The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment for the position of City Attorney. The City Attorney provides legal advice and services to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City Staff, Boards and Commissions, and, when available, to Mary Greeley Medical Center in matters related to operations, services, and activities of the municipality; drafts city ordinances, resolutions and other legislative documentation; reviews policies and procedures for compliance with legal requirements.
This position will be open until filled. A second review of applications will take place September 11, 2017.
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Examples of Essential Job Functions: Under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, acts as legal advisor and counsel for the City of Ames and all officers of the city, including all boards and commissions as applicable; conducts legal research; advises city officials and staff concerning legality of operations, policies, procedures, and activities. Drafts ordinances, resolutions, and other documents for review and action by the Mayor and City Council; drafts other legal documents for City Staff and Mary Greeley Medical Center. Prepares opinions about questions of law regarding the interests of the City. Represents the City in general litigation matters; prosecutes and defends all suits and actions to be brought and pending in any court in the State of Iowa or United States; attends administrative hearings and other meetings to represent the City's position. Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence. Follows City adopted policies and administrative processes, including but not limited to, personnel policies; purchasing policies; pay and classification systems; Civil Service practices and policies; and performance management, hiring, and budget processes. Under the direction of the City Manager's Office, assists in preparing and administering the annual budget for City's Legal Department. Supervises legal professional and support staff, and leads staff in implementing department and city-wide goals and objectives. Attends City Council meetings and provides legal advice and opinions.
Other Job Functions: Conducts special projects and research assigned by the Mayor, City Council, or City Manager. With approval of the City Council, may conduct special projects and research for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Boards and Commissions. May monitor the performance of legal work by outside counsel and assist outside counsel where appropriate. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
Excellence Through People: Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.
Education and Experience: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctorate degree and admission to practice in Iowa state courts, as well as federal courts, is required. Five years' experience in general legal practice with exposure to municipal or government law required. Experience in legal practice including litigation and negotiation, real estate, commercial and contract law is required.
Additional Requirements: Must reside within the city limits of Ames or be able to meet this requirement within a timeframe to be approved by the City Council.
Must pass a credit and background check.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of three years of experience in a management/supervisory capacity.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of modern and complex principles and practices of criminal, constitutional, municipal, human resources, labor relations, and contract law; methods and techniques of legal research; courtroom procedures; principles of legal and business letter writing and report preparation; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations. Ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge of legal problems; present statements of law and fact clearly and logically; prepare clear and concise legal position papers; conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; communicate concisely and clearly both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in course of work; make sound decisions and use good judgment, determine the appropriate approach to use for lawsuits, and demonstration of intellectual capabilities. Ability to plan and supervise the work of a professional staff. Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions.
Beneath the small town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. With a population of more than 65,000, Ames offers cultural, recreational, educational, business, and entertainment amenities more common in bigger metros. As a growing city, Ames continues to focus on building a strong community filled with opportunities for all. There are so many reasons that Ames, Iowa, is the Sm...art Choice!
In 2015, Ames was named one of the “15 Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession” by Bloomberg Business and one of the top 25 “Best Places for STEM Grads.” Ames ranked No. 8 by Niche Ranking for “Best Towns for Millennials in America.” Additionally, USA Today named Ames as the healthiest city in America!
These awards highlight the wonderful aspects of Ames that residents have enjoyed for years – friendly people, beautiful parks, great shopping, progressive schools, cultural and entertainment venues, quality healthcare, and recreational opportunities in every season. In 2015, the Ames Public Library celebrated its first anniversary in its expanded facility after an $18-million renovation that nearly doubled its size. A groundbreaking was held to mark the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $75-million water treatment plant, and the Ames Power Plant has converted from coal-produced electricity to cleaner natural gas. Throughout Ames, there is evidence of our growth.
Home to Iowa State University, Ames not only educates students from around the globe, but has become a player in developing the world's bio-economic future. No visit to Ames would be complete without experiencing Iowa State University. The campus boasts large expanses of green space, attractive buildings, and more than 36,000 students. The University brings excitement and vitality to our city and provides cultural and entertainment options typically found only in larger cities.
Ames is a city offering top-quality education from kindergarten to advanced degrees, and Ames High School routinely boasts the highest number of National Merit Scholar Finalists in the state. Small class sizes and experienced teachers with advanced degrees make the schools districts serving Ames the example for others. As the medical hub for multiple counties, health care in Ames is accessible and advanced with medical professionals offering state-of-the-art medical intervention close to home.
Ames is an attractive location for new businesses to locate and for existing businesses to expand. World class companies including 3M, Barilla, Becker Underwood, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hach, Danfoss, Syngenta are thriving in Ames.
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In addition to winning numerous awards for being a progressive, innovative, and exciting community, Ames has been recognized locally, regionally,nationally, and internationally for our schools, creativity, commitment to the environment, and numerous amenities. Ames and Iowa State together offer an unsurpassed quality of life. Ames, Iowa is your Smart Choice!