Chief Assistant City Attorney

City of Alameda , California

Job Information 


City Attorney

Executive Level


$180,113.00 - $218,927.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/30/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Click here to view our Chief Assistant City Attorney brouchure for more detailed information about the position. 


The City Attorney’s Office

The City Attorney’s Office strives to provide the highest level of legal representation to the City of Alameda. In house attorneys advise the City Council, City Manager, and City staff on the legal aspects of City actions, seeking to guide the City in achieving its objectives legally, ethically, and effectively.  They also conduct litigation on behalf of the City, seeking to vigorously, ethically, and justly advance the interests of the people of Alameda and the State of California.  Examples of their work include:


  • Drafting, defending and enforcing the City’s Fair Housing, Tenant Protection and Rent Control Ordinances;
  • Establishing a first-in-Northern California City Prosecution unit to enforce state and local laws;
  • Handling complex civil litigation, including successfully resolving a decade long and multi-million dollar dispute involving Prop 26/218 issues and taking claims to advance the production of much needed housing in the City;
  • Regularly advising City decision makers on land use matters, and successfully defend land use decisions, including a recent trial court victory in a CEQA case which enhances the provision of housing and services for the homeless within the City;
  • Handling complicated real property transactions to advance redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Alameda toward civilian uses;
  • Advising the City’s Public Utilities Board and Alameda Municipal Power’s staff to ensure reliable and environmentally sustainable utility service to the City.

Position and Ideal Candidate

The Chief Assistant City Attorney is a management position within the City Attorney’s Office.  The Chief Assistant will assist the City Attorney in the oversight of the Office, will have primary responsibility to act for the City Attorney in the City Attorney’s absence, and will provide professional legal services to the City.

Depending on qualification and interest of the successful candidate, the Chief Assistant may engage in sophisticated policy and transactional matters, provide direction and counsel regarding sensitive labor and employment issues, and represent the City in complex litigation.

This position is expected to have diverse responsibilities under the supervision of the City Attorney. Responsibilities may include:

  • Litigating civil or criminal cases through jury or court trials and handle appeals through the State and/or Federal appellate process;
  • Assisting in the management of the Office and direct supervision of some or all attorneys within the Office;
  • Working closely with the City Council, Mayor, City Manager and department heads on a wide range of municipal matters;
  • Representing the City Attorney in regular and special meetings of the City Council, and in meetings of City Boards and Commissions;
  • Providing legal counsel and representation in complex or sensitive labor, personnel and employee relations matters, including personnel administration and disciplinary actions;
  • Providing legal support for the development and implementation of policies, programs and initiatives to advance the priorities of the City Council;
  • Drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents and instruments;
  • Providing legal training to City employees, City Council, and City Board and Commission members;
  • Representing the City in the community and at professional meetings and supervise outside counsel as required.

The ideal candidate for the Chief Assistant City Attorney position will be an experienced attorney with management or supervisorial experience. The attorney will have a strong track record addressing a broad spectrum of legal and business matters, able to provide effective and practical guidance and to facilitate positive legal solutions. Experience in areas of litigation (especially jury trial and/or appellate experiences), land use, CEQA, labor and employment, complex public contracting, and/or municipal finance is desirable.

The ideal candidate will be a talented litigator and legal advisor with strong analytical and strategic thinking skills who thrives in an active and innovative environment; possesses exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to explain complicated issues in a straightforward and understandable fashion; demonstrates a track of quickly establishing credibility and building highly effective relationships with staff, elected officials, and the public; is a collaborative and creative problem-solver, has unquestionable integrity and ethics, and is well prepared to participate in the management of a high-functioning office. Depending upon other qualifications, Municipal Law experience is not specifically required.

Minimum qualifications include ten (10) or more years of legal experience and possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school or the equivalent. Active membership in the State Bar of California and ability to gain admission to practice in Federal courts are required.


To learn more about the City and this opportunity, please click here to view the recruitment brochure.  
Click on the green Apply button to submit your resume and cover letter.
Thank you for your interest in the City of Alameda.


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