MOS Code: 2505 (Navy)
Education and Experience: Law Degree and four (4) years municipal law or equivalent experience.
Licenses and Certificates: Texas Bar License
Please note: Candidate will be assigned to work primarily on Human Resources and Employment Law items in addition to a wide variety of other legal assignments in the City Attorney's Office.
Three years of experience with Human Resources and Employment law is desirable.
Under direction, perform a variety of legal duties supporting the City Attorney's Office (CAO).
Serve as legal advisor to City officials, management and staff as assigned by the City Attorney. Involves: Prepare and review opinions, contracts, resolutions, ordinances, regulations, leases, licenses, public communications, policies and procedures, and a wide variety of other litigation documents. Conduct legal research on municipal issues and present recommendations and solutions to minimize risk and safeguard the City's operations to City management, staff and City Council. Receive and review claims and lawsuits filed against the City; assist and represent the City in its defense. Prepare and draft a variety of correspondence including letters, memos and pleadings regarding litigation, settlements, plea bargains and negotiations. Prepare for and participate in court proceedings, including hearings, mediation and trials; arrange for and attend depositions. Attend and participate in meetings for, and provide legal support and advice to, City Departments, committees and boards.
Serve as liaison between outside counsel and the CAO for specialized legal matters. Involves: Read, edit and research staff reports for City Council. Monitor changes and trends in legislation covering municipal regulations, real property and risk management issues, and civil and criminal laws; evaluate legislative impact on City and CAO operations, and recommend operational, procedural and policy changes necessary due to the legislation. Assist City departments to develop and/or amend policies and procedures to maintain legal compliance. Represent the City in negotiating legal issues; assure that legal issues are resolved within City policy guidelines; assure effective communication of legal issues with the City Attorney and City principals. Review and respond to open records requests pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act. Support the relationship between the City of El Paso and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; promote the City goals and priorities. Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information. Perform other legal duties as required or assigned. Represent the City by prosecuting violations of City ordinances and Class C misdemeanors in Municipal Court. Perform municipal court legal duties as required or assigned.
Take initiative in identifying and resolving issues to provide for effective and efficient workflow and legal solutions. Involves: Provide leadership and mentorship to coworkers. Volunteer for leadership opportunities outside of regular assignments. Maintain positive, solution oriented attitude and team mentality. Develop consistent, clear and precise presentation style. Demonstrate the ability to independently manage and follow through on assignments.
Supervise assigned staff. Involves: Schedule, assign, instruct, guide and check work. Appraise employee performance. Provide for training and development, enforce personnel rules and regulations, and work behavior standards firmly and impartially. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. Interview applicants. Recommend hiring, termination, transfers, discipline, merit pay or other employee status changes.
The above-referenced duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth above to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Interested candidates must attach a cover letter and resume with their application.
- For a complete job specification, click here.
- Please note: This is an unclassified, contract position.
- Please note: Candidate will be assigned to work primarily on Human Resources and Employment Law items in addition to a wide variety of other legal assignments in the City Attorney's Office.
- Three years of experience with Human Resources and Employment law is desirable.
Note: Applicants with a foreign degree must have all relevant documents translated and evaluated by a College, University, or Credentials Evaluation Services Department prior to submitting them to the Human Resources Department.
Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This position will close when a preset number of qualified applications have been received.
A résumé and/or other documents will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Comments such as “See résumé” are not acceptable and will result in the application being considered incomplete.
To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. We do not use any information on your resume to review if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
Failure to fully detail all experience and job duties in the application, or copying/pasting directly from the job specification, or responses referring to your résumé will eliminate you from consideration for the position.