The City of Santa Rosa is Seeking a Litigation Attorney
See our Recruitment Brochure HERE
Be part of a dynamic, diverse, and knowledgeable organization committed to excellence in serving a thriving community! The City is committed to building a workforce reflective of our community and establishing a lasting culture of equity and belonging within our organization. Our collective talents and expertise contribute to high-quality public services that support a vibrant, resilient, inclusive City for our community and visitors. We celebrate a diverse workforce and welcome all qualified candidates to apply.
NEW: Depending on experience, the successful candidate may be appointed to the position of Assistant City Attorney or Deputy City Attorney. Assistant City Attorney is the senior level in the City Attorney series and is distinguished from the Deputy City Attorney position by the level of difficulty and complexity of work performed and experience expected.
Assistant City Attorney: $139,167 - $173,816 Annually
Deputy City Attorney: $110,858 - $138,521 Annually
Salary ranges currently under review.
Putting City Benefits to Work for You
In addition to offering a great work environment and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous benefits package, including:
- Retirement through CalPERS
- A competitive leave package
- Your choice of two health plans, with employer contributions to each
- A flexible spending program
- Employer contributions to a Retiree Health Savings plan
- Top of the line, employer paid vision and dental coverage.
More information regarding the benefits associated with this position can be found on our Miscellaneous Employee Benefits Page
With our most senior litigator retiring after a long and stellar career, this is an excellent opportunity for an attorney interested in litigating on behalf of a public agency to play a key role in providing important services for our City. The new Attorney will join the City's collaborative legal team and will be under the general direction of the City Attorney.
Responsibilities will include assisting in administering all phases of the City's legal work, with a strong focus on litigation, including civil rights, tort and contract defense, as well as prosecution of civil actions on behalf of the City. Responsibilities will also include assisting in providing legal advice to the City Council, its boards and commissions, the City Manager and City departments on day-to-day operations and special projects. The successful candidate will be handling controversial and complex legal matters on a wide range of public policy and community issues
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for the Assistant position would have a minimum of five years of experience in litigation, in either public or private practice, preferably in civil litigation, tort defense, or governmental prosecutions. Knowledge and experience in municipal law is desirable.
Knowledge of: Legal principles and procedures, including civil, criminal and administrative law and procedures; court rules and rules of evidence; methods of legal research, including computer research
Ability to: Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents, including ordinances, resolutions, contracts, memoranda, and pleadings; conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions; prepare and present cases effectively in court or administrative proceedings; establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with other City employees, City officials and members of the public.
Required Experience and Education: Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Experience: A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities for the Assistant City Attorney level would be five or more years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Deputy City Attorney in the City of Santa Rosa; for the Deputy City Attorney, possession of two or more years of experience. Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school or the equivalent is required.
Necessary Special Requirement: Active membership in the State Bar of California and ability to gain admission to the Bar for the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California.
License & Certification: This classification requires active membership in the State Bar of California. Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C, California Driver's License, OR be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various locations in the City which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.