Assistant City Attorney I/II

City of Ventura

The beautiful, coastal City of Ventura has an immediate vacancy in its City Attorney’s Office for the position of Assistant City Attorney I/II. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team dedicated to public service and working to positively impact the overall wellbeing of the City of Ventura and its citizens.
The Assistant City Attorney I/II works under general guidance and represents the City by providing a wide range of professional legal services, from routine to moderate complexity, in the areas of transactional/advisory legal services, with some litigation services.  This position may be filled at either level depending on qualifications.

This Assistant City Attorney I/II will primarily serve in the transactional/advisory section and will work on a dynamic range of assignments.  As counsel for a full-service City, the Attorney’s Office works in the areas of public works, parks, planning, police, fire, finance, water, wastewater, and other municipal affairs, all working from offices with stunning ocean views. The position will work with the City’s Public Works Department, which is implementing an $850 million Capital Improvement Program with many exciting projects in the areas of transportation, stormwater, water, wastewater, and facilities.  The City is implementing innovative contract approaches, a potable water reuse program, a bridge replacement and freeway offramp relocation, a roadway extension and levee project, and several other exciting and impactful programs.  The position may also work with the City’s Parks and Recreation and Fire Departments and assist with some litigation.  The Office has a very collegial atmosphere, collaborating to help accomplish the City’s goals.

The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented individual who can work both individually and within a team environment. This candidate will be approachable to those who need guidance, and able to articulate their concerns and provide sound legal recommendations to customers at all levels within the organization. This person will possess excellent research, writing, and legal reasoning abilities and be capable of assuming independent responsibility of complex legal matters with limited supervision.

Come join our team as we align our workforce to better serve our community together – they're counting on us! 

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary plus excellent benefit! Salary: $110,364.80 - $163,238.40 Annually DOQ.


Assistant City Attorney I: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to graduation from an American Bar Association or State Bar of California accredited law school, and one year of practice is required. Depending upon assignment, prior municipal and/or litigation experience may be required.

Assistant City Attorney II:  A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to graduation from an American Bar Association or State Bar of California accredited law school, and three years of practice with a public agency or a private law firm that specializes in representing municipalities or other governmental bodies and/or specializes in governmental issues OR three years of practice in civil or criminal prosecutions is required.    Prior municipal or public agency experience performing substantial public works or other transactional / advisory work with a private law firm on behalf of a public agency is desirable.

Certificate:  Active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California is required.

To Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline, Monday, June 6, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. 

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