Overview of the Office of General Counsel
Working in close collaboration with members of the Executive Office and the SANDAG Board of Directors, the Office of General Counsel enables SANDAG staff and management to succeed in implementing Board priorities in an innovative and ethical manner. The Office acts as legal counsel supporting agency functions, and helps employees, the Board of Directors, and SANDAG Policy Advisory Committees. Examples of recent and upcoming projects include supporting major SANDAG construction projects within its capital program, including the Mid-Coast Trolley Project and Downtown Stopover and Multiuse Facility, by providing advice and guidance for the environmental review process, the acquisition of right-of-way, contract procurements, and claims. The team is known for being progressive, proactive, and providing outstanding customer service.
Deputy General Counsel Role
As a member of the six person Office of General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel will serve as a technical resource to agency executives and project managers and will support various programs, projects, and services by providing oversight and legal guidance related to agency contracting and procurement processes, providing legal guidance and opinions to various committees and working groups, overseeing the work of outside counsel, and providing highly responsible and complex assistance to the General Counsel.
This opportunity is best suited for an experienced legal professional with an interest in furthering their expertise in a regional public agency setting. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with management staff. Examples of primary responsibilities for this position include:
Experience and Qualifications
Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for an articulate, confident legal professional with highly developed communication and collaboration skills and the ability to explain complex issues in an easily-understandable way. An aptitude for analytical thinking and innovation and a commitment to providing outstanding service while meeting numerous time-sensitive deadlines also are important characteristics.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible, professional municipal, transportation, environmental, and/or land use legal experience as an attorney focusing on municipal or governmental law, including two years of supervisory experience. Status as a member in good standing of the State Bar of California is required.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.
Salary and Benefits
This position is considered an executive-level role and has an annual salary range of $111,213 to $177,941; the starting salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.
In addition to the benefits provided to all employees, this position is eligible for several enhanced benefits which include a Management Benefit valued at 2.5% of salary that can be applied towards time off, health premiums, or deferred compensation, and access to an Executive Health Program.
We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form and providing responses to the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.
The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, February 8, 2019.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), fax (619) 699-6905, or email@example.com.
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, candidates are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the first review date listed above, candidates will receive written confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the first review date. Based on this evaluation, the best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.
The SANDAG website contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer