The Position

The General Counsel is an executive management position appointed by the Board of Directors and is employed as an unclassified managerial at-will employee. The General Counsel is responsible for management of the District’s legal affairs and provides legal advice to the Board of Directors, the District President, the District General Manager, and other officers and senior management of the District.

The General Counsel reports directly to the Board of Directors. The General Counsel performs a broad range of legal work and may represent the District, its directors , officers and employees in litigation and administrative proceedings. The General Counsel renders legal advice, prepares or reviews contracts, monitors litigation and administrative proceedings, monitors state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals, and manages t he District’s outside legal counsel.

The essential responsibilities and duties include the following:

  • Advising the District and senior management on a broad range of federal and state regulatory and compliance matters, including identifying areas of risk and making suggestions for improvement
  • Developing strategy for litigation and regulatory proceedings
  • Managing outside counsel that represent the District in important litigation before courts and administrative tribunals, including preparing or re viewing the preparation of briefs and other court documents
  • Developing an in-house organization of legal professionals to provide legal assistance to the District
  • Developing or assisting in the development of budge t recommendations for the District
  • Negotiating transactions on behalf of the District
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of the District's strategy for government affairs and lobbying efforts

Qualifications

  • Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge required by the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and experience would be:
  • Possession of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree;
  • Membership in the State Bar of California;
  • Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience as an attorney;
  • A clear and comprehensive understanding of legal matters involving public agencies;
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

Knowledge of

  • California statutory law applicable to public agencies.
  • State and federal legislative processes.
  • Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research.
  • Court procedures, principles of administrative and constitutional law.
  • Conduct and proceedings in trial and appellate courts and before administrative bodies.
  • The principles and practices of public personnel ad ministration.

Compensation and Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $225,000 to $275,000 depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. In addition, benefits are provided which include:

  • Retirement: Participation in California Public Employee’s Retirement System. Unused medical leave can be converted to up to six months of service credit upon service retirement.
  • Health Benefits: Six (6) medical benefit plans offered through CalPERS. The District participates in a HRA Plan and contributes a maximum of $395 towards the premium for the employee and their eligible dependents (if applicable).
  • Dental Insurance: The District contributes 100% of the premium for the employee and their eligible dependents through Humana.
  • Vision Insurance: The District contributes 100% of the premium for the employee through Medical Eye Services. Coverage for employee’s eligible dependents is available.
  • Life Insurance: The District contributes 100% of t he premium for life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment through Sun Life in the amount of one times the employee's annual salary.
  • Holidays: Employees receive eleven (11) paid holidays.
  • Vacation and Medical Leave: Vacation leave is accrued at the rate of 12 days/year, increasing to 16 days/year after 5 years of service, and 20 days/yea r after 10 years of service. Medical leave is accrued at the rate of 10 days/year.
  • Disability Insurance: The District covers 100% of the premium for the employee.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Available to employee s and their household members.

For more information please visit: http://wwd.ca.gov/about-westlands/human-resources/

Posted: September 6, 2016