Assistant City Attorney I / II

Alexandria, VA
$77,288.12 - $139,685.00 Annually
Jun 04, 2022
Jun 25, 2022
Full Time
Assistant City Attorney I/II - Real Estate Transactions Attorney

An Overview

The Office of the City Attorney, legal counsel to the City of Alexandria, is accepting applications for a permanent full time position of Assistant City Attorney I or II (depending on qualifications). This is professional legal work involving legal advice and representation in selected areas of municipal operations. An Assistant City Attorney has responsibility to act as counsel for major City departments and offices. An incumbent in this class provides client’s advice on a regular basis; conducts research; reviews and prepares agreements, contracts, and other legal documents; prepares ordinances and opinions; and assists in litigation arising in these areas. An Assistant City Attorney works under the close supervision of a Deputy City Attorney and the City Attorney.

The Opportunity

The incumbent will work with various departments related to real estate transactions. The tasks of the position may include reviewing, drafting, and negotiating leases, deeds, easements, purchase and sale agreements, closing and other legal documents; managing closings; performing research and preparing opinions; responding to inquiries and rendering legal advice to departments; assisting in defending suits against the City and City Council; attending meetings of public bodies and advising them on legal issues; preparing ordinances and resolutions for consideration by City Council; and performing trainings for the client departments.

About the Department

The City Attorney's Office provides legal advice to City Council, Boards and Commissions, the City Manager and City Departments. We are responsible for drafting ordinances, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal papers. We represent the City in civil court to defend the City in actions taken against it and to initiate cases to enforce the City's laws and actions. Our office is also responsible for handling requests for public records, in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and for serving as an adjudicator for parking ticket disputes.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

To qualify for this position, all candidates must possess a Juris Doctor degree; be eligible to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the ability to become so authorized within 8 months of appointment; and for the Assistant City Attorney II position have a minimum of 2 years of experience as an attorney.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience with real estate transactions, including drafting and negotiating leases, deeds, easements, purchase and sale agreements, closing, and other legal documents; managing closings; conducting legal research and drafting opinions; drafting ordinances and resolutions; excellent legal writing skills; and experience in dealing with inquiries from members of the public, staff, and local governing bodies.


This position will require the successful completion of a background investigation, to include a criminal records check.