Closing Date: 19th August, 2022

Description:

The City of Richmond Police Department's (RPD) Office of Professional Accountability is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Associate General Counsel to serve within the Office of General Counsel. The selected candidate will be responsible for assisting the General Counsel with legal, policy, legislative and personnel matters within the Police Department.

Duties include but are not limited to:
The Associate General Counsel position is a direct report to the RPD General Counsel. This position assists the General Counsel with the day-to-day operations of the Office of General Counsel and the supervision of staff. The Associate General Counsel assists with providing legal guidance and support to department members, writing and reviewing policies, tracking legislation, providing legal updates, training, interpreting policies, handling U-Visa requests, and drafting Memorandums of Understanding along with other legal memorandums. Daily responsibilities also include: preparing responses for Subpoenas Duces Tecums, Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, grievances, EEOC complainants and litigation related discovery. The Associate General Counsel serves in the absence of the General Counsel and helps to ensure legal and policy compliance with the Department's Accident and Use of Force Review Boards.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated the ability to apply legal methods in the solution of technical, administrative, and legal problems. The successful candidate must also process strong written and verbal skills. Prior trial experience is preferred although not required. Also, prior experience working with law enforcement is preferred although not required.

This position is considered Essential Personnel and must be available to report to work during disasters, inclement weather and other declared emergencies.

Successful completion of a thorough background investigation, including a polygraph exam, is required.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of the laws and legal procedures related to the following focus areas: criminal law, criminal procedure, employment law, contracts, and administrative law. Demonstrated skills communicating and coordinating with various internal and external departments, creating and implementing policies and procedures, gathering and interpreting data routinely, interpreting and applying federal regulations for programs, advising and directing outcomes, managing contracts and projects, setting timetables, achieving milestones, and tracking progress of relevant initiatives.

Minimum Training and Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate
  • Four years of legal, policy or legislative experience in the areas of criminal, employment, civil and/or administrative law.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.
  • Licensed to Practice law in Virginia and in good standing with the Bar

The Preferred Candidate will have a license to practice law from the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners and have satisfactorily completed all continuing legal education (CLE) requirements of the Virginia State Bar,

Licensing, Certifications, And/or Other Special Requirements:
None required