Assistant City Attorney

City of Oxnard

The City of Oxnard's City Attorney's Department is seeking a well-qualified, highly motivated Assistant City Attorney. The successful candidate will be able to thoroughly research and analyze problems, evaluate risks, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations. The Assistant City Attorney will present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically all while exercising sound and independent judgment that follows the general policies, guidelines and legal parameters of federal and state laws, regulations, and constitutional provisions applicable to municipalities.

Under general direction, provides a wide range of professional legal services to all City departments and divisions, City Council and various boards, commissions, committees; may assist in coordinating the work of contract attorneys on complex or specialized matters; performs related duties as assigned.
The Assistant City Attorney is the advanced journey level in the professional legal series. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Deputy City Attorney II by the level of difficulty and complexity of responsibilities performed. An incumbent in this class is expected to frequently use a high degree of independent judgment and is expected to represent the City Attorney at various meetings, functions and proceedings as required.
General direction is provided by the City Attorney. The Assistant City Attorney may exercise technical or functional supervision over Deputy City Attorneys, paralegals and clerical staff.


The normal work week is Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm, and alternating Fridays, 8:00am-5:00pm. This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs. This position is not eligible for overtime pay.

Please Note: Should a high number of qualified candidates apply, we reserve the right to conduct a comparative screening to determine which applicants will be invited to continue in the recruitment and selection process.


Essential Functionsinclude but are not limited to the following:

- Works closely with the Public Works Department providing legal counsel on issues relating to public infrastructure and public contracting; utilities operations and regulations; and grant requirements.

-Works closely with the Purchasing Manager in procuring goods and services for the City including public work construction projects. 

- Advises departments on solicitations, bid protests and contract awards.  Drafts and negotiates contracts. 
Confers with and renders assistance to Department Directors and Division Managers in establishing policies by developing and applying legal points and procedures; recommends changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements.
- Prepares and drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents and instruments, reviews such documents and offers opinions as to legality.
- Attends meetings of boards, commissions and committees as may be required; renders legal advice as requested.
- Investigates claims and complaints by or against the City, recommends action to be taken.
- Prepares matters for administrative hearings and represents the City in such hearings.
- Represents the City Attorney at various meetings, functions and proceedings when necessary.
- Responds to citizen complaints and requests for information.
- Represents the City in the community and at professional meetings as required.



The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification:

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Assistant City Attorney. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education and/or Experience:

The equivalent of six (6) years of experience in the practice of municipal law or related experience.
A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements:

Membership in the State Bar of California.

Employment InformationThe selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.

Submit NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application.
Complete and submit responses to the supplemental questions, if required.
Upload resume, cover letter, proof of degree (transcript) or other requested documents.
Tentative testing date, if applicable:
Tentative Interview Dates:

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume.  Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.  Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

For most positions, the City of Oxnard relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all positions.

City staff may be required to play an active role in the event of an emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.

The list of qualified candidates that is established from this recruitment may be used to fill other full-time, part-time and temporary assignments as vacancies arise.
This position is considered at-will.

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The City of Oxnard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or sexual orientation.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The City of Oxnard makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled.  If you believe you require special arrangements to participate in the testing process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date.  Applicants who request such accommodation must document their request with an explanation of the type and extent of accommodation required.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: On the first day of employment, new employees must provide proof of citizenship or documentation of legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as amended. The City participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS. 888-897-7781

For questions, please contact: Megan Walker at or (805) 385-7592
NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.