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Assistant City Attorney

11 May 2023 3:03 PM | WIPTA Admin (Administrator)
General Description

 *This recruitment is being extended by two (2) weeks due to a limited pool of candidates. 
 Previously submitted applications will remain under consideration. 
 Prior applicants need not reapply.
The Minimum Qualifications have been modified.

The Office of the City Attorney is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant City Attorney. This position has three primary functions. The position will devote 50% of its time to working on issues and matters related to Madison Metro Transit. It will also advise City officials, staff, and committees regarding other transportation-related matters and it will assist in negotiating, reviewing, and drafting software contracts on behalf of City agencies. 

This is an advanced level position requiring responsible professional legal work in the City Attorney’s Office, excellent communication skills, and sound legal judgment. Employee may be assigned diverse legal activities including grant and contract work, ordinance drafting, civil litigation, and/or general law practice (consistent with the needs of the organization). This class encompasses all non-managerial positions engaged in professional legal work within the City Attorney’s office. Work is performed with varying degrees of independence as employees gain necessary proficiencies.

Relocation expenses are negotiable. This position will receive a 2% pay increase in July 2023 and an additional 1% pay increase in October 2023. Step increases will occur on an annual basis upon an employee’s completion of their probationary period. Longevity pay provisions take effect beginning with the 5th year of continuous employment.

Employees may be eligible for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


  • Your cover letter (maximum of two (2) pages) should describe your qualifications for this position - include experiences, skills, and qualifications related to the subject matter and duties of the position, and your understanding of or experience with racial equity and social justice principles.
  • The writing sample may be an excerpt from a legal brief, article, or memorandum that you have written.


The City of Madison is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, trans, nonbinary, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as primary attorney representing and advising Madison Metro Transit management and staff:

  • Understand and advise Metro Transit staff regarding all relevant Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rules and regulation, including but not limited to Title VI requirement, charter rules, Transit Asset Management, and Public Agency Safety Plans.
  • Review grant agreements for funding provided to Madison Metro Transit projects and operations, including the Bus Rapid Transit project, and ensure compliance with federal and state grant requirements, including those of the FTA.
  • Negotiate, draft, and review a variety of Metro Transit agreements, including contracts related to bus purchases, Bus Rapid Transit route construction, consultant services, partner community services, and advertising on buses. Ensure compliance with Metro partner agreements and advise on regulatory changes necessary to maintain strong partner relationships. Provide advice on contract award procedures and protests.
  • Negotiate legal terms for software licensing and other technology agreements; manage contract process; and provide advice regarding annual renewal of software and technology support agreements.
  • Provide legal advice to Metro Transit staff on a variety of legal issues, and draft documents such as ordinances, resolutions, and memoranda to staff and elected officials related to Metro Transit matters.

Serve as primary attorney representing and advising Department of Transportation and City bodies with jurisdiction over transportation policies and initiatives:

  • Provide legal advice to Department of Transportation management and staff, the Transportation Commission, the Transportation Policy and Planning Board, and elected officials related to transportation issues, policies and initiatives, and compliance with federal, state, and local transportation laws and regulations. 
  • Draft ordinances, resolutions, memoranda, and other documents related to City transportation policies and initiatives, being mindful of racial equity and social justice implications.
  • Assist the Department in complying with requirements associated with Federal and State funding and permitting, such as National Environmental Policy Act documentation, Uniform Relocation Act of 1970, and other pertinent laws.
  • Review, negotiate, and draft Department of Transportation contracts.

 Serve as back-up attorney for City-wide software and technology contracts:

  • Assist primary contracts attorney in the review, negotiation, and drafting of software license agreements and technology support contracts.
  • Coordinate with staff of City agencies to complete contracting processes.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited law school.


  • Two (2) years experience in applying federal and state laws and judicial interpretation and precedent related to either transit systems and transportation issues or contracts and grants; related municipal laws and ordinances; and racial and social equity principles and practices.
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