The Position:
The Office of the City Attorney seeks an attorney to help the A Government Entity maintain and improve its infrastructure and preserve a clean, safe environment that all Oaklanders can use and enjoy. The incumbent, with the rest of our General Government & Finance Team, will work closely with various City leaders, departments, and bodies, including the Department of Finance, City Administrator and City Council, on a wide range of municipal government and finance matters. Duties may include, but will not be limited to, providing legal advice and review related to: municipal finance, revenue, bonds, taxation, fees, formation of special assessment and other districts, ballot measures, ethics and conflict of interest, public records, open meetings laws, and parliamentary procedure. An interest in these areas of law is a must, and experience is a plus.

Job Duties:
Duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Providing advice and legal opinions on general government matters such as municipal finance, taxes and fees, formation of special assessment and other districts, public ethics and conflict of interest, ballot measures, public contracting, grant agreements, open meetings, public records laws, constitutional law and parliamentary procedure to the City Administrator, Director of Finance and other City executives, the Mayor, City Council and City departments, boards and commissions.
  • Preparing legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents. • Advising the City Administrator, department heads, elected officials, and boards and commissions on general government matters related to public ethics, conflicts of interest, and public records.
  • Representing the City Attorney at meetings of the City Council, City Council committees and other public meetings, and providing advice on parliamentary procedure, the Brown Act and local Sunshine laws.

Minimum Requirements for Application
Any combination of experience and education that likely would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • For DCA II position: Two years of increasingly responsible work experience in one or more relevant areas of law.
  • For DCA III position: Two years of increasingly responsible work experience in one or more relevant areas of law comparable to a Deputy City Attorney II position in the City of Oakland.
  • The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in one or more of the following: municipal finance, taxes, budgets, master fee schedules, election measures, special assessment districts, and/or public contracting including federal and state-funded contracts and grant agreements.
  • Experience in municipal bond and finance law, open meetings laws, public records, information technology contracts, and/or parliamentary procedure is a plus. • Candidates must have excellent writing and oral presentation skills.