This is highly responsible professional legal work.
Nature Of Work
This is a professional position, involving primarily civil law practice. Under the administrative direction of the Chief Assistant City Attorney, represents and advises the City on legal matters pertaining to municipal government and other related duties, including misdemeanor prosecution, civil litigation and self-insurance matters. Responsibilities will vary depending on assignment, but may include code development or revision, preparation of ordinances and resolutions, researching and drafting legal opinions, consultation with departments on legal issues and problems, handling of litigation from inception to conclusion. The work involves a high degree of complexity and is performed independently. The position requires the application of an advanced level of knowledge and skill. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate staff. Work is performed in accordance with general policies and the established standards and practices of the legal profession. Work is reviewed by a higher level attorney; or the City Attorney through examination of plans proposed and an evaluation of the results of completed assignments; however, self-motivation and independence are emphasized.
Examples of Duties
Duties will vary based on division assignment, but may include representing the City on a variety of issues of high complexity, including civil litigation, particularly in County Court or Circuit Civil Court; negotiating, constructing and drafting agreements; drafting resolutions and ordinances, often involving legal research and research of present City codes and ordinances; issuing City code interpretations and researching and drafting legal opinions; presentation, discussion and advocacy of various matters before City Council; meeting with City staff, citizens and private attorneys to achieve conflict resolution; and other work as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Extensive knowledge of: legal principles and their application and administrative and constitutional law.
Considerable knowledge of: Florida and municipal law and its application to local government. Knowledge of research methods and techniques concerning legal case work including Civil litigation rules and techniques; claims processing methods and procedures; real estate law and practices; principles, practices, and techniques of modern supervision.
Ability to: analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to local government problems; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly, concisely and logically; prepare pleadings and try cases; establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public; manage or assist in management of the City’s real properties; supervise employees in the prosecution division of the City Attorney’s Office.
Skill in: providing clear direction to subordinate staff in meeting goals.
Suggested Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from a accredited college or university with a Juris Doctor degree and more than twelve (12) years of legal experience, including experience in a municipal government setting and prior supervisory experience.
Licenses or Certifications
Admission to the Bar of the State of Florida; compliance with mandatory Bar CLE requirements.
During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.