Assistant City Attorney II

Alexandria, VA
$72,528.30 - $119,218.09 Annually
Oct 09, 2021
Oct 31, 2021
Full Time
Assistant City Attorney II

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 II. This attorney has responsibility to act as counsel for several City departments and offices. This position will represent the Health Department and assist in representation of the Department of Community & Human Services (DCHS) in a wide range of matters, including child welfare proceedings. Other general duties of this position may include: legal research, drafting of opinions, ordinances, and resolutions, review of contracts, legal work pertaining to litigation, advice and representation of other city agencies or departments. This position will report to a Deputy City Attorney.

The Opportunity
  • Assists in representing the Alexandria Department of Community & Human Services in all matters, including child welfare cases, adult protective services matters, and guardianship cases. This work will encompass agency consults and communication with the client and multidisciplinary team members.
  • Assists in all aspects of litigation on behalf of DCHS and other city agencies or departments including interviewing of witnesses, conducting discovery, preparing pleadings, motions, memoranda and briefs and participating in oral arguments and trials.
  • Assists City agencies including the Health Department with various matters.
  • Responds to inquiries on questions of law, conducts legal research and provides legal advice 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 residents.
  • Attends, on occasion, meetings of boards and commissions and advises on legal issues.
  • Performs related work as required.

About the DepartmentThe 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; eligible to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the ability to become so authorized within six months of appointment; two years of experience in the practice of law.

Preferred Qualifications

To be considered an ideal candidate, the applicant should have at least two years of litigation experience; demonstrated interest or experience in municipal law and/or child welfare law; excellent legal research, writing and oral communication 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. Experience in dealing with inquiries from members of the public and local governing bodies.


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

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