ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY
Goochland County is seeking a full-time Assistant County Attorney to provide legal representation and counsel to the Board of Supervisors; county administration; constitutional officers; and county boards, commissions and committees. Duties will include assisting the County Attorney, advising county departments, agencies, and employees; preparing real estate contracts, deeds and easements; overseeing procurement processes and documents; drafting ordinances, resolutions, and legal opinions; and representing the County in court and administrative proceedings.
Advises the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other county boards, commissions, agencies, and departments and employees of each. Assists with the drafting of ordinances, resolutions, legal opinions, pleadings, real property and other legal instruments, contracts, and documents for the County. Meets regularly with the County Administrator and other senior county staff to provide legal advice and consultation. Attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission and renders immediate legal advice when necessary. Represents the County in legal matters, brings suits necessary to be instituted by the County and defends the County in suits brought against it. Plans and conducts periodic training sessions for County personnel on current legal issues of concern. Presents matters, including proposed ordinances, to the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and other boards as required. After-hours work will be required as needed to fulfill job duties. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of local government law, torts, contracts, civil rights, administrative process, and real property. Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and court decisions affecting local governments. Knowledge of employment law and land use law in Virginia. Knowledge and experience in real estate contracts, deeds, and easements; procurement processes and contracts are strongly preferred. Knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, practices, and references utilized in legal research. Knowledge of standard office procedures, practices, and equipment. Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to professional and lay persons. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, court officials, members of the bar, and citizens. Ability to handle litigation. Occasional walking, light lifting up to 25 pounds, and other limited physical activities may be required.
Graduation from a law school of recognized standing and a minimum of three years of experience as a practicing attorney, a considerable amount of which shall have been in the practice of local government law. Must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in good standing with the Virginia State Bar.
An online Goochland County Employment Application must be completed for consideration (along with a resume and writing sample) and may be found at www.goochlandva.us/231/Employment-Opportunities. Background investigation and pre-employment drug testing required. The hiring range is $75,224 to $82,000, depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be open until filled. Goochland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.