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City of Wichita
Job Title: Director of Law and City Attorney
Type: Full Time
Category: Administrative & Office Work
Location: Wichita, KS (US)
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Director of Law and City Attorney
Wichita, KS (US)
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About the Job
Distinguishing Features of Work This is highly professional work planning, coordinating, and directing the activities of the City’s legal staff with latitude for independent judgment under the general administrative direction of the City Manager.Work is directed and reviewed through the establishment of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress toward goal attainment. Examples of Work Performed
  • Determines policy, planning, work assignments, and direction of the City’s legal staff, including prosecution and defense operations.
  • Develops and implements sound legal strategies that protect the interests of the City while fostering innovative and creative solutions to complex challenges.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration and efficiency to ensure a dynamic and responsive staff.
  • Develop and foster partnerships with staff of all City departments and understands key legal issues of each department, addressing concerns accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Represents the City’s legal interests by making policy recommendations at City Council meetings and Departmental conferences, rendering legal counsel as needed.
  • Reviews all agenda materials for accuracy and completeness and assists staff with implementation of City Council actions where appropriate.
  • Represents the Mayor and City Council by providing guidance during meetings, conducting legal research, and issuing legal opinions.
  • Advises City officers, boards, commissions or other official groups or individuals on legal matters.
  • Proactively monitors legal trends and develops policies and procedures based on best practices.
  • Develop and implement effective systems to disseminate policy information and training for all City staff.
  • Supervises and participates in preparation and trial of court cases involving the City and personally handles unusual or difficult cases.
  • Develops and composes or assigns and reviews all legal opinions on questions submitted by City officials.
  • Approves the form of all contracts, deeds, bonds, charters, ordinances, and formal resolutions.
  • Evaluates legislative programs for the City and changes in State Law.
  • Completion of work assignments may require the operation of a vehicle.
  • The examples of work performed are not intended to be all-inclusive.The City of Wichita reserves the right to assign additional responsibilities as needed.
Requirements of Work
  • Thorough knowledge of general, municipal, state, and federal law.
  • Thorough knowledge of Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).
  • Thorough knowledge of court procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of and ability to maintain necessary balance between avoiding legal risk and meeting organization objectives and service delivery.
  • Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents related to assigned cases and to prepare written opinions.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, employees of other Departments, representatives of other organizations, City officials, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • May require ability to acquire and maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
Required Experience and Training Graduation from an accredited school of law plus at least eight years of experience in professional legal work, some of which includes directing other legal staff, with an understanding of municipal and civil law, and admission to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas, or ability to obtain admission by time of employment.Experience with facilitating a cultural change and organizational development are preferred.An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered.Offers of employment will be made contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which will include drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a police records check.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit an application, cover letter and resume by June 23, 2014, for full consideration.
Open until filled. Posting may close at anytime, without prior notification.
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