This Assistant City Attorney position advises the City of Phoenix Retirement Office and the City of Phoenix Employees’ Retirement Board. The attorney helps the Board comply with provisions of the City of Phoenix Employees’ Retirement System (COPERS), board policies, city charter, state statutes and federal law. The attorney also assists with matters involving domestic relations orders, open meeting laws, contract negotiations (including investment contracts), and vendor due-diligence activities. This position is assigned to the Human Resources Section of the Law Department.
Assistant City Attorneys in the Law Department Civil Division work in one of six areas: Human Resources; Finance & Development; Litigation; Transportation; Public Safety; and Public Services. The emphasis for this recruitment is to fill the position in our Human Resources Section. But this recruitment process may be used to fill future vacancies in other sections. All attorneys in the Law Department are assigned and may be reassigned based on the best interests of the City as determined by the City Attorney.
Assistant City Attorneys review, negotiate, and draft contracts or participate in other transactional work; client support; litigation, pleadings, and motion-practice; government law practice; and the subject matters of the client department assigned. Assistant City Attorneys are expected to perform difficult professional and administrative legal work, including revisions to the Phoenix City Code and client consultation with decision makers regarding relevant legal issues. They may also be required to staff public meetings and represent the City during administrative hearings or court proceedings. Preferred candidates possess general knowledge of municipal law, including open meetings, public records, conflicts, real estate, procurement, insurance, and employment law. Assistant City Attorneys report to an Assistant Chief Counsel and generally work independently in performing their duties.
Recruitment may close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications. First review will occur the week of March 27, 2017.
Graduated 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.
Four years of experience as a practicing attorney.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – Depending on the assignment, the job requirements listed above, plus:
Knowledge of civil procedure, including related constitutional requirements
Municipal law practice
Knowledge of pension law and pension compliance
Knowledge of open meeting law
Experience with the federal tax code/compliance
Contract due diligence/contract negotiation, development, and drafting
Experience with benefits programs, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans
Monitoring outside counsel (class actions for securities litigation)
Additional Salary Information: Comprehensive benefits package includes: $3,360/yr car allowance, $1,200/yr communication allowance, traditional pension and 457/401 plans (City contributes 8.5% of salary with no matching required), 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. For more details, visit:
Phoenix 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
Manage...rs 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.