The Counsel to the Senate is the chief legal counsel for the Senate and provides legal advice to Senators and staff on a broad range of topics. The Counsel to the Senate manages the Office of Senate Counsel which is responsible for overseeing the review of all legislation that reaches the Senate floor, including the annual state budget. The Senate Counsel is considered a senior member of the Senate’s management structure and collaborates routinely with the Senate President’s Chief of Staff and other Senate administrative office directors. The position reports to the Senate President.Job Duties and ResponsibilitiesPrimary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage the Office of Senate Counsel to successfully fulfill its mission and goals.
- Set the overall agenda and long-term goals for the Office of Senate Counsel.
- Oversee the work of the deputy and associate counsels and the legal review and drafting of legislation and other documents that come before the Senate.
- Advise or offer opinions to Senators and Senate staff on complex and sometimes controversial legal matters that include or relate to constitutional law, legislation, ethics, conflict of interest, litigation, public records, Senate employment, and investigations.
- Direct, design, and oversee training for Senators and Senate staff on topics including conflict of interest, workplace anti-harassment, and ethics.
- Conduct and lead teams assigned to research, investigations, and other special projects.
- Facilitate negotiations, problem-solving, and consensus-building among disparate and sometimes competing groups and interests.
- Manage and maintain effective working relationships with Office of the Senate President and other Senate offices, House Counsel, the Governor’s legal team, and with other outside stakeholders.
- Staff the Senate Committee on Ethics.
- Other Duties and Responsibilities May Include:
- Represent the Senate in court as a Special Assistant Attorney General.
- Prepare briefs for the Supreme Judicial Court.
- Draft and review contracts for the procurement of goods and services for the Senate.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
1. Graduate of an accredited law school, more than 10 years relevant work experience, and a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar.
2. Demonstrated experience and success working on government and constitutional legal issues and exceptional legal research and analytical skills.
3. Familiarity with or background in litigation, investigations, and the provision of in-house legal counsel.
4. Demonstrated management experience and skills sufficient to successfully lead a professional team that may experience heavy workloads and unpredictable work hours in a high-pressure environment.
5. Temperament to communicate and be persuasive with a variety of personalities in a tactful, positive and professional manner.
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
7. Ability to think critically and work both independently and as part of a team.
8. Ability to maintain a flexible schedule including working extended hours, possibly on nights and weekends.
Government service or a previous position requiring in-depth knowledge of government is preferred.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Strong health, dental and vision coverage through the Group Insurance Commission.