Chief Assistant City Attorney

$139,584 - $181,488 yearly
  • Ralph Andersen & Associates
  • Vancouver, WA, USA
  • Mar 01, 2021
Full time Legal Other Real Estate

Job Description

The City of Vancouver, Washington is seeking a seasoned litigator and legal strategist to serve as its next Chief Assistant City Attorney. This at-will exempt position is under general direction of the City Attorney. The Chief Assistant City Attorney serves as the Civil Division Chief and is first in succession to the City Attorney in his absence. The Chief Assistant City Attorney may be called upon to litigate a wide variety of complex civil legal matters and provide advice to departments within the City while also providing day-to-day oversight to a small in-house legal team.

Requires a Juris Doctorate and 6 years of professional legal experience as an attorney with an emphasis on litigation and one or more of the following areas: municipal law, land use, community & economic development, public utilities, construction, contracts, public procurement, privacy, public records, information technology (IP law), tax, bankruptcy, corporate law, labor, employment, real estate, torts, constitutional law, and/or code compliance. Prior supervisory experience is preferred. License and membership in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association (or qualify for Admission by Motion under APR 3(c)(1) and ability to obtain WSBA membership within 12 months of hire). Selected candidate must be admitted to, or eligible for admission to U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The annual salary range for the Chief Counsel position is $139,584 to $181,488. The mid-point of this range is $160,536. The entry point for new hires is based upon qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The City does participate in Social Security. Interested candidates from out-of-state should be aware that there is no personal state income tax in the state of Washington. Additionally, the City offers a competitive benefits package including Washington State PERS retirement.

A second and potential third recruitment may also be drawn from this pool of applicants dealing primarily in real estate and land use. Candidates with this specific real estate/land use experience are strongly encouraged to apply for this second opportunity to join the City of Vancouver. Salary range for this position is $119,760 to $155,652 with a mid-point of the range being $137,706 for the classification of Assistant City Attorney III.

Interested candidates should apply immediately for optimal consideration by submitting a comprehensive résumé and compelling cover letter via email to: Review of applicants will be upon receipt and is expected to be underway by March 31, 2021. This position is open until filled. Confidential inquiries should be directed to Ms. Heather Renschler, Ralph Andersen & Associates at (916) 630-4900 or request an appointment to discuss further by contacting Detailed brochure available at