Nassau County

Job Description

POSITION: Assistant County Attorney

DEPARTMENT: County Attorney

REPORTS: County Attorney



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GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Performs professional legal work of a difficult and responsible nature for the Nassau County Attorney. Assigned work is performed with limited independence within the framework of established policies requiring considerable responsibility, initiative and judgment. This position is at will and serves at the pleasure of the County Attorney.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Prepares, reviews and drafts ordinances, resolutions, proposed legislation and other legal documents assigned by the County Attorney. • Prepares contracts for County Departments and participates in negotiating contracts. • Assists various County Department Heads, County Manager and County Attorney with the preparation and review of agreements, staff reports and other documents, as assigned by the County Attorney. • Conducts legal research and rendering legal opinions for County departments and agencies as assigned by the County Attorney. • Assists County Attorney in trial preparation, trials, appeals and administrative proceedings. • Attends meetings of County Boards and Committees to provide legal counsel, as assigned by the County Attorney. • Renders legal advice to County Boards and to the County administration, Department Heads and employees concerning Federal and State Laws as assigned by the County Attorney and offers solutions to legal problems. • Supervises and coordinates assignments of legal interns. • Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests. • Prosecutes and defends all civil cases, as assigned. Attends and represents the Code Enforcement Board, the Conditional Use and Variance Board and the Planning and Zoning Board. • Performs related duties as required and as assigned by the County Attorney. (These essential functions are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)

MIMIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an Accredited Law School and a member of The Florida Bar. Experience, interest and skills in local government law and in matters pertaining to the duties of an attorney for a local government agency desired. Special Requirements: • Employee must reside in Nassau County or move to Nassau County within one-hundred eighty (180) days of employment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Knowledge of the methods, policies and procedures of the office of the County Attorney. • Knowledge of pertinent law and how to apply it. Know County staff, outside agencies and outside legal counsel. • Knowledge of local Governmental law and matters pertaining to the duties of an attorney for a local Governmental agency. • Knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws. • Ability to coordinate with and provide other departments with both formal and informal legal opinions and policy. • Ability to react quickly under the dynamics of the community and the Board of County Commissioners. • Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. • Knowledge of the organization of the County and of related departments and agencies. • Ability to comprehend, interpret and apply regulations, procedures and related information. • Knowledge of legal terminology, documents and procedures as applicable in the County Attorney’s Office. • Knowledge of civil procedures. • Ability to prepare a variety of legal documents. • Knowledge of proper English usage, punctuation, spelling and grammar. • Ability to perform required mathematics calculations. • Skilled in applying a responsible attention to detail as necessary in preparing legal documents, reports and correspondence. • Ability to read and interpret various materials pertaining to the responsibilities of thejob. • Ability to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision. • Ability to use independent judgment in performing routine and non-routine tasks. • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities • Ability to offer assistance to fellow employees as necessary. • Ability to learn and utilize news skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. • Ability to perform duties in a courteous manner and with the utmost integrity in the best interest of the public. • Ability to work under stressful conditions as required. • Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS: • Stooping • Kneeling • Bending • Crouching • Reaching • Standing • Walking • Lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs. • Pushing and pulling (Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability) WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Works primarily inside in an office environment.


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