City and County of Denver Denver, Colorado, United States
Jul 10, 2019Full Time
About Our Job The posting will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019. The Denver City Attorney's Office seeks an Assistant City Attorney-Senior for the Child Protection and Youth Services Unit of the Department of Law's Human Services Legal Services Section. An Assistant City Attorney-Senior provides full performance legal counsel and representation to City officials and employees. This Senior Assistant City Attorney provides legal representation to Denver Department of Human Services social workers and administrators in Dependency and Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases in state trial and appellate courts. In addition to appearing in court, the senior attorney leads a team of attorneys and legal staff assigned to a judicial division and is responsible for working with other lead attorneys to provide input on unit policy and practice. Other duties include attending collaborative, multi-disciplinary meetings to guide decisions for the treatment and placement of families, children and youth. We seek an attorney with significant experience in Juvenile law. The attorneys regularly appear in all state courts, including Denver Juvenile Court. Denver Human Services (DHS) promotes the well-being, protection and independence of Denver residents through its many services for low-income and at-risk families, children, seniors and other adults. DHS is responsible for administering state-supervised programs which provide assistance to people in need and/or to those who need protection from abuse and neglect in Denver. The agency oversees a $300 million budget with approximately 1,200 employees. DHS serves approximately 175,000 people each year, in assistance programs including abused and neglected children and their families, and people who are elderly, homeless, disabled or otherwise in need. DHS helps gather the financial and social resources to connect our clients to the community and enable them to live healthier, safer lives. The City Attorney's Office serves as the legal adviser to the Mayor, City Council, City Auditor, City Clerk and Recorder and all City departments and agencies; represents and defends the City in legal matters; handles all suits initiated on behalf of the City and County of Denver and any of its departments and agencies; prosecutes violations of City ordinances; and provides counsel to elected officials and client agencies on charter interpretation and reform. Responsibilities for this position include: Consultation and representation of Denver Human Services in all stages of Dependency and Neglect litigation. Preparing social workers to appear in Juvenile Delinquency hearings, such as those in Denver Juvenile Court and other Colorado District Courts, developing motions, carrying out discovery, and representing the City in those proceedings, as well as corresponding appellate briefing and argument. Negotiating and preparing settlement agreements and other legal documents as necessary. Collaborating with other stakeholders in Juvenile Delinquency cases to develop recommendations. Drafting and preparing memoranda, motions, briefs and pleadings to be filed in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings. Conducting or providing feedback and advice with legal research. Assisting attorneys working in specialized areas with litigation, research and related activities. Performing other related duties as assigned or requested. About You The preferred candidates will be attorneys who have experience with the following (Must be demonstrated on application/resume): Significant experience handling Dependency and Neglect cases; Expertise in juvenile law; Excellent litigation skills; Appellate experience in juvenile law; Experience advising agencies on regulations, policies, and/or procedures; Good judgment; Mediation experience and/or a mediation certificate; Experience coaching or mentoring subordinate attorneys; Demonstrated leadership skills; A strong commitment to public service; Strong written and oral advocacy skills; Excellent communication skills; Experience in Youth Programs; An undergraduate degree or minor in Social Work, Juvenile Justice, Sociology and Political Science; A background working with neighborhood or restorative justice programs; and/or Experience with programs connected to the Dept. of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). 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 as an attorney at law. Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted. License/Certifications: 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. To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab): Resume Cover Letter About Everything Else Job Profile CL0357 Assistant City Attorney Senior To view the full job profile including position specifications, physical demands, and probationary period, click here . Position Type Unlimited Position Salary Range $121,575.00 - $194,520.00 Starting Pay Based on experience and education Agency City Attorney's Office The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. For information about right to work, click here for English or here for Spanish.