City of Glendale, CA

The Position

NOTE: In an effort to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, City of Glendale has implemented a Mandatory COVID-19 Testing Policy. The Policy will require all City employees, volunteers, interns, and new hires to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis unless they provide proof of having received their single dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen or the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen.
This Policy is currently suspended but may be re-implemented depending on the circumstances.

The City Attorney’s Office is recruiting for one attorney to assist the Office in a professional legal capacity. Only one of the advertised positions will be filled depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Please attach a professional writing sample to this application to be considered for this position

Principal Assistant City Attorney

$11,567.15 – $16,827.11 / Month

Chief Assistant City Attorney

$13,699.17 – $19,927.03 / Month

Classifications in this occupational series perform a wide variety of responsible professional legal work in the Office of the City Attorney. All classifications require graduation from a State of California or American Bar Association (A.B.A.) accredited School of Law and membership in the California State Bar.

Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards.

Represents and defends the City and its employees in litigation matters from inception through trial/appeal in a variety of types of cases including personal injury, employment, civil rights, extraordinary writs, eminent domain, and administrative proceedings. Prepares related legal briefs and pleadings, conducts pre-trial discovery, analyzes evidence and other data for points of law, interviews witnesses and presents and argues cases in court and before administrative bodies.

When required, assists with the Code Enforcement function, acting in the role of prosecutor in enforcing local Charter and municipal code requirements and, when so assigned, shall have the same rights, powers, duties and immunities of a City prosecutor.

Investigates claims and complaints by or against the City or its employees.

Drives on City business as necessary.

Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe, efficient manner.

Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

Court procedures and rules.
Laws, codes and court decisions affecting the City of Glendale.
Principles, methods and practices of legal research and investigation.

Knowledge of and skill in:

Exceptional customer service practices.

Skill in:

Making independent judgments and decisions based on standard policy or procedure.

Ability to:
Provide exceptional customer service practices to those utilizing the services of the City Attorney’s Office.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations.
Develop necessary skills from on-the-job training and meet the standards of performance for the classification by the end of the probationary period.
Effectively supervise and train others in the Assistant City Attorney series
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, City officials and departments, court officials, fellow employees, and the public.
Exercise judgment and discretion in problem situations.
Foster a teamwork environment.
Handle confidential information with discretion.
Model and practice the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Plan, organize, and direct the work of assigned staff.
Present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically.
Provide clear work instruction.
Provide leadership to others within the Department.
Read, write, and comprehend directions in English.
Research and analyze data.
Review and evaluate employee’s job performance.
Speak before groups of people.
Work independently.

Other Characteristics

Willingness to:

Work the necessary hours and times to accomplish goals, objectives, and required tasks of the City Attorney’s Office and client departments.

Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.

Principal Assistant City Attorney

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This management classification performs the most difficult, technically complex, and responsible professional legal work on behalf of City Departments or employees under the general direction of the City Attorney, Chief Assistant City Attorney or his/her designee. Will be responsible for handling a full case load of litigation cases from inception through trial/appeal.

Minimum of six years of experience in the practice of municipal law or public agency defense. Demonstrated experience in all facets of litigation affecting governmental agencies, including jury and non-jury trials. Some jury trial experience (first or second chair) or bench trial experience is highly desirable.

Chief Assistant City Attorney

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This management classification performs the most difficult, technically complex and responsible legal work without detailed supervision, including managing a full case load of litigation files from inception through trial/appeal. Manages the Litigation and Risk Management Division of the City Attorney’s Office subject to the direction of the City Attorney. Supervises, trains and evaluates professional staff and some clerical employees; plans, organizes, and directs the work of assigned staff.

Additional Essential Functions:
Represents the City Attorney at various meetings, including City Council, Housing Authority, other commission meetings, and equivalent bodies in his/her absence. Provides legal advice to the City Council, its members and committees; directly advises the City Manager’s Office, City Executives, and City departments as directed by the City Attorney. Supervises the Litigation and Risk Management Division including attorneys, paralegal, risk management (claims and insurance) and clerical staff. Develops and implements objectives for Litigation and Risk Management Division. Assists City Attorney with development and implementation of Litigation and Risk Management budget. Working with staff, oversees and supervises insurance procurement, renewal, and approval processes. Supervises claims process.

Minimum of seven years of experience in the practice of public agency defense. Demonstrated experience in all facets of litigation affecting governmental agencies, including jury and non-jury trials. Experience supervising attorneys, professional and other staff also required. At least 5 first chair jury trials required.

Other jury and non-jury experience and experience handling or supervising government tort claims process is highly desirable.


Graduation from a State of California or American Bar Association (A.B.A.) accredited School of Law.


Valid Class C California driver’s license.

Admitted to practice law in California and United States District Court (U.S.D.C.), Central District.

Membership in the California State Bar.


An equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.

Exceptional Customer Service Policy
The City of Glendale places a high importance on quality customer service and prides itself for the high level of services it provides by every employee of the organization. As employees of the City of Glendale, we are committed to providing our diverse community and each other with courteous, considerate, and personal attention.

Please click on the link to read the Exceptional Customer Service Policy.

Selection Process

EVALUATION OF APPLICATION: All applications, resumes and submitted reference materials will be reviewed and evaluated and only the best-qualified candidates based on applicable experience will be invited to the selection process. In accordance with Civil Service Rule V, Section 10 B, Principal Assistant City Attorneys and Chief Assistant City Attorneys are appointed by the City Attorney and confirmed by the City Council. Due to the high number of applications anticipated, the City of Glendale cannot guarantee that all individuals meeting the minimum requirements for the position(s) will be called for an interview. ORAL INTERVIEW: (Weight of 100%) To evaluate the applicant’s experience, education, and general background for the position. TIME AND PLACE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED. Any evaluation will be based on the candidate’s education and experience as related to the position. Any examination will be to evaluate the candidate’s education, experience, knowledge and skills for the position. The City of Glendale reserves the right to modify the above stated examination components and/or weights. Should this be necessary, the candidates will be notified of the specific examination components and weights prior to the administration of any examination. The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation, including LiveScan fingerprinting. The City of Glendale conforms with State and Federal obligations to make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities. The Human Resources Department asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the first test part so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Glendale requires that all new employees provide documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.

The City of Glendale offers a comprehensive benefit package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance. The above listed benefits apply to full-time, salaried positions only.

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