The Oakland City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified individual with expertise in labor & employment law. The incumbent will work on a wide range of personnel matters across a variety of City’s departments, including an ongoing opportunity to work on matters directly impacting police accountability and public-safety reform.
Duties will include, but will not be limited to: working collaboratively with other attorneys, City staff, and City leadership to analyze labor and employment issues and resolve disputes; advising City investigators and Department heads on employee-misconduct, due process, and related grievances, including advising on police-officer investigations and discipline; representing the City in administrative hearings to resolve labor and/or employment disputes; drafting and reviewing opinions, legislation, contracts and other legal documents which require the application of labor law and/or employment law.
The incumbent may receive general supervision from a Deputy City Attorney V, Special Counsel, Chief Assistant City Attorney or the City Attorney. The City Attorney may assign the selected attorney to new, additional or different duties or practice areas in litigation, advice or transactional work.
About the Office
The City Attorney’s Office provides advice and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments, boards and commissions in a wide variety of areas including land use, real estate, personnel, elections, conflicts of interest, municipal finance, retirement, housing, public contracting and economic development. The City Attorney’s Office also advocates for the City’s interests in claims and lawsuits litigated in state or federal court, including high-value personal injury cases, complex civil rights actions, breach of contract, personnel disputes, eminent domain actions, inverse condemnation and alleged Constitutional violations.
The Office has approximately 80 employees and three legal divisions: Advisory Division; Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division; and General & Complex Litigation Division (Defense). The work is high profile, dynamic, collaborative, and complex. And the work is of vital importance to the City’s realization of its progressive and cutting-edge policies and programs, and to the City’s delivery of services to Oakland’s residents and businesses.
Duties may include but are not limited to:
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
The purpose of this supplemental questionnaire is to assess your qualifications, training and experience in specific job-related areas. Your answers to these questions along with your completed application will be used to select the most suitably qualified candidates. Applications submitted without a completed supplemental questionnaire will not be considered.
Respond to each question fully, describing your specific experience and accomplishments, but limit them to one 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper (single or double spaced) per question. Responses must be legible and typewritten responses are preferred. Although this supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed in tandem with your other application documents, please specify the organization or jurisdiction for which you worked.
Candidates selected to proceed in the hiring process may be asked to submit additional information (e.g., a writing sample, references, answers to supplemental questions, the formal City of Oakland employment application).
This job announcement and additional employment information including the application form is available on-line at: www.oaklandcityattorney.org
Final Filing Date: August 4, 2023
The City of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity / ADA employer