Job Type: Non-Union
Job Posting: COP-00183-21
Job Grade Level: A20-A23
Department: Law Department
The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
All persons employed by the City of Providence are required to have achieved a fully vaccinated status against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated status” shall be defined as having received the full number of doses required to complete the vaccination series of one of the currently recognized COVID-19 vaccines. Proof of vaccination completion will be required before beginning employment with the City.
Statement of Duties
Incumbent in this position performs professional legal work as an Associate City Solicitor, subject to the guidance of the City Solicitor and his/her Deputy, and all other related work as required.
The essential functions and duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not preclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Investigates or assists in the investigations of suits or claims against the City.
- Does trial work in defending suits against the City.
- Assists in the preparation of contracts and other legal documents in which the City is an interested party.
- Advises City officials, employees, boards, authorities, and commissions with respect to legal issues arising in connection with their duties.
- Prepares petitions and performs other related legal work in connection to property in which the City has an interest.
- Performs legal research and renders general assistance to the City Solicitor in handling various legal matters.
- Drafts legislation for presentation to the Rhode Island General Assembly where interests of the City are involved, and drafts resolutions or ordinances for the Providence City Council and its committees.
- Prosecutes minimum housing, building, and zoning code violation matters in Housing Court.
- Prosecutes cases brought by City police for violation of criminal laws of the State, and by City departments and officials for violation of municipal ordinances.
- Represents the City in civil litigation defense in District, Superior, and Supreme Courts with respect to municipal tax appeals.
- Represents the City in negotiating, drafting, and enforcing tax stabilization, treaty, PILOT, tax incremental financing, and/or other tax agreements.
- Advises City officials, employees, boards, authorities, and commissions with respect to compliance with both the state’s Access to Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act.
- Maintains confidential materials, in accordance with federal, state, and municipal laws and rules and regulations.
- Exercises highest degree of ethical behavior.
- Provides training and guidance for less experienced attorneys in the Law Department, interns, and law students working within the Solicitor’s office.
A candidate for this position should have both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Juris Doctorate and be a member of the Rhode Island Bar; at least six (6) years progressively responsible legal experience, preferably including substantial litigation experience in municipal, state, and/or federal courts or alternatively substantial transactional experience. The candidate should also exhibit well developed oral and written communication skills; knowledge of the principles and practices of government law, as well as established precedents and sources of legal reference; knowledge of judicial procedures and the rules of evidence; ability to interact and present information in a clear and concise manner; ability to develop comprehensive reports and proposals; ability to conduct independent legal research and to analyze and interpret results; ability to plan, organize and manage multiple projects; ability to comply with deadlines The candidate must have skills to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships across all levels of the municipality and with external groups.
Duties at this level require the application of a variety of complex administrative and professional skills. The incumbent must be familiar with the roles of federal, state, and local agencies as related to municipal operations. The incumbent must communicate effectively with elected and appointed officials, department heads, municipal employees, Law Department staff, and outside consultants or firms handling matters for the City. Incumbent may be required to work outside of normal business hours.
The incumbent has regular exposure and access to confidential information including pending lawsuits, bid proposals, development plans and proposals, employee personnel records, collective bargaining, and sensitive financial information.
The incumbent has frequent contact with staff members at all levels of City government, including executive, legislative and judicial branches; senior staff members of other municipal, state, and federal agencies; public and private sector counterparts, and is required to possess administrative and technical knowledge to promote and protect the City’s best interests; contact requires considerable skill in negotiating and resourcefulness and discretion in influencing decisions and behavior of other department heads and staff. The incumbent has regular and ongoing contact with the general public regarding pending matters, policies and/or procedures related to Law Department and City activities. Contacts are by telephone, written correspondence, e-mail, and in person at public hearings, judicial proceedings, and formal and informal meetings.
This position reports to the Deputy City Solicitor and the City Solicitor.
Physical and Mental Requirements
The incumbent works in an office setting which is moderately noisy on an intermittent basis. Work may require meeting deadlines on short notice. Risk of personal injury is low, except when traveling to and from various work sites. Physical demands generally involve standing and reaching with the hands up to 1/3 of the time; walking up to 2/3 of the time; sitting, talking, or listening hearing and using the hands more than 2/3 of the time, working at a desk and on computer much of the time. Seldom is weight lifted or force exerted up to 10 pounds. There are no special vision requirements for this position. Equipment used includes office machines such as copiers, faxes, and computers.
Posting expires when the position is filled.