Job Details

Deputy General Counsel

Company name

Seattle Housing Authority

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jun 19,2019

Valid Through

Oct 02,2019

Posted on

May 30,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 105185 to 157788 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required

Location

Seattle, WA, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Deputy General Counsel
The candidate will provide counsel, service assistance and recommendations with respect to firm programs and activities; represent firm in various court, administrative, and alternate dispute resolution proceedings; prepare various legal documents; train, supervise and evaluate assigned staff. Will provide counsel, service assistance and recommendations with respect to firm programs and activities; advise and counsel Housing Operations personnel on matters relating to the unlawful detainer litigation. Represent firm in court proceedings relating to evictions; attend grievance hearings related to the eviction process; meet with opposing counsel to discuss the eviction of a tenant; conduct interviews and depositions of witnesses involved in the eviction; complete legal paperwork to process the eviction through the court system. Represent firm in court proceedings relating to lawsuits for premises liability; meet with opposing counsel to discuss issues relating to such lawsuits; conduct interviews and depositions of witnesses involved in the lawsuit; draft legal pleadings. Advise and counsel Section 8 on various legal issues; represent firm in court proceedings relating to fraudulent behavior of owners or recipients of Section 8 vouchers and certificates; conduct and attend interviews and depositions of witnesses; complete related paperwork to recover funds owed to firm relating to related fraudulent behavior. Respond to EEOC on complaints filed by firm employees; respond to complaints filed with Seattle Human Rights Department, Washington State Human Rights Commission, and HUD; conduct and attend interviews and depositions of witnesses. Assist the General Counsel in providing legal services and representation to firm and its employees; render legal services on matters involving considerable difficulty and complexity including questions for which no clear legal precedent is available. Analyze problems, conduct legal research, and provide legal opinions related to difficult and complex legal problems; respond to requests from private attorneys, local governmental officials and the general public for explanations of firm policies and practices involving significant legal issues. Provide advice and counsel to firm Housing Operations regarding reasonable accommodation issues for disabled residents under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Housing Amendments Act, and Washington state laws against housing discrimination. Render legal opinions with respect to Public Housing. Attend resident, managers, supervisor and other meetings to discuss legal issues and answer questions regarding firm processes, procedures and policies. Operate a computer and other office equipment as assigned. Participate in the development and implementation of goals, work plans, performance measures, and continuous improvement of service delivery to assist in attaining the unit/program/department initiatives and goals, agency core strategies, and mission through a spirit of service, teamwork and respect. Work respectfully and courteously with other employees, follow direction, and work well under pressure. Delegate authority through the chain of command and hold supervisors and employees accountable for accident prevention and reporting procedures according to the agency's Safety and Health Program. Provide advice and counsel to firm management regarding employment and labor law issues, including discrimination, disabled employees, Family and Medical Leave, wages and hours, worker's compensation, collective bargaining, Unfair Labor Practices, and grievances. Provide advice and counsel to firm employees regarding contracts, construction and design, and procurement. Prepare standardized contract language; prepare, review, and revise contracts. Provide training to firm management and employees regarding prevention of sexual and other discriminatory harassment. Advise and/or represent firm in collective bargaining negotiations; prepare and revise collective bargaining agreement drafts. Supervise the legal assistants and legal secretary in the performance of their tasks. Ensure that all safety and health rules, standards and procedures are observed; conduct monthly self-inspections of work areas and practices to eliminate potential hazardous conditions; arrange for, conduct and ensure that accident investigations of all accidents are formally reported on or within the next work day of when the accident occurred; monitor and enforce the agency's Safety and Health Program, and actively support and participate in the Emergency Preparedness program and tasks. Perform related duties as assigned. Provide counsel, service assistance and recommendations with respect to firm programs and activities. Represent firm in various court, administrative, and alternate dispute resolution proceedings. Prepare various legal documents, including pleadings, contracts, and leases. Research complex issues, and prepare opinions accordingly on various subjects. Conduct interviews and depositions. Communicate effectively both verbally, and in writing. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Work independently with little direction. Plan and organize work. Meet schedules and time lines. Works respectfully and courteously with staff, residents, and the general public.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have graduation from an accredited law school with admission to the Bar of the State of Washington. Must have 5+ years of professional legal experience. Washington State Bar Association membership is essential. Must have knowledge of Laws and regulations related to firm's activities and programs including the United States Code, HUD regulations, EEOC regulations, Revised Code of Washington, Washington State regulations, firm's policy manual and others; Court, administrative, and alternate dispute resolution proceedings; Preparation of various legal documents, including pleadings, contracts, and leases; Interviewing techniques. Must have Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; Verbal and written communication skills; Record-keeping techniques and Operation of a computer and assigned software.

Additional info

Job #103443

Company info

Christopher Haase
Seattle Housing Authority
120 Sixth Avenue N.
P. O. Box 19028
Seattle, WA 98109-1028
Phone: 206-615-3323

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