City of Moab, UT
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • 98,000-122,174 DOQ
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Retirement

General Purpose

The City Attorney position is new to the City of Moab. The City Attorney will be a senior-level member of the City's leadership team, overseeing the activities and operations of the City Attorney's Office; coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; oversee risk management functions and civil litigation; oversee real estate services; and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. Conduct legal research and prepares ordinances, memoranda, administra­tive rules and regulations and other legal documents. Advise City departments, staff, boards and commissions; and provide professional legal assistance to the City Administration. The City Attorney is an at-will employee in accordance with state statute and will be selected and appointed by the City Manager.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: The City Manager supervises the City Attorney.

Supervision Exercised: The City Attorney supervises professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

Essential Functions

  • Assume full management responsibility for all services and activities provided by the City Attorney's Office, including: civil litigation; advise administration of City Code violations; risk management; real estate services; advising City officials and City Council on legal issues pertaining to their proposed actions; and preparing appropriate City ordinances, resolutions and other legal documents.
  • Attend City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings, personally or through assigned staff, for the purpose of providing legal advice and counsel on matters affecting the City; and attend other meetings, as requested by the City Manager.
  • Draft and review legal documents, legislation, petitions, contracts, leases, resolutions, ordinances and other legal documents relative to the administration of legal processes affecting the City.
  • Review City Council agenda items for legal content and form.
  • Prepare findings of fact and conclusions of law for court and administrative boards.
  • Recommend and oversee special legal counsel hired to represent the City.
  • Provide advice on human resources issues including personnel discipline, labor relations, disability retirement and application of various statutes affecting the workplace.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the City Attorney's Office goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Oversee the risk management functions of the City including: providing supervision and direction to the Risk Manager/City Manager to ensure the efficient and appropriate handling of incidents and occurrences which could give rise to a claim for injury against the City; and assisting the Risk Manager/City Manager to assess areas of potential risk and to implement appropriate risk avoidance and safety programs to minimize risk to the City.
  • Provide legal advice to code enforcement functions of the City, including providing direction to the Code Enforcement Supervisor to ensure the efficient and appropriate handling of complaints, violations and administrative enforcement.
  • Oversee the real estate service functions of the City, including supervising and providing direction and assisting with preparing legal documents and legal analyses for all real estate functions of the City including property ownership, management, acquisition, surplus and sale, and development review.
  • Represent the City Attorney's Office functions to other City departments, elected officials and outside agencies; explain and interpret City Attorney's Office programs, policies, and activities; and negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant and controversial issues.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate City Attorney's Office personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; and work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate the City Attorney's Office work-plan; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; and review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of the City Attorney's Office budget; render the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; and direct the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments, as necessary.
  • Coordinate City Attorney's Office activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; and prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions to the City Manager, Department Directors, City employees, City Council, and City boards and commissions, as required; advise staff and officials on the legal requirements and consequences of proposed actions; and conduct on-going legal research in connection with legal issues pertaining to the City.
  • Represent the City, and its boards, commissions, and agents in legal proceedings before courts, administrative agencies, and boards, including the preparation of pleadings, conducting legal research, preparing briefs and memoranda, appearing in court, and negotiating with other parties.
  • Analyze, review, and draft contracts which may bind or obligate the City; and provide legal opinions and recommendations, to ensure the City is properly and effectively represented in such matters.
  • Monitor and assist in legal work performed by outside attorney's, retained to represent the City in various cases and on specialized issues.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and experience:

  • A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • Four years of increasingly responsible professional experience in civil municipal/governmental law.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience in a municipal government setting is required.


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.
  • Membership in the Utah State Bar.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Legal principles and practices concerning general municipal, civil, constitutional and administrative law and procedures.
  • Open Meeting Law and Conflicts of Interest.
  • Current legislation and trends affecting the City and the operation of the City Attorney's Office.
  • Principles and applications of civil, criminal and administrative law (including those relative to municipal operations, municipal finance, parliamentary procedures), and other legal proceedings.
  • Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Methods of legal research; and established legal precedents applicable to municipal activities.
  • Advanced principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of employee supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.
  • Organization, duties, powers, limitations, and authority of City government and the City Attorney's Office.
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of municipal law program development and administration.

Skill in:

  • Strong supervisory and personnel management;
  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive municipal law department.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.

Ability to:

  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the City Attorney's Office.
  • Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient legal services.
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of professional, technical, and administrative support personnel; and delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Represent the City in a wide variety of judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Prepare and present difficult cases in court.
  • Present statements of law, fact and argument, clearly and logically.
  • Conduct research on complex legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions.
  • Analyze a wide variety of legal issues and prepare diverse legal documents.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Identify and respond to City Council and City Manager issues, concerns and needs.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; and allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative reports.
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The City Attorney will work under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone: use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; and lift up to 25 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex office administrative problems; use analytical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City managers, staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

Selection Guidelines

A formal application and résumé is required; finalists will interview with the appropriate hiring authority as designated by the city council. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug test and background check, and upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license.

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