General Commercial/Contracts Law, Government, Litigation
The Arlington County Attorney’s Office (COA) is seeking an accomplishedlegal advisorto serve as thenext County Attorney to provide Chief legal counsel and advice to the Board, County Manager and other Departments, including addressing multifaceted legal challenges on significant policy, code/ordinance, project, land use, litigation, financial matters, and contracts, along with providing strategic oversight and management of the County Attorney's Office with 18 employees and annual operating budget of $3,650,000.
Key responsibilities include:
Acts as County’s chief legal advisor by providing highest authority for legal decisions and provides sound legal advice on significant policy, code/ordinance, project, land use, litigation, financial matters, contracts, etc.&
Manages complex and sensitive legal matters, analyzes disputes, reviews decisions and makes recommendations, and negotiates litigation matters with other lawyers in private practice and in federal, State, and local governments.
Provides strategic oversight to the County Attorney’s Office, including developing strategies to implement County Board and County leadership priorities; and, providing leadership and management to professional and paraprofessional legal staff.
The Ideal Candidate:
The successful candidate will be an experienced attorney with an understanding of the complexities and challenges of a municipal government and a strong record of achievement in the following areas:
Experience creating an inclusive and diverse work culture to ensure that we get the best, most creative talent on our team;
Effectively partnering with an organization’s governing board/leadership to provide& solution-oriented legal advice while navigating operational realities;
Successful track record of developing strategies for defensible positions as a city/county Attorney or experience in a private law firm advising municipal governments with a full range of services;
Experience litigating complex cases or managing legal matters of sufficient size or complexity that shows evidence of the ability to manage legal strategies in cases of significant import;
Experience prioritizing approaches to policy/code/ordinance development that lead to equitable outcomes; and,
Demonstrated track record in attorney and staff development, management of outside counsel, and commitment to the success of organization.
Must have a J.D. from an accredited law school;
Possession of a license to practice law in Virginia or any U.S. state that has a reciprocity agreement with the state.
Significant senior level experience practicing local/municipal law or related field; and
Experience supervising and/or leading a team of legal staff.
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
Extensive knowledge of current legal developments and federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, rules, and ordinances applicable to Virginia municipalities;
Experience interacting with a board of directors, elected officials, or other governing body structure; and,
Previous employment with a Virginia city/county government or experience in a private law firm advising municipal governments with a full range of municipal services.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Arlington County Government
Arlington County is an exciting, innovative local government located in Northern Virginia. The County includes over 3,700 employees working in areas such as public safety, parks and recreation, arts and tourism, finance and technology. We offer an exciting array of employment opportunities that allow for career growth and advancement.