The City Solicitor is the chief administrator of the city’s Law Department and is responsible for overseeing the provision of legal services to the city of Medford, the Mayor, City Council, and all city departments, boards, and commissions. Attendance at some events, council meetings, community meetings and other outside agencies, which will include some evenings and weekends.

General Responsibilities:

  • Conducts legal research and drafts opinions on numerous legal and policy issues for the Mayor, City Council, all city departments, and boards and commissions.
  • Manages the legal work of all in-house and contracted employees, and facilitates the work of paralegal, and other department staff.
  • Maintains an active litigation case load from intake to conclusion before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
  • Reviews, negotiates, and signs off on all city contracts for goods and services.
  • Collaborates with the administration on negotiations of all labor contracts for the city with labor unions and the Director of Human Resources.
  • Manages the resolution of tort claims against the city and seeks collection on claims on behalf of the city.
  • Drafts state legislation, Home Rule petitions and city ordinances, rules, and regulations.
  • Appears before all city boards and commissions.
  • Interacts with city department heads to manage city projects.
  • Prepares and oversees the administration of the department’s annual operating budget.
  • Serves as the city’s official Keeper of Record for all documents in the Law Department.
  • Serves as the city’s Records Access Officer in responding to public records requests.
  • Performs other duties as required by local ordinance and state statute.

Active member of the ABA/MBA or other accredited state bar association with at least five years’ prior work experience, preferably in a Massachusetts municipal law practice; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Special Requirements:
A member in good standing with the state bar of Massachusetts. Admission in the U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts. U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals is desired but not required.

Salary: $122,244.19 up to $140,000.21 (on a yearly salary scale) FLSA exempt (Caf21 nonunion).

Application Deadline: Nov. 28, or until filled.

Address Cover Letter and Resume to: Human Resources Department, City of Medford – Room 204, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155.

Or send cover letter and resume with the job title in the subject line to:

For the full posting, please visit the city of Medford’s website

The city of Medford is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/504 employer. Residents of the city of Medford, women, people of color, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.