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Village of Oak Park, Assistant Village Attorney

The Village of Oak Park, Illinois is a thriving, transit-oriented community of approximately 52,000 people located immediately west of the City of Chicago and known for its great neighborhoods, architectural heritage and innovative public policy initiatives. Within its 4.5 square miles live one of the region’s most diverse mixes of cultures, races, ethnicities, professions, lifestyles, religions, ages and incomes.

Oak Park operates under the village manager form of government. An elected legislative board consisting of a president and six trustees set policy and a professional manager oversees the day-to-day administration of Village government. Village services and programs are delivered by  390 employees.

 

Under the direction of the Village Attorney, the primary duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Prosecute and defend civil cases in various courts; represent the Village in various traffic and civil cases to enforce Village ordinances, abate public nuisances, recover damages for Village property, condemn property for public purposes; compile courtroom evidence and summon witnesses; and negotiate pleas settlements.
  • Negotiate, draft and review a wide variety of contracts.
  • Prepare resolutions and ordinances.
  • Prepare land use and real estate related documents.
  • Review real estate transfer tax documents; respond to requests for information.
  • Prosecute local ordinance violations before Administrative Adjudication Judges on an as needed basis.
  • Provide staff with advice on, and draft responses to, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  • Prepare documents for court filing including summons, liens, and bankruptcy claims.
  • Provide legal advice to Village representatives and employees; evaluate policies and procedures and make recommendations.
  • Research legal questions on all matters relating to the operation of local government and evaluate impact on Village policies and procedures; prepare written memoranda and opinions.
  • Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the Village Attorney; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Train and assist Village employees with legal issues.
  • Provide legal advice and prepare documents for citizen commissions.
  • Prepare and file legal briefs in appellate courts as well as prepare and file administrative appeals.
  • Assist the Village Attorney on all matters as assigned.
  • Respond to citizen requests for legal information.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

 

Minimum and Desired Qualifications with Salary Range and Benefits:

Qualified candidates will have knowledge of:

  • Illinois municipal law and federal law, constitutional law, civil practice and procedure.
  • Methods of public agency administration
  • Duties, powers, limitations, and authority of the Village government and Law Department.
  • Legal principles, practices and procedures of civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law.
  • Methods and techniques of computerized legal research
  • Established precedents and sources of legal reference applicable to Village activities.
  • Microsoft Office Work and Excel and Outlook.
  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate (JD) from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Four or more years of increasingly responsible experience in a municipal or related government law environment, preferably in an in-house or generalist setting and including civil litigation experience.
  • Admission into and in good standing in the Bar of the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Annual Salary: $102,000 +/- DOQ

Instructions on how to apply:

Applicants can apply directly using the following link:

https://secure.entertimeonline.com/ta/6141780.careers?ApplyToJob=637795527

For additional information on the position visit our website at http://www.oak-park.us/jobs. Applications and resumes may also be submitted by mail to: Human Resources, Village of Oak Park, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302; by email to: jobs@oak-park.us; or by fax to: 708-358-5107.  The Village of Oak Park offers a highly competitive benefit package that includes a retirement plan, deferred compensation program, social security, health & life insurance, vacation, sick leave and other benefits.

The Village of Oak Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.

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