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General Counsel

Location: Boston, MA
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Website: http://www.massschoolbuildings.org

Career Opportunity:  General Counsel

Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a senior management team member, the General Counsel provides in-house legal services on a range of strategic and tactical legal matters.  The General Counsel manages the legal team and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel.

• Provide formal and informal legal advice and counsel to the Board of Directors, Executive Director, senior management, and all departments regarding legal matters affecting the MSBA, including, but not limited to, contracts, employment law, municipal law, administrative law, public construction law, regulations, public records, public procurement, ethics law, open meeting law, leasing, and litigation.
• Provide legal support for the Board of Directors and subcommittees ensuring compliance with open meeting law; prepare the appropriate notices and drafting minutes; draft Board votes; draft and review memoranda and material for distribution to Board members; maintain official Board records, and advise on issues as they arise.
• Draft, review, and interpret legislation, statues, regulations, policies, and procedures necessary to meet and effectuate the MSBA’s statutory purposes.
• Develop and/or review employee policies; advise the appropriate staff members on employment law issues; organize and administer employee trainings on diversity, harassment, discrimination, public records, records retention, and ethics.
• Work closely with finance staff and bond counsel on the MSBA’s bond issuances; draft, review, interpret, and advise on the MSBA’s trust agreement, preliminary official statements, continuing disclosure agreements, investment agreements, rating agency presentations, investor presentations, and other related material.
• Work closely with capital planning staff and advise on project-related questions and issues, including issues related to public bidding, bid protests, design and construction procurement, compliance with MSBA regulations and program requirements, and process.
• Oversee the development of template agreements and other documents to be used by the MSBA in contracting with public school districts for the funding school construction projects, including, but not limited to, feasibility study agreements, project scope and budget agreements and project funding agreements.
• Oversee the development of standard contracts, standard contract provisions and procurement documents to be used by public school district in contracting for owner’s project management services, designer services and construction services.
• Develop guidelines, certifications, applications, instructions, standard forms, and other documents to assist public school districts in complying with MSBA program requirements.
• Oversee MSBA procurements; prepare procurements documents and contracts for the procurement of services; evaluate and select consultants and vendors as a member of MSBA procurement team; maintain master procurement files.
• Provide legal support for the administration and enforcement of MSBA contracts, policies, regulations, and procedures; draft, review, and negotiate contracts with consultants and vendors, review lease agreement. 
• Monitor developments in the law and advise MSBA staff as necessary.
• Periodically review and revise template and standard contracts, forms and other documents to meet current legal and MSBA program requirements.
• Draft and/or review outgoing correspondence, approvals, decisions, press releases, financial statements, annual reports, and other documents for clarity and consistency with MSBA policies and applicable law; review selected material for posting on website.
• Oversee responses to public records requests.
• Make oral presentations concerning MSBA policies and procedures before government agencies, certification courses, professional associations, industry groups.
• Provide legal support to the MSBA’s Designer Selection Panel, Owner’s Project Manager Review Panel, and Task Forces.
• Lead, manage, and coach legal staff; assign tasks and review work product; conduct staff meetings.
• Assign work to outside counsel and consultants; monitor and direct their performance; review and approve invoices.
• Perform other duties as may be required.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (unless otherwise noted)
• J.D. from an accredited law school. 
• Member in good standing of Massachusetts Bar.
• At least eight years of experience in law firm and/or government agency.
• Prior experience with Massachusetts regulatory law, municipal law, and construction-related building laws preferred.  
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. 
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Solid writing, proofreading and editing skills.  Strong legal research skills.
• Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and present complex information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
• Mature interpersonal style; ability to interact with a diverse range of people.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects effectively and efficiently, and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
• Knowledge of Massachusetts laws, including M.G.L. Chapters 7C, 30, 30B, 149, and 149A.

Qualified and Interested?
Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to hr@massschoolbuildings.org.  Include “General Counsel” in the email subject header.  Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter. 

About the MSBA
The Massachusetts School Building Authority is a quasi-independent government authority that partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective public school facilities.  Visit www.massschoolbuildings.org for more information.

Equal Opportunity Employer.  Diversity candidates are encouraged to apply.


posted: 4/10/2013

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