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Senior Counsel

Baltimore, MD
Full Time
Practice Areas: General Transaction Exp.: 5+ Years
Under general supervision of the General Counsel will be responsible drafting and/or reviewing documents relating to the development of affordable housing and other legal documents, including but not limited to, procurement solicitations, contracts, license agreements, leases for non-residential properties; Board resolutions, human resources policies, and the like. In addition the Senior Counsel will be responsible for advising management on issues involving the agency’s public housing and voucher programs, and reviewing or drafting correspondence and other documents relevant to the agency’s operations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Drafts and/or reviews contracts, leases, and other legal documents pertaining to safeguarding the agency’s interests. Drafts and reviews transactional documents such as procurement solicitations, contracts, real estate development related agreements and other documents.
  • Prepares and/or reviews agency policies pertaining to labor and employment, and provides relevant advice as appropriate.
  • May represent the agency in contract disputes, administrative hearings, grand jury investigations and related cases. May represent the agency in federal audits and related activities.
  • Maintain knowledge of federal laws, regulations and requirements, in addition to applicable state and local laws and regulations affecting the agency’s operations.
  • Plans and conducts legal assignments applying a knowledge in the legal field of specialization using sound legal and business judgment. Conducts research and renders written and/or verbal advice.
  • Acts as liaison with other divisions in the agency. Participates in the interpretation and application of agency and divisional policies and procedures. Recommends changes in policies and procedures.
  • Drafts and/or reviews agency resolutions and related documents.
  • Attends agency meetings as necessary, rendering general legal advice and opinions.
  • Confers and coordinates with the Custodians of Records for the departments to respond to Public Information Act requests. Cooperates with outside legal counsel in various legal matters, as necessary.
  • Schedules work to meet completion dates.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the laws, operations and procedures of a public housing authority.
  • Knowledge of pertinent principles and practices of law, applicable to the agency’s operations.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and City laws and statutes.
  • Knowledge of modern office equipment including copiers, personal computers, calculators, facsimile machines, telephones, etc. Knowledge of computer programs such as MicroSoft Word, Access, Excel, Power Point etc.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, vendors, consultants, contractors, residents, HUD, and local, state and federal officials; ability to communicate with people from a broad range of socio economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines including computers, calculators, copiers, printers, facsimile machines, telephones, etc.
  • Minimum Education, Training, and/or Experience
  • Four years undergraduate degree with a major in business administration or related discipline.
  • Graduation from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the Maryland Bar in good standing.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in general transaction matters. A background in real estate development and affordable housing is preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be considered sufficient.
  • Continued legal education in relevant areas of law.

Special Requirements
Eligible to be covered under the Housing Authority’s fidelity bond.

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