boston planning & development agency

COUNSEL

Posted Date 04/29/2021
Job ID
2021-1578
Category
Office of the General Counsel
Grade Level
L
# of Hours
35
Salary Range
$77,300 - $96,600

Summary

Boston Planning & Development Agency

 

**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**

TITLE:           COUNSEL

 GRADE:        L                                                                     STATUS:            EXEMPT

 

DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:  GENERAL COUNSEL/OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUSEL

 

OVERVIEW

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is the planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. The BPDA plays a far-reaching role in shaping the City. We are a self-sustaining agency and our love for Boston inspires us to make our City an even better place to live, work, and connect.  The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff with diverse experiences while continuing to work to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment, where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.  We believe every member on our team enriches our agency and allows us to see a broad range of ways to understand and engage with our city, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver solutions.

 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under the supervision of the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, or either’s designee, provide legal counsel on BPDA policies and process for the procurement of goods and services and disposition of land, both under Massachusetts General Laws, and undertake a variety of legal matters, perform legal research, draft documents and opinions and conduct or assist with limited civil litigation. The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.

 

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.

 

  • Work with a team from other agency departments to ensure all agency Procurement processes are set up in accordance with applicable law. Review Request for Proposals for real estate disposition and services, and contracts for goods and services to determine appropriate procurement methodology. Provide legal advice on agency procurement and contract policies and process.
  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda on a variety of agency issues, including but not limited to real estate sales, title searches, lease agreements, affordable housing, loans, mortgages, zoning matters, and other land use matters. Interpret and apply regulations, statutes, and other city, state, and federal requirements and guidelines. Prepare verbal and written legal opinions on selected issues.
  • Draft agreements, including Boston Zoning Code Article 80 documents, affordable housing agreements, contracts, notes, and other legal instruments involving the BPDA's interests or activities; negotiate final form documents and conduct closings; submit documents to supervisor for review; incorporate necessary additions and changes. Oversee preparation, proofreading and production of final documents and closings.
  • May assist in the development and preparation of opinions on more complex matters. Assist in negotiations on behalf of the BPDA.  Maintain familiarity with applicable laws and provide legal advice on selected projects or issues to BPDA staff members.  Interpret and apply regulations, statutes, and other city, state and federal requirements and guidelines. 
  • Assist with keeping the legal department organized by maintaining generated files and documents within the Box filing system and help organize the legal library/conference room and common areas of the department.
  • As directed, initiate action to enforce terms of agreement with various parties with whom the BPDA has contracted. Within established authority limits, contact party, explain BPDA’s position and requirements, and negotiate resolution.  Refer irreconcilable, politically sensitive, or especially complex matters to supervisor with recommendation for further action and supporting information.
  • As directed, duties may involve limited representation of the BPDA before all courts and administrative agencies on selected cases as assigned. As directed, initiate legal action on behalf of the BPDA.  Within established parameters, negotiate settlements prior to and during litigation.  Prepare and present case; conduct required research; file all appropriate documents and motion on a timely basis; conduct interviews and depositions.  Recommend further action or appeal on appropriate decisions and judgements.  Maintain and update documentation and work papers.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Work requires completion of a J.D., and admission to the Massachusetts Bar, approximately 3 years of progressively responsible related legal experience, with experience in title and conveyance research and real estate closings.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Normal office environment.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Little or no exertion.

 

SCOPE:

Not applicable.

 

**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT*

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