Job Title: Associate General Counsel
Under direction of the General Counsel or 1 or more senior attorneys, responsible for assisting the Office of the General Counsel in handling legal matters including, without limitation, drafting and monitoring contracts/agreements, assisting in real estate development and acquisition transactions, handling landlord-tenant matters, providing representation at administrative hearings and in other in-house litigation matters, assisting in the preparation of litigation documents, researching legal issues and preparing legal memoranda, responding to Freedom of Information Act requests and assisting clients in complying with applicable local, state and federal ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned
- Advises the Board of Commissioners (“Board”), the Executive Director, Department Heads and staff on legal matters.
- Reviews and interprets federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, and court and/or administrative decisions with particular emphasis on landlord tenant and real estate law.
- Represents DHC and its officers and employees in litigation before all federal and state courts and/or administrative agencies including preparing pleadings, briefs, motions and other documents.
- Recommends appeal and/or settlement of litigation to the General Counsel.
- Collects damages and debts due DHC.
- Conducts legal research.
- Drafts and/or reviews legal documents including contracts and correspondence.
- Prepares opinions and/or memoranda of law for General Counsel and/or clients.
- Recommends training for clients, as appropriate, on legal requirements.
- Drafts, reviews and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws and other legal documents.
- Enhances professional growth and development through participation in seminars and workshops; maintains professional affiliations to keep abreast of developments and trends in relevant areas of law.
- Supervises the work of legal support staff.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Reports Directly to the General Counsel. Responsible for maintaining client confidences.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises support staff as required to accomplish assigned tasks.
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and licensure
Possession of a law degree from an accredited law school. Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Knowledge of common law, city, state, and federal laws, rules of evidence and judicial procedures
- Knowledge of traditional and electronic legal research methods
Knowledge of the range of laws and regulations which impact on all facets of DHC legal and policy issues
- Basic knowledge of contract law
- Proficiency with technology including but not limited to the Internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software with particular knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Ability to identify and analyze legal issues and develop and implement appropriate responsive strategies and solutions
- Ability to analyze and interpret basic legal documents
- Ability to effectively communicate legal knowledge, principles and techniques
- Ability to work independently and display creativity, exercise sound judgement, and demonstrate initiative
- Ability to understand the business implications of decisions
- Ability to maintain client confidentiality
- Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies
- Ability to identify training and in-service needs and make training recommendations to General Counsel
- Ability to manage time in order to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines
- Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems
- Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and effectively
- Ability to negotiate effectively
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Ability to supervise and train support staff
One to three years’ experience preferably working in the areas of transactional law, municipal law, real estate law, public finance or public contracting. Public sector experience preferred.
Salary: $45,000 - $50,000
|This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way to modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind, level or difficulty.|
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit cover letter, and resume detailing your qualifications/work experience and Voluntary Self- Identification forms to:
Venesta Jones, Detroit Housing Commission
1301 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48207
Apply online at www.dhcmi.org under the Careers tab.