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This position provides professional advice and technical assistance in the area of municipal law and municipal codes to a broad range of customers and groups, including municipalities in the state, state agencies, the Tennessee Municipal League, state legislators, and associations of municipal officials.

In addition to providing direct client assistance, this position researches, develops and maintains timely technical reports and publications on critical issues, develops and teaches training courses, and assists other consultants in the agency in the performance of individual and team projects. 

This position will perform other special project work as assigned by the Legal Consulting & Codes Program Manager or the Executive Director.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

This consultant provides:

  • Professional advice and technical assistance on a wide range of complex issues to municipal Department Directors, Mayors, City Managers/Administrators, and other elected and appointed municipal officials; and
  • advice and assistance for non-municipal clients, including elected and staff members of the Tennessee General Assembly, employees of state agencies, staff of the Tennessee Municipal League, and officers of associations of municipal officials; and
  • Oral and written legal opinions, document preparation and review, and research and analysis on the wide variety of issues that impact municipal governments across the state.

This consultant develops and:

  • Maintains close working relationships with both elected and appointed city officials for assigned cities; and
  • Presents educational/training programs for municipal officials and employees, presents at conferences and meetings of municipal associations and organizations, and serves as subject matter expert for on-line classes and electronic training tools.

Other duties include researching, drafting, and maintaining publications on critical issues that are geared to various reader levels of sophistication and managerial experience. The consultant is expected to maintain an area (or areas) of specialization and serve as the in-house expert to MTAS staff in that area, such as municipal codes, municipal courts, administrative hearings, land use, personnel law, code enforcement, taxation and state revenues, or zoning.
 

Required Qualifications:


Education:   

Doctoral Degree; Doctor of Jurisprudence

Licensure:   

Licensed to practice law by a US state or territory. Required to become licensed to practice law in Tennessee within 18 months of hire.

Experience:    

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of government law or related private law experience is required. Preference for three years municipal attorney experience, municipal government experience, experience in a municipality larger than a population of 50,000, and/or one-year relevant Tennessee legal experience.

Skills:   

Knowledge of municipal law required. Requires practical knowledge of the problems faced by municipal officials. Requires a thorough understanding of Tennessee municipal law and the ability to interpret that law in oral opinions, written opinions, and in publications. A high level of cognitive or intuitive skills are necessary to fully understand, design, and implement successful solutions to municipal legal problems. 

Outstanding communications skills are necessary for this position.  The consultant must provide advice and assistance to municipal officials in the operation of their respective offices, and must also possess managerial, analytical, conceptual, and interpersonal skills, abilities, and talents.  These skills and abilities are used on a daily basis in identifying a specific municipality‚Äôs problem and providing the advice and assistance to solve the problem. This requires the ability to write in a manner where complex legal issues are understandable to someone without a legal background.

This position requires travel and requires constant attention to scheduling and updating of work activities.

Proficient ability to research using Westlaw, familiarity with Tennessee Code Annotated, and proficient abilities in using Microsoft Office products are preferred.

Behaviors:

Ability to build relationships, advocate for change, adapt, manage a project, and work in a team environment. 

Location:

Nashville, TN

 

A COVER LETTER, RESUME AND REFERENCES ARE REQUIRED.

This position must be able to travel and be available to deploy for immediate travel to perform job duties. If a private vehicle is used for business related purposes, automobile liability insurance must be maintained.

Applicants are encouraged to review all position requirements prior to applying. Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume with a minimum of three references. Position is open until filled.