSING DATE: 08/26/19 05:00 PM

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    The City of Berkeley is currently seeking well-qualified candidates with a strong commitment to public service to join our legal team as a Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City Attorney III.
    The Berkeley City Attorney's Office is a fast-paced and exciting environment where Deputy City Attorneys provide comprehensive legal services to the City and often deal with novel legal issues. Dedication to public service, a strong work ethic, exceptional analytical skills, creativity, flexibility, judgment, and a sense of humor are essential.  The City is currently seeking candidates for three Deputy City Attorney positions and the following qualifications are highly desired:
    • Significant litigation experience in state and federal court, including writs.
    • Experience managing and litigating cases at all stages of litigation, including pleadings, motion practice, discovery, and trial.
    • Experience in labor and employment law, including advising clients regarding human resources issues and employment litigation. 
    • Experience in code enforcement. 
    • Transactional experience in negotiating contracts, leases, development agreements, and affordable housing issues.
    Attorneys applying for these positions may be hired at the Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City III level, depending on skills, experience, and qualifications.

    Typical duties of a Deputy City Attorney include the following:
    • represents the City in court cases encompassing a wide variety of subject matters, including all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work
    • confers and advises certain City departments concerning their respective duties, powers, functions and obligations
    • researches legal problems and prepares opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, permits and other legal documents
    • represents the City in administrative hearings before City boards and commissions, and state and federal agencies
    • assists other attorneys in all phases of legal work on more complex litigation
    • attends meetings of the City Council, boards, and commissions as requested by the City Attorney
    Equivalent to graduation from a college or university with an appropriate law degree.


    Deputy City Attorney II: Two years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of civil law, preferably in a municipal setting.
    Deputy City Attorney III: Four years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of civil law, preferably in a municipal setting.

    Other Requirements
    Must be a current member of the California State Bar Association. Must be willing to attend evening meetings. Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. 
    Knowledge of: civil and administrative procedure; pleading and practices and effective techniques in the presentation of court cases; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; principles, methods and techniques of legal research and investigation; responsibilities and obligations of public officials and administrative agencies; and municipal government organization, structure and functional responsibilities.

    Ability to: define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically; exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters; interpret state and federal laws and constitutional provisions affecting municipal operations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; and represent the City effectively in hearings, courts of law and meetings with others; prepare clear, concise and competent resolutions, ordinances, contracts, leases, permits, reports, correspondence and other written materials.
    Applicants must submit the following:
    3. RESUME

    The applicant should be the primary author of the writing sample provided. All materials must be received no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

    All application materials will be reviewed to ensure all materials have been submitted and for qualifications verification. Applicants meeting the minimum qualification and have complete application materials will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews.  Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

    Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

    DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

    All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

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