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CURRENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

1. Deputy City Attorney II or III / Land Use
Open until filled

The City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified, motivated attorney with significant land use experience for a Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City Attorney III level in the Advisory Division.  Placement will depend upon experience.

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.

Deputy City Attorney II or III Land Use FULL APPLICATION

 

2. Executive Assistant to the Assistant City Attorney
Open until filled

Under general direction of the Assistant City Attorney, the Executive Assistant to the Assistant City Attorney provides responsible, complex and highly confidential secretarial and administrative support to the Assistant City Attorney. Posted July 20, 2017.

Executive Assistant FULL APPLICATION

 

3. Deputy City Attorney II, III or IV Litigation
Open until filled

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a well-qualified individual for a Deputy City Attorney II, III or IV position in the Litigation Division of the Office. Significant litigation experience including writ and appellate experience is desirable for the position of Deputy City Attorney II, III or IV with placement depending on experience.

DCA II, III or IV Litigation FULL APPLICATION

 

4. Deputy City Attorney V Code Enforcement, General Public Safety and Rent-Related Matters
Open until filled

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified and highly motivated individual to serve as Deputy City Attorney V for Code Enforcement, General Public Safety and Rent-Related matters.

The ideal candidate for this position will have expertise in municipal law, particularly in the areas of code enforcement, blight and nuisance enforcement, housing, rent regulation, landlord/tenant law (including evictions, renting and remedies), public safety (including police, fire and emergency services), advice to Boards, Commissions and/or City Councils, drafting of ordinances, policies and legal opinions, administrative procedures, administrative hearing/appeals and litigation (including writs, appeals and affirmative litigation).

DCA V Code Enforcement FULL APPLICATION

 

5. Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney
Open until filled

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a highly qualified, innovative, and community-oriented attorney who is interested in public service for the position of Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney.  California Bar required. The Neighborhood Law Corps (NLC) is a unique, innovative and award-winning community law program that focuses on proactive, neighborhood-based, and community-directed lawyering. The program – described as a cross between Legal Aid and the Peace Corps – brings legal resources and remedies into Oakland's diverse neighborhoods to address issues affecting quality of life in those communities.

The NLC attorney position is in the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division of the City Attorney’s Office.  NLC attorneys focus on combating blight, human trafficking, public safety, tenant protection, and other important community concerns and quality of life issues by performing litigation, policy work, and other actions. The position is responsible for representing the City in state and federal courts and will provide significant litigation-related experience.

Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney FULL APPLICATION

 

6. Deputy City Attorney V Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division
Open until filled

The ideal candidate for this position in the City Attorney’s Office will have expertise in affirmative litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of Oaklanders, including but not limited to building and housing code enforcement, public nuisances and administrative appeals and litigation (including civil rights and housing cases), experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative hearings and appeals. 

The Deputy City Attorney V (DCA V) is the most senior deputy city attorney classification and handles the most complex cases. The position would supervise the Community Lawyering & Civil Rights Unit of the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division.

DCA V Affirmative Litigation FULL APPLICATION

 

City of Oakland Employment Application & Background Check Form:

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OPEN RFQs:

1. Request for Qualifications for Legal Services / Outside Counsel

The Office of the Oakland City Attorney is responsible for providing all legal services for the City of Oakland and Oakland Redevelopment Agency, as well as all City boards and commissions and certain joint powers authorities. The City Attorney retains outside counsel for three types of matters/cases: (1) cases that require specialized expertise that our Office does not have in-house; (2) cases that present conflict of interest issues; and, (3) cases that we cannot handle due to lack of capacity due to reductions to the City Attorney’s budget. The City of Oakland engages outside counsel only through the Office of the City Attorney.

The City Attorney requests detailed information regarding the qualifications of attorneys or law firms interested in providing legal services to the City of Oakland to establish a list of qualified attorneys or law firms from which outside counsel may be selected.

To submit your qualifications, please respond to the following RFQ: RFQ for Outside Counsel

For information about the selection process, please read the City Attorney's Outside Counsel Selection Policy.

 

2. Request for Qualifications for Legal Services / Outside Counsel for Affirmative Litigation

The Community Lawyering and Civil Rights Unit (CLCR) of the Office of the City Attorney prosecutes social justice cases in areas such as affordable housing and discrimination, wage t heft, economic and civil rights. CLCR works closely with the public, government entities, and civil rights and community-based organizations to identify and address issues that impact Oakland residents. The Unit seeks to ensure that all residents are treated fairly and with dignity.

To submit your qualifications, please respond to the following RFQ: RFQ Outside Counsel Affirmative Litigation

For information about the selection process, please read the City Attorney's Outside Counsel Selection Policy.

 

3. Request for Qualifications for Legal Services / Public Ethics Commission

The City Attorney wishes to retain several qualified firms to provide outside counsel services to the City Attorney’s Office or in conjunction with the City Attorney’s Office to the Public Ethics Commission on matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction.  These areas include, but are not limited to, state and local laws regarding conflicts of interest, nepotism, cronyism, bribery, fair process (bribery, nepotism, improper influence, etc.), “revolving door” employment restrictions, perks of office and misuse of City resources, campaign contributions, public financing of campaigns, use of public resources on campaigns, lobbyist registration, gift restrictions, Oakland City Charter section 218 which prohibits Council interference with administrative affairs, open meeting laws, public records laws, whistleblower protections, ethics training, hearing procedures and other public ethics-related issues.

To submit your qualifications, please respond to the following RFQ: RFQ for Public Ethics Counsel

For more information, please visit the City of Oakland's PEC Website.

For information about the selection process, please read the City Attorney's Outside Counsel Selection Policy.