Assistant/Deputy City Attorney Litigation Focus or Transactional (Includes Water Utility) – Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa

Client: City of Santa Rosa, California
Position: Assistant/Deputy City Attorney
Litigation Focus OR
Transactional (Includes Water Utility)
Closing Date: June 17, 2024

Additional Information: 

 

The City of Santa Rosa, a full-service charter city located in scenic Sonoma County, is seeking to add two attorneys at either the first level (Deputy City Attorney) or a more experienced second level (Assistant City Attorney). Current open positions include:

Litigator Position: This legal professional will be eager to focus on a wide array of litigation matters, typical of those found in a robust and dynamic municipal environment. Responsibilities for the Litigation-focused position, to varying degrees, include assisting in administering all phases of the City’s legal work, with a strong focus on civil litigation, including civil rights, tort, and contract defense, prosecution of civil actions on behalf of the City, representation of the City in administrative proceedings including code enforcement and nuisance abatement proceedings.

Transactional Position: This legal professional will be a transactional attorney who, under the direction of the City Attorney, will function as the general counsel for the City’s charter-created Board of Public Utilities, an appointed City board with general policy authority over the City’s water, wastewater, and stormwater operations. Responsibilities for the Transactional-focused position, to varying degrees, include assisting in all phases of the City’s legal work, with a particular focus on water and wastewater utilities, stormwater, municipal finance, public contracting, and special projects.

Experience required for Assistant City Attorney: A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and experience would be possession of five (5) years or more of experience performing duties comparable to those of Deputy City Attorney for City of Santa Rosa or other comparable public agency or law firm.

Experience required for Deputy City Attorney: A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and experience would be possession of two (2) years or more of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Santa Rosa or other comparable public agency or law firm.

Education and License: Possession of a Juris Doctor degree and Active membership in the State Bar of California along with ability to gain admission to the Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California is required.

Annual salary range for the Assistant City Attorney position is $150,599 to $188,094 and the Deputy City Attorney is $119,965 to $149,900 with both salary ranges under review. Placement within the range will be based upon qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The City Attorney’s Office has a 9/80 schedule with the Office closed every other Friday. Additionally, the City provides a generous benefits package, including CalPERS retirement.

Candidates are required to submit a comprehensive résumé, a compelling cover letter, and short writing sample no later than Monday, June 17, 2024 to apply@ralphandersen.com. Confidential inquiries should be directed to Ms. Heather Renschler, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900, or request an appointment to discuss further by contacting scheduling@ralphandersen.com.