Job Vacancy Assistant/Deputy City Solicitor – Regulatory Law Unit (ROW and Utilities Division) City of Philadelphia


Job title: Assistant/Deputy City Solicitor – Regulatory Law Unit (ROW and Utilities Division)

Company: City of Philadelphia

Job description: Company Description

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As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What we offer

  • Impact – The work you do here matters to millions.
  • Growth – Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits – We care about your well-being.

Agency Description

The Law Department’s civil practice includes unique issues involving public interest. Our lawyers help chart the course for the City in business, health, safety, commerce, civil rights, taxation, and community development. The Right-of-Way and Utilities Division of the Regulatory Law Unit represents the City, the City’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure (“OTIS”) and the Streets Department in matters relating to the City’s streets, highways, and bridges and well as the management of trash and recycling collection and disposal. Attorneys are, with appropriate training and supervision, expected to manage a diverse set of regulatory and transactional matters; defend the City in administrative hearings before City and state boards, including the Public Utility Commission; provide advice and counseling on matters involving compliance with City, state and federal laws and regulations; and assist the Streets Department with the drafting of new ordinances, regulations, and policies. Attorneys in the Regulatory Law Unit also represent the Water and Health Departments, the Philadelphia’s Airport system and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Job Description

The Regulatory Law Unit’s Right-of-Way and Utilities Division is currently seeking a licensed Pennsylvania Attorney to fill either an Assistant or Deputy City Solicitor position. This is a position for an attorney interested in or with experience in transportation and public utility law, contract drafting, regulations, and administrative hearings. Experience with matters before the Public Utility Commission is preferred. The attorney will be responsible for representing the City in enforcing City laws and regulations; drafting and codifying regulations; drafting and negotiating agreements; managing administrative hearings before the Public Utility Commission and other agencies; counseling City departments on legislative matters in conjunction with the Law Department’s legislative unit; managing contractual obligations on behalf of the clients; and advising clients on certain City requirements for bid solicitations and first amendment issues.

Essential Functions

In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advising and representing the City of Philadelphia, the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, and the Streets Departments in matters relating to the City’s streets, highways, bridges and rights-of-way.
  • Representing the City in matters and hearings before the Public Utility Commission and City administrative boards, including affirmative complaints and defense of City actions.
  • Drafting and codifying Streets Department regulations.
  • Reviewing and evaluating federal, state and City laws that affect the City’s operations and functions.
  • Researching and analyzing issues and drafting documents relating to state and federal transportation laws, public utility law, enforcement of regulations, the Philadelphia Code and the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
  • Representing the Streets Department and other City Departments on transactional matters, including railroad, utility, telecommunication, bike share, and construction.
  • General counseling on matters including City advertising policies, land use, contracting, and ordinances for management of the right-of-way

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process;
  • Ability to simultaneously handle numerous assignments of diverse subject matter;
  • Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions;
  • Ability to research legal and non-legal sources, including archival materials;
  • Ability to write and speak persuasively;
  • Ability and interest in working closely with engineers and other technical staff in City Departments;
  • Ability to work in conjunction with other units of the Law Department;
  • Ability to represent the City in negotiations, administrative hearings, and other proceedings

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have 2-7 years of experience in transportation and/or public utility law. Administrative law experience with matters before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is preferred. Candidates with strong backgrounds in transactional work or litigation will be considered.

Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Additional Information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, references, writing sample and resume.

Any questions related to this position should be directed to James Kellett, Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, ( ).

Salary Range: $65,000 – $85,000

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected]

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Expected salary: $65000 – 85000 per year

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Job date: Fri, 01 Jul 2022 22:28:03 GMT

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