Assistant City Attorney I

Alexandria, VA
$62,657.92 - $102,994.90 Annually
May 25, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Full Time
Assistant City Attorney I

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. This position will be the City’s Parking Adjudicator and will represent the Library, Health Department, Animal Control and assist with the Department of Community and Human Services matters. Other duties of this position may include the general duties of an ACA I such as: legal research, drafting of opinions and ordinances, and assisting in representing the City in a wide variety of operational, administrative, and judicial proceedings. This position will report to a Deputy City Attorney.

The Opportunity
  • Acts as the City’s Parking Adjudicator which is the first line of appeal for parking tickets before the ticket is appealed to the General District Court. The Parking Adjudicator reviews the appealed ticket and has the authority to overturn the ticket if it is was issued in error. The adjudicator also assists in overall parking enforcement policy matters.
  • Assists in the representation of the Department of Community and Human Services regarding child welfare cases, guardianship cases and other matters involving DCHS agencies.
  • Assists partial city agencies including Animal Control, the Library and the Health Department with various matters including civil penalty enforcement in General District Court for violations of the City Code.
  • Responds to inquiries on questions of law and provides legal advice, including litigation, to City Council, City employees, and members of City boards and commissions.
  • Assists in the drafting of ordinances and resolutions for consideration/enactment by City Council.
  • Renders legal advice to and discusses City Code, City ordinances, and related legal issues with various departments and offices of the City and with citizens.
  • Attends, on occasion, meetings of boards and commissions and advises on legal issues.

The Ideal Candidate
To qualify for this position, all candidates must possess a Juris Doctor degree; eligible to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the ability to become so authorized within eight months of appointment.

To be consider an ideal candidate, the selected candidates should have experience in one or more substantive areas of Virginia or Federal law. Experience in conducting legal research. Excellent legal writing skills. Experience in drafting legal opinions, court pleadings, local ordinances and persuasive legal writing. Trial experience in State and Federal courts, and/or administrative agencies. Appellate experience, or knowledge of appellate procedures. Experience in dealing with inquiries from members of the public and local governing bodies.

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.

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