Dallas City Attorney

The Dallas City Attorney's Office regularly seeks outstanding legal secretaries, legal assistants, other support staff, and licensed attorneys for its exciting and challenging law practice. The following opportunities are available at this moment:

Licensed Attorney Positions

General Counsel Real Estate Attorney

The General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office seeks an energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas, in good standing with the Texas Bar, and possessing a minimum of 5 years relevant experience to fill a full-time position.

The General Counsel Division is responsible for the preparation of all city contracts, ordinances, and real estate transaction documents; provides legal advice and counsel on a variety of matters, including aviation and transportation, bond and finance, elections, employee benefits and retirement, federal and state grant programs, economic development projects, housing and community developments, public utilities and water law issues, procurements and contract claims, open meetings, open records, zoning and land use, and environmental law issue; and advises and counsels  city officials, city management, the city secretary and other various departments of the City of Dallas. The position does not involve litigation, although the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters.

The preferred candidate will have extensive transactions and drafting experience in real estate, real estate finance, or commercial lending. Experience in a municipal or other governmental context would be a plus, but is not required.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  The City’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position.  This attorney position is a position with the City Attorney's Office, and, as such, is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, §9 of the Dallas City Charter.  Information concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Interested applicants must send (i) a resume, (ii) a writing sample of not more than ten pages, and (iii) three professional references to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Or
Tamera.tignor@dallacityhall.com (preferred)


Assistant City Attorney/ENVIRONMENTAL/STORMWATER PROSECUTOR

The Dallas City Attorney’s Office seeks an environmental/stormwater prosecutor for its municipal prosecution section.  The successful candidate must have a strong interest in prosecuting environmental/stormwater cases in municipal court.  The environmental/stormwater prosecutor must work closely with City of Dallas stormwater/waste water inspectors to enforce environmental/stormwater regulations.   In addition to discharging the duties of an environmental/stormwater prosecutor, the successful candidate will prosecute city ordinance violations, traffic cases and Class “C” misdemeanor cases in either trials before the court or trials before a jury.  The successful candidate must be hard-working, motivated and well prepared for Court at all times. Duties include, but are not limited to, performing legal research, drafting complaints, and having a fundamental understanding of court rules and applicable laws.

Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants must currently be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and have at least one year of experience practicing law in Texas.  Interested applicants must submit a resume and a statement of interest.  Each applicant’s statement of interest must include the following: (1) the specific reason(s) for interest in environmental prosecution; (2) knowledge skills and abilities (“KSA’s”) that correlate to success as an environmental prosecutor and of which the applicant possesses; and (3) ideas for increasing the effectiveness of environmental/stormwater protection and enforcement.  Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

All application materials must be received by the close of business on Wednesday, May 31, 2016.

Interested applicants must send a resume to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No telephone inquiries, please.


Assistant City Attorney/General Counsel

The General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking an energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed to practice in Texas and in good standing with the Texas Bar to fill a full-time position.  Applicants must have excellent research and oral and written communication skills.

The General Counsel Division is responsible for the preparation of all city contracts, ordinances, and real estate transaction documents and provides legal advice and counsel on a variety of matters, including aviation and transportation, bond and finance, elections, employee benefits and retirement, federal and state grant programs, economic development projects, housing and community developments, public utilities and water law issues, procurements and contract claims, open meetings, open records, zoning and land use, and environmental law issue; and advises city officials, including the city management office, the city secretary and the managers and staff of other various departments of the City of Dallas.

This position does not involve litigation, although the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters.  The applicant should have one to three years of experience.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  The City’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. Consent to and passing a background check is a condition of employment. Information about the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is available at www.dallascityattorney.org.

An attorney position with the City Attorney’s Office is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, § 9 of the Dallas City Charter. 

Interested applicants must send a resume, writing sample of not more than ten pages, and three references, to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No telephone inquiries, please.


