The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.
Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.
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, along with other City officials and departments 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 part of the City Attorney’s Office and responsible for providing comprehensive legal services and representation to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and City Departments. This position is specifically responsible for providing legal services to the Stormwater Division. The position is physically located at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide legal advice and counsel on complex legal matters
• Identify issues within the complex operational, business, and legal framework of the City, take initiative to analyze those matters further, and provide accurate and timely advice
• Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws specific to municipality
• Analyze and prepare a variety of legal documents
• Negotiate and draft agreements and settlements
• Conduct legal research and render legal opinions
• Represent the City in litigation at all levels of federal and state courts as may be required
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Considerable knowledge of constitutional, federal, state, and local laws affecting municipal government
• Experience advising and representing administrative and quasi-judicial boards and commissions
• Ability to work collaboratively with others, analyze issues from a legal and practical perspective, and provide clear advice and counsel
• Possess business acumen and the ability to negotiate transactions effectively
• Ability to master new material quickly, manage a diverse legal portfolio, and handle a fast-paced environment
• Ability to think creatively to solve problems
• Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment
• Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence
• Ability to prepare and try moderately complex civil cases
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, the public, elected and appointed officials, and stakeholders
• Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school and license to practice law in North Carolina or ability to be admitted into the NC State Bar via reciprocity prior to beginning employment
• Minimum of two years (2) of practice experience.
• Less experience may be considered if experience includes concentration in municipal law
$97,698-$108,553 Commensurate with Experience
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
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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.
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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.
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