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Assistant City Attorney

Sandy Springs

Listing Summary

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to provide legal services for the City of Sandy Springs and its management staff and to protect and defend the City from possible litigation, to include interpretation of laws and regulations, provision of legal advice, preparation and review of legal documentation, management of legal matters and litigation, and other legal support as required.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals as directed by the City Attorney.


Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.

Interprets, explains, applies, and ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.

Consults with City Attorney, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Mayor, City Council, department managers, outside counsel, and other officials to review operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations.

Conducts legal research to identify current law and changes in law, to locate case authorities or other law, to identify precedents, or to locate other information: conducts research using law books, electronic data sources, Internet sites, hardcopy materials, or other sources.

Provides legal opinions, counsel, and advice on various matters to City Administration, Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, department managers, division heads, boards, committees, employees, or other City representatives in their official capacities.

Drafts, reviews, and/or prepares a variety of legal documentation: drafts ordinances, resolutions, and amendments to effect directives and orders of City Council; researches and recommends modifications to City ordinances based on new laws and case holdings; drafts legislative updates regarding newly enacted state laws and opinions; reviews, interprets, and approves all City contracts; negotiates contracts, franchises, and agreements with business and governmental entities; drafts and files real property deeds, easements, and other real estate documentation; calls bonds and represents the City in actions against contractors and subcontractors involving City construction projects.

Represents the City of Sandy Springs and its officials, boards, and committees in all aspects of litigation in state/federal courts and with administrative agencies.

Oversees litigation cases involving the City of Sandy Springs; investigates merits of and possibility of success for potential claims or actions against the City, its officials, and/or its employees; determines legal strategies to obtain favorable resolution of cases; proposes and considers settlements; drafts legal documentation and represents the City in court; monitors status of cases and provides status reports to City management.

Reviews and responds to citizen complaints, Open Records Act requests, and other communications from the public.

Assists in directing operations and activities of the Legal Division: provides direction and supervision to legal staff; makes budgetary recommendations; assists in monitoring division expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget.

Advises and works with Community Development Director, Zoning Director and Code Enforcement officers on zoning and code enforcement issues.

Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, performance evaluations, legal opinions, annual reports, open record request responses, ordinances, policies, amendments, resolutions, code amendments, contracts, agreements, litigation documents, pleadings, legal advertisements, legal documents, or other documents as directed by the City Attorney.

Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, job applications, invoices, budget reports, alcoholic beverage license applications, open records requests, draft correspondence, contracts, agreements, deeds, meeting minutes, official records, insurance forms, zoning maps, newspaper advertisements/notices, newsletters, legislative updates, laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, procedures, periodicals, journals, legal books, manuals, directories, research materials, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.

Communicates with City Attorney, City Management, Mayor, City Council, City officials, other departments, employees, attorneys, outside counsel, judges, court personnel, vendors, developers, contractors, state/federal agencies, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.

Serves as primary legal advisor to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Attends meetings, serves on committees, and makes presentations as needed or directed by the City Attorney: attends meetings of the Mayor and City Council, other City boards and commissions, department head meetings, and division head meetings; attends and/or participates in City functions.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations: maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; participates in continuing education activities; attends bar meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions as appropriate.

Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include monitoring court dates and expiration dates, reviewing alcoholic beverage license applications, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, or replacing paper/toner in office equipment.

Provides assistance to other employees or departments, as needed.

Additional Functions:

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Juris Doctorate degree supplemented by at least three (3) years of previous experience and/or training that includes general law practice, municipal law, employment law, real estate law, contract law, courtroom procedures, legal research, supervision, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must possess and maintain valid State Bar of Georgia Law License, with three (3) years of membership in good standing to practice law in all Georgia Courts.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Knowledge of principles, methods, and guidelines associated with municipal law, including zoning law, contract law, real estate law, employment law, legal research, interpretation of laws, provision of legal advice, and preparation of legal documents; knowledge of the judicial system courtroom procedures, the litigation process, management of legal matters and litigation, and filing of legal documents; knowledge of City, County, State, and Federal authorities, case law, and other legal resources; the ability to read and understand statutes, case law, and legal terms and theory; the ability to prepare legal documents, resolutions, ordinances, and other legal correspondence.

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data.  Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships. 

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations; the ability to effectively lead, motivate, and evaluate assigned staff.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization.

ADA Compliance:

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials up to 20 pounds. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

The City of Sandy Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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