Closing Date: 28th June, 2022

Description:

Are you an attorney who is interested in working with other skilled and collaborative attorneys and legal staff to meet the interesting and diverse legal needs of The City of Seattle? The Seattle City Attorney's Office is seeking qualified candidates for an Assistant City Attorney position in the Contracts & Utilities Section of the Civil Division. The Civil Division is organized in seven practice areas, or sections. The Contracts and Utilities Section advises all City Departments and elected officials regarding municipal contracts, municipal finance and bond issuances, real estate transactions, utilities, and general business matters of the City, including providing legal services at all stages of contract procurement, formulation, implementation, and enforcement. The Section also provides general counsel services to the City's electric, water, wastewater, and solid waste utilities. This position will perform specialized attorney tasks critical to providing legal services for the City.

In addition to this opportunity to join a team that is dedicated to public service and that works collaboratively together, the City Attorney's Office offers a generous benefit program which includes paid leave benefits, paid parental and family leave, low-cost health benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a defined benefit retirement program.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Review, draft, and in some cases negotiate contracts and advise on complex transactions for a variety of City departments on projects that may include real estate transactions, insurance, public works construction, procurement of goods and services, municipal finance, levy programs, federal grants, human services contracts, grant agreements, consulting services, and provision of municipal utility services.
  • Provide general transactional and day-to-day legal advice regarding municipal contract matters, including procurement processes, risk matters, public funding requirements, drafting issues and contract disputes.
  • Identify legal issues that require collaboration with attorneys in other practice areas of the office.
  • Review, draft, and advise on legislation and policy matters presented by elected and non-elected officials.
  • Carry out job duties in a manner that is consistent with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Review, draft, and in some cases negotiate contracts and advise on complex transactions for a variety of City departments on projects that may include real estate transactions, insurance, public works construction, procurement of goods and services, municipal finance, levy programs, federal grants, human services contracts, grant agreements, consulting services, and provision of municipal utility services.
  • Provide general transactional and day-to-day legal advice regarding municipal contract matters, including procurement processes, risk matters, public funding requirements, drafting issues and contract disputes.
  • Identify legal issues that require collaboration with attorneys in other practice areas of the office.
  • Review, draft, and advise on legislation and policy matters presented by elected and non-elected officials.
  • Carry out job duties in a manner that is consistent with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Qualifications:
Successful Performance of the Above-Described Responsibilities Requires:
  • Two or more years of experience practicing law or a combination of legal experience and relevant experience in municipal contracting matters,
  • Effective legal written and oral communication, and
  • Ability to handle complex assignments independently and a variety of tasks simultaneously.

Additionally, the Most Successful Candidates Will Have:
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: public works and procurement; real property transactions; municipal finance; and software and information technology contracts.
  • Demonstrated relevant government or business experience, such as working in-house at a municipal entity.
  • Municipal law practice experience, or a demonstrated interest in public service and law practice.
  • Electric, water or wastewater utility experience.
  • The ability to think critically, creatively, and strategically under pressure of tight deadlines.

This position requires membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, or licensure in another state with the ability to complete the process of obtaining membership within two months of offer of employment.

All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.