The City of Oxnard's City Attorney's Department is seeking a well-qualified, highly motivated Assistant City Attorney to provide sound and ethical legal advice.
The ideal candidate will possess both a broad base of knowledge and experience advising on Public Sector labor (employment) law and employee relations matters as well as a deep understanding of Public Safety laws and processes.
The successful candidate will be able to thoroughly research and analyze problems, evaluate risks, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations. The Assistant City Attorney will present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically all while exercising sound and independent judgment that follows the general policies, guidelines and legal parameters of federal and state laws, regulations, and constitutional provisions applicable to municipalities.
DEFINITION: Under general direction, provides a wide range of professional legal services to all City departments and divisions, City Council and various boards, commissions, committees; may assist in coordinating the work of contract attorneys on complex or specialized matters; performs related duties as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Assistant City Attorney is the advanced journey level in the professional legal series. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Deputy City Attorney II by the level of difficulty and complexity of responsibilities performed. An incumbent in this class is expected to frequently use a high degree of independent judgment and is expected to represent the City Attorney at various meetings, functions and proceedings as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED/ EXERCISED: General direction is provided by the City Attorney. The Assistant City Attorney may exercise technical or functional supervision over Deputy City Attorneys, paralegals and clerical staff.
WORK SCHEDULE: The normal work week is Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm, and alternating Fridays, 8:00am-5:00pm. This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs. This position is not eligible for overtime pay.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:include but are not limited to the following:
Performs legal research and prepares opinions on various legal problems for City departments and divisions, the City Council and various boards, commissions and committees.
Works closely with the Police Department providing advice on all operational matters and providing representation in connection with Pitchess Motions and other court matters
Works closely with the Code Compliance Division of the Police Department compliance providing representation and advice in connection with various matters, including abatement warrants and civil citation hearings.
Confers with and renders assistance to Department Directors and Division Managers in establishing policies by developing and applying legal points and procedures; recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
Prepares and drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents and instruments, reviews such documents and offers opinions as to legality.
Prosecutes misdemeanor violations of City ordinances and criminal appeals; represents the City or coordinates with special counsel in its representation of the City in civil actions brought by or against the City.
Attends meetings of boards, commissions and committees as may be required; renders legal advice as requested.
Investigates claims and complaints by or against the City, recommends action to be taken.
Prepares matters for administrative hearings and represents the City in such hearings.
Represents the City Attorney at various meetings, functions and proceedings when necessary.
Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information.
Represents the City in the community and at professional meetings as required.
The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Assistant City Attorney. The requirements are as follows:
Education and/or Experience:
The equivalent of four (4) years of experience in the practice of municipal law or related experience.
A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements:
Membership in the State Bar of California.
Additional certifications, licenses, endorsements and training may be required, depending on assignment. You may be required to submit documented proof of these requirements.
Located on the beautiful Southern California coast, the City of Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura with over 200,000 residents. Nestled about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara, Oxnard prides itself on its rich diversity and culture. Although agriculture remains a major industry, Oxnard enjoys an expanding economy based on a hea...lthy combination of agriculture, commercial and manufacturing development, tourism, and the U.S. Navy.
Oxnard’s 2030 General Plan strikes a balance between the beauty of the City’s agricultural heritage, while continuing to accommodate dynamic changes. Residents enjoy an unsurpassed quality of life enhanced by the clean air of this coastal community, the charm and solitude of the nearby Los Padres National Forest, and the cultural and educational amenities of a vibrant urban setting. This very diverse community includes acres of new housing. Local assets include two thriving military bases, a full-service deep water port, master-planned industrial parks, prime commercial and retail sites, a regional medical center and hospital, and a flourishing community college.