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Application for Appointment to the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission

The City Attorney is seeking candidates for an appointment to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission (PEC). Candidates for the City Attorney's appointment to the PEC must have a background in public policy or public law, preferably with experience in governmental ethics or open government matters. For a full list of qualifications and instructions on how to apply, please see the below application.

Application for Appointment to the Public Ethics Commission


Bridge Fellows Program 2018

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications from recent law school graduates for Bridge Fellow positions. The Oakland City Attorney’s Office provides legal representation and advice to the City’s agencies, departments, Mayor, City Administrator, City Council, and City boards and commissions. The Office also defends the City in litigation, files actions on the City’s behalf, and handles writ petitions and appeals. Bridge Fellows will be assigned to work on litigation, advisory and transactional matters of City-wide importance, based on their interests and experience, and the Office’s needs.

Bridge Fellows Notice of Recruitment



1. Deputy City Attorney V General Government & Finance
Open until Filled

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a top level attorney for the position of Deputy City Attorney V with some experience and expertise in municipal law. The attorney likely will supervise attorneys currently in the General Government and Finance unit and possibly other practice areas. Experience relevant to the unit includes, among other things, expertise in general municipal law practice areas including municipal finance (bonds, taxation, fees, and assessments), conflicts of interest, elections law, open meetings laws, public records, supervising employees and labor/employment.

DCA V General Government & Finance FULL JOB ANNOUNCEMENT


2. Deputy City Attorney III or IV General Government, Municipal Finance & Tax

The Office of the City Attorney seeks an attorney for the position of Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV with expertise in the municipal finance, revenue, bonds, taxation, fees and assessments. The incumbent may perform a wide range of duties involving municipal finance, revenue, taxes and fees, formation of special assessment and other districts, preparation of ballot measures, parliamentary procedure, public meetings, public records laws, constitutional law, charter interpretations, and other practice areas.

DCA III or IV General Government, Municipal Finance & Tax FULL JOB ANNOUNCEMENT


3. Deputy City Attorney III or IV Land Use

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified, motivated attorney with significant land use experience for a Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV level in the Office’s Advisory Division. The ideal candidate will have substantial California land use experience, either developed in-house (city, county, other governmental organization, or for a private company) or in a law firm with strong municipal land use expertise. The candidate should have knowledge and significant experience, including the ability quickly and effectively to perform at an advanced level, in CEQA/NEPA, the California Planning and Zoning Law and the Subdivision Map Act.  A strong working knowledge of municipal law basics, such as the Brown Act, the Political Reform Act and the Public Records Act is desired.  Expertise in handling land use writs in both trial and appellate courts and suits seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as considerable Planning Commission experience also are desirable.



4. Deputy City Attorney II or III Rent Program/Code Enforcement

The City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified individual with knowledge and expertise in municipal law.  The position will work in practice areas including rent regulations and landlord/tenant law (such as evictions, renting and remedies), code enforcement, public nuisance, administrative hearings and other practice areas that may include, but not be limited to, affirmative litigation, constitutional issues (due process, equal protection, privileges & immunities, right to travel, residency requirements) and providing advice on a wide range of issues such as conflicts, ethics, contracting, drafting and researching legislation, regulations and policies. Experience providing advice to Boards/Commissions and/or City Councils, ordinance and regulation drafting, administrative procedures (including administrative remedies and rule-making) and litigation (including writs, appeals and affirmative litigation) is desirable.

DCA II or III Rent Program/Code Enforcement FULL JOB ANNOUNCEMENT


5. Deputy City Attorney II, III or IV Real Estate

The ideal candidate will fill a position in the City Attorney’s Real Estate Unit and will advise the City’s Real Estate Department on varied transactional work related to the sale, acquisition and lease of property; the City’s Economic Workforce Development Department on varied work related to the development and other disposition of City property; or a combination of both, depending on qualifications.




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