City Attorney - City of Boulder, Colorado

$230,000 - $250,000 yearly
  • The Novak Consulting Group, now Rafelis
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Aug 03, 2021
Full time Government

Job Description

The Opportunity

The City Attorney is the chief legal counsel for the City of Boulder and serves as the primary legal advisor to the City. This position provides an outstanding opportunity to address a broad variety of 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. This exciting opportunity will allow the successful candidate to provide guidance on cutting-edge topics, including Boulder’s unique land-use policies, pioneering climate action initiatives, complex housing affordability strategies, and public safety reform efforts, to name just a few.


Reporting to the City Council, the City Attorney provides sound legal advice to the Council on significant policy, project, litigation, potential conflicts of interest, and financial matters. The City Attorney attends all City Council meetings and drafts or reviews ordinances, orders, and resolutions issued by the City. The City Attorney engages as a member of the City’s Leadership Team and actively participates in strategic, city-wide discussions. The City Attorney routinely advises city departments on appropriate action for a variety of legal issues, particularly those involving city-wide policies or politically sensitive issues.


The City Attorney leads the City Attorney’s Office through three divisions: Administration, Consultation and Advisory, and Prosecution and Civil Litigation. With a budget of $3.5M, the City Attorney is responsible for hiring, directing, managing, and evaluating a high performing and diverse staff of 15 attorneys and eight paralegals, as well as outside counsel, dedicated to delivering high-quality legal services in a responsive, proactive, creative, equitable, and timely manner.



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 attorneys and paraprofessional legal personnel is essential.


A broad and diverse municipal government 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. Residency in the City of Boulder is strongly preferred.


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.




To Be Considered

The City of Boulder 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. Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help them grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

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. The position is open until filled with the first review of applications on August 30, 2021.