Assistant General Counsel – Oakland

  • Full Time
  • Oakland

AC Transit

AC Transit is looking for dynamic and experienced attorney candidates for the position of Assistant General Counsel. This position performs highly complex and responsible, professional legal work for the District; manages the day-to-day operations of the Legal department within the Office of the General Counsel; is responsible for oversight and management of programs as required by the General Counsel, and oversees completion of legal work performed by retained outside counsel. This position is the right hand to the General Counsel and serves as department head in the absence of the General Counsel. This is an excellent opportunity to work at one of the largest bus agencies in California. In addition to working with some of the best in the business, AC Transit also has an excellent benefits package that includes pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending and a 457 savings plan. The position reports directly to the General Counsel. This position is based in Oakland, CA.

  • Provides comprehensive legal services to internal departments of the District as directed by the General Counsel and, when necessary, to the Board of Directors; performs or directs the development of legal strategy; prepares or directs the preparation of briefs, pleadings, motions and arguments; performs or directs the conduct of discovery and depositions in preparation for litigation; files motions and briefs; represents or directs representation of the District in litigation and administrative proceedings.
  • Assesses risk and/or exposure of administrative and management problems to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and the District’s policies and procedures.
  • Provides leadership to assigned staff; selects, trains, motivates, and directs department personnel; develops, mentors and guides staff in achieving goals and objectives; coaches and develops employees; provides constructive feedback on performance and behaviors; reviews and evaluates work; counsels and handles personnel actions as needed; works to strengthen the District through improving morale, team building and implementation of programs to develop and train employees.
  • Assists in manages, develops, and administers the department’s annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of, and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments, as needed.
  • Oversees the work of professional legal staff; manages case assignment and acts as a resource to the department’s litigators.
  • Directs the data collection, and analyses on a variety of studies, surveys, needs assessments, and cost benefits analyses to improve service performance and efficiency of the department..
  • Reviews, analyzes and may draft resolutions, administrative regulations, procedures, contracts, and other legal instruments.
  • Directs the work of outside retained counsel to represent or represents the District in litigation proceedings, including all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work.
  • Prepares legal opinions at the request of the General Counsel.
  • Handles complex advisory matters up to and including litigation.
  • May handle personal injury lawsuits, including trial.
  • Represents the District in administrative hearings, legislative hearings and civil litigation matters.
  • May negotiate on behalf of the District at the direction of the General Counsel.
  • Confers with and assists other District departments in establishing departmental policies and procedures consistent with established legal principals andthe District’s policies and procedures.
  • May participate in labor negotiations in the absence of General Counsel.
  • Prepares a variety of periodic and special reports related to the Legal Department Counsel activities and legal cases.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law and other services as they relate to the area of assignment.
  • Monitors proposed legislation and court decisions related to the District and/or public sector law and activities; evaluate their impact on District operations and recommends appropriate actions.
  • Exercises considerable discretionary judgment in determining legal, administrative and management strategies.
  • May be required to temporarily replace or act in the position of the General Counsel, and may be required to perform some or all of the General Counsel’s essential functions in such situations.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Education: Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional legal experience in public sector law in either private practice or with a public entity, including two (2) years of experience in a supervisory capacity.

Must maintain the physical condition necessary to: (1) perform tasks in an office setting operating a personal computer, keyboards, and other peripheral equipment; and (2) possess physical mobility in order to attend off-site meetings, trials, hearings, and negotiations.


The Selection Process: The Human Resources department must receive a completed online application by the filling date. If this recruitment is “Continuous,” it may be closed at any time without notice. Applications will be screened for job related qualifications, and those candidates who best meeting the qualifications listed on this Job Announcement will be invited to participate in an examination process that may include written, oral and/or performance segments. Current District employees must have satisfactory attendance and performance records up to and throughout the recruitment process. Finalists will be placed on a ranked Eligibility List. When filling vacancies, the Human Resources Department will refer the top candidates to the hiring department for final screening and recommendation. Per Board Policy, selected candidates may require background checks performed on their criminal and/or financial records.
Benefits: All employees hired on or after January 1, 2016, will be in the District’s Tier II pension plan covered by the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). As such, he/she will be required to contribute 1.917% of his/her salary to the cost of his/her pension. This percentage will increase each year until the full employee’s share of pension is reached. The exact percentage amount of the contribution will be determined each fiscal year. AC Transit’s Pension Retirement System is not a part of CalPERS and does not reciprocate with other pension systems.

ADA Compliant and Drug Free Workplace: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you have a need for an accommodation, please call Human Resources at (510) 891-4783.

The Alameda Contra Costa Transit District has established the goal of a 100 percent drug and alcohol-free workplace. Applicants will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and those in safety sensitive positions will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing through their period of employment, including random drug and alcohol testing.

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