Assistant City Attorney - Prosecution Section


The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking energetic attorneys for its municipal prosecution section.  Each applicant must have an interest in criminal prosecution, be a self-starter, hardworking, prompt, organized, and possess the ability to manage a fast paced court docket each day.


Duties include prosecuting city ordinance offenses, Texas Transportation Code offenses and Texas Penal Code Class “C” misdemeanor offenses in Dallas Municipal Court.  Duties also include court preparation, researching relevant case law, arguing, filing and responding to motions filed with the court and occasional minor appellate work.


Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and have at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.  Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary is $57,435 plus benefits.  The position will remain open until filled.


Send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries, please

 


Other Positions

Contract and Agenda Management Specialist

The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking an experienced and detail-oriented, Contract and Agenda Management Specialist with excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Under the supervision of the Budget and Programs Manager, the Contract and Agenda Management Specialist manages and prepares contracts, agreements, amendments, and agenda items for the City Attorney’s Office.  This position also performs intermediate-level, administrative support functions in accounts payable/receivable, procurement, revenue processing, and record keeping.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares and reviews contract change orders, supplemental agreements, contract amendments and Administrative Actions from compliance with the City’s procedures
  • Develops contracts and contract exhibits which will state the services to be provided and expected standards to ensure that City requirements and regulatory program requirements are met
  • Prepares and loads the agenda items in Lotus Notes; will work closely with Agenda Office
  • Serves as liaison with the City Secretary’s Office for providing final copies of ordinances, resolutions, AA’s and contracts
  • Maintains file of original contract/AA documents
  • Use the City’s financial management system (AMS) to process financial transactions such as Journal Vouchers, reimbursement request for interdepartmental payments, procure goods and services and process invoices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have prior experience coordinating, drafting, and monitoring contracts and/or agenda items, will have a thorough understanding of how to prepare financial documents.
  • This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary for promoting positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook is also required.
  • Prior experience navigating and utilizing the City’s financial management system (Advantage) to prepare financial documents, procuring goods and services, and processing invoices is a plus.
  • A degree in public administration, accounting, business administration or related field is a plus.

The position will remain open until filled, but intent is to fill quickly. 

Please send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No phone inquiries, please

 


Community Prosecution Paralegal

The Community Prosecution Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking a paralegal to handle all legal matters as assigned under attorney supervision with particular emphasis on code compliance litigation cases filed in State District Court. Paralegal may also be assigned to handle under attorney supervision criminal, probate and administrative law matters. This position will have primary responsibility under attorney supervision for seeing that process is served, parties are properly noticed of all hearings and trials, witnesses are coordinated, exhibits are prepared and available, discovery is propounded and responded to, correspondence is prepared and answered, and cases are monitored to ensure follow up consistent with the instructions from the attorney. Paralegal will also be responsible for researching and locating persons with potential interests in subject properties, ascertaining structure and ownership of business and other entities, recording legal instruments, and  other matters involving familiarity with and use of public records.

Paralegal will be assigned to work under the supervision of multiple attorneys and must be able to manage numerous deadlines and assignments.

Under attorney supervision, the successful candidate also will be responsible for performing assigned tasks in strict compliance with ethical standards and applicable laws and rules.

Preferred Experience:
At least two years of experience working as a paralegal, or similar practice. Proficiency in using Word, Outlook, Excel, Westlaw, Lexis, PACER, Summation, Clearwell, and other federal, state, and local government online databases. Capable of E-filing in state and federal courts.  Four year college degree and Paralegal certification required.

This position with the City Attorney's Office is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, § 9 of the Dallas City Charter. THE CITY OF DALLAS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Position open until filled, but intent is for successful applicant to start soon after June 14, 2017.

