Closing Date: 15th June, 2023


The City of Jefferson is currently accepting applications for Associate City Attorney for our Law Department. This position works under the general direction of the City Attorney and performs a variety of legal duties including provides legal services and advice to the city elected officials, staff and citizen committees; reviews contracts, ordinances, intergovernmental agreements and other legal documents; represents the city in various legal and administrative actions; researches issues in various topics and recommends course of action; and attends meetings for boards and commissions.

Examples of Duties:
  • Handles claims of property damage, personal injury and Worker's Compensation. Meets and confers with city staff to discuss legal issues.
  • Handles litigation of all types including for and against the city. Corresponds with outside counsel, insurance representatives and citizens regarding legal issues.
  • Performs legal research on various issues affecting local government. Gathers relevant legal information from computer resources, Municipal Leagues, other political subdivisions, personal networks and from written sources.
  • Drafts and reviews ordinances, resolutions, contracts and legal documents.
  • Staffs various boards and commissions such as Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, or Historic Preservation Commission. Staff City Council and Council committee meetings in the absence of the City Attorney.
  • Researches and coordinates special short term projects and negotiations of agreements as assigned.
  • Represents the city in administrative hearings, state court and federal court.
  • Represents the city, elected and appointed officials on high-profile matters with integrity, professionalism, and compassion.

Typical Qualifications:
Physical: Ability to sit, read, write, and work on a computer for extended periods.

Mental: Ability to retain a high degree of detail and accuracy in both written and oral presentations; communicate effectively both orally and in writing with persons of varying expertise; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Valid Missouri State Driver's License required.

A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school is required with a State of Missouri License to practice law is required within 3 months of employment. Experience and/or academic emphasis in public sector law preferred.

Three years of progressively responsible legal work experience in representing local governments, torts, contracts, real estate and workers' compensation law and knowledge of appellate practices and procedures; or any equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience is preferred.

Supplemental Information:
While the Associate City Attorney will represent the City in all municipal areas, areas of focus for this position will include employment law, administrative law, contracts, purchasing, Sunshine Law and litigation. This position will work closely with the City's departments, insurance providers, and outside counsel on claims against the City (property damage, premises liability, automotive liability, personal injury, etc.). Preferred candidates will have the ability to first-chair litigation in state and federal court.

Please attach a cover letter, writing sample, and up-to-date resume with job application.