Associate City Solicitor – Variable Time – Homeland Security Emergency Status: Essential
Safety Classification – Non- Safety Position
Under the supervision of the City Solicitor and First Assistant City Solicitor, serves as the primary attorney on real estate and land use matters for the City, including property acquisition and disposition. Performs other legal work as assigned.
Supervision Scope: This position has no formal supervisory responsibilities over other City Solicitor’s office employees.
Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision and direction of the City Solicitor and First Assistant City Solicitor.
Supervision Given: Occasionally supervises temporary interns and staff.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Negotiate, prepare, draft, and review legal documents including but not limited to contracts, deeds, easements, subordinations, memoranda, opinions, briefs, ordinances, contract orders, licenses, guarantees, indemnities, bids, requests for public records, proposals, bonds, and procurement forms and documents.
2. Advise on and effectuate the acquisition and disposition of real property in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances, including, but not limited to M.G.L. c. 30B and section 2-65 of the Code of Ordinances.
3. Prepare documents related to eminent domain takings.
4. Research real estate titles to determine ownership/property interests and review title reports compiled by others.
5. Provide guidance and advice relating to land use and zoning.
6. Prepare documents relating to street layouts, discontinuances and relocations.
7. Participate in night meetings of City Boards and Commissions as assigned.
8. Perform legal work and duties as assigned and 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. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of New Bedford and employee and is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.
Municipal Law Expertise
Thoroughness & Attention to Detail
Education and Experience
· A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
· At least five years of relevant legal, litigation, or municipal law work experience
· Any equivalent combination of education and experience on a year for year basis.
· License to practice law in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
· Member of the Massachusetts State Bar
· Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) background check mandatory.
Required Skills and Abilities
· Sound knowledge of municipal law, including but not limited to public sector labor law.
· Ability to effectively present a case, examine and cross-examine witnesses and advocate for the City of New Bedford.
· Ability to research and analyze legal issues in a fast-paced environment effectively applying advice on a practical level.
· Excellent skills in drafting and reviewing legal documents.
· Ability to analyze a wide variety of legal issues and circumstances, conduct investigations, report and recommend appropriate actions to Officials, City employees and Department Heads.
· Interpersonal skills with the ability to work cooperatively and communicate succinctly with elected and appointed Officials, City employees and Department Heads.
· Ability to resolve legal issues in a practical, cost effective manner.
· Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
· Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
Tools and Equipment Used
Computers, calculators, phone, copy machines, and other general office equipment.
Work is performed in an office setting. Workload and stress levels vary dramatically. The City Solicitor makes constant contact with other staff, members of the public and City departments. This requires excellent customer service skills. The City Solicitor has access to highly confidential information about employees, litigation and other sensitive information. The City Solicitor is expected to operate in an environment where errors can be costly with regard to efficiency of the operation.
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. The work environment and exposures 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the City Solicitor is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The position is occasionally sedentary. The City Solicitor sits, walks or stands for varying periods, may exert up 25 pounds of force occasionally including having to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 50 lbs. While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is constantly required to sit, talk, and hear, must be able to listen and accurately record information from employees, executive staff members, other agencies, and members of the public. Vision should be at or correctable to normal ranges. Ability to operate a keyboard and sit at a computer for long periods of time; ability to operate general equipment and all other related equipment.
This is a variable time position. The City Solicitor does not have set weekly hours but is expected to work as needed. Hours may exceed 40 hours per week on occasion, and regular attendance at night meetings is required. The position does not accrue vacation, sick, or personal time, but the City Solicitor may take leave as their workload permits
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice as needed by the City of New Bedford within the scope of departmental needs. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.
The City of New Bedford has a residency requirement for employees. Preferential consideration will be given to qualified candidates currently residing within the City of New Bedford. Non-residents are subject to a 10% reduction in salary.