Assistant City Attorney

City of Durham
November 9, 2021
101 City Hall Plz, Suite 2200, Durham, NC
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The City of Durham seeks a North Carolina-licensed attorney. Applicants preferred with experience or demonstrated interest in researching, preparing, and reviewing contracts and other legal documents. The attorney hired in this position will provide support to the Contracting and Real Property unit of the City Attorney’s Office. While not required, it is desired that the applicant have experience or knowledge in drafting complex contracts, including development and construction agreements, design services agreements, and real property contracts. Work requires effective analytical writing and communication skills.

Applicants must possess a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school and have a valid North Carolina State Bar license. Recent law school graduates and other licensed attorneys without prior municipal government and/or professional legal experience are invited to apply, but are advised that those without three years of experience will only be considered for hire at the minimum of the salary range.   

An Assistant City Attorney provides legal services to the City Council, City Staff and Management, and Boards and Commissions by identifying potential legal issues, providing legal guidance, and drafting resolutions, ordinances, contracts, departmental policies, and other legal documents.


  • Understands the organizational structure of the City and its municipal authority as derived from N.C. General Statutes and the City Charter.
  • Prepares, reviews, and/or assists with the preparation of contracts, deeds, agreements, ordinances, and internal policies; researches, reviews, and analyzes legal and factual information; and develops and makes legal recommendations.
  • Provides consultation, research and support for litigation handled within the City Attorney’s Office; provides other legal representation to City and staff; reviews documentation; conducts legal research; communicates legal options and opinions; and implements legal decisions.
  • Advises the City Council and City boards and commissions on legal matters related to official board business; advises City staff on legal matters related to business operations; conducts negotiations; provides ad hoc advice on board procedural issues; and reviews and comments on proposed ordinances, rules, policies, and regulations.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.


Salary Range:  $78,495  - $125,608 annually

Hiring Range:  $78,495  - $91,850 annually, depending on qualifications


Benefits – General Full-Time Employees

  • 11-12 paid holidays per year
  • 12 standard work days of vacation per year
  • 12 standard work days of sick leave per year, which accumulates indefinitely; sick leave may be used toward early retirement
  • 2 weeks paid military leave per year
  • Medical, dental, vision, and supplemental life insurance plans
  • State and City retirement plans
  • Short and long term disability plans
  • Paid temporary disability leave for specified conditions
  • City contribution of 10.15% into the N.C. State Retirement System
  • Paid funeral leave
  • Employee Assistance Program - personal and family counseling
  • Paid life insurance equal to annual salary
  • 48 hours for volunteer work each year*
  • 4 hours parental leave each year
  • Workman's Compensation Insurance
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plans


Minimum Qualifications & Experience

  • Juris Doctorate.
  • Additional consideration may be given to candidates with experience in municipal government and/or professional legal experience.
  • Valid North Carolina State Bar License.


Additional Preferred Skills

  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of Constitutional, federal, state, and local laws affecting municipal government.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in transactional law.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and drafting a variety of complex legal documents.

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