Part Time Assistant City Attorney

  • Petaluma, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Part Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $64.13 - $77.96 Hourly USD

Job Description

Summary/Class Characteristics

The City of Petaluma is currently recruiting for one part time temporary (approximately 20 hours per week or less) Assistant City Attorney. Qualified candidates interested in pursuing this opportunity are encouraged to apply.


Under the general direction and supervision of the City Attorney, act as legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, City department directors and other employees, and members of other City bodies; represents the City in litigation and other legal proceedings, including legal and regulatory matters involving other governmental and/or private parties; and assists in the performance of the duties and functions of the City Attorney in accordance with the City Charter, California State law, the City's Municipal Code, and other applicable law.

Class Characteristics
General direction and supervision is provided by the City Attorney. Responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of management, professional, technical, and support services personnel.

The Assistant City Attorney is an advanced journey-level class required to perform extremely sensitive and complex legal work and to function with a high degree of independence and accountability. The incumbent is expected to be capable of performing the full range of duties common to the position of Assistant City Attorney and to have, develop and maintain subject matter expertise as needed to fulfill the City's legal requirements and perform tasks assigned to the Assistant City Attorney. The Assistant City Attorney assists in the performance of any and all of the responsibilities of the City Attorney, as assigned, including, when directed and/or authorized, acting on behalf of the City Attorney in the City Attorney's absence.


The duties, skills, and demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential duties, skills, and demands.

The Assistant City Attorney is responsible for performing and supervising the performance of the following types of representative duties, in addition to others that may be prescribed by the City Attorney or required from time to time:

Help the City Attorney plan, organize, coordinate, and direct all City legal activities, including those of City Attorney Department employees, outside legal service providers, investigators and experts retained by the City.

Act as legal advisor, and render legal opinions and recommendations to the City Council, City Manager, City department directors and other employees, and members of other City bodies, as assigned.

On a relief basis as assigned represent the City Attorney on the City's executive team lead by the City Manager and consisting of the Assistant City Manager, all department directors and assigned City managers.

Help the City Attorney participate in the development and implementation of City goals, objectives, policies, initiatives and other priorities, and formulate and identify innovative legal solutions and strategies to accomplish City goals objectives, policies and initiatives.

Attend City Council meetings and meetings of other City bodies, and represent the City in meetings of other government and private entities, as assigned.

As assigned help the City Attorney provide legal advice regarding and prepare and issue statements to members of news media and others concerning City activities, operations and issues.

Prepare and/or review and make recommendations on ordinances, resolutions, rules, policies, pleadings, agreements and other legal documents, as assigned.

Review and make recommendations on agendas and agenda items of the City Council and other City bodies regarding accomplishment of City objectives and compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, as assigned.

Prepare and/or review and make recommendations on City agreements and assist in agreement negotiations on behalf of the City and provide and maintain agreement tools as appropriate to assist the City Attorney in supervising the drawing of all City contracts, as assigned.

Advise and represent the City in labor and employment related matters including labor negotiations, disciplinary proceedings, and grievances, as assigned.

Represent the City in lawsuits and administrative hearings and appear before courts and administrative and other bodies to represent the City's interests, as assigned.

Enforce City Charter and Municipal Code violations through prosecution of civil, criminal and administrative cases, seek abatement of public nuisances, recover the cost of City litigation and damage to City property; assist in acquiring and condemning property for public purposes, as assigned.

Review and provide legal analysis and advice regarding defense and resolution of claims and lawsuits against the City, as assigned.

Review and provide recommendations on bond and financing papers, insurance policies and other documents affecting the City, including recommendations upon the validity and sufficiency of such documents, as assigned.

Perform legal research and preparation of analysis, opinions, pleadings, correspondence and other legal documents, as assigned.

Help the City Attorney coordinate legal activities with other City departments and divisions, and with outside agencies and private parties, as assigned.

In case of emergency serve as Emergency Operations Center staff on a relief basis for the City Attorney as assigned and participate in and support emergency operations planning and training activity as assigned.

Provide legal training to City legislative body members and staff, as assigned.

Track, analyze and make recommendations on new legislative and case law developments affecting City programs, policies, objectives and interests, as assigned.

Respond to citizen complaints and requests for information, as assigned.

Help the City Attorney prepare and administer the City Attorney Department budget.

Represent the City at community events and at professional gatherings, as assigned.

Help the City Attorney select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

Serve as the City Attorney on a relief basis, as assigned.


Knowledge of :
Organization, duties, powers, limitations and authority of City government and a City Attorney.
Legal principles and practices, including civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law and procedure.

Statutes, ordinances and regulations affecting City operations.

Laws and practices related to redevelopment and community development.

Court decisions relating to municipal corporations.

Judicial procedure and rules of evidence.

Methods of legal research.

Established precedents and sources of legal reference applicable to municipal activities.

Education and Experience :
Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Equivalent to a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

Experience: Three years of experience performing duties comparable to those of an assistant city attorney in the office of a city attorney, county counsel, special district counsel, or private law firm providing legal services to local government clients.

Certifications/Licenses :
Membership in the State Bar of California and admittance to practice before all State and Northern Federal Districts Courts in California is required.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license.

Special Note :
This classification is exempt from civil service as specified in the City Municipal Code and serves at the will of the City Manager on the recommendation and advice of the City Attorney.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

Employee is regularly required to sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time; talk or
hear, in person, in meetings and by telephone; use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate
standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Intermittently, twist to reach
equipment surrounding desk; walk to observe department activities; bend and squat to perform
file searches; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a
keyboard to communicate through written means; operate an automobile to attend meetings.
While performing duties, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral
communication skills; analyze legal principles; observe performance and evaluate staff; explain
and interpret legal requirements, policies and procedures; interact with the City Council, City
management and the public.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Petaluma, California United States View Map