Assistant City Attorney

City of Burlington, Vermont
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

General Purpose

This position is responsible for providing assistance to the City Attorney in providing general legal counsel to the mayor, city council and city departments. This position may also be responsible for enforcing city ordinances, regulations and bylaws and representing the city in civil and criminal litigation cases. This position is an annual mayoral appointment, subject to approval by the city council.

Essential Job Functions

  • Act as an assistant corporation counsel and city attorney for the City of Burlington;
  • Conduct thorough and accurate legal and policy research and analysis;
  • Develop legal opinions and provide general policy advice to city council, the mayor and city departments and boards, as requested;
  • Draft and/or review legal documents (including agreements and contracts), ordinances, and other rules and regulations as required;
  • Coordinate and review public records responses and production and provide advice concerning open meeting law compliance;
  • Negotiate and prepare documents for real estate transactions and provide legal advice relating to development activities involving the city;
  • Enforce city ordinances, regulations and city bylaws in administrative forums and courts;
  • Provide legal advice to city administrative agencies concerning contested cases, as well as  the implementation and development of ordinances, regulations, or policies;
  • Represent the city in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies; including all aspects of pleadings, discovery, negotiation, settlement, trial, and appeals;
  • Assist in representing the city in legislative or lobbying activities;
  • Provide staff support to city council committees and other public bodies.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements

  • Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, reasonable accommodations will be considered.
  • Juris Doctor or equivalent required.
  • License to practice law in the State of Vermont required.
  • Admitted to practice before and in good standing with the Vermont Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, or if not yet admitted, eligible for admission.
  • Excellent and efficient oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and with groups of various sizes and skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound legal advice, exercise good judgment, and solve problems.
  • Excellent, coherent, and well-organized written communication skills, including the ability to explain and advocate using plain language.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with city officials, colleagues, and members of the public.
  • Ability to work effectively in an advisory capacity with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to conduct legal and other types of research and to analyze the results of that research accurately, thoroughly, and efficiently.
  • Regular attendance at the office and other locations in and outside the city, as needed.
  • Ability to understand and comply with city standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
  • Ability to conduct and accurately analyze legal research thoroughly and efficiently
  • Ability to effectively and accurately draft memoranda, litigation documents, agreements, new ordinances and policy initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in efficient handling of electronic records.
  • Interest in and ability to analyze and make recommendations on policy initiatives.
  • Demonstrated comfort with electronic communication, research, and organizational tools.
Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Promoting a culture that reveres diversity and equity

The City of Burlington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are strongly committed to creating a dynamic and equitable work-force that mirrors the population and world that we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, crime victim status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, or genetic information in employment or the provision of services.

In addition to being an equal opportunity employer we actively encourage applicants who can contribute to our growing diversity to apply.

Applications for our employment opportunities are only accepted online through our Government Jobs website.

For accessibility information or alternative formats, please contact Human Resources Department at 802-540-3057 or

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$88,025.87 - $98,281.35 Annually