City Attorney

Recruitment #13-1003-01

Work Schedule:Work hours may vary. Typically Monday-Friday.
Opening Date:6/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Closing Date:8/30/2013 11:59:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:Depending On Qualifications
Employment Type: Full Time Career
Department:City Manager
Bargaining Unit:Non-represented

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The recruitment is open until filled, however, the first review will be August 30, 2013.


The City

Salem is Oregon's capital city located in the mid-Willamette Valley. Salem covers over 49 square miles, and has a population of 157,429, with a current growth rate of approximately 1.8% per year. The Salem/Keizer metropolitan area has a population of 396,338.

Salem is the employment and retail center for surrounding communities in Marion and Polk Counties. Large employers include state and county government, Salem Hospital, Willamette University, and Salem-Keizer School District. Major industries include value-added agriculture, food processing, high-tech manufacturing, and light manufacturing.

Salem provides a great environment for families, with affordable housing, an excellent transportation system, health care services, and an award-winning K-12 school system. Over 13 public or private universities and colleges are located within a 70-mile radius, providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Salem has easy access to the Oregon coast, Oregon Cascades, and the Portland metropolitan area. In addition, Salem provides excellent outdoor, urban, cultural, and recreational activities.

Salem residents have a strong culture of volunteerism, and have a demonstrated commitment to community improvement. In the last seven years, the voters approved bond measures to improve streets, replace bridges and†fire equipment,†build new fire stations and†schools,†remodel others, and expand the community college campus.

For more information about the City of Salem, you can visit

City Government

The Salem Charter establishes a council/manager form of government. The charter establishes a ward system for its city council, with a mayor that is elected at-large. The mayor and councilors are unpaid volunteers. The City Manager is the administrative head of the city, and is responsible for managing city operations.

Salem has a dynamic and progressive city government, dedicated to exceptional service and teamwork. Salem has nine department directors, reporting to the City Manager. Departments are the City Managerís Office; Legal; Administrative Services; Community Development; Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities; Fire; Police; Public Works; and Urban Development. All department directors, including the City Attorney, are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the City Manager.

For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the total city budget is $447.4 million; the general fund budget is $110.8 million. The city has 1,147 employees and four collective bargaining groups. The city also has an active Urban Renewal Agency, and a Housing Authority.

Legal Department

The Legal department provides a full range of legal services to the city, including general counsel, liability defense, and misdemeanor prosecution in the city's Municipal Court. The Legal department is comprised of the city attorney, three assistant city attorneys providing general counsel services, one civil litigator, and two prosecutors. In addition, Legal department staff includes the city recorder, an office supervisor, and five support staff.

In FY 2013-14, the Legal department has a total budget of $1,789,520. Approximately $1.5 million funds the City Attorney division of the Legal department, and approximately $200 thousand funds the City Recorder division.

The Legal department also provides legal services to the Urban Renewal Agency and the Housing Authority pursuant to intergovernmental agreements.


Total annual compensation is $124,376†to $170,289 (which includes 5% deferred compensation and 6% PERS contributions). The starting salary is negotiable, depending upon qualifications and experience.

The city offers an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:

Deferred compensation: The city contributes 5% toward deferred compensation.

Retirement: Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), provided the applicant is a current member of PERS; Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) for new members to the state retirement system after six months of employment. The city pays the 6% contribution to the employee's retirement plan.

Generous vacation, administrative, and sick leave.

Health, dental, and vision care for employees and their immediate families. Employee contributes approximately 3% to the cost of insurance premiums.

Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

Monthly auto allowance.

Reasonable moving expenses.

Additional employee-paid benefits are available, including life, accidental death and dismemberment, and†long-term care insurance;†and a flexible health/child care spending account.


Education & Experience

Bar Admission:
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar at the time of appointment.

Doctor of Jurisprudence of Law from an accredited law school is required. Outstanding academic credentials are desired.

Ten years of experience in the practice of law is required. Significant experience representing government entities is required. Significant experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including liability defense, is desired. Significant experience in criminal prosecution is desired. Two years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience is required.

Any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of City Attorney may be considered.



The successful candidate will:

  • Have strong management and leadership skills.
  • Have the ability to effectively maintain professional working relationships with elected officials, City staff, and the community.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills, analytic skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Be well-versed in local government law.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to successfully manage or oversee complex legal projects.
  • Be able to work with multiple and changing priorities and manage projects that frequently have tight deadlines.††
  • Have a commitment to public service, high standards, and integrity.
  • Have excellent problem solving skills
  • Have a history of delivering excellent legal services to clients.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with elected and appointed City officials, and ensure that legal services are well-coordinated and meet expectations.
  • Have the highest standards of professionalism and have strong team-orientation that will operate across departments.††
  • Have demonstrated success in managing a complex program area as a manager or director in a public-sector organization or private corporate legal department.
  • Have a demonstrated history of increasingly responsible supervisory experience, in addition to†providing legal advice regarding complex issues.†


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties or roles performed by personnel so classified. It is as well intended to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


    The application will be reviewed for the job requirements. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.


    TO APPLY:† Please complete the on-line Application,†resume and three references and submit electronically by the close date at Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

    All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.† TTD/TTY 503-588-6009

    This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.

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