Assistant City Attorney for Human Resources

Job Title: Assistant City Attorney for Human Resources

Department: Human Resources

Hours: Full-Time Exempt

Job Description:

Job Title:          Assistant City Attorney for Human Resources    Reports To:     Mayor, City Attorney, CFO

Department:      Legal                                                               Pay Grade:       $62,400 to $93,600

Division:           City General                                                     FLSA Status:   Exempt

Direct Reports:                                                                                   


Assists the City Attorney with providing legal representation to the Mayor, City Council, and other entities of the City with overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of human resources functions; appear in District Court and Federal Court as necessary. Position requires an active Arkansas law license and good standing with the Arkansas Bar.


  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to personnel matters;
  • Manages recruiting program, including the new hire onboarding process;
  • Works closely with Department Heads to coordinate new hire orientation and training to ensure a positive onboarding experience;
  • Perform exit interviews for all exiting employees;
  • Advises management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues;
  • Drives the performance review process to ensure consistency, fairness and timeliness;
  • Coaches Department Heads to provide valuable, timely and consistent reviews;
  • Develops, maintains and interprets Human Resources policies, handbooks, procedures and guidelines to ensure compliance with government laws and regulations;
  • Provides appropriate training to management regarding relevant Federal, State and Local employment laws;
  • Designs and manages employee benefits programs such as life, health, dental and disability insurances, leave of absence, employee assistance and compensation program;
  • Keeps records of benefits plans participation such as insurance and pension plan, personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, and terminations, and employee statistics for government reporting.
  • Manages Workers’ Compensation program;
  • Responds to FOIA requests, EEOC claims, unemployment claims, employment verification requests, reference checks, etc.;
  • Review contracts, perform legal research and analysis, and provide advice to the Mayor, City Council, and other City employees and officials;
  • Maintain confidential information;
  • Proctors testing for entry level and promotional Fire Department exams; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school;
  • Active Arkansas law license;
  • Good standing with the Arkansas bar;
  • Knowledge or Arkansas and Federal employment law;
  • Three (3) plus years of experience in general HR or employment law;
  • Five (5) plus years in progressively responsible leadership roles preferred;
  • Previous public administration experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of operational characteristics, services, and activities of municipal administration and organization preferred;
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, statues, and regulations;
  • Strong problem solving and communication skills required;
  • Excellent team-building and leadership skills; and
  • Excellent presentation skills.


Up to $25,000,000.00


The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.  While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to talk or hear; frequently required to walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.


The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and minimum qualifications of this job.  The incumbent(s) may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign job-related responsibilities and tasks to this job at any time.  Certain functions are understood to be essential; these include, but are not limited to, attendance, getting along with others, and dealing with and working under stress.  Any essential function of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.


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