013-004 - ASST CITY SOLICITOR
|Class Title: Assistant City Solicitor|
Grade Number: 17
Performs professional legal services for the City and related work as required. This is responsible professional legal work involving legal advice and trial case work in all phases of municipal operations.
Works under the supervision of the City Solicitor and Deputy Solicitor. This position performs responsible professional legal work involving legal advice and trial case work in all municipal operations. Employee in this class must exercise considerable independent judgment.
Exercises supervision over office staff and administrative personnel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Prepares or reviews contracts, leases, conveyances, assurances and releases where the City or any department is a party;
* May act as the City's Right-to-Know Officer;
* Prepares Resolutions and Ordinances for City Council;
* Prosecutes and/or assists in the prosecution of suits brought by the City for or any department or rights, privileges, claims or demands;
* Defends and/or assists in the defense of all actions or suits against the City or any department or officers where any acts of the City or any department may be brought into question before any court, administrative agency or other judicial or quasi-judicial body;
* Furnishes legal opinions to Mayor, City Council, City Controller, department heads and elected officials of the City when requested by them in their official capacities;
* Supervises the preparation and docketing of liens for the entry of claims on behalf of the City;
* Settles and satisfies claims and liens;
* Conducts legal research related to above tasks;
* Attends Council meetings.
* Performs related work as may be required.
Education and Experience:
(A) Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
(B) Admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Should have excellent writing, research, and communication skills. Should be a member of the bar for at least 5 years and have a broad range of experience and knowledge in local government law. Prior experience in the following subject areas is desirable; drafting municipal agreements, Sunshine Law, ethics, and public records laws, procurement, drafting legislative documents, land use and zoning matters, and representing and advising advisory and administrative boards. Should have thorough knowledge of the City codes and charter provisions and the general laws of City and State; thorough knowledge of the sources of legal reference; good knowledge of court procedures and rules of evidence; skill in preparing cases, interviewing witnesses, in obtaining agreement out-of-court, and trying cases in court; ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to particular circumstances; ability to participate in the preparation and trial of difficult and important cases, and to present material clearly and logically in oral and written form; ability to meet and deal effectively with persons interested or involved in lawsuits. The position also includes sharing litigation responsibilities and meaningful litigation experience is helpful. Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with city officials and departments, agencies and the public. Ability to establish and maintain record keeping systems. Able to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
Must be skillful in managing situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness and sound judgement, managing staff by delegating tasks and authority, providing coaching to improve staff performance and understanding/applying applicable law, City policies and procedures.
Ability to evaluate controversial situations and present options in a clear and concise fashion.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED (list all of the equipment that you use)
Computer, telephone, facsimile, digital imager, office stationary
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is typically required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision to read and write legal documents.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
General office environment.
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.