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Arlington, Virginia
$112,819.20 - $172,307.20 Annually
Apr 23, 2021
May 23, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

The appointee to this senior level position will provide legal services in a wide variety of local government law areas. The primary duties expected of this position focus on complex transactional matters including but not limited to intergovernmental agreements, leases, grant agreements, and renewable energy related agreements, among others. Alternatively, the position may focus on complex litigation, including but not limited to tort defense, administrative hearings, and other general civil defense matters in the state and federal courts of Virginia. The position is expected to function with limited supervision and requires comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of general and local government related Virginia law, and federal laws and regulations, including their relationship to the authority and functions of county government.

Additional responsibilities for this position include:
  • Reviewing and preparing agreements, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents, as well as preparing opinions for and rendering legal advice to the County Board, the County Manager, and County departments and staff;
  • Organizing, interpreting and applying difficult legal principles;
  • Analyzing and addressing complex legal problems using sound professional judgment, as well as excellent research and writing skills; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with public officials, staff, and the general public.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: A Juris Doctor from an accredited school of law, and significant experience in the practice of Virginia law. Must be an active member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar.

Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with the following:

  • Previous employment with a Virginia city or county government; and
  • Prior litigation experience in contract and tort base law.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with significant telework opportunities.

Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is required and a part of the application process for consideration for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Are you an active member of the Virginia State Bar?
  • Yes
  • No


How much experience do you have in the practice of Virginia county government law?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please check if you have experience in any of the following:
  • Employment with a Virginia city or county government
  • Civil litigation before federal and state courts, administrative bodies
  • Providing legal advice to boards
  • Providing legal advice to commissions
  • Providing legal advice to staff
  • None of the above


How much experience do you have in the practice area of complex transactional matters?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please give a description of your complex transactional experience and the areas you have handled.


How much experience do you have in complex civil litigation?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please give a description of your litigation experience and the areas you have handled.

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