Deputy General Counsel
Open Date: May 15, 2023
Closing Date: Open until filled
Salary: Excepted Service Grade 8: $120,000 -$161,000
Current District of Columbia residents will receive high preference in the review and selection process.
The Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) has an opening for the position of Deputy General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel currently consists of four attorneys, a J.D. Legal Fellow, and an Executive Assistant. The Deputy GC would participate in and help to direct all aspect of the office, from serving as General Counsel to the Mayor, as well as to the 20 agencies and offices reporting to the Mayor, and to the Deputy Mayors as necessary or requested. The Deputy GC would assist the GC in serving as Ethics Officer to the EOM and in helping ensure the highest ethical standards throughout the District government.
The Deputy GC will provide direct supervision to EOM’s FOIA Officer. The work of the EOM GC office is varied and fast paced. It ranges from legislative and regulatory review and occasional drafting, to drafting and review of other legal documents such as proposed settlements, interagency Memoranda of Understanding, Mayor’s Orders and Mayor’s Memoranda. The Deputy GC participates in developing and implementing the strategic direction and initiatives of the Bowser Administration. The General Counsel serves as liaison to the Auditor, the Inspector General, and the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, and the Deputy would assist in projects relating to those offices. The Office and its deputy are involved in negotiations, mediations, witness preparation, advice-giving.
This position is located in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM). The Deputy General Counsel is responsible for reviewing all legal, legislative and regulatory matters and contract issues pertaining to the EOM's programs and services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serves as the number two attorney in the Executive Office of the Mayor. In the absence of the General Counsel the incumbent is authorized to take action.
- Provides opinions and advice to Executive Office of The Mayor and external parties regarding Federal and local legislation, rulemaking, and administrative action.
- Advises the General Counsel on legal and policy matters related to legislation, regulations, and executive action.
- Advise on novel challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Analyzes existing and proposed executive action, legislation and regulations relating to Office programs.
- Provides legal opinions concerning Office programs and activities and legal sufficiency of Mayor’s Orders.
- Advise on internal personnel matters and litigation risk for potential executive action.
- Review agreements and contracts amongst executive agencies and DC partners involving memoranda of understanding, grants, and other contracts.
- Maintains information, including court orders, on all cases involving EOM.
- Interprets and analyzes judicial and administrative decisions of the District of Columbia and Federal Government to assure Agency compliance and conformity with those decisions.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE
- MUST be a lawyer in good standing with the District of Columbia Bar.
- MUST have at least 5 years practicing law, preferably in District service;
- Some background, whether prior to or subsequent to law school, in communications, organizing, politics, or legislation is desirable.
- Knowledge and ability to effectively communicate orally and in written format with attorneys and other legal representatives and various executive management levels of the District and Federal Governments.
- Knowledge and skill to prepare clear and concise legal opinions and analyses, with minimal supervision.
- Knowledge and ability to conduct extensive legal research in connection with legal questions concerning the interpretation and application of statutes, rules and regulations, and skill in the analysis and resolution of complex issues.
- Ability to anticipate and head off legal problems through creative suggestions
- Demonstrated ability to secure the trust of clients and to motivate them to seek your legal advice
- Experience in exercising judgment for the benefit of the organization
- Skill at legal risk assessment
- Background in government ethics or FOIA a plus
- Ability to provide useful edits and suggestions to a range of documents to ensure high quality work product across a range of documents
There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.