The Chief Assistant City Attorney serves as the second-highest ranking legal advisor to the City. The Chief Assistant helps the City Attorney plan, develop, and implement the City’s legal program and acts for the City Attorney in his absence. Responsibilities include: to assist the City Attorney as counsel to the City Manager, City Council, and department heads; to develop the City’s legal position on current issues and courses of action under the City Charter, State Constitution, and state and federal law; to attend City Council meetings to advise on official actions; to develop alternative legal and administrative solutions to old and new problems; and to render persuasive oral and written opinions on legal questions. The Chief Assistant also serves as head of the Civil Division of the Law Department. The Chief Assistant manages 34 attorneys that make up six practice sections, including Transportation, Finance & Public Services, Litigation, Public Safety, Human Resources, and Community & Development. The Chief Assistant supervises essentially all professional staff in the City Attorney’s office.
The Chief Assistant also exercises independent judgment in planning, organizing, directing, and implementing civil litigation activities. He or she is also responsible for the City’s position in all litigation. The Chief Assistant’s work is performed in the Office of the City Attorney, in accordance with general policies of the City Council and City Manager and the accepted standards of the legal profession, including all applicable ethical rules.
First review of applications will occur the week of June 25, 2018. Recruitment may close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications.
Requires substantial experience as a practicing municipal attorney performing high-level legal and trial work (equivalent to an Assistant City Attorney IV).
Graduation from an accredited school of law and admission to the State Bar of Arizona. Please include your Arizona State Bar license number on resume or cover letter.
In general, City of Phoenix residency is required within 24 months after the date of hire for newly hired executives, however exceptions apply for current employees. For more details, visit: https://www.phoenix.gov/hr/who-apply/residency.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The job requirements listed above, plus:
Experience managing municipal law office
Significant knowledge of: municipal government; local and state governmental relationships; working with elected officials; and legal problem-solving in municipal law
Experience drafting contracts, development agreements, resolutions, and ordinances, and performing other transactional work
Experience handling litigation matters, particularly tort claims and special actions related to municipal government operations
Experience in labor law and human-resource issues
Considerable experience managing legal and other professional personnel
Additional Salary Information: $111,862 - $190,154 annually (effective July 1, 2018)
A candidate must have substantial relevant experience to be hired above the midpoint of the salary range. In addition, city contributes 8.5% of salary into 457/401 plans with no matching required. $5,220/annual car allowance and $1,200/annual cell phone allowance.
Comprehensive Executive benefits package includes:
Traditional pension with employer and employee contributions, 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 15 sick days, free bus/light rail pass, tuition reimbursement upon hire, choice of Blue Cross/Blue Shield or Cigna HMO, PPO. Relocation assistance may be available. For more details, visit:
Executive Benefits Package (Category 010)
Internal Number: 27570
About City of Phoenix
City OrganizationPhoenix was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt the council-manager form of government in 1913 through a public vote approving a new City Charter. Phoenix is also the largest city in the country with the council-manager form of government.Throughout its rapid growth, the City has had a long history of political and organizational stability, with three City Managers during the last 25 years. The City Manager is responsible for managing municipal operations which consist of a $3.5 billion budget and more than 14,500 employees. Phoenix operates on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.The City Council of the City of Phoenix consists of a Mayor elected at-large to a four-year term and eight Council Members elected by districts to four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor may serve two four-year terms, and Council Members may serve three consecutive four-year terms.City leaders are expected to be decision makers, problem solvers and innovators with strong interpersonal and communication skills. They are expected to be visionary, committed to high ethical standards, and should be passionate about making a difference.