Divisional Deputy City Solicitor - Compliance Counsel to the Police Department
Philadelphia, PA, United States
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The City of Philadelphia Law Department acts as general counsel for the entire City government structure. We provide legal advice to all City officials, employees, departments, agencies, boards, and commissions concerning any matters related to the exercise of their official powers.
The Law Department's civil practice includes unique issues involving public interest in business, health, safety, commerce, civil rights, taxation, and community development. We employ more than 220 attorneys and 100 professional staff to support seamless operations, reduce legal liability for the City, and challenge threats to quality of life impacting the taxpayers of Philadelphia.
We are an ever-evolving Department where all are empowered to reach their full potential, to collaborate with clients as true partners, and to see their work have real impact on the city of Philadelphia. We celebrate the diversity of our staff, the City’s workforce, and the residents whom we serve and promote an environment of comradery, accountability, and inclusiveness.
The Law Department’s Compliance, Investigations, & Privacy Group is comprised of the Right to Know Unit, HIPPA and Privacy Unit, Communications Director, and E-Discovery practice. The Compliance Unit is a growing unit within the Law Department’s Compliance, Investigations, & Privacy Group.
The Divisional Deputy City, Compliance Counsel to the Police Department provides direct advice to the Police Department and is the supervising attorney for the Division. The Divisional works directly with the Police Commissioner and Police’s senior executive team on providing guidance and input on a wide array of legal issues confronting and impacting the Philadelphia Police Department, including police reform, personnel management and discipline, and civil rights issues. The position will also advise the Police Commissioner and police leadership on legal risks and liabilities while working closely and collaboratively with the Law Department’s other Groups and Units, especially the Litigation Group’s Civil Rights and Labor & Employment Units. Although the Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, Compliance Counsel to the Police Department advises the Police Commissioner and Police leadership, the Divisional Deputy City Solicitor will remain a direct report to and answer to the Law Department and the Law Department’s leadership in compliance with the Home Rule Charter.
In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Supervise and manage attorneys and support staff in Division. Must provide mentoring, training, and resources, necessary for all staff to meet the needs of the client and the Law Department.
- Manages Division goals and output, acts as a stopgap where workforce/workflow realities threaten providing timely or effective work product to the client.
- Consistently demonstrates ability to manage matters from start to finish with limited/little oversight.
- Supervises and manages work of outside counsel. Makes informed recommendations about use of outside counsel.
- Responsible for advising the Police Commissioner/police leadership on disciplinary matters and ensuring that all Internal Affairs investigations of misconduct are thorough and complete by reviewing investigations and advising on investigative steps inclusive of fact-gathering, document gathering, and witness interviews; advising on appropriate charging prior to charging decisions/PBI hearings; and advising on other investigative development necessary to ensure accountability of police personnel.
- Accountable for ensuring that police disciplinary process meets Police Commissioner’s goal of transforming police culture.
- Responsible for ensuring Police Department complies timely and fully with court orders, settlement agreements, and other matters negotiated by the Law Department’s Litigation Group.
- Ensures Police Department response to investigations, including but not limited to investigations by independent City investigatory bodies (e.g. CPOC, Inspector General, and/or Controller) are responded to timely and completely while ensuring that information provided and/or withheld complies with all laws, regulations, and/or privileges.
- Advising on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals of the Police Department to ensure that DEI principles meet best practices in accordance with all federal, state, local rules, regulations, and executive orders. Must have demonstrated ability to leverage diversity concepts to solve issues with social impact.
- Responsible for facilitating contracts and other legal documents, including memorandums of understanding and mutual aid agreements, to facilitate police operations with Law Department’s Corporate Group.
- Responsible for conducting in-service training for police officers in areas of liability; provides legal review of police tactics and training for legal sufficiency and to ensure that the City’s interests are protected in civil rights, labor and employment, and other claims.
- Advising on policies, procedures, memoranda, and other written materials related to law enforcement and policing strategies and initiatives, directives, and other matters impacting the legal liability of the City.
- Provides legal guidance to police leadership staff on legal impact of administrative and operational issues, responding to questions and addressing issues during all shifts of the 24/7 operation, including days, nights, holidays, and weekends as needed.
- Drafting, preparing and/or reviewing legal bulletins on changes in law affecting law enforcement; responsible for ensuring all Police staff are aware of their responsibilities due to changes in the law to ensure that City’s interests are protected.
- Participating in external efforts to raise the profile of the Division, the Unit, and the Law Department;
- Providing opportunities for attorney training and mentoring;
- Fostering and maintaining a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment that recognizes and values all forms of diversity.
- Ability to synthesize case law, relevant federal and state statutes, and local ordinances and executive orders, to produce written analysis within quick and unpredictable deadlines.
- Performing other duties as assigned and/or required.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules and process;
- Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions;
- Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter;
- Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries and listen, answer questions, present to large groups and high-level officials and employ diplomacy in challenging situations.
- Ability to effectively communicate complex rules and procedures to the public and to businesses.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to identify and analyze legal issues within complex fact patterns.
- Ability to foster and maintain a collegial, inclusive, and professional work environment.
- Excellent writing, case management, negotiating, transactional and trial skills.
- Ability to support and supervise a team of attorneys and professional staff.
- Ability to train professional legal staff as well as non-legal staff on applicable legal requirements.
- Ability to use computer programs such as PowerPoint, Teams or MS Office.
- Excellent judgment and critical thinking in high-pressure situations.
- Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- High degree of empathy and ability to resolve interpersonal conflict.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work on teams and collaborate with colleagues and clients;
- Law enforcement experience preferred;
- Management and supervisory skills preferred;
- Must be able to prioritize workload and solve problems quickly.
The Law Department supports a robust work-life balance. Working hours are generally 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday; however due to the nature of this position and the needs of the client, the attorney may be needed to address issues during all shifts of the 24/7 operation, including days, nights, holidays, and weekends as needed. This position is not subject to the Law Department’s hybrid work policy and will be required to be on-site full-time. The position will be co-located with the Police Department.
- This is a senior/supervisory level position, with seven (7) plus years of legal experience relevant to the subject matter and/or responsibilities of the position are required.
- Prior law enforcement and/or policing experience preferred.
- Federal and state court litigation experience preferred.
- Transactional experience preferred.
- Demonstrated supervisory and/or leadership experience preferred.
- Ability to handle significant and numerous administrative duties.
- Candidates must have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school, and must either be a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar, or eligible to become a member of the Pennsylvania Bar within six (6) months.
- Candidate must be able to obtain CJIS clearance.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume.
Salary Range: Up to $134,510 - Commensurate with education and experience
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- Parental Benefits: The City offers its employees 6 weeks of paid parental leave.
- 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
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*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire
Effective May 22, 2023, vaccinations are no longer required for new employees that work in non-medical, non-emergency or patient facing positions with the City of Philadelphia. As a result, only employees in positions providing services that are patient-facing medical care (ex: Nurses, doctors, emergency medical personnel), must be fully vaccinated.
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