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City of Kalispell City Attorney in Kalispell, Montana

CITY OF KALISPELL
JOB DESCRIPTION
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Class Title: City Attorney
Department: City Attorney
Salary Range: $101,003 - $129,293 DOQ
Benefits: 100% paid health insurance for employee & reduced rates for dependents, Montana Public Employee Retirement Plan, vacation and sick leave pursuant to MCA Title 2, Chapter 18, Part 6, as well as 10 State and Federal holidays annually. This position may participate in a *VEBA program.
FLSA: Exempt
Date: January 3, 2022

A. GENERAL PURPOSE:
Performs a variety of complex, high level administrative, technical, and professional work in prosecuting crimes, conducting civil lawsuits, drawing up and reviewing legal documents, advising city officials as to the legal rights and obligations of the municipality and its officers and agents within the parameters of the applicable local, state, and federal laws.

B. SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Works under the broad policy guidance of the City Manager.

C. SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

Exercises supervision over all legal staff either directly or through subordinate supervisors.

D. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Note: The following duties are typical of this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

General (95%):
a. Manages and supervises the legal department of the city to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.

b. Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

c. Provides professional advice to the city council and department heads; makes presentations to councils, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public.

d. Communicates official plans, policies, and procedures to staff and the general public.

e. Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

f. Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

g. Issues written and oral instructions and opinions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.

h. Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances;

i. Performs or assists subordinates in performing duties; adjusts errors and complaints.

j. Prepares a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes.

k. Assists department directors to see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully performed.

l. Prepares and submits a preliminary annual budget to the City Manager for respective department and associated activities. Administers the adopted budget accordingly.

m. Advises the City Council of legal conditions and current and future trends; issues legal opinions.

n. Attends all meetings of the Council or administration at which attendance may be required.

o. Approves ordinances, resolutions, and contracts as to legal form; provides legal advice as to substance.

p. Drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, deeds, leases, franchises, etc.; reviews documents prepared by other agencies or parties.

q. Advises city officials of changes to state or Federal laws affecting city operations.

r. Gathers evidence in civil, criminal, and other cases to formulate defense or to initiate legal action.

s. Conducts research, interviews clients, and witnesses and handles other details in preparation for trial.

t. Prepares legal briefs, develops strategy, arguments, and testimony in preparation for presentation of case. Files brief with court. Reviews the work of attorneys contracted by the City.

u. Represents client in court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.

v. Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for city officials and staff.

w. Confers with colleagues with specialty in area of law to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings; serves as a liaison between outside legal counsel and city officials on specialized legal issues.

x. Prepares and submits to the council such reports as the city manager may deem it advisable to submit.

Peripheral Duties (5%):
a. Attends various work-related meetings and trainings both inside and outside of the office.
b. Other duties as assigned by the City Manager.

E. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:


Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in law; and three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney, three years of which are in the Montana Bar, including litigation and municipal practice.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

a. Considerable knowledge of state statutes relating to municipal affairs; Considerable knowledge of laws relating to the purchase of goods and services, contracting, labor, employment, land use, environment, and traffic; Working knowledge of modern policies and practices of municipal law and public administration;

b. Skill in preparing briefs and other legal documents; skill in operating the listed tools and equipment;

c. Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive legal documents; ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, city officials, the court system, and the general public; ability to administer a municipal legal department efficiently and effectively.

F. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

A license to practice law in the State of Montana; member in good standing with the Montana State Bar; valid State driver's license.

G. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Requires frequent use of personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet programs; calculator, telephone, copy machine and fax machine.

H. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

I. WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.

J. SELECTION GUIDELINES

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; writing samples or job-related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Kalispell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

*VEBA (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association) is a tax-exempt trust used by retiring employees and their eligible dependent to pay for eligible medical expenses. The plan is funded by an employee’s sick and/or vacation banked hours upon retirement.

POSTED: January 5, 2022
CLOSES: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. January 26, 2022

NOTICE!
ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONTACTED.
A CITY APPLICATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM:
• THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WITH THE CITY OF KALISPELL, 201 1st AVENUE EAST, KALISPELL, MONTANA, PHONE: (406)758-7774 or (406)758-7757 OR
• THE KALISPELL JOB SERVICE, 427 1st AVENUE EAST, KALISPELL, MONTANA. PHONE (406)758-6200 OR
• ONLINE AT THE CITY OF KALISPELL’S WEBSITE AT: WWW.KALISPELL.COM

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