Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Deputy City Attorney II or III

About The Company
The City Attorney’s Office provides advice and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments, boards and commissions in a wide variety of areas spanning the range of municipal law, including but not limited to, land use, real estate, personnel, elections, conflicts of interest, municipal finance, retirement, housing, public contracting and economic development. The City Attorney’s Office also advocates for the City’s interests in claims and lawsuits litigated in state or federal court, including high-value personal injury cases, complex civil rights actions, breach of contract, personnel disputes, eminent domain actions, inverse condemnation and alleged Constitutional violations.

The Office has approximately 82 employees and two legal divisions: the Advisory and Litigation Divisions. The Advisory Division includes the Land Use & Planning, Real Estate, General Government & Finance, Labor & Employment, and Code Enforcement units. The Litigation Division includes the General & Complex Litigation (Defense), Law & Motion/Writs & Appeals units; and the Community Lawyering and Civil Rights, Neighborhood Law Corps and Housing Justice Initiative affirmative litigation units. The work is high profile, dynamic, collaborative, and complex. And the work is of vital importance to the City’s realization of its progressive and cutting-edge policies and programs, and to the City’s delivery of services to Oakland’s residents and businesses

Job Description/Duties
The Office of the City Attorney seeks an attorney to help the City of Oakland maintain and improve its infrastructure and preserve a clean, safe environment that all Oaklanders can use and enjoy. The incumbent, with the rest of our General Government & Finance Team, will work closely with various City leaders, departments, and bodies, including the Department of Finance, City Administrator and City Council, on a wide range of municipal government and finance matters.

Duties may include, but will not be limited to, providing legal advice and review related to: municipal finance, revenue, bonds, taxation, fees, formation of special assessment and other districts, ballot measures, ethics and conflict of interest, public records, open meetings laws, and parliamentary procedure. An interest in these areas of law is a must, and experience is a plus.

Job Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to:
• Providing advice and legal opinions on general government matters such as municipal
finance, taxes and fees, formation of special assessment and other districts, public ethics
and conflict of interest, ballot measures, public contracting, grant agreements, open
meetings, public records laws, constitutional law and parliamentary procedure to the City
Administrator, Director of Finance and other City executives, the Mayor, City Council and
City departments, boards and commissions.
• Preparing legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents.
• Advising the City Administrator, department heads, elected officials, and boards and
commissions on general government matters related to public ethics, conflicts of interest,
and public records.
• Representing the City Attorney at meetings of the City Council, City Council committees
and other public meetings, and providing advice on parliamentary procedure, the Brown Act and local Sunshine laws.

Job Criteria
Any combination of experience and education that likely would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

• For DCA II position: Two years of increasingly responsible work experience in one or more relevant areas of law.
• For DCA III position: Two years of increasingly responsible work experience in one or more relevant areas of law comparable to a Deputy City Attorney II position in the City of Oakland.

• The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in one or more of the following: municipal finance, taxes, budgets, master fee schedules, election measures, special assessment districts, and/or public contracting including federal and state-funded contracts and grant agreements.

• Experience in municipal bond and finance law, open meetings laws, public records, information technology contracts, and/or parliamentary procedure is a plus.

• Candidates must have excellent writing and oral presentation skills.

Additional Desirable Skills:
• Working knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws affecting City governance.
• Language skills, especially in Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin.

Ability to:
• Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances.
• Conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions.
• Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
• Handle stressful and sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy, including across lines of difference and throughout the spectrum of diversity.
• Provide professional leadership, guidance and technical expertise to assigned staff.
• Work independently or as part of a team.
• Bring compassion, creativity, and clarity to challenging legal issues related to poverty and racial justice.
• Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of outside agencies and the public, and in litigation.
• Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and other contacts in the course of work.
• Inspire confidence and respect for legal advice.
• Skillfully and professionally present legal advice to clients, including the elected and high-level appointed officials.

Salary Range/Hourly Rate
Deputy City Attorney II: $143,608.08 to $176,337.84 // Deputy City Attorney III: $158,334 to $194,411 annually

Other Benefits and Perks

The City of Oakland offers an excellent benefits package. The benefits package includes:

· PERS retirement.

· Dental plan and orthodontics for employee and dependents.

· Vision plan for employee and dependents.

· Health plan fully or partially-paid, depending on your plan choice.

· Life insurance.

· Management leave, vacation leave, sick leave and holidays.

· Deferred compensation plan and Credit Union services.

· Potential telecommuting.

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Hybrid Oakland