Personnel Services Attorney

Primary Responsibility: Implements KLC Personnel Services Program in drafting and updating model personnel policy and forms; reviews, drafts, updates, and provides training for member city’s specific personnel policies and other human resources issues.  Implements KLC Certified City of Ethics Program, which entails drafting and updating model ethics ordinance and forms, as well as reviews, updates, and trains on member city’s specific ethics code.  Provides specialized legal information, training, and other services in the areas of personnel, employment law and ethics specific to municipalities. Assists the Director of Municipal Law in legal research projects relating to all areas of municipal law.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Personnel Services Manager. This is sedentary to light work that requires limited physical effort.

  • Travels across the commonwealth and consults with city officials and other public agencies in regard to review or creation of personnel policies and ethics codes for legal compliance, including some evening travel. 
  • Negotiates contracts with elected officials and public agency officials in regard to creating or updating personnel policies and ethics codes.
  • Confers with city and public agency leaders, supervisors, and employees to gain knowledge of specific work situations requiring training and policy updates.  
  • Provides training for member cities and other public agencies on their specific personnel policies and ethics codes, as well as other employment law issues or concerns through a variety of formats, including in-person and virtual.
  • Performs extensive legal research relating to all aspects of personnel issues, employment law, and municipal law.
  • Compiles and updates various personnel policy and ethics ordinance provisions as well as forms to be maintained in a database, which includes update of a model personnel policy as well as model ethics code to be used by municipalities.
  • Monitors state and federal laws as well as case law for changes to employment laws that affect municipal governments. Summarizes and delivers that information to municipalities and other public agencies in a timely manner in the form of articles or updates to their personnel policies. 
  • Receives, researches, and responds to complex municipal legal inquiries from city government officials, KLC staff, media, and other persons in a timely manner with a focus on all aspects of personnel issues, employment, and ethics laws.
  • Writes and revises KLC member legal publications and documents, including legal handbooks, “how to” manuals, weekly HR articles, magazine articles, and internal memos.
  • Prepares and presents municipal law trainings and conducts trainings for municipal officials, supervisory employees, as well as other public agencies as needed several times a year. Most trainings specific to personnel, human resources issues, employment law, and ethics. 
  • Maintains database regarding member cities that contract to create and update personnel policies as well as ethics codes.
  • Ability to proofread and edit documents using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Performs some administrative functions as necessary, such as faxing, mailing, and filing.
  • Develops relationships, interacts, and communicates effectively with KLC members, media, representatives of other organizations, and all levels of KLC staff.
  • Possesses strong analytical and creative skills and the ability to effectively present complex ideas both orally and in writing.
  • Possesses exceptional writing skills with a strong emphasis on editing/proofreading.
  • Ability to be self-driven, organized, make independent decisions, be persistent, be flexible, meet deadlines, and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Possesses a professional appearance and conduct for an office setting.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Experience and training: A minimum of a J.D. from an accredited college or university is required. Admission to the Kentucky Bar or the ability to obtain admission within one year of the date of hire is preferred. Extensive experience with legal research, particularly Westlaw; experience with database entry and technology; and knowledge of employment law, municipal law, and governmental/legislative affairs desired. Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word is required. Two years of experience is preferred.

Special requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit for long periods of time. Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is needed to travel to meetings across the state, including evening hours.

Application Deadline: 02/04/2022