Assistant City Attorney - Section Supervisor - Prosecution and Code Enforcement

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 19, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Code Enforcement and Inspections Legal Services

Job Description

About Our Job

The posting will close at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Join the Denver City Attorney's Office leadership team and be a part of the city that you love! The City and County of Denver is currently seeking an Assistant City Attorney - Section Supervisor for the Department of Law's Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section (PACE). This management position reports to the Director of the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section of the City Attorney's Office.

The PACE section staffs eight courtrooms in Denver County Court, including 2 arraignment courtrooms, 2 traffic courtrooms, and 4 trial courtrooms. PACE also staffs three additional dockets: a wellness docket, a women's docket, and a homeless outreach docket held at a Denver homeless shelter. In addition to the courtroom work of traditional prosecution offices, PACE also staffs several diverse legal teams within the City. The PACE Public Nuisance and Neighborhood Prosecution Teams litigate civil public nuisance cases filed against vehicles or real property used in the commission of certain predicate offenses. The Neighborhood Prosecution Team also works closely with other City agencies and community members to find solutions for neighborhood issues that don't lend themselves to traditional prosecution methods. Through its EXL and Marijuana Teams, the Section also provides legal counsel and administrative law support to the Department of Excise and Licenses, which administers and regulates over 100 types of business, liquor, and marijuana licenses.

The Denver City Attorney's Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 125 attorneys and approximately 100 staff members comprised of paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members. It may have the most diverse practice of any law firm in Colorado. Clients include the Mayor; the Auditor; the Clerk and Recorder; City Council; and all city agencies, departments, offices, boards, commissions and authorities. The City Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing an inclusive and diverse work environment in which every person has the opportunity to achieve the highest professional and personal development and is accorded the highest degree of dignity and respect.

The City and County of Denver's core values are integrity, transparency, collaboration, mutual respect and support, inclusivity, trust, and organizational excellence. The successful candidate must demonstrate these core operating principles and work ethic.

PACE is looking for a section supervisor with skills in the following areas:

Leadership, Collaboration & Investment in Section:
  • Capable of leading by example, developing high performance teams, fostering a culture of inclusion and trust, and collaborating with the CAO and PACE Leadership Teams, along with other stakeholders and colleagues, on all matters touching the section.
  • Ability to promote a positive work culture where members of PACE feel included, valued for their individual contributions, promote a diverse workforce, and feel comfortable speaking up when concerns arise.
  • Ability to lead and motivate people by modeling interpersonal effectiveness, strong communication skills, trust, and advocacy.
  • Ability and willingness to share knowledge and to support peers, staff, and others to increase skills, foster improvements, and enhance outcomes.
  • Ability to proactively engage community members, citizen groups and other city agencies to address crime in neighborhoods through community prosecution principles.
  • Willingness to attend community meetings and forums on behalf of the City.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and encourage a culture of two-way communication, trust, and collaboration between staff and leadership.

Talent Management:
  • Ability to act as a coach, mentor, and advisor for employees, provide regular and meaningful feedback while identifying and resolving conflict or issues.
  • Demonstrated willingness to listen and learn from staff, peers, and leadership, to invite input from others, and to share ownership and recognition.
  • Ability to foster team communication and dialogue, and to gain consensus for team decisions and outcomes.
  • Commitment to positive leadership and to encouraging employee engagement by communicating progress toward goals, fostering accountability and teamwork, modeling client service, and empowering employees to own their work performance and development.

Legal Excellence:
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of municipal prosecution, administrative, and other relevant law areas, including current criminal procedure, licensing and civil in rem procedures, and an understanding of community prosecution theories.
  • Capable of drafting city ordinances and/or rules and regulations that may impact the criminal justice system, the application of municipal law, or the county courts.
  • Ability to provide legal advice and guidance on all aspects of prosecution, criminal law, criminal procedure, administrative law, licensing, civil nuisance law, and law enforcement matters.

Operational & Administrative Excellence:
  • Ability to take initiative and assist the Director, other Section Supervisors, and other members of the PACE Leadership Team to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and operational excellence resulting in high quality performance within the section and the organization.
  • Ability to support PACE's ongoing efforts to improve its working environment and to streamline and standardize (where advisable) its processes.

About You

A leader and team-player who is passionate about operational excellence in prosecution and community safety, is ethical and fair, has good common sense and sound judgment, is compassionate about victims, and demonstrates an ability to lead, manage, and motivate an experienced and dynamic legal team.

The preferred candidates will have (if applicable must be demonstrated on application):
  • At least ten (10) years of experience practicing law.
  • Five (5) years of experience in criminal prosecution.
  • Supervisory experience including evaluating and disciplining employees.
  • Experience preparing training materials and providing training.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with victims, witnesses, clients, attorneys, and other staff members
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to "lead from the front" and to model a positive attitude and behavior
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work well under pressure
  • A self-starter and team-player

We realize your time if valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree or Bachelor of Laws Degree
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience of the type and at the level of Assistant City Attorney - Senior with specialized experience in at least one area of law.
  • Licensure & Certification: Possession of a license to practice law in Colorado from the Colorado Supreme Court at the time of application or possession of license from U.S. states that have a reciprocity agreement with the state of Colorado, excluding the following states: California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. The preceding list of non-reciprocal admission jurisdictions is intended to be used only as a guide, as rules and regulations of every jurisdiction are subject to change at any time. Positions with the Denver City Attorney's Office are dependent upon the rules and regulations in place at the time of application and subsequent hiring. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.

To be considered for this position, you must attach the following to your application (Upload the multiple attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
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Job Profile
CL0359 Assistant City Attorney Section Supervisor
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$138,932.00 - $222,291.00

Starting Pay
Based on experience and education

City Attorney's Office

Assessment Requirement
Professional Supervisor

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