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 development. The Regulatory Law Unit of the Law Department represents the City and its officials in a wide variety of utility, transportation, environmental and sustainability matters.

The Water Law Division of the Regulatory Law Unit provides in-counsel legal services to the Water Department and represents the City and the Water Department in all transactional and regulatory matters relating to the City’s water, sewer and stormwater utility. Attorneys manage a diverse set of transactional matters including complex commercial transactions, professional services contracts, real estate transactions, infrastructure and development projects, wholesale contracts, grants; provide advice and counseling on environmental law compliance and enforcement; support the Water Department in utility rate hearings before the Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board; defend the City in administrative appeals and hearings before the Tax Review Board and Board of Licenses and Inspection Review involving disputed water bills and notices of defects; and assist the Water Department with the drafting of new regulations and policies. The Water Law Division also represents the City’s Sustainability Office on certain matters as needed.

Job Description
The Divisional Deputy City Solicitor of the Water Law Division supervises four attorneys and one legal assistant. The Divisional Deputy serves as the general counsel to the Water Department and works on the practice areas described above and performs the essential functions described below.

Working hours are 37.5 hours per week. Our staff currently work a hybrid schedule with both virtual and two in-office days, however the position can opt to come in the office each day if desired.

Essential Functions
  • Supervising and managing attorneys in the Division, support staff and outside counsel
  • Advising City officials including the Water Commissioner, the Water Department’s Executive Staff and project managers on all legal matters arising in the operations of the utility
  • Coordinate and facilitate on matters with other City agencies on high profile projects
  • Participating in weekly Water Department Executive Staff meetings and monthly meetings with the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS)
  • Drafting and negotiating Water Department agreements, including professional services agreements, wholesale customer agreements, grant agreements, asset purchase agreements, public-private partnership agreements, development agreements
  • Handle environmental law matters, including negotiation of Clean Water Act permits with regulatory agencies, enforcement of Pretreatment program, advising on Safe Drinking Water Act, Lead and Copper Rule, Clean Water Act, and various other environmental regulations
  • Perform real estate transactions, including property purchase, easement and license agreements, condemnation matters
  • Advise on administrative board hearings and appeals and other litigation matters involving the Water Department
  • Assisting the Water Department with responses to Right-to-Know Law requests
  • Serving as a member of the Water Department’s Bond Disclosure Committee
  • Representing the Water Department in water, sewer and stormwater rate proceedings
  • Advising the Water Department on new legislation and proposed regulations
  • Drafting of regulations, policies and procedures
  • Providing legal advice on customer assistance programs
  • Participating in external efforts to raise the profile of the Division, the Unit and the Law Department
  • Providing opportunities for attorney training and mentoring
  • Fostering and maintaining a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment that recognizes and values all forms of diversity

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia municipal laws, environmental laws, and administrative procedures
  • Knowledge/Experience with municipal owned utility business
  • Knowledge/Experience with legislative and regulatory processes
  • Knowledge/Experience with contracts, real estate, government procurement and complex commercial transactions
  • Knowledge/Experience with public utility law and utility rate making
  • Ability to supervise and inspire a team of attorneys and support staff
  • Ability to foster and maintain a collegial, inclusive, and professional work environment
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and orally for both lawyers and clients
  • Ability to independently manage a large volume of complex regulatory and transactional matters
  • Ability to train and mentor staff
  • Excellent judgment and critical thinking

See above. The ideal candidate will have prior managerial experience and significant regulatory and transactional experience with high-exposure matters.

Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing.

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

Salary Range: Up to $124,373

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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