City Hearing Officer I/II (As-Needed)

  • City of Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 15, 2019
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Description

Job Summary

SALARY:  Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE:  3/14/19

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

About the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office
The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office (SMCAO) strives to provide the highest level of legal representation to the City of Santa Monica and the People of the State of California.  Our office has been recognized as the outstanding public law office of the year by the American Bar Association, and our lawyers have been honored with the California Lawyer of the Year Award.
Join the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office
The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office is currently seeking exceptional candidates for the following attorney positions:
  • Deputy City Attorney, Municipal Division
  • City Hearing Officer I/II (As-Needed)

We also accept applications for law student externships on an ongoing basis.  This page offers details and application requirements.

City Hearing Officer I/II (As Needed)
The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office seeks an attorney with at least five years of legal experience to serve as an as-needed City Hearing Officer I/II (As-Needed) for the City of Santa Monica. 
The City Hearing Officer I/II will conduct a variety of administrative hearings on behalf of the City. Working independently, the City Hearing Officer I/II will admit and hear evidence, examine written submissions and documents, conduct legal research, rule on evidentiary questions, facilitate and conduct quasi-judicial hearings, prepare written decisions with appropriate findings to support determination, and perform other duties, as assigned.
The successful applicant will have a combination of required and preferred qualifications, including high ethical standards and the skills and abilities necessary to conduct administrative hearings fairly, independently, and without bias.  
Required qualifications:
  • Minimum of five years of experience interpreting landlord/tenant, housing, land use, or general municipal laws, or similar experience.
  • License to practice law in the State of California.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Administrative hearing procedures and rules of evidence;
    •  Mediation procedures and techniques;
    • Relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations related to housing, land use, municipal and administrative laws;
    • Legal research techniques;
    •  Legal terms and forms;
    •  Principles and practices of public administration;
    •  Modern office procedures, practices, and equipment, including software applications used in modern legal environments;
    •  Recordkeeping principles and procedures;
    •  Effective customer service techniques; and
    • Conventions of written English, including proper grammar, syntax and punctuation.
Ability to:
  • Interpret and apply relevant laws, regulations, and procedures;
  • Analyze and draw logical conclusions from and apply legal principles to documentary evidence and oral testimony, forming the basis for a defensible legal conclusion;
  • Impartially consider evidence and determine facts;
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Conduct hearings and mediation conferences with skill and tact;
  • Evaluate credibility of parties and witnesses;
  • Understand and interpret numerical and statistical data;
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with all segments of the public and City staff; and
  • Provide effective customer service.
Skill in:
  • Dealing effectively with individuals from diverse social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds;
  • Using a personal computer and applicable software applications; and
  • Performing work requiring accuracy and attention to detail. 
Preferred qualifications:
  • Completion of at least twenty-five hours of mediation training; and
  • Recent, paid professional experience conducting administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations, settlement conferences or similar evidentiary proceedings in the areas of civil, municipal, landlord/tenant, or administrative law. 
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample of no more than ten pages, and the names of three references.  These materials should be submitted in a single pdf document by email to with the subject line: "Application - City Hearing Officer I/II."  Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by close of business on Thursday, March 28, 2019, when consideration of applicants will begin.  The position is open until filled. 
Division and work assignments of Deputy City Attorneys are subject to change based on the needs and workload of the City Attorney's Office overall.  A background check will be required prior to beginning employment.  Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience; excellent benefits.
The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community.  As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive.  Our goals is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law.  We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees.  Join us!
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