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Attorney Advisor, Commercial Division (#17-034, Closing: 05/25/17)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Commercial Division
Office of the Attorney General

Salary range: $94,915 – $112,155
Closing: 05/12/17

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Land Use and Public Works Section provides legal assistance to District agencies with respect to land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, and the use of public space.

The successful candidate will be responsible for attending, and providing legal guidance at, meetings and hearings of the Zoning Commission (ZC) (all held in the evening) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). He or she will work closely with the Director of the Office of Zoning and the Secretaries to the ZC and BZA in identifying potential legal issues arising before both bodies and will respond by providing memoranda of legal advice. The attorney will review complex orders filed in rulemakings and contested cases for legal sufficiency and draft such orders. In addition, the attorney will review covenants required in order to transfer development credits, effectuate planned unit developments, or close a public street or alley.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have at least three (3) years’ experience, preferably in land use law. Candidates must also possess strong legal writing, analytical, and negotiation skills, possess knowledge of land use principles, and demonstrate familiarity with administrative procedures applicable to rulemakings and contested cases. Additionally, past experience analyzing and drafting statutes and rules, the ability to understand complex land use transactions, commitment to providing the highest level of customer service, and ability to work with agency staff are important.

ELIGIBILITY: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction, with the ability to be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

OTHER INFORMATION: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks. 

Please see attachment for more information.