Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
 
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

City Attorney's Office - Civil Division
The City Attorney's office, Civil Division's mission is to provide a comprehensive range of legal services to our clients in a timely and competent fashion and to vigorously defend any lawsuit filed against the City.  The Civil Division prepares ordinances and resolutions, defends the City in litigation matters, and provides legal counsel to the City offices and City Council.  

Based on qualifications the City Attorney's office is seeking a Deputy City Attorney or a Client Group Manager.  Please read the Minimum Qualifications section carefully.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Provide, either directly or through their team of direct reports, the various agencies, commissions, boards, officers, and employees of assigned Client Group(s) the necessary and proper legal advice and services to ensure that the activities of the City are conducted in accordance with the requirements of Federal, State, and local laws.
 

  • Act as a Leader of Change by proactively supporting and implementing the culture change strategy within their team
  • Continuously challenge the status quo of how to conduct business with clients and - together with their team- develop solutions to improve productivity and client satisfaction
  • Lead and develop direct reports by providing regular coaching and feedback on performance and work product (ie ordinances, resolutions, contracts and legal opinions ), as well as regular training and developmental learning opportunities
  • Set clear objectives and action plans for and with direct reports
  • Establish accountability through regular performance review meetings
  • Address employee performance deficiencies with high sense of urgency in order to drive results
  • Implement disciplinary actions as needed
  • Foster teamwork through regular team meetings, sharing best practices, peer coaching and solving legal issues affecting the team's clients
  • Keep City Attorney informed and involved as needed on critical legal issues and decisions affecting the City
  • Perform duties as an Assistant City Attorney by providing legal services and advice to members of the Client Group(s) as assigned; this may include litigation, preparation of legal documents and opinions, general advice and review of client policies
  • Supervision of 6-12 or more attorneys and administrative staff
  • Ability to fulfill the role and responsibilities of supervision and interaction with the City Council when the City Attorney is unavailable
  • Performs other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

Education:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
 
Experience

Client Group Manager requirements:
  • Five (5) years' experience in the active practice of law required with up-to-date legal knowledge; expertise in a specific area or areas of municipal law preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory or mentoring experience, preferred.
Deputy City Attorney requirements:
  • Ten (10) years' experience in the active practice of law required with up-to-date legal knowledge; expertise in a specific area or areas of municipal law preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of supervisory or mentoring experience, preferred.
 
Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of law, the ability to conduct legal research, and write briefs.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Colorado Revised Statutes, as pertinent to city government, Rules of Evidence, the Aurora Municipal Code, local court rules and Colorado Municipal Court Rules of Procedure. 
  • Utilizes knowledge and abilities obtained through law school education and municipal, governmental or private experience to conduct research, provide legal counsel to City staff, draft legal documents and lead and/or participate in litigation and prosecute cases.
  • Utilizes knowledge of municipal procedures, organizational frameworks, administrative policies, trial procedure, etc., to carry out assigned duties.
 
Abilities:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human behavior, and ability to effectively counsel, train, interview, and imbue others with an opinion or understanding of a concept.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with City employees, officials and the general public.
  • Integrity, alignment with CAO vision and goal, "does what it takes" to get the job done, learning agility.
  • Accountability for own performance and consistently delivering strong results
  • Strong focus on client needs and approachability
 
Core Competency for the Office of the City Attorney:
  • Skilled in legal research, strong interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork; professionalism
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong Leadership capabilities to build, manage and mentor effective teams, including sound judgement
  • Collaborative,  supportive,  non-political  with  the  ability  to  effectively  build relationships and  manage conflict
  • Up-to-date legal knowledge, excellent problem solving, negotiating and communication skills
  • Legal accumen, subject matter expert in an area of municipal law
 
Licenses and/or Certificates:
  • Must be licensed to practice by the Colorado Supreme Court and be in good standing

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:

  • Primarily sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing
  • Frequent hand/eye coordination to operate office equipment
  • Vision for reading, recording and interpreting information
  • Frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens
 
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; in an office or courtroom.
 
Equipment Used:
  • Frequently uses a computer keyboard and standard office equipment.
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

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For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
            
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
                                         
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.


Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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