Assistant County Attorney V

Fairfax, Virginia
$93,997.49 - $156,662.06 Annually
Sep 11, 2021
Nov 19, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The County Attorney's Office is seeking an attorney with high-quality legal knowledge and skills; proven experience in the areas of Virginia land use and real estate, including deeds, easements, and covenants; solid litigation experience; and proficiency in researching, writing, and public speaking.

The position entails a wide variety of challenging legal work in the Office of the County Attorney's Land Use Section. The successful applicant will counsel and represent the County in all aspects of land use, zoning, environmental, eminent domain, and local government law; draft and review contracts, leases, deeds, easements, covenants, memoranda of understanding, and other documents having legal implications for Fairfax County; review all subdivision, easement, and road submissions presented to County agencies, and provide legal advice and support to the County's land acquisition division regarding easements and other property rights for utilities, roads, and other purposes; litigate in the areas of land use, zoning, environmental, eminent domain, and local government law; attend board and commission hearings.

Fairfax County's Office of the County Attorney functions as in-house counsel to the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, department heads, division directors, and other employees. Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia with more than 1.1 million residents and more than 12,000 employees. Fairfax County government is widely recognized as a superior government organization. In 2019, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced that it had awarded its Certificate of Excellence to Fairfax County for the tenth consecutive year. The County is among only 27 jurisdictions across the nation recognized by ICMA in 2019 for its superior efforts and results in performance measurement and management with this award - the organization's highest level of recognition.

Note: In order to be considered and as part of the application process, you must attach a writing sample to your application.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and court decisions affecting the practice of the law at the county level;
  • Ability to learn Fairfax County ordinances and resolutions;
  • Ability to analyze facts and reach logical conclusions;
  • Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates, County officials and the public.

Employment Standards

  • Must be an active member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar.
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to four years of experience in the practice of civil law in the employ of a municipal or county government, or acceptable equivalent experience. Litigation experience.

License to practice law in the state of Virginia.

Prior proven experience drafting and reviewing deeds, easements, and covenants. Litigation experience in Virginia land use, including cases involving re-zonings, special exceptions, special permits, subdivisions and site plans, telecommunications facilities, and environmental issues. Excellent research, writing, and public speaking skills.

  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
  • The appointee to the position must complete a Statement of Economic Interest form prior to starting work.
  • All positions allocated to the County Attorney series are under the Fairfax County Merit System of personnel administration and are limited to full-time employment and preclude the private practice of law. However, the phrase "private practice of law" does not include the provision of pro bono public legal services in a pro bono legal services program approved by the County Attorney and in accordance with the policy of the County Attorney governing participation in an approved program.
  • This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview. To be considered and as part of the application process, you must attach a writing sample to your application.

This job announcement is listed as "Open Continuous". Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be referred until the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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