About the Role
EOTSS is looking for a Deputy General Counsel to join the legal team. The Deputy General Counsel (DGC) will report to the General Counsel/Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). The DGC will manage, oversee, and provide day-to-day leadership for a number of legal team members, including attorneys, under the direction of the General Counsel. The DGC will also manage and oversee EOTSS’s e-discovery enterprise service (e-discovery-as-a-service (eDaaS) team. Accordingly, the DGC will have several direct reports, some of which may be managers of their own teams. The Deputy General Counsel will serve as General Counsel, in the absence of the General Counsel.
The DGC will support and provide legal assistance and counsel to EOTSS in situations involving litigation (i.e., issuance of a subpoena or discovery request, required testimony, instances in which an agency using the eDaaS service is subject to legal discovery orders, when EOTSS is a party to an action before any court or administrative agency, etc.). EOTSS’s legal team, in conjunction with the EOTSS business units, provides guidance and support to agencies in interpreting and applying EOTSS’s administrative directives and IT policies. The DGC will assist in outreach efforts to the Commonwealth agency attorneys as well as provide any necessary training on policies and best practices, as directed. The DGC will serve as a representative of EOTSS in meetings, conferences, advisory committees, and other events where the office’s presence is appropriate and as assigned by the General Counsel or Secretary. The DGC will draft and provide information to the public by answering inquiries regarding agency functions, services, rules, and procedures to accurately represent the agency.Responsibilities:
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Make recommendations regarding how the law applies, what options or strategies are available to implement program initiatives, and identify which of those options and strategies are most likely to effectively achieve the agency’s goals.
- Provide counsel as to whether the agency should defend its position or negotiate a settlement with regard to litigation or other legal challenge.
- Determine legal requirements, as well as potential liabilities or risks, which may be involved in any proposed agency action.
- Manage and oversee the eDaaS team and services, as well as any attorneys or other legal staff members reporting to the DGC.
- Decide priorities to be accorded for response to requests for legal assistance and the most sound and defensible legal advice to provide, in consultation with General Counsel.
- Decide what issues need to be raised with the General Counsel and appropriate executive staff.
- Provide counsel as to reasonable and defensible interpretation and application of federal and state laws, regulations and court decisions.
- Decide quality assurance procedures relating to legal activities and work products.
- Recommend most appropriate and defensible agency position(s) regarding issues with legal implications.
- Recommend policies, goals, objectives, priorities and strategies for the legal team consistent with EOTSS’s plans and priorities.
- Recommend approval of or propose changes to legislation, regulations, contracts and other documents of legal import.
- Recommend courses of action with respect to various federal and state laws, regulations and court decisions.
- Manage and direct identification of responsive records and review and redact documents, as needed, in order to respond to public records requests, subpoenas, or other legal process.
- Recommend responses to legislators and interested individuals and organizations.
- Recommend strategies in controversial or high-profile matters.
- J.D. and active bar membership (in good standing)
- 5+ years of experience as an attorney
- 2+ years of management, supervisory, or team lead experience
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong legal analytical and leadership skills
- Ability to interpret policies and procedures in written and verbal responses to requests for information
- Ability to understand, apply and explain pertinent laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
- Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and productively
- Ability to mediate conflicts, coordinate competing interests, work under time constraints
- Skilled in problem-solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and team building
- Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and practices that are characteristic of public sector agencies
- Knowledge of litigation theory and practice, especially issues related to discovery, subpoenas, and the intricacies of civil practice
- Ability to work well with large groups of people with divergent view points and to help staff implement policies that comply with all applicable legal requirements.
- Ability to effectively manage competing priorities and tight time constraints.
- Ability to work effectively with colleagues across organizational lines in multi-department public sector organizations
- Knowledge of adjudicatory proceeding processes
- Knowledge of management theory, principles and practices, including the management of staff and professional development
- Knowledge of research, analysis, and reporting methods
- Ability to manage time and set priorities and reach decisions under pressure
- Ability to coordinate and communicate technology legal research-related information
- Ability to conceptualize the decisions and information needs of the agency and identify legal choices, options and specific recommendations creatively
- Ability to anticipate and analyze different situations and take appropriate action
- Ability to work with diverse and multilateral stakeholder ecosystems such as EOTSS’s constituency which includes other agency and Secretariat general counsels, agency heads, high-level state and federal officials and other interested parties
- Ability to respond to legal issues identified by the General Counsel and agency executive staff, and to identify and propose remediation of legal problems and risks
- Ability to coordinate and direct activity on a project basis
- Ability to knowledgeably guide the interpretation of laws, court and administrative decisions and opinions, legislation, proposed legislation, regulations, and federal and state sub regulatory authority
- Strong understanding of legislative process, including negotiation, drafting, and analysis
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Qualifications:Minimum Entrance Requirements
- Knowledge and understanding of the legislative process and the workings of state government
- Knowledge and understanding of public sector budgetary principles and practices
- Knowledge of procurement and contracting principles and practices
Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.