City Attorney

  • City of Tualatin
  • 18880 Southwest Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR, USA
  • Jan 10, 2022
Full time Government Legal Management

Job Description

The City of Tualatin, Oregon, is offering an excellent career opportunity for an experienced legal professional to provide progressive, innovative leadership as Tualatin’s new City Attorney.

The City Attorney is legal counsel for the City, appointed by the City Manager. The position provides professional legal services and advice to the City Council, the Tualatin Development Commission, City staff, and City committees and boards, and also supervises the Legal Assistant.

Please visit our website to view the recruitment brochure with a complete description of the position.

Job Requirements

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or City Council or Commission.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should be able to operate a personal computer and have knowledge of Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Power Point software and be able to perform legal research on-line using Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw or similar program.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Must be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar. Possession of, or the ability to secure possession of, a valid Oregon driver's license.

Other Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of local government, administrative and land use law, including the principles of real property law, land use law, torts, contracts, criminal law, civil and criminal procedures, and rules of evidence. Considerable knowledge of the methods of legal research. Knowledge of employee supervision, budget preparation, and office management practices. Ability to operate a personal computer and related software.

Ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge of complex, factual situations in conducting legal research and preparing sound legal opinions. Ability to analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents. Ability to prepare and try cases. Ability to supervise the work of subordinates. Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, City staff and the general public.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five years legal experience in the practice of municipal or local government law with emphasis and experience in the following: land use, first amendment, public meetings and records, and public contracts. At least two years of supervisory experience. Graduation from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment 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 disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; as well as, extensive reading of printed material and text on computer screens. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The position comes complete with a full benefit package including health insurance (medical, dental, prescription and vision), city-paid PERS contributions, a city-paid 2% contribution to a 401a account, and city-paid life and AD&D insurance.