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Wilmington, DE 19801
Position – ASSISTANT CITY SOLICITOR
Salary/Pay Rate:E-07 – $73,789 to $118,799
Deadline to Apply:07/24/2020 4:30 PM
ANNOUNCEMENT NO.: 1210002
This position provides legal advice to elected and appointed City officials, departments, boards, commissions, and agencies; represents the City and its departments and employees in litigation.
Assists in collective bargaining and labor relations matters; handles collection matters relating to taxes and fees.
Handles real estate transactions and economic development matters; reviews and approves contracts, bond documents and other instruments.
Prosecutes in the Justices of the Peace Courts.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Represents the City in various legal proceedings including but not limited to, trials, appeals, mediations, and arbitrations.
Researches and authors legal pleadings and briefs; drafts legislation.
Conducts settlement negotiations.
Plans trial and appeal strategies.
Monitors legal cases assigned to outside counsel.
Investigates legal complaints and alleged violations of federal, state, and local laws.
Prosecutes violations of the City’s Code of Conduct before the City Ethics Commission.
Prosecutes misdemeanor violations of the City’s Housing, Building, Sanitation, and Fire Codes in the Justices of the Peace Courts.
Enforces nuisance laws through court action.
Reviews City contracts and requests for waiver of the City Charter bidding requirements.
Represents the City in bidding disputes.
Serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment; serves as legal advisor for City boards and commissions.
Provides legal advice to fifteen (15) elected City officials, departments, boards, commissions, and agencies.
Prepares or assists in preparing all ordinances and resolutions introduced to City Council; attends Council meetings.
Works with the city’s Claims Manager to review claims, as needed; works with the Risk Manager to identify and manage liability risk.
Works with other departments to provide up-to-date training and policies regarding legal matters.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Must be a lawyer admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Delaware or in another state to the extent permitted by the rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware.
Thorough knowledge of the varied areas of law which affect the City, particularly constitutional and civil rights law, administrative law, municipal corporation law, and criminal law.
Thorough knowledge of civil and criminal procedure.
Superior advocacy skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects and meet established deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to manage and resolve conflicts.
Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, and Lexis Nexis.
Work is normally performed in a quiet office, seated at a desk utilizing a computer.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, or hear.
Occasionally required to walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.
May occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Vision requirements include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Must pass a criminal background investigation, pre-employment physical and drug test.
*City residency required within six months of employment.