SENIOR ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY II

City of Houston
Published
July 21, 2021
Location
Houston, TX
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Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED

Job Title: Senior Assistant City Attorney II

Department: Legal

Section: Real Estate

Posting Number: 24671                                                                                                              
Reporting Location: 900 BAGBY                                
Workdays & Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*   *Subject to Change

LEGAL DEPARTMENT
The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the "OCA") provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering to the following guiding principles:  

  • Quality & Service – Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.
  • Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals.
  • Integrity & Candor – Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.
  • Dignity & Diversity – Promoting each person's value.
  • Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives. 

Composed of approximately 100 of Houston's finest attorneys working in 10 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and  preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens. Every member of the OCA must be committed to "Service Through Law."
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The City of Houston seeks applicants for a Senior Assistant City Attorney II position in the Real Estate Section of the Legal Department. The applicant should be an experienced practitioner in commercial real estate and have at least six years of relevant experience.  
 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) in various affordable housing acquisition, rehabilitation and development projects.
  •  Actively engaging with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Texas General Land Office (GLO), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other state and local authorities to ensure HCDD abides by and remains compliant with all federal, state and local fair and affordable housing requirements.
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements, including inter-creditor and subordination agreements, with commercial lenders, nonprofit and for-profit developers, tax credit investors, agencies, other governmental entities, and other stakeholders in single-family and multi-family affordable housing projects.
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising City ordinances that relate to various HCDD matters, including program guidelines, affordable housing programs and agency agreements. 
  • Reviewing and commenting on proposed federal, state, and local fair and affordable housing laws and regulations.
  • Performing title review and drafting documents related to the City’s down payment assistance and single-family home repair, construction and reconstruction programs. 
  • Rendering legal advice to HCDD and other City departments regarding housing and general real estate law and land use matters. 
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising city policies to further the City’s goal of providing fair and affordable housing in the City of Houston.
  • Special projects assigned by management.
  • Managing outside counsel.

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

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