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The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

The City of Worcester values the safety of our employees, our residents and our visitors. In accordance with the City of Worcester's Vaccination Verification Policy, if you are selected for any job with the City of Worcester you must be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit proof of weekly COVID-19 testing.

If you wish to apply for this position, the deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021. Please note the following application options for this position:
  • Applicants are Encouraged to Apply Online
  • By Mailing to the Department of Human Resources, ATTN: ASSISTANT CITY SOLICITOR I, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608
    (If applying via US Mail, please include a completed Application Questionnaire & VSID)
Title
ASSISTANT CITY SOLICITOR I
Department/Division
Law Department
Apply Start Date
11/22/2021
Apply End Date
12/10/2021
Type
Full Time
Hours
40 Per Week
Wage
$66,663.34 – $87,117.34 Annually
Description

The City of Worcester is a great place to live, work, grow and play! We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and we celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums. If you embrace innovation and public service, this is the place for you! -Your career—our future.

 

Position Title: Assistant City Solicitor I Pay Grade: 42M (NU)
Department: Law Salary Range: $66,663.34 - $87,117.34 annually
Reports Directly to: City Solicitor  Duration/Time Type: Full-time, benefitted
Worksite Location:  455 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Work Week: M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM

The City of Worcester is seeking three (3) attorneys to join the fast-paced, high-volume collaborative and congenial Law Department as full-time Assistant City Solicitors to provide competent and timely legal services, advice, and recommendations to the City Manager, City Council and the City’s officers, employees, boards and commissions. One position is for a litigation attorney, another is a non-litigation position, and the third position is a combination of both.

The litigation position entails advocating on behalf of the City in civil litigation matters in state and federal courts and includes, but is not limited to conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, and outlines of questioning and arguments for hearings and trials in court and administrative agencies. The non-litigation position renders legal opinions to City officers, departments, boards, and commissions, prepares responses to public records requests, drafts legal documents such as ordinances, legislative acts, and the review/drafting of contracts. The third position is predominantly non-litigation having some crossover to litigation matters, with a possible emphasis on municipal finance and Appellate Tax Board work. Applicants may, but are not required to indicate a preference when applying. These are flexibly staffed positions, with incumbents assigned to the appropriate level based on overall related legal experience and demonstrated proficiency in a local government setting. While expertise may be gained in a specialized area of municipal law, the incumbent assumes responsibility for legal matters in any area as assigned by the City Solicitor.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including word processing, data base internet and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to research and analyze legal issues in a fast-paced environment and advise how to effectively apply said advice on a practical level.
  • Ability to draft and review legal documents; ability to analyze a wide variety of circumstances, conduct investigations and make reports on same.
  • Ability to communicate succinctly with elected and appointed Officials, City employees and Department Heads.
  • Ability to resolve legal issues in a practical, cost effective manner.
  • Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.
  • Ability to represent the city clearly, logically and persuasively. Interpreting and explaining city, state and federal policy, law, regulation and court decisions affecting city operations to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, discretion and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school
  • Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law
  • Massachusetts Bar member in good standing
  • Valid motor vehicle operator’s license

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Two (2) or more years of prior municipal law experience
  • Prior litigation experience (litigation position)

 

TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: www.worcesterma.gov/employment or send resume and cover letter on or before FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021 to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. Preference is given to Worcester residents. The City of Worcester is proud to be an Equal Opportunity / ADA Compliant /Affirmative Action Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or membership in any other protected class. The City of Worcester complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in all locations in which the City operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. Individuals from underrepresented populations, including people of color, women, and bilingual or multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: City Hall, Human Resources, Room 109, (508) 799-1030, HR@worcesterma.gov.

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