Company Description
A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What we offer
  • Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.
  • Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.

Agency Description
The Law Department's civil practice includes unique issues involving public interest. Our lawyers help chart the course for the City in business, health, safety, commerce, civil rights, taxation, and community development. The Corporate and Tax Group includes the Commercial Law Unit, Tax & Revenue Unit, Property Assessment Unit, Regulatory Law Unit, and Real Estate & Development Unit.

The Finance and Contracts Division of the Commercial Law Unit is the City’s corporate general counsel. It is a collegial, fast-paced, and challenging transactional division, in which attorneys are, with appropriate training and supervision, expected to independently manage a diverse workload impacting nearly every aspect of the City’s business. Matters handled by the Division run the gamut of complexity and scale, ranging from small order purchases, to medium sized contracts, to multi-million-dollar projects, to municipal securities transactions in the hundreds of millions. Each project requires an attention to detail, an analytical mind, and a knowledge of the City’s various contracting processes, priorities, offices, and departments.

Job Description
The City of Philadelphia Law Department seeks a licensed PA attorney to join the Commercial Law Unit’s Finance and Contracts Division.

The ideal candidate is expected to perform the following duties:
  • Advise and represent City departments, in particular, the Office of Children and Families, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Free Library of Philadelphia in all matters relating to business and commercial law;
  • Provide legal counsel on contract issues, particularly with respect to legal questions arising from the Philadelphia Code, Home Rule Charter, and other applicable areas of law;
  • Draft, review, and negotiate terms and conditions for a variety of contracts for the procurement of professional services, other goods and services, and intergovernmental cooperation;
  • Provide guidance and support to enforce and terminate contracts in the event of potential breaches by contracting parties;
  • Help develop, draft, and review Requests for Proposals and statements of work for professional service contracts.

Essential Functions
In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Updating Law Department contract and solicitation documents as needed;
  • Communicating with City business stakeholders and subject matter experts, vendors, and others involved in business and commercial law matters;
  • Conducting research, drafting legal opinions, and analyzing legal issues related to commercial law;
  • Interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and government agencies, including procurement law, the Philadelphia Code, and the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter;
  • Analyzing the risk profile of proposed transactions in consult with the City’s Division of Risk Management;
  • Performing administrative functions related to the practice of law.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules and process;
  • Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions;
  • Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter;
  • Ability to communicate and clearly convey information and ideas in writing;
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work on teams and collaborate with colleagues and clients;
  • Excellent writing and negotiating skills.

The Law Department supports a robust work-life balance.

Working hours are 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Our team is currently hybrid with both virtual and in-office days. The in-office requirement is 15 hours per week – essentially two days – or as otherwise needed, based on business needs, such as in-person hearings or client meetings. Staff can opt to come into the office each day if desired.

Candidates must have a Law degree from an ABA accredited law school, and must be a member, in good standing, of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Additional Information
To Apply: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume.

Salary Range: Up to $75,758 – Commensurate with education and experience

Did you know?
  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to

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