This is an advanced professional legal position in which the director of a legal division serves as the lead attorney and primary manager over the daily affairs of a division in the City's Law Department. The position involves the direct management and oversight of legal services specifically as they relate to the respective division's functions (litigation, enforcement and municipal law). It is expected that an employee serving in the director's role over one of these divisions will have complete management responsibilities and serve as the lead attorney for handling legal matters.
The director will oversee all cases of the division and ensure that complex legal issues are handled professionally. The position has the responsibility and authority to provide guidance and daily supervision of the operations for the division. Supervisory duties include, but are not limited to, the oversight of the professional legal staff to provide direction in their ability to properly handle cases, projects, legal communications, presentations and other related duties consistent with the Law Department's functions; responsibility for making regular work assignments; administration of employee performance reviews, counseling and coaching guidance when needed; facilitation of employee professional development training opportunities; ensuring that staff implement LEAN initiatives involving the legal services provided by the division. The director is also expected to assist with cost estimates and the department's budgetary process as needed. This position operates with a great deal of decision-making autonomy and discretion to fulfill these responsibilities. Work is performed under the authority of the City Attorney. Supervision of the position is exercised through periodic meetings and reports to the City Attorney or the Deputy City Attorney.
The current opening is in the Civil Litigation Division of the City Attorney's Office
Other Necessary Qualifications
Work includes management of all civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels involving the City of Grand Rapids, its officials and named employees in federal and state court, agencies, tribunals and commissions; direct internal and external counsel assigned to any matter from intake to final resolution; act as point of contact with City's self-insured risk management authority regarding coverage, reporting, reservation of rights issues, etc.
Minimum Training and Experience
•Graduation from law school and four years of experience in the practice of law; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
•Possession of a license to practice law in the State of Michigan or eligible for admission without examination.
•Significant experience in civil litigation.
•Two years of experience serving in a leadership or management role over professional legal staff.
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Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (616) 456-3176.
Internal Number: 727-1118
About City of Grand Rapids Attorney's Office
The mission of the City Attorney's Office is to provide excellent, ethical legal advice and zealous legal representation to the City of Grand Rapids, its Commission, Officers and Departments so that they may lawfully attain the City's goals and outcomes without undue risk.
The City Attorney's Office performs legal services for the City and provides legal counsel to every aspect of the City government.
As required by the City Charter, the City Attorney's Office represents the City in preparation and review of contracts and other legal documents; provides advice and opinions to the Mayor, City Commission and all City agencies; drafts ordinances and resolutions to present to the City Commission; representation of the City and City officials in lawsuits; prosecution of persons accused of violating City ordinances.