Information about the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is available at www.dallascityattorney.org

Apply by Contact Information:              

Tamera Tignor
Law Office Manager
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

Email preferred method of application
No Phone Calls Please


Social Services Coordinator (Veterans)

The Social Services Coordinator reports to the City of Dallas Community Courts Social Services Supervisor and is responsible for conducting assessments of potential participants and long-term case management of accepted participants the City of Dallas Veteran’s Treatment Court, a specialty court that focuses on Veterans charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses who suffer from alcohol, substance abuse, mental health, or dual diagnosis problems that contribute to their criminogenic behaviors.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1.      Receive participant referrals from Court staff, treatment providers, criminal justice professionals and other Court partners and schedule potential participants for their initial assessment.
2.      Conduct a risk-needs assessment on all individuals referred to the court and review the findings of the assessment to determine each individual’s eligibility to participate in the Court program.
3.      Administer the GAIN (or similar assessment tool) to all participants deemed eligible for the court and input assessment information into case management system.
4.      Meet in-person with individual participants on a regular basis to formally and informally reassess their needs, coordinate services, and make appropriate referrals. Provide crisis intervention services, if required. Assist participants with life skills such as time management, job search/placement, and budgeting. Research employment and job training opportunities for participants and make related referrals.
5.      Collect, create and/or maintain participant case files, assessment information, referrals and other related materials.
6.      Attend all court dockets and staffing meetings and be prepared to provide case management-related information to Judge and/or staffing team members.
7.      Respond to potential participants’ and court partners’ requests for assistance and/or information in a timely and thorough manner. 
8.      Coordinate with other internal and external staff and programs so that opportunities for participants can be maximized.
9.      Maintain close professional relationships with local service providers that serve the veteran population.
10.  Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
11.  Regularly keep court manager updated regarding activities.
12.  Perform related duties as assigned.

The Social Services Coordinator must ensure that activities and services are documented appropriately in paper and electronic files.

Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Behavioral Sciences, or related field or equivalent experience working in social services, probation or related fields. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.

Special consideration will be given to qualified applicants with prior experience working with United States military veterans and to applicants who are United States military veterans. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.

Please note: This is an at-will, grant-funded position that is subject to the yearly renewal of grant funding. No other funding is currently available to fund this position if grant funds are not renewed.

Please send resume to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas   75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (preferred method)

No Phone Calls Please

 


Calendar Clerk

The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking an experienced calendar clerk. Previous legal calendar experience preferred. Job duties include, but are not limited to, maintaining the calendar for several attorneys; scheduling depositions and sending notices; updating and distributing the daily calendar; attending the weekly calendar meeting; Must possess excellent written and verbal skills. Proficient computer skills and professional telephone etiquette a must. Attention to detail, ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment and be a team player with a positive attitude are essential.

Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office practice and people are available at www.dallascityattorney.com. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position comes with standard city benefits but is exempt from civil service protections.  Consent to and passing a background check will be a condition of employment.  The position will remain open until filled.

The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please submit resume to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
Law Office Manager
Dallas City Attorney’s Office
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (preferred method)
(214) 670-0622 (Fax)
No phone calls please


Community Prosecutor

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney with a minimum of 4 years of civil litigation experience in Texas state and/or federal court to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Community Prosecution Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. The Community Prosecution Section is a multi-departmental team comprised of attorneys, code officers, fire prevention officers and law enforcement personnel who work to improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Practice will be diverse and will focus on enforcing City ordinances and laws, including but not limited to minimum housing standards, zoning, environmental, sexually oriented business, massage establishment, and/or criminal nuisance laws. The attorney will have an immediate opportunity to first-chair state district court cases and possibly federal cases. The attorney will be conducting discovery, appearing in court, and trying and mediating cases.  Duties will also include working with transactional attorneys and other city departments on the implementation and enforcement of ordinances and assisting in formulating policies and strategies to improve the quality of life in the City of Dallas. Applicant must possess a collaborative, problem-solving mindset.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  The City's comprehensive benefits package comes with the position.  This position is exempt from the provisions applicable to civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, Section 9 of the Dallas City Charter.  Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney's Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

If interested, please send a resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of the applicant's contribution to the sample, a brief description of the applicant's role in three lawsuits, and three references, to:


Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No Phone Calls Please