PN#24387 ATTORNEY - LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LEGAL DEPARTMENT:
The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the "OCA") provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering to the following guiding principles:
- Quality & Service – Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.
- Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals.
- Integrity & Candor – Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.
- Dignity & Diversity – Promoting each person's value.
- Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives.
Composed of approximately 100 of Houston's finest attorneys working in 11 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.
Every member of the OCA must be committed to "Service Through Law." ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The City of Houston seeks applicants for Assistant City Attorney positions in the Labor, Employment and Civil Service section of the OCA. The applicant should be an experienced practitioner within the Section's disciplines, with at least 4 years of relevant experience.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Handling all aspects of litigation and appeals in state and federal courts.
- Handling administrative evidentiary proceedings.
- Managing e-discovery issues.
- Court appearances.
- Managing outside counsel.
- Managing case budgets.
- Drafting court papers, motions and briefs.
- Conducting legal research.
- Counseling client departments regarding employment and civil service matters.
- Drafting, reviewing or revising city ordinances.
- Special projects assigned by management.
- Handling or assisting with collective bargaining.
Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.EXPERIENCE:
Four years of experience in the practice of general civil law, specialized municipal law or comparable legal experience are required.LICENSE:
Must be a member of the Texas State Bar.
Preference will be given to applicants with:
- At least 4 years of experience in labor and employment law.
- Excellent oral advocacy skills.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Experience working with federal, state or local governmental entities.
- Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate case load demands.
- General understanding of federal, state and local rules relating to litigation and appeals.
- Proficiency with the Office 365 suite of programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel and the use of technology in the practice of law.
- Above average academic and professional achievement.
- General understanding of constitutional law.
- Familiarity with Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
- Familiarity with the Texas Labor Code, Texas Commission of Human Rights Act
- Familiarity with Texas Local Government Code Chapters 143 and 174.
SELECTION / SKILLS TESTS REQUIREDAll applicants should provide a resume, writing sample, academic transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation.SAFETY IMPACT POSITION
**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.SALARY INFORMATION
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification. APPLICATION PROCEDURESOnly online applications
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