Join Team Palm Springs as an Assistant City Attorney

The City of Palm Springs is currently seeking an Assistant City Attorney.  If you are ready to join the exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed below, please click here

Position Summary

The Assistant City Attorney will provide sound and ethical legal advice applicable to municipal law and will act as an open and transparent collaborator with the ability to work tactfully and creatively toward solutions that may require bold, strategic action. Serving at the pleasure of the City Manager and under the general direction of the City Attorney, the Assistant City Attorney will represent the City in litigation, mediation, and negotiation and will provide advisory legal services to City Council, the City Manager, City departments, and various boards, committees, and commissions.  The Assistant City Attorney will enforce the Charter, ordinances and policies of the City of Palm Springs through the administrative citation process and in the courts. In addition, the position assists in oversight of outside counsel who provide legal services in special matters. The Assistant City Attorney will establish a shared City vision and work collaboratively and cooperatively with other City departments. An individual with sophisticated interpersonal skills, as well as seasoned political and legal acumen to ensure sensitivity to complex political realities while remaining strictly politically neutral, will excel in this position.

Examples of Essential and General Responsibilities

Performs research and prepares written and oral opinions on legal issues for the City Council, City departments, and various boards, committees, and commissions.
Provides advice and opinions to City staff on matters of City urgency on a day-to-day basis as various needs arise to facilitate efficient processing of time sensitive documents, instruments, and legal needs.
Assists in prosecution of violations of City ordinances, and representation of the City in all actions.
Prepares, reviews, and drafts ordinances, resolutions, staff reports, policies, agreements, instruments, and pleadings.
Approves exceptions and modifications to model agreements/contracts.
Represents the Office of the City Attorney at various City Council, board, and commission meetings, and in court as directed.
Appears before courts, at administrative proceedings, hearings, mediations, and negotiations on behalf of the City.
Provides first level oversight of outside counsel in litigation ranging from simple to highly sensitive.
Assists the City Attorney with respect to the acquisition, sale, transfer, or abandonment of real property including acceptance of deeds on behalf of the City.
Supports the City Attorney regarding elections, special assessment districts, and bond issues.
Investigates assigned litigated claims and complaints against the City and recommend appropriate action.
Participates in the selection of assigned staff; provides or coordinates staff training; prepares and conducts evaluations; motivates and mentors staff; resolves personnel concerns and issues.
Collaborates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and priorities for assigned functions and programs; recommends and implements resulting policies and procedures.
Contributes in development and administration of the City Attorney departmental budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures and outside legal fees.
Responds to and resolves internal and external concerns, questions, and problems; contacts departments involved; provides direction and assistance as necessary to correct issues.
Ensures, monitors, and implements compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, and other compliance programs.
Plays a part in city wide programs and initiatives as assigned; meets with City staff and provide guidance on legal issues; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends, developments and innovations.
Responds to public and media inquiries as assigned; resolves difficult and sensitive concerns and complaints.
Drafts and writes bulletins, newsletters, and other public information.
Serves as Acting City Attorney in the absence of the City Attorney as assigned and directed.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum and Preferred Requirements

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process.  Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. (One year of work experience is the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work. "Full-time work" means at least 36 hours of work over a period of one week or 1,872 hours of work over a period of at least 12 months.) Qualifications noted as "desirable" or "preferred" are not included as part of the minimum requirements.

A minimum of four years of increasingly responsible experience, seven years preferred, in the practice of law which included a minimum of three years working on behalf of a municipal government is required.
Education and Training:
Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate is required.
License or Certificates:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver license is required.
Membership in the State Bar of California and admission to practice law in federal court is required.

Working Conditions:
This position works in an office environment with exposure to computers and peripherals and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, walking, and standing for prolonged periods.

Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation.

Application and Exam Information

A completed application, resume, detailed letter of interest, and supplemental questionnaire are required by the closing date and time.  As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the position to achieve maximum opportunity.  Applications will be reviewed carefully and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process.
Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications.  Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications.
Please remember to submit all your application materials at time of application. All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification.
For more information contact Human Resources at:

The City of Palm Springs
3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA  92262

The application review process will begin January 31, 2018.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to be considered for this opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or a sufficient number of applications have been received. The City of Palm Springs reserves the right to accelerate or extend the "Closing Date" of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.
The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer and we encourage all persons to file applications.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status.
Disaster Service Worker:  In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Palm Springs Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.