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

 

Assistant City Attorney/ General Counsel

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience to fill a full-time position in the General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. The 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 issues. The candidate selected will provide advice and counsel to the Dallas City Council, the City Manager and the City Secretary and will represent 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.

This is an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling position for an attorney interested in representing the public in a premier government legal office and seeking immediate frontline experience, without the pressure of billing long hours. The attorney would be an important and valued member of a collegial team of experienced and dedicated attorneys who serve the public interest. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

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, ยง9 of the Dallas City Charter.

Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communication skills and must be licensed to practice law in Texas.

Please send your resume to:
Tamera Barton Tignor
Tamera.tignor@dallacityhall.com (preferred method)

Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201

Please no phone calls


Assistant City Attorney - Airport Attorney

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience to fill a full-time position in the General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. The candidate selected will provide advice and counsel to the Dallas City Council, the City Manager and the City Secretary and representing various departments of the City of Dallas, including among other responsibilities negotiating and drafting contracts and real estate documents, writing legal opinions, resolutions, ordinances, memorandums, and correspondence, analyzing and advising on claims and disputes, and providing other general legal advice.

The successful candidate shall serve as the City’s lead attorney for all matters pertaining to Dallas Love Field and Dallas Executive Airport, including rendering counsel and advice to the City’s Department of Aviation regarding procurement, construction, engineering, real estate development and leasing, airport concessions, airport security, ground transportation, and federal program requirements. Also, the successful candidate shall serve as a liaison between the City Attorney’s Office and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport legal office, including reviewing documents related to transactions involving the purchase and sale of D/FW Airport real property and negotiate and draft inter-local tax sharing agreements with D/FW Airport, Fort Worth, and D/FW Airport neighbor cities.

The position does not involve litigation, although the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters. Experience in municipal law, government contracting and procurement, and/or public works construction will be a plus for a candidate.

This is an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling position for an attorney interested in representing the public in a premier government legal office and seeking immediate frontline experience. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

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.

Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communication skills and must be licensed to practice law in Texas.

Please send resume and writing sample to:

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

Please no phone calls


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 inquires.


Other Positions


IT Supervisor IV

Purpose

Under the supervision of the City Attorney, the First Assistant City Attorney, and the Legal Office Administrator, the IT supervisor determines the business and technological needs of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, which operates mainly in a Windows environment, recommending decisions about computer hardware, software and networks. The supervisor also recommends hiring, and trains and evaluates the members of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office IT team, including network administrators, programmers, technicians and help desk personnel, and performs other duties as assigned.

This position is a salaried Supervisor IV which is the highest level of supervisor and may on occasion have some managerial responsibilities however, the primary duty remains to supervise Non-Exempt and/or Exempt positions in a medium or large operational unit. There may be several functional areas that are complex and have a substantial impact on overall operations. This level supervises employees in complex administrative, highly complex technical and/or professional employees that provide services or products to persons inside or outside the Dallas City Attorney’s Office.

Oversee servers, data (including verification of backups), disaster recovery plan (and testing), security, updates, overseeing a staff of 4 and assigning daily duties, managing work flow, webpage maintenance, desktop support, mobile device support, server support, hardware and software procurement, contracts for IT Services (Case management system, Trial Director, etc.) and budget. In addition, will coordinate with City-wide Communications and Information Services Department to ensure harmonious relationship and secure seamless operations of the City Attorney’s Office computer equipment and network.

Scope and Effect

The substance of the positions is complex in nature and has substantial impact on the work, office operations, projects, programs of others inside/outside the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, and/or large segments of the general public. Supervises the overall planning, direction and execution of work of the technical staff of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. A key player in ensuring the confidentiality and security of sensitive and confidential attorney-client information

Essential Functions

1. Supervise, plans, coordinates, assigns and evaluates work/workers and the use of equipment, facilities, and materials covering several functional disciplines; directs and coordinates work through subordinates and gives technical direction as needed.

2. Has input to the development of and is responsible for the implementation of long range plans, programs, budgets, and schedules; recommends goals and objectives needing emphasis; directs and coordinates work through subordinates and provides coaching or technical direction as needed.

3. Adjusts work priorities, projects schedules, resources, and work plans as required; estimates staff needs and assigns work to meet completion dates; ensures materials and supplies are available.

4. Reviews work for quality; evaluates work performance; and recommends awards for employees.

5. Coaches, advises, counsels and instructs employees; identifies all training needs for employees.

6. Interviews and/or makes recommendations for selection of candidates for filling IT positions; recommends terminations; may authorize overtime.

7. Hears and resolves complaints or simple grievances from employees; refers serious grievances to higher level managers; effects minor disciplinary actions or recommends serious disciplinary actions to managers.

8. Finds and implements methods to improve production or effectiveness.

9. Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.

Ordinarily, IT supervisors work 40 hours per week. Deadlines or computer problems occasionally necessitate evening and weekend work.

Minimal Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology plus 4 years experience managing technical staff, project coordination, contract administration, resource planning and/or budgeting through various lifecycle phases. Requires effective oral and written communication skills for promoting customer relations with various City departments and knowledge of mainframe, midrange and PC environments. Must be able to work in a diverse business environment with changing business requirements. No felony or Class A misdemeanors. An eight (8) year combination of specified education and/or experience will qualify.

Masters of Business Administration with technology concentration would be a plus.

Send Resume to:
Dallas City Attorney's Office
Attn: Tamera Tignor
1500 Marilla Street, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)

No phone calls please


Social Service Coordinator- South Oak Cliff Community Court

The South Oak Cliff Community Court seeks a Social Service Coordinator. The South Oak Cliff Community Court is a specialty municipal court located within the South Oak Cliff Community. The Community Court’s mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life by providing swift and restorative justice to defendants and the community. Defendants charged with Class C misdemeanors who participate in the community court’s program are assessed by the social service coordinator and are often ordered to obtain any necessary social services and to perform community restitution in lieu of a fine. Community restitution includes: cleaning sidewalks, painting over graffiti, sweeping the streets and assisting the elderly and disabled with minor home repairs.

Social Service Coordinator
The Social Service Coordinator reports to the Social Service Supervisor and interviews clients, provides public health counseling and makes referrals to appropriate agencies as ordered by the Community Court Judge. A qualified candidate should have an extensive and thorough knowledge of social services referral procedures and the eligibility requirements of public and private health, welfare, educational, recreational, and religious service providers.

Responsibilities:
*Assesses the suitability of defendants for various alternative sanctions.
*Conducts intake and assessment for criminal offenders to determine their psychosocial and/or resource needs so as to obtain maximum benefits from all available resources.
*Serves as intermediary between the Community Court and service providers.
*Develops and implements individual social work treatment plans.
*Works with the individual in the development of a plan and coordinates with referring agencies for implementation of the plan. When appropriate, makes direct contact for the individual with the other agency through conference calling or scheduling appointments.
*Provides short-term case management for problems such as, chemical dependency, homelessness and/or mental health issues.
*Maintains accurate and complete individual case records to document all action.
*Provides follow-up on all referral contacts, which consist of contacting the organizations to which a referral has been made, and/or contacting the client to find out if the service was provided.
*Attends meetings/seminars to stay current in the social work field.
*Conducts community outreach in the South Oak Cliff community to educate residents about the Community Court.
*Plans and manages several annual court- and community-related events.
*Performs other duties as assigned.

Job requirements:

A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related human service field is required. Knowledge of criminal justice is preferred. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The qualified candidate must undergo a criminal background check.

Send Resume to:
Dallas City Attorney's Office
Attn: Tamera Tignor
1500 Marilla Street, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)

No phone calls please