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Assistant City Attorney II #2005-205500-03

Date Opened
Tuesday, May 05, 2020 8:00 AM
Close Date
Friday, May 29, 2020 11:59 PM
Attorney's Office
  • $92,935.00 - $145,211.00/year


Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

The Office of the City Attorney is the largest municipal legal office in North Carolina.  It is dedicated to serving the citizens of Charlotte by protecting and defending the legal interests of the city.  The office provides legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and other City officials on a broad range of issues and engages in litigation in support or defense of the city.  Our vision is to be a model public service law firm known for its talent, diversity, and service.  We offer exciting opportunities to join a dynamic staff operating in an open, progressive and balanced environment.  Our legal team is tasked with providing high-quality legal services to our clients in a timely, responsive, and ethical manner.


This position is responsible for advising Human Resource professionals and City management on all employee relation matters to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws, regulations and standards. 

Note: The position could be reclassified to a Senior Assistant City Attorney based on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as legal counsel to the Human Resources Department
  • Provide advice and counsel to management and HR professionals on all aspects of day-to-day employment-related matters, including but not limited to hiring and termination, discrimination, retaliation, compensation, benefits, leaves of absence, and employee investigations
  • Assist in drafting, implementation and enforcement of internal policies and procedures related to employment issues to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and legal standards
  • Review position statements in response to EEOC discrimination complaints
  • Manage employment litigation, facilitate discovery, and consult on key decisions
  • Develop, provide, and deliver proactive training to Human Resources professionals and management on a wide variety of employment law matters

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of constitutional, federal, state, and local laws affecting municipal government
  • Comfortable interfacing directly with City executives and HR professionals
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends and recommend solutions 
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to build positive relationship across all levels of the organization

Preferred Qualification

  • Five (5) years of relevant work experience as a practicing attorney specializing in employment matters

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school and license to practice law in North Carolina
  • Five (5) years of relevant work experience as a practicing attorney.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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