Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

This recruitment is being managed by executive search firm, CPS HR Consulting.
To apply please click the following link:  https://www.cpshr.us/recruitment/1785.

KYLIE WILSON
Senior Executive Recruiter
CPS HR Consulting
Phone: (916) 471-3325
Email: kwilson@cpshr.us
Website: www.cpshr.us

The salary range for this position is $131,950 - $197,872.
The hiring range for this position is $131,950 - $164,911.
Starting salary to be commensurate on the qualifications and
experience of the successful candidate.

OVERVIEW OF CITY OF AURORA, CO
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: Integrity, Respect, 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
* Support a diverse and growing community
* Competitive total compensation package
* Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
* Light rail stations minutes away
* On-site fitness center and wellness programs
* Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
* Access to innovation workspaces and remote work opportunities

OVERVIEW OF POSITION / DEPARTMENT
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.
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.
This position will have an emphasis in providing legal support to public safety clients in the City of Aurora; this includes Police, Fire, Public Safety Communications, Code Compliance and Animal Services to name a few.  

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Act as a Leader of Change by working collaboratively with the leadership of public safety departments, divisions and city management proactively supporting and implementing the culture change strategy within their team.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and programs to address issues of importance to public safety clients
  • Provide legal analysis and education to city and department management to allow informed decision making
  • Supervise attorneys assigned to provide legal support to police, fire, and other public safety related assignments
  • Provide direct legal support and advice to executive leadership teams of public safety departments as well as city management. Lead and develop direct reports by providing regular coaching and feedback on performance and work product (i.e., 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.
  • Foster teamwork through regular team meetings, sharing best practices, peer coaching and solving legal issues affecting the team's clients.
  • Keep City Attorney and Deputy 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.
  • Ability to fulfill the role and responsibilities of supervision and interaction with the City Council as necessary
  • Supervise and lead direct reports, this includes but is not limited to making recommendations regarding selection, hiring, training, evaluating and disciplining of assigned employees. Address performance deficiencies with high sense of urgency in order to drive results.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Education: 

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Experience:
  • At least 5 years progressively responsible experience in the active practice of law required with up-to-date legal knowledge.  
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience
Preferred: 
  • At least 2 years of experience in providing legal advice to police and fire departments as well as municipal code is desired.  
Knowledge:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human behavior, and ability to effectively counsel, train, interview, and imbue others with an opinion or understanding of a concept.
Abilities: 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, all levels of management including executive staff, citizens, and elected officials.
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and synthesize complex information into a more useful format for decision-makers.
  • Establish and fulfill goals and objectives.
  • Direct and effectively supervise a large diverse workforce.
  • Administer budgets. 
  • Prepare cost estimates.
  • Ability to work call back and emergency responses.
Skills: 
  • Strong interpersonal, decision making, analytical, and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers including word processing applications.
Licenses and Certifications Required: 
  • Must be licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and be in good standing or be eligible to, and obtain such license within one year of employment through admission by motion AND be eligible to practice law in Colorado pending such admission at time of employment. 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Essential Personnel: 

  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.
Physical Demands:
  • Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds.
  • Occasional walking and standing.
  • Some lifting and carrying of materials for presentations and displays.
  • Hand/eye coordination for operation of computer.
  • Foot/eye for operation of motor vehicle to presentation sites.
  • Vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents.
  • 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:
  • Uses standard office equipment including personal computer.
  • This position may require the incumbent to 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.
 
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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