TITLE OF POSITION: CITY SOLICITOR – FULL-TIME – BEGINNING DECEMBER 31, 2020

JOB DESCRIPTION

Acting under the direction of the City Council, the City Solicitor is the legal adviser and attorney for all officials, officers, and departments of the city and represents the city in all litigation and other proceedings, including the prosecution of cases before the Lawrence District Court. Work involves drafting and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, policies and procedures, and contracts prior to consideration by the City Council to ensure compliance with state, federal, and local laws. Emphasis is placed on municipal law, civil code enforcement, land use, zoning, labor relations, and legislative interpretation. Duties include directing the City Solicitor’s office, preparing the departmental budget, coordinating with outside counsel regarding litigation on behalf of the city, researching/preparing oral and written legal opinions for City Council, Mayor, Department Heads, staff, committees, commissions and boards, and preparing city ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents involving the city.

Must have knowledge of labor relations, civil litigation, collective bargaining and municipal, state, federal, and constitutional law affecting municipal government. Must be skillful in managing situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness, and sound judgement, managing staff by delegating tasks and authority, providing coaching to improve staff performance and understanding/applying city policies and procedures. Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school is required and five-year experience as a municipal lawyer is preferred. Must be licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Admission to the State Bar of Massachusetts.
  • Admission to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit desired.

COMPENSATION

$115,000

SUBMIT APPLICATION

Email to resume to James McCarty, City Council President –  jmccarty@ci.methuen.ma.us

Last date for applying : October 19, 2020

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