Grade: 14

Department: Legal

Union: Exempt

FLSA Status:

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Under the supervision of the General Counsel, represents the Authority in civil litigation and administrative proceedings in employment and labor-related matters. Also oversees and conducts Authority’s collective bargaining process.  Provides ongoing legal counsel to Authority staff in employment and labor matters.  Responsible for routine and more complex legal matters as directed.  Works with outside counsel and supervises their work as needed.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILIITIES:

  • Represents the Authority in state & federal court; before administrative bodies and at BHA internal hearings.
  • Advises Authority staff on the application of employment-related state and federal laws, regulations and best practices in areas that include but are not limited to: civil rights; discrimination; retaliation; reasonable accommodation; and work place harassment.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the development, implementation, and interpretation of Authority policies, procedures, handbooks and provides training on occasion.
  • Drafts agreements, policies, contracts, pleadings, legislation and regulations.
  • May provide supervision, training & evaluations of designated attorneys, paralegals, legal interns or support staff.
  • Develops expertise in labor and employment matters and related practice areas.
  • May have administrative responsibility within Legal Department.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Duties & Responsibilities with respect to collective bargaining matters

  • Coordinates with other appropriate BHA staff development of collective bargaining strategies and proposals. Recommends composition of collective bargaining committees to BHA Administrator.
  • Works with General Counsel to determine extent of use of outside counsel as lead negotiator bargaining and selection of such counsel. Serves as lead negotiator or committee member on bargaining committees as directed.
  • Works with outside counsel as necessary, supervising development of bargaining proposals, conduct of bargaining sessions, and drafting of agreements.
  • Coordinates implementation of collective bargaining agreements with appropriate BHA departments and provides training as necessary.
  • Provides ongoing counsel to BHA staff regarding issues arising under collective bargaining agreements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

Law degree from an accredited law school and a registered member in good standing with the Massachusetts Bar.  Minimum of five years of employment and labor-related experience in civil litigation, arbitration, and related administrative proceedings. Minimum two years of experience in collective bargaining. Substantial preference will be given to candidates with experience providing legal services to large public employers with workforce represented by multiple unions.

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