***SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH OVERALL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE***
**REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS: RESUME AND A MINIMUM OF THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES**
Under the appointment of City Council, the City Attorney performs work of considerable difficulty in protecting the legal interests of the City, and serves as the chief legal advisor to Council and City Manager. As designated by Council, the City Attorney also serves as the chief legal advisor to other departments, boards, commissions and agencies of the City in all matters affecting the interests of the City.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Provides oral and written legal opinions and advice on complex matters to City Council, City administration, and City departments on a daily basis.
Attends a variety of meetings – City Council, Boards, Commissions, Committees, Authorities, etc.
Represents the City in complex legal matters. Prepares and tries cases, including appeals to state and federal courts; processes and litigates claims against the City; prosecutes suits, actions and proceedings for and on behalf of the City.
Prepares, reviews and/or approves various complex legal documents on behalf of the City – contracts, ordinances, resolutions, bonds, bids, deeds, leases, policies, etc. Provides explanations and answers when necessary.
Researches, interprets and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authority in the preparation of opinions, advice and briefs.
Advises on the purchase, sale, exchange and/or leasing of properties.
Reviews procurement matters to ensure compliance.
Prepares and reviews legislation for General Assembly sessions. Presents to the General Assembly as necessary.
Supervises and reviews codifications of City Code.
Manages, supervises and reviews the work of support staff, as well as managing the department budget, support contracts, etc.
Membership and active engagement in local government organizations and attendance of continuing education seminars specializing in local government.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and at least five (5) years of progressive experience practicing law, preferably municipal law; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
Managerial experience preferred
Licenses and/or Certifications:
Current licensure by the Virginia State Bar, qualified to practice in federal and state courts, and the ability to maintain membership as a condition of continued employment
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Comprehensive knowledge of local government, including Roberts Rules of Order, state and federal law
Thorough comprehension of judicial procedures, rules of evidence and methods of legal research
Comprehensive skill in formulating legal opinions, conducting complex litigations and professional judgement
Strong written and oral communication skills, analytical, research and problem-solving skills
Strong supervisory, organization and time-management skills
Ability to read, analyze, interpret and apply the most complex legal principles, precedents and documents
Ability to present or respond orally or in writing effectively, persuasively and/or appropriately to highly complex, controversial and/or sensitive matters
Ability to render immediate legal advice when necessary
Ability to deal with competing priorities, varied instructions, and abstract/concrete variables
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all public officials, staff and the general public
Work is primarily performed in an indoor, climate-controlled, pleasant environment with moderate noise level.
Essential Physical Activities:
Hearing, seeing up close, talking, standing, sitting, reaching, finger movement
Hopewell is an independent, historic, riverfront city adjacent to Prince George and Chesterfield Counties, as well as the Fort Lee Military Installation. Hopewell is centrally located and is only 21 miles south of Richmond, Virginia and approximately 130 miles south of Washington, DC. According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Hopewell as of 2016 is 22,735.
Hopewell is known for industry. In 1912, E.I. DuPont purchased 1,600 acres of land in Hopewell to start a guncotton plant supporting WWI. In 1915, a fire so devastating it was reported nationwide, destroys downtown. In 1916, Hopewell incorporates and rebuilds. Hopewell is deemed the “Wonder City” for its ability to bounce back. Currently, Hopewell is home to four Fortune 1000 companies and is on the rise again.
Hopewell is a diverse community, with its origins a century ago as an industrial town, Hopewell is now in a rebirth as an industrious city.
Hopewell is known for the rivers. It is situated at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers providing spectacular views. A 2015 William & Mary College study recorded 236 mating pairs of bald eagles on the James River. Multiple regional and na...tional fishing tournaments are held out of the City Marina. The Hopewell Riverwalk will connect the City’s historic downtown to the City Marina.
Hopewell is known for the small town atmosphere. The Beacon Theatre anchors downtown Hopewell with over 175 shows and events annually. As part of the Virginia Main Street Program, Downtown Hopewell has experienced recent revitalization. Downtown businesses consist of a coffee grinder, pie shop, boat manufacturer, coffee shop and bakery, antique shops, fitness centers, award winning BBQ restaurant, and a diner first opened in 1927. Plans for over 500 apartment units within the downtown area over the next 3-5 years will transform not just downtown, but the entire City. Hopewell also hosts a variety of events including a 5k Run/Walk, the James River Ball, Hoppin’ Happenings Egg Hunt, Butts on Broadway, Wonder City Craft Beer Festival, Hopewell Haunts, Summer Concert Series, the Holiday Boat Parade, Light up the Night and so much more!