• City of San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Sep 22, 2021
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $167,663 USD
  • Salary Top: $253,926
  • Apply By: Oct 31, 2021


The Office of the City Attorney is committed to providing excellent legal services, consistent with the highest professional and ethical standards, with the goal of protecting and advancing the City’s interests in serving the people of San José. The City Attorney's Office advocates, defends, and prosecutes on behalf of the City's interests. It provides oral and written advice on legal issues and prepares documents to implement official City actions.

The Office of the City Attorney is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

Pursuant to the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, the City of San José is requiring all new hires to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption.

Job Description

The San José City Attorney’s Office seeks an experienced, well-qualified, motivated, and collaborative attorney to join the Office as a full-time supervisory Chief Deputy City Attorney. The Office addresses many interesting and challenging legal issues. The Chief Deputy is one of two Chief Deputies responsible for supervising and assisting deputy and senior deputy attorneys with transactional and general government matters, and is part of the Office management team. In addition to attorney supervisory duties, the successful candidate will negotiate and draft contracts, write legal opinions, draft resolutions, ordinances, memoranda, and correspondence; provide legal advice to the City Council, Council Committees, and the City Manager; and provide legal representation and advice for various City departments. Experience in municipal law and attorney supervision is desirable, as is familiarity with legal issues related to transportation, public works, real estate and land use, environment, public procurement, public finance, public safety, and technology. The ideal candidate should also have a working knowledge of various local, state, and federal laws and program requirements, and be familiar with equity issues and efforts. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in California, have an ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and be able to develop and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with co-workers, City officials, and other City departments.

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Additional Information

The current salary range for this position is $167,663 - $253,926 per year. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Chief Deputy City Attorney also receives an ongoing non-pensionable compensation of approximately five percent (5%). The City's comprehensive benefits package is available for this position.

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Please send resume and letter of interest to: Nora Frimann, City Attorney, 200 East Santa Clara Street, 16th Floor Tower, San Jose, CA 95113, or e-mail to Application review is ongoing, and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

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