Chief Assistant City Attorney – Vancouver, WA

Client: City of Vancouver, Washington
Position: Chief Assistant City Attorney
Closing Date: Closed; Appointment Made

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The City of Vancouver, Washington is seeking a seasoned litigator and legal strategist to serve as its next Chief Assistant City Attorney. This at-will exempt position is under general direction of the City Attorney. The Chief Assistant City Attorney serves as the Civil Division Chief and is first in succession to the City Attorney in his absence. The Chief Assistant City Attorney may be called upon to litigate a wide variety of complex civil legal matters and provide advice to departments within the City while also providing day-to-day oversight to a small in-house legal team.

Requires a Juris Doctorate and 6 years of professional legal experience as an attorney with an emphasis on litigation and one or more of the following areas: municipal law, land use, community & economic development, public utilities, construction, contracts, public procurement, privacy, public records, information technology (IP law), tax, bankruptcy, corporate law, labor, employment, real estate, torts, constitutional law, and/or code compliance. Prior supervisory experience is preferred. License and membership in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association (or qualify for Admission by Motion under APR 3(c)(1) and ability to obtain WSBA membership within 12 months of hire). Selected candidate must be admitted to, or eligible for admission to U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The annual salary range for the Chief Assistant City Attorney position is $139,584 to $181,488. The mid-point of this range is $160,536. The entry point for new hires is based upon qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The City does participate in Social Security. Interested candidates from out-of-state should be aware that there is no personal state income tax in the state of Washington. Additionally, the City offers a competitive benefits package including Washington State PERS retirement.