County Solicitor

Job title: County Solicitor

Company: County of Chester

Job description: Summary

The County of Chester is seeking an energetic, motivated, driven individual to become County Solicitor. This position is responsible for overseeing a team of lawyers ultimately providing legal advice and opinions relative to operational matters within county government, prosecuting all suits brought by the County, defending all actions or suits brought against the County, and serving as a proactive strategic partner with respect to legal implications for all County business.

Qualified applicants will:

  • Be currently and continually licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • At least ten years of experience in litigation, including significant experience with trials and appeals
  • Strong ability to analyze complex issues and provide concrete advice to various departments
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to speak in public.
  • Exemplary judgement
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Ability to master new subjects and areas of the law
  • Ability to understand systems and identify areas for growth
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills required to work with the public and various agencies
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Knowledge of municipal government law
  • Knowledge of civil rights statutes and laws
  • Knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • Working knowledge of the County Code

No outside practice of law permitted. Salary based on education and experience, beginning at $117,648.00.

Please send all cover letters, resumes, and salary requirements to the attention of Robert J. Kagel, County Administrator, via Taylor Pettit at tpettit@chesco.org. The position will remain open until filled, however a first review of applications received will take place the week of August 15, 2022.

A criminal background check is required.

Essential Duties

  • Provide legal services by offering verbal opinions and advice, and writing legal opinions.
  • Abide by all court-mandated deadlines relative to filing, discovery and trial of all civil actions affecting the County of Chester.
  • Initiate lawsuits and defend the County of Chester in lawsuits.
  • Maintain caseloads.
  • Perform other duties, tasks and special projects, as required.

Qualifications/Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school.
  • Pennsylvania Attorney’s License.
  • At least ten years of experience in litigation, including significant experience with trials and appeals
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to speak in public.
  • Exemplary judgement.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to master new subjects and areas of the law.
  • Ability to understand systems and identify areas for growth.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required to work with the public and various agencies.
  • Litigation experience, including trials and appeals.
  • Able to practice law in Pennsylvania courts.
  • Strong ability to analyze complex issues
  • Integrity and honesty.
  • Strong ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Knowledge of municipal government law.
  • Knowledge of civil rights statutes and laws.
  • Knowledge of human resources and employment law.
  • Working knowledge of the County Code.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and handle confidential matters
  • Strong ability to plan, organize and coordinate projects.
  • Strong ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.Stron
  • g project management skills.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to speak in public.
  • General knowledge and understanding of County of Chester policies and procedures.

Additional Information

Computer Skills:

  • Basic Word skills
  • Basic Excel skills
  • Basic OutLook skills (Email and Calendar)
  • Working knowledge and skill with Westlaw software

Expected salary: $125000 per year

Location: West Chester, PA

Job date: Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:56:07 GMT

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