Deputy Division Chief - Litigation Division

DEPUTY DIVISION CHIEF – LITIGATION DIVISION
CITY OF ATLANTA LAW DEPARTMENT

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General Description and Classification Standards

This position is responsible for defending civil actions and supervising a staff of attorneys; developing case strategies and providing direction to a group of attorneys; managing outside counsel; establishing operating policies; providing management coaching and guidance; building relationships within the Department of Law and with City of Atlanta departments ; developing and managing organizational budget. Plans for the long-term talent needs of the Litigation Division; identifies, coaches, and mentors employees.

Supervision Received

Direction received is very general and focuses on strategic objectives and is typically collaborative in nature. This is a policy-making level of management and would be considered “upper middle” management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; instructs, assigns work, reviews work, maintains standards, allocates personnel; and recommends action on employee problems, such as selecting new employees, transferring/promoting, disciplining discharging, and salary increases. Supervises and teaches other attorneys concerning litigation and other legal services. Assigns cases to attorneys and assists in assignment of other projects to attorneys. Assures the responsibilities of the Division Chief in the absence of the Division Chief. Plans to appear in court, files briefs and pleadings on time; and prepares cases for trial. Remains informed of new developments in state and federal laws by reading legal journals, newspapers, and periodicals, and by attending seminars. Reviews other attorneys’ status reports; also reviews, approves and monitors claims. Reviews strategy and documents prior to court proceedings and with colleagues advises other attorneys concerning strategy and legal issues. Evaluate cases as part of a team – either inhouse attorneys or outside counsel – and work toward efficient and appropriate resolutions.

Decision Making

Establishes organization strategy and policy within required legislative or executive limitations; modifies organization to achieve objectives. Provides direction to assigned professional staff performing analytical or project management tasks in support of legal operations and provides guidance to assigned managers.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list. Knowledge of general management principles and approaches required. Advanced knowledge of core technical and/or operations issues related to area of assignment. Exceptional leadership and motivational skills. Skill in identifying strategic issues and developing long-term resolutions. Ability to visualize and plan organization operations to accomplish strategic goals. Exceptional ability to build complex relationships within organization and with external constituents/partners. Exceptional legal writing skills. Ability to deliver presentations to various internal audiences regarding cases, litigation trends, and make recommendations on case strategy and other complex litigation matters.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Juris Doctorate degree required; must be a member of good standing with the State Bar of Georgia; ten plus years of progressively responsible management experience in municipal, county, and/or constitutional law required; Supervisory experience required.

Preferred Education & Experience

Juris Doctorate degree required plus 15 years of experience.

Application Instructions

Interested parties should apply online by visiting the City of Atlanta website at www.atlantaga.gov or directly at https://atlantaga.taleo.net/careersection/coa_general_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=200677&lang=en.