Deputy City Attorney - Labor Relations

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

contact information

Xochilt Chavira
xochilt.chavira@lacity.org

job description

MICHAEL N. FEUER

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY

LABOR RELATIONS DIVISION

MUNICIPAL LAW BRANCH

SALARY RANGE: $87,821 - $206,524

 

 

POSITION:                       Attorney in the Labor Relations Division of the Office of the City Attorney.

SECTION:                        The Labor Relations Division counsels and represents most of City government in employee relations and labor matters:

1.    The legal aspects of employee and labor relations in City government

encompasses a vast subject matter consisting of law developed at the federal, state, and local government levels concerning, as notable examples, the discipline of employees, collective bargaining with employee organizations, the operation of civil service and similar systems, equal employment opportunity, wage/hour requirements, and workplace violence (WV) prevention.  One of the primary goals of the Division is to proactively work with Departments in order to reduce or eliminate the filing of new employment or labor related lawsuits. The work of the Division consists of handling advisory requests generated in this subject area with respect to most of greater City government, with the exception of most matters involving LAPD and the proprietary departments, and recognizing areas requiring proactive advice. 

 

2.  The Division’s resources are also devoted to handling administrative cases brought by employees and their unions, or administrative agencies, such as Cal-OSHA.  The administrative litigation takes place in hearings within the City and before courts and administrative agencies at the state and federal level.

 

3.  The Division houses the Office’s Workplace Violence Prevention Unit, which takes WV reports, assists in violence assessments and security concerns, and obtains restraining orders, as needed, for all City departments and entities, including proprietary departments.  The Division also addresses harassment and WV reports out of the City’s 92 Neighborhood Councils.

           

4.  These responsibilities commonly bring Division attorneys into contact with high-ranking officials of City government and require interaction with the City Council and the Executive Employee Relations Committee.

DUTIES:                           The attorney will be assigned to advice, advocacy, training, investigations, writs and workplace violence prevention matters.

REQUIRED 

QUALIFICATIONS:         Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional requirements include:

1.    Five (5) or more years of legal practice;

2.    Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills; and

3.    Strong organizational and problem solving skills, the ability to prioritize, and concurrently complete multiple assignments.

                               

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:     

1.    Knowledge of labor and employment law;

2.    Experience and ability in dealing with governmental agencies and public officials;

3.    Experiences in resolving and advising on complex and/or sensitive matters;

4.    Experience with municipal law (including the Ralph M. Brown Act, Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Public Records Act, and Public Employee Relations Board);

5.    A command of administrative law, such as arbitrations or other hearings – such experience in the area of employment/labor is strongly preferred. 

6.    Whether or not the applicant has had prior litigation experience will be a consideration given the goals of the Division, but is not a prerequisite to application.  Primary attention will be directed to the applicant’s overall capabilities as an attorney.

7.    Essential to the practice in the Division are strengths in legal research and writing, oral advocacy, and the exercise of sound judgment.

                                                             

 

WRITING SAMPLE:        Candidates are required to submit a recent writing sample, of which they were the primary author.

COVID-19 VACCINE

REQUIREMENT:             For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf.

PROBATION:                  Appointment to these exempt positions (non-Civil-Service) will be subject to a two (2) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter.  Successful completion of the two (2) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

 APPLICATION         

AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter specifying “DCA - LABOR RELATIONS” in ONE (1) merged pdf file via email only to atty.recruit@lacity.org.

 

                                          Interested applicants who have applied in the last 12 months should submit an updated resume and cover letter to be considered.  Selected applicants who have applied in the last 12 months may be re-interviewed.

 

                                          Select applicants will be interviewed and, if moved forward, may be asked to provide a brief oral presentation.

 

Position announcement will remain open until position is filled.

CONFLICT

OF INTEREST:                This position is designated on Category 15 of the Conflict of Interest Code.  Attorneys in the Division are members of the Confidential Attorneys Unit (MOU 31) for purposes of meeting and conferring over the terms and conditions of employment.

 

 

 

 

A COVERED ENTITY UNDER TITLE II OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY AND, UPON REQUEST, WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO ITS PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES.  TO REQUEST A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, PLEASE CALL (213) 978-7160.

 

How to apply

APPLICATION         

AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter specifying “DCA - LABOR RELATIONS” in ONE (1) merged pdf file via email only to atty.recruit@lacity.org.