Associate General Counsel - Contracts & Real Estate

Detroit, MI
Full Time
Job #: 271 Exp.: 3+ Years
We are looking for an Associate General Counsel to supervise the operations and activities for legal strategy and advice on matters impacting the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). You will prosecute and defend legal actions, prepares review, and interpret legal documents and develop and implement policies and procedures, budget administration, organizes tasks and sets priorities that involve a high level of discretionary judgment and initiative. Specifically, GLWA is looking for our Associate General Counsel to negotiate intergovernmental and procurement contracts and represent GLWA in real estate transactions, including drafting purchase agreements, leases, deeds and easements.

Essential job functions:
  • You will act as legal policymaker for the organization and provide legal support to the GLWA and its Board.
  • Our Associate General Council will prepare, coordinate, represent and support GLWA’s representation in legislative and public processes and proceedings including litigating or assisting in the litigation of GLWA interests in administrative proceedings and cases, ranging in difficulty and impacting Michigan or federal jurisprudence.
  • You will research, draft, prepare and review and advise on legal documents including but not limited to forms, contracts, memoranda, opinions, client advisories, and correspondence and develop, coordinate, implement, and conduct legal strategy and negotiations in support of GLWA business objectives.
  • You will provide advice, counsel and support for business initiatives. Exercise management authority as delegated by the General Counsel, during the absence of the General Counsel, or as necessary to further the legal interests of the organization.
  • Our Associate General Counsel will maintain current active membership in the State Bar of Michigan with knowledge of law and practice in relevant areas.
  • As is the case with all GLWA team members, you will follow safety policies and procedures in carrying out duties.
  • You will have a valid Michigan Driver’s License and the ability to drive a motor vehicle on all terrain. Provide on the job training.

Related job functions:
  • You will prepare, conduct, support, and participate in internal and external meetings and handle or assist in the handling of administrative duties for the division including but not limited to file maintenance, data entry, personnel management, business processes and procedures, equipment purchases, office maintenance and other matters as assigned.
  • You will design, implement, and support the design and implementation of organizational initiatives and special projects and lead and assist in managing vendor relationships.
  • You will prepare, conduct, support or assist with the supporting of organizational training and training materials and provide periodic reviews of processes and procedures and take action to ensure appropriate functionality.
  • As directed by the General Counsel, you may be required to perform management and team coordination activities within the Legal team, including but not limited to supervision and training of an assigned staff within the functional unit.

Required knowledges, skills and abilities
Knowledge Of:
  • Equipment, technology and systems associated with the practice of law
  • Major principles, practices, methods, and techniques of Michigan law and legal practice
  • Proper handling and dissemination of confidential information
Skill to:
  • Conduct independent and original research based on sound analysis leading to appropriate recommendations to resolve specific issues
  • Conduct comprehensive unbiased investigations
  • Formulate reasonable and effective conclusions
  • Protect and represent the organization’s values and confidences
  • Act as a proactive trusted advisor and leader
  • Utilize legal software programs
  • Use advanced technology
  • Contribute to leadership planning
Ability to:
  • Draft, understand and apply contract terms and provisions, specifically in intergovernmental agreements, procurement contracts and real estate agreements
  • Identify and research relevant legal and business issues
  • Write effectively, persuasively and with appropriate legal style and citation
  • Apply legal principles to address operational issues and concerns
  • Work independently with minimal guidance and supervision
  • Research and respond to inquiries regarding law, policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Make judgments and decisions that are guided by applicable law, policies, procedures, and high personal standards of ethics and integrity
  • Act independently and know when to refer situations to the Manager, other GLWA Divisions, or external agencies
  • Interpret, explain, and apply pertinent City, state, and federal laws and regulations, ordinances, policies and procedures
  • Prepare cost projections, monitor and control budgetary compliance
  • Understand, interpret, and apply rules, standards, or procedures and persuade others to accept or adopt recommendations
  • Conduct thorough investigations, resolve methodologies, and obtain basic data necessary to evaluate solutions to complex problems and issues with multiple variables
  • Promote and maintain the highest personal and professional integrity and align with applicable professional ethics, rules and regulations
  • Understand, apply, and/or adapt complex/conflicting oral or written regulations or guidelines to diverse and dissimilar situations
  • Effectively utilize appropriate safety equipment and procedures
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate frequently with team members and other units across the Organization about process, equipment or potential problems
  • Develop proficiency in unit specific operations and software
  • Direct team activities or to work as a team member
Required Education and Experience position requirements at entry)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Juris Doctor’s degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association preferred
  • Currently actively licensed to practice law within the State of Michigan with more than three (3) years of experience preferred
  • Experience drafting and negotiating intergovernmental and procurement contracts
  • Experience drafting and negotiating real estate transactions, including drafting purchase agreements, leases, deeds, and easements.

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