The County Attorney's Office is seeking an attorney with high-quality legal knowledge and skills in the areas of collective bargaining and employment law, including considerable experience in drafting, negotiating, and implementing labor relations contracts established as part of collective bargaining. The applicant should be proficient in collective bargaining, general employment law litigation, legal research, writing, and public speaking, as well as enjoy a wide variety of challenging legal work.
This position is in the Office of the County Attorney's Personnel Section. Counsels and represents the county, with the assistance of expert outside counsel, in collective bargaining with the county’s bargaining units. Duties will include reviewing and drafting collective bargaining agreements, working in coordination with outside counsel, advising the Board of Supervisors and the Department of Human Resources in labor negotiations as well advising and representing agencies in grievances and other such employment law matters. 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. Attorneys in the Office of the County Attorney have no billing requirements and have the potential to telework multiple days per week. Fairfax County government is widely recognized as a superior government organization. In 2021, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced that it had awarded its Certificate of Excellence to Fairfax County for the thirteenth consecutive year. The county is among only 25 jurisdictions across the nation recognized by ICMA for this prestigious 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
(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
- Knowledge of the sources of legal reference;
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of law;
- 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.
- 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 as a practicing attorney.
Certificates and Licenses Required:
License to practice law in the state of Virginia.
For candidates who are members of a Bar Association in a state other than Virginia, membership in the Virginia State Bar must be obtained within 9 months of hire.
- Demonstrated experience in employment law and labor negotiations.
- Demonstrated excellent writing and public speaking skills.
- Litigation experience in general district courts, circuit courts or federal district courts in Virginia; ideally in the Fairfax County courts.
- Experienced in trying cases before the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.
- Collective bargaining experience, to include drafting labor relations contracts, negotiating bargaining agreements, and experience before labor relations board.
Necessary Special Requirements:
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) 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 sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
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.
Ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to provide coverage, attend meetings and trainings.
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.
Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.