City Attorney

$230,000 - $250,000 yearly
  • City of Boulder
  • Mar 19, 2021
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

The Opportunity

The City of Boulder, Colorado is seeking a new City Attorney to serve as the chief legal counsel for the City and serve as the primary legal advisor to the City Council, Boards and Commissions, and all city officials. This position provides an outstanding opportunity to address the most complex legal challenges, work closely with elected officials to carry out Council priorities, partner with city leadership, and lead a team of dedicated professionals in service to the Boulder community.

The new City Attorney quickly understands the values of Boulder and is comfortable working in a community accustomed to high-quality municipal services and a tradition of community involvement. With unquestioned integrity and sound ethics rooted in justice, the City Attorney is dedicated to public service for the benefit of the whole and works in the best interest of the City at all times. The successful candidate maintains objectivity and supports sound legal decisions while remaining solutions-oriented.

With an inclusive and approachable style, the City Attorney develops positive relationships throughout the city, establishing a high level of trust and actively collaborating with others to achieve objectives. The successful candidate partners with legal staff to develop creative options while still providing sound legal advice to complex local government problems. The City Attorney has substantial local government law experience and leverages that knowledge to anticipate issues and proactively identify risk in order to develop strategies for legally sound positions.


A minimum of ten years in the practice of municipal law, ideally with a successful track record as a City or County Attorney, Deputy Attorney, or experience in a private law firm advising municipal governments with a full range of municipal services. Direct leadership experience managing professional and paraprofessional legal personnel is essential. A broad and diverse background with legal expertise in more than one area, including civil rights, constitution, contracts, criminal justice, elections, employment, environmental, land use, litigation, and legislative matters, is ideal. Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, rules, and ordinances applicable to city activities and functions, including municipal liability, data security, public meetings, public records, and public financing, is required. Home Rule City experience is valuable, with direct experience in Colorado being beneficial but not required. The City Attorney is required to reside within the City of Boulder.

Compensation and Benefits

The City Attorney contract is at the discretion of the City Council, with a hiring range of $230,000 - $250,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Relocation assistance will be provided. The City of Boulder is a progressive organization that values employee engagement and well-being. The City recognizes the importance of providing an encompassing health and life benefits program to employees, including hybrid work schedules. Additional information can be viewed here.

To Be Considered

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply no later than April 25, 2021.