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

City Attorney

Job Description

The City Attorney serves as the chief legal advisor to the City Council, the City Manager and all departments, offices and agencies of the City of Dallas. The City Attorney also serves in a managerial and supervisory role to the City Attorney’s Office, which is comprised of approximately 160 individuals and over 90 attorneys. The City of Dallas has retained Major, Lindsey & Africa to conduct a search for a City Attorney.

To view a complete job posting and/or to apply for the position of City Attorney, interested candidates should visit:

http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-career-opportunities/job%20details?jobid=262684

The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Municipal Water & Environmental 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 in the Division’s Government Assets Section.

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 experience in municipal water, utilities, and/or environmental law practice areas.  Experience in public works construction and procurement would be a plus.
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 method)

Please, no phone inquiries.


Benefits 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 in the Division's Government Services Section.

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 must have extensive experience with employee / employer benefits law, including public retirement plans; pension fund issues; medical and health benefit plans; HIPAA; and other compensation, medical, and benefits issues. Experience with government procurement and municipal finance would also be a plus.

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 method)
Please, no phone inquiries.


MUNICIPAL-REGULATORY SECTION

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 in the Municipal-Regulatory Section. Applicants must have one to three years of relevant experience in zoning, land use, ethics, open records, and open meetings, as well as in drafting legal opinions, ordinances, and representing boards and commissions. Applicants must also have excellent research and oral and written communication skills.

The general counsel practice in the Municipal-Regulatory Section is diverse and will include representing boards and commissions, such as the city plan commission, board of adjustment, landmark commission, zoning ordinance advisory committee, permit license and appeal board, and ethics advisory commission; drafting ethics and other legal opinions; drafting ordinances relating to land use/zoning and other regulatory matters; and providing legal advice and assistance to city officials, city management, the city secretary, and other city departments. The position does not involve litigation, though the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The City's comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. 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, Management Assistant

Dallas City Attorney's Office

1500 Marilla, Room 7DN

Dallas, TX 75201

tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com


Assistant City Attorney - Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience 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

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

Assistant City Attorney - Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries.


Other Positions

South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Social Services Coordinator

Seeking energetic and highly-organized individual with experience working in the Social Work field to serve as the South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Social Services Coordinator.

The Social Services Coordinator reports to the City of Dallas Community Courts Manager 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 resumes to:
Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com - preferred method

Please no phone calls


South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Outreach and Services Coordinator

Seeking energetic and highly-organized individual with experience working in the Criminal Justice or Social Work fields to serve as the South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Outreach and Services Coordinator.

The Outreach and Services Coordinator reports to the City of Dallas Community Courts Manager and is responsible for all outreach efforts and records management related to 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. Network with community members, criminal justice leaders, local non-profits, and the VHA/VBA to ensure the Court is marketed community-wide.
  2. Design written outreach materials and conduct trainings, community meetings, surveys, and other activities that educate potential participants and referring agencies about the Court.
  3. Collect, create and/or maintain Court-related records including all outreach material, grant-mandated data and reports, documentation of contact with potential participants, volunteer logs, donation records, and other related materials.
  4. Conduct orientation for all participants deemed eligible for the Court.
  5. On a weekly basis, collect required information from staffing team members and timely distribute staffing reports.
  6. Attend all court dockets and staffing meetings and be prepared to provide court-related information to Judge 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. Submit all written outreach materials to court manager before distribution.
  12. Perform related duties as assigned.

The Outreach Coordinator must ensure that activities and services are documented appropriately in paper and electronic files. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for monitoring performance outcomes and maintaining high quality services within the program guidelines and budget limits.

Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Behavioral Sciences, or related field or equivalent experience working in criminal justice and human services. 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.

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 resumes to:
Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com -preferred method

Please no phone calls