Senior Assistant County Attorney

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Consultant Executive Government Legal Professional Services

Job Description


SALARY: $90,916.80 - $149,968.00 Annually

The Alachua County Attorney's Office is seeking to fill a Senior Assistant County Attorney position as described below. Salary range is $90,916.80-$149,968.00. Individual may be hired at the Assistant County Attorney classification dependent upon experience and qualifications ($63,336.00-$98,508.80).
Labor and Employment Law Attorney: This position is responsible for providing legal advice to County staff on matters related to labor and employment law and equal opportunity, as well as to the County's rights and obligations under its collective bargaining agreements with its three bargaining units. It is also responsible for providing advice and representation specifically to the Human Resources Office and Equal Opportunity Office and the boards and committees under their oversight; providing advice on administration of discipline; and representing the County in litigation related to labor and employment matters, including charges of discrimination, reemployment assistance appeals, federal employment discrimination lawsuits, arbitration proceedings arising under the County's collective bargaining agreements, and impasse resolution proceedings. Minimum Qualifications: Active membership in good standing with the Florida Bar. Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible legal experience and minimum of 3 years' experience in labor and employment law required. Public sector labor and employment law experience highly preferred. Board certification in City, County and Local Government Law or other relevant area of law preferred, but not required. Must be admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida at the time of hire.

Graduation from an accredited law  school  with a Juris Doctor degree and  membership in the Florida Bar Association and  five years of progressively responsible legal  experience which  must include litigation experience, at least three years of which have been largely devoted to the attorney's area(s) of specialization so that, when combined with the applicable training, the attorney possesses intermediate to advanced level of knowledge in federal, state and local law regulations and practices in the area of the attorney's specialization.  Board certification in a relevant area of law, including, but not limited to City, County and Local Government Law, is highly desirable but not required..  Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. 

 Position Summary: This is highly responsible, professional legal work in assisting the County Attorney with a variety of legal issues, providing legal analysis and advice to the Board of County Commissioners, the County's administrative staff, various County-related agencies and boards and committees.  The Senior Assistant County Attorney takes all legal action necessary to achieve County goals and protect County interests; involves specialization in certain legal fields; assignments include matters of substantial importance.

This is an emergency essential classification.  Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification is required to litigate in designated areas of assignment.

Work is performed under the direction of the County Attorney and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

 Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Independently prepares pleadings, discovery documents, motions, briefs and other legal documents in matters involving litigation of a complex and difficult nature and of substantial importance, obtains and evaluates expert testimony and participates in settlement negotiations, serves as trial counsel for the County when  needed.

Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.
May supervise Assistant County Attorneys, Interns and/or Externs on specific projects and assist the County Attorney with review of formal legal opinions and attorney work product prepared by Assistant County Attorneys, Interns and/or Externs to ensure accuracy, efficiency and compliance with County Attorney and legal standards.
Drafts or files a variety of documents, which may include: contracts, deeds, resolutions, policy recommendations, legal correspondence, motions, memoranda of law, briefs, pleadings, legal opinions and/or other legal documents.

Conducts legal research regarding complex problems and/or projects; prepares reports and memoranda, drafts opinions containing proposed or recommended courses of action or solutions.
Interprets and applies legal principles and precedents in resolving complex legal issues.
Reviews documents and renders opinions as to their legal validity and/or acceptability.
Advises and assists County officers with legal matters.

Represents departments, officials, boards and commissions in matters that require the professional services of an experienced attorney. Prepares resolutions, ordinances and other proposed legislation of a unique or complex nature.
Attends meetings of the county commission, boards, agencies and other County Attorney's Office clients; may require attendance at meetings outside of normal working hours. Demonstrates leadership and evaluates, develops and motivates employees.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. 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.
 Considerable knowledge of judicial procedures and the methods and practices of legal research.

Knowledge of statutory and constitutional laws of the State of Florida, especially as these apply to Alachua County government.

Ability to draft legal documents and proposed legislation.

Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of subordinate employees.
Ability to organize a variety of projects effectively.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing including public speaking.

Ability to prepare written reports and memoranda.

Ability to organize and present cases for trial.
Ability to conduct trials, hearing and proceedings.

Ability to litigate for areas of assignment.
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, other public officials, and the general public.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, and use hands to finger, handle or feel.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics 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.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


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Education Requirements



$90,916.80 - $149,968.00 Annually