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Division Chief

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Division Chief
Job Requisition Number COA077518
Position Number 114888
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name City Attorney
Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited school of law plus five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney with a minimum of three (3) years experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.
Licenses or Certifications:
Member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas.

Notes to Applicants
Pay Range



Monday – Friday, Hours will vary.

This position may require you to work outside of your normal schedule including weekends and evenings.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Law
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Preferred Qualifications

Experience with public meetings, public information, statutory construction, ethics and city government elections.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1. Assists in the providing of legal advice to management/council/departments.
2. Compiles data/information for reports, cost estimates, etc.
3. Coordinates research information as requested and/or needed.
4. Negotiates with citizens, businesses, attorneys, etc. to resolve legal actions involving the City.
5 Writes/drafts legal documents, i.e. contracts, regulations, ordinance amendments, resolution, etc.
6. Writes legal opinions.
7. Handles complex legal matters requiring substantial legal experience
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
Knowledge of civil and criminal law.
Knowledge of municipal law and specialized area of law relevant to municipal practice.
Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in using computers and related software.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Skill in planning and organizing.
Ability to conduct research on legal problems and prepare opinions.
Ability to prepare and review legal documents.
Ability to analyze facts and precedents in order to present them effectively in court.
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other city employees and the public.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position does not require a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited school of law plus five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney with a minimum of three (3) years experience in a lead or supervisory capacity. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Provide examples of previous experience you have managing complex legal issues/projects; specify the nature of the issue/project.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your experience in advising upper level management on legal strategies.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience dealing with human resources issues associated with hiring, firing, promotion, and performance evaluations.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents