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Senior Legal Counsel - Construction more...
Location:Seattle, WA
Company:Sound Transit
First posted:April 01, 2017

Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel - Construction

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Salary: $139,593.00 - $174,491.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: Union Station, Seattle, Washington

General Purpose   Benefits   Supplemental Questions

Sound Transit's legal department seeks a senior construction law attorney. As in-house counsel to a rapidly growing regional transit authority, we advise agency staff and policy makers on complex legal matters and develop legal strategies and creative solutions that balance potential legal risks with strategic and public interests. We work with elected officials, the Federal Transit Administration, engineers, transportation planners, and other dedicated agency staff to plan, design, build and operate the region's high capacity transportation system. This position will join existing team of 11 attorneys working in a collegial environment in our Union Station offices.
   Essential Functions:

  •  Advise on a broad range of construction related matters, including public contract bidding and procurement, bid protests, change orders and claims.
  •  Negotiate, draft, and review contracts. 
  •  Collaborate with, support, and manage outside litigation counsel.
  •  Litigate non-complex matters.
  •  Support the General Counsel on a broad range of miscellaneous municipal law issues.
     Minimum Qualifications: Juris Doctorate Degree and eight years of experience in a public or private practice with construction law as a significant component. Experience counseling clients within a municipal law or in-house setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Required Licenses or Certifications:
    Active membership in good standing of the Washington State Bar or Washington State Bar License within six months of employment.

    Required Knowledge of:

  •  Legal principles, practices, and procedures relevant to public contract bidding and procurement, municipal, constitutional, and administrative law.
  •  Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  •  Advanced methods and techniques required to perform legal duties and responsibilities.
  •  Methods and techniques required to efficiently research legal issues.
  •  Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  •  Relevant legal precedent and court decisions impacting litigation.
  •  State and federal court trial and appellate practice rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  •  English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  •  Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  •  Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  •  Basic project management techniques.
  •  Principles of customer service.

    Required Skill in:

  •  Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
  •  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  •  Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
  •  Public speaking and in developing and delivering presentations and presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  •  Defining legal issues, collecting and analyzing information, and recommending action.
  •  Applying legal principles to novel situations.
  •  Interpreting and making decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  •  Preparing a variety of clear and concise legal documents including letters, memos, briefs, opinions, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents.
  •  Developing and implementing practical legal approach that responsibly evaluates and balances legal risks with project demands.
  •  Conducting research on legal problems and preparing sound legal opinion.
  •  Negotiating with other parties.
  •  Balancing project needs with legal requirements and mediating competing interests among departments.
  •  Demonstrating effective diplomacy on legal issues and matters.
  •  Managing projects and making decisions in fast-paced, difficult environments.
  •  Preparing and quickly analyzing and synthesizing complex data and comprehensive reports.
  •  Maintaining confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
  •  Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
  •  Applying project management techniques and principles.
  •  Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.

       Physical Demands/Work Environment:

    • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
    • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.

    The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
    It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

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