Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

Are you tired of tracking and billing hours? Are you interested in a meaningful job where you are engaged in social concerns and the betterment of the Kent community through work on issues impacting the environment, the safety of area residents, Kent's economic vitality, and efficient and accountable government? Do you desire an easier commute, free parking, the potential for partial remote work, and an office location that is close to bus and train lines? If so, then consider the City of Kent and its current employment opportunity for a new Assistant City Attorney supporting its Civil Division. Kent offers competitive pay, a sound retirement system, and excellent medical benefits.

Applicants must be admitted to practice and in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association.  Prior municipal law experience is preferred, but not required.  Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and must be able to work as part of a cohesive and collaborative team. 

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete. Please note that you cannot attach documents after you have submitted your online application.  Additionally, uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application. If you experience problems attaching documents, please contact Human Resources at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled upon receipt


$7,025.00- $11,040.00 monthly, depending on qualifications


Under the direction of the Deputy City Attorney, or designee, the incumbent assists the City Attorney by providing a variety of professional legal services to the Chief Administrative Officer, Mayor, City Council, City Administration, City staff, appointed boards, committees, and taskforces.

Work is characterized by a variety of professional attorney services and advice dealing with a wide variety of municipal legal subjects including, but not limited to, the following: land use, building codes, and environmental law; real estate transactions; public finance, business and occupation tax, and other tax or financial matters; public/private partnerships; public works; utility services; solid and hazardous waste; construction matters; labor, employment, and civil service; public safety; code enforcement; ordinance and resolution preparation; municipal liability; public records disclosure; campaign issues; parliamentary procedure; interlocal agreements; contract negotiation; court procedures; and governmental relations. The incumbent must be able to become familiar with new subject matters on short notice. Results of the incumbent’s work are considered to be technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

Work is performed under limited supervision. The supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available. The incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignments, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on their own initiative in terms of established objectives.



Prepare, review, amend, and approve a variety of legal documents including, but not limited to, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, easements, leases, licenses, settlement agreements, briefs, letters, legal opinions, discovery related documents, training materials, and other legal documents and instruments.

Provide legal advice and training to city officials, employees, departments, boards, commissions, the City Council, and Council committees.

Prepare and make presentations to the City Council, City committees and boards, public interest groups, employees, elected officials, and departments; attend committee meetings and council and board meetings regularly, both during and after regular work hours; be available and able to assist employees and elected officials with little advanced notice.

Provide litigation services for the city; organize case information; perform discovery and investigation; analyze evidence and the law; develop litigation strategies; perform research; prepare briefs; effectively present the city’s case and oral arguments in a wide variety of judicial and non-judicial forums; and perform appellate work.

Develop policies and provide policy guidance to employees, city departments, elected officials.

Work closely with Risk Management in evaluating claims filed against the city; make appropriate recommendations regarding defense, settlement, and legal strategies; recognize civil or criminal situations that may create potential liability for the city and notify Risk Management.

Monitor cases handled by outside counsel including, but not limited to, reviewing and editing written materials and court filings; preparing exhibits and other documents; responding to discovery demands; and providing guidance and direction regarding the manner in which litigation should proceed.

Represent the City’s interests during the Washington State legislative session; prepare documents; and make presentations to legislators and legislative committees.

Represent the City in hearings and appeals before the hearing examiner and in various local, state, and federal courts.

Act as negotiator on behalf of the City in various legal matters.

Advise staff in their audit and investigation of tax, financial, or other matters; represent the City when investigated by various state and federal agencies; and prepare appropriate responses to inquiries.

Provide assistance to the Criminal Division as necessary.

Respond to public inquiries regarding municipal legal requirements, and consumer complaints; provide appropriate information, assistance, or referrals.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


Perform related duties as assigned.

Fill in for other attorneys in their absence as assigned.



  • Laws, regulations, court cases, and issues affecting municipal governments

  • Municipal government organizational structure, operations, policies, objectives, and jurisdiction

  • Court procedures, court rules, rules of evidence, and Rules of Professional Responsibility


  • Effective oral and written communication

  • Effective preparation and written and oral presentation of legal and other information to courts, councils, boards, clients, and other audiences of all sizes

  • Correct use of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary as it pertains to the job

  • Review and preparation of various documents and instruments

  • Performance of legal research, including the use of computer-based legal research systems

  • Organizing, analyzing, and evaluating facts, evidence, and legal precedent

  • Case preparation and litigation techniques

  • Effectively using interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner


  • Establish and maintain trusting relationships with clients and the public

  • Work with and for a highly proficient team of attorneys and support staff

  • Maintain professional composure and confidentiality at all times

  • Appear in court proceedings and in other forums on behalf of, and as the attorney for, the City

  • Work effectively on several projects concurrently while meeting deadlines

  • Work independently with minimal supervision and make decisions within broad guidelines

  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Compose, proofread, and edit general legal briefs, correspondence, routine reports, contracts, and other documents

  • Apply common sense understanding to solve practical problems and deal with legal issues



Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in law; and


Prefer two (2) years of municipal civil legal experience, but not required.


  • Must be a member of the Washington Bar Association and in good standing throughout duration of employment

  • Multilingual desirable

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment fingerprinting and background check; subject to periodic re-evaluation during course of employment


Typical modern business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, computer and related software, calculator, telephone, copy machine, and fax machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit and talk or hear normally with or without mechanical assistance; occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an office, public forum, courtroom, and municipal jail; may be exposed to individuals who are irate, distraught, or hostile, or who have a contagious medical condition; may be required to travel to different sites to conduct City business. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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