City of Philadelphia seeks Assistant City Solicitor – Housing & Community Development

Agency Description

The City of Philadelphia Law Department’s civil practice includes unique issues involving public interest. Our lawyers help chart the course for the City in business, health, safety, commerce, civil rights, taxation, real estate and community development.

The Housing & Community Development Division of the Law Department acts as in-house counsel to the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity (CEO).  It is responsible for advising the City regarding federal, state and local laws and regulations that involve housing, economic and community development.  The Housing & Community Development Division also provides legal representation to the City’s Commerce Department on economic development matters and the Vacant Property Review Committee on the disposition of City-owned land.

The Housing & Community Development Division of the Commercial Law Unit is collegial, fast-paced, challenging transactional Division in which attorneys are, with appropriate training and supervision, expected to independently manage a diverse caseload of housing, economic and community development matters, as well as some real estate matters involving the disposition of City-owned land.

Job Description

The Assistant City Solicitor (ACS) positions in the Housing & Community Development Division are responsible for handling a large volume of contracts for DHCD, CEO and the Commerce Department.  Specifically, each ACS drafts, reviews and negotiates housing and economic development contracts between the City and both non-profit and for profit sub-recipients.  The position also requires the ACS to attend weekly Contract Review Committee Meetings, handle Conflict of Interest Determinations, conduct legal research and writing and attend VPRC monthly meetings.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidates will have an interest in transactional work (there is no litigation work) involving housing, economic and community development and real estate and have 1-3 years legal experience.


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