• Assistant City Attorney

    Posted: 06/14/2022

    The Assistant City Attorney performs highly complex professional legal work in a wide scope of legal services to the City Attorney, City Management and City employees.  This work includes research, negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts and agreements, review, and compilation of public records, drafting and reviewing resolutions, ordinances, and documents in connection with claims or actions filed by or against the City, as well as coordinating work with outside legal counsel.
    The Assistant City Attorney must possess high moral values, maintain the highest ethical standards, and be able to inspire trust in others. The Assistant City Attorney should be a proactive, innovative individual who is capable of quickly establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
    The ideal candidate will be a hardworking, results-oriented individual who can work within a team environment, is approachable to those who need guidance, and is able to articulate his/her concerns and provide sound legal recommendations to customers in a timely manner. Must possess excellent research, writing, and legal reasoning ability and be capable of assuming independent responsibility of complex legal matters with limited supervision.
    Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the City Attorney.

    Essential Tasks

    • Participates in problem-solving on a variety of City issues and special projects from the legal perspective, interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations.
    • Serves as a member of a team of highly experienced professionals in a dynamic law office setting.
    • Works with City Departments in providing day-to-day advice on departmental operations.
    • Assists the City Attorney or other attorneys in addressing matters as they arise.
    • Research legal issues and prepares summaries, and other legal documents for support of the City Attorney.
    • Prepares complex legal research, analyzes, and prepares formal legal opinions in response to proposals, questions and issues presented.
    • Assists with the fulfillment of public records requests, including redaction of documents.
    • Drafts and reviews various legal documents relating to municipal operations including contracts, releases, agreements, pleadings, deeds, leases, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents as required.
    • Coordinates with outside attorneys representing the city in litigation and other matters.
    • Keeps abreast of court decisions and legislative changes.
    Required Qualifications
    • Graduation from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.
    • A North Carolina law license, in good standing, or ability to obtain NC license within six (6) months of employment.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Familiarity with municipal law, including ordinances, resolutions, public records, and eminent domain.
    • Proficiency in drafting, review, and negotiation of contracts.
    Relevant experience is helpful but not required and an emphasis or interest in areas of law relevant to municipal practice is preferred; sincere interest in local government and public service.

    Recent law school graduates and other licensed attorneys without prior municipal government and/or professional legal experience are invited to apply.

    Interested applicants must apply through NEOGOV, the City of High Point’s new job application system. To apply, please type the following link into your web browser:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/highpointnc. By closing date of .  The City of High Point is an Equal Opportunity Employer.