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Chief Counsel

Company name

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Organization Type


Job Type


Posted on

Sep 09, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


New Philadelphia, OH, United States


Practice Area
Contract Law >> Contract Law
Corporate >> Corporate
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
Government Contracts >> Government Contracts
Litigation >> Litigation
Real Estate >> Real Estate
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Chief Counsel

Application Deadline: 10/4/2020
Commensurate with Experience 
Location: Main Office, New Philadelphia, OH
FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Summary:

Plans, directs, coordinates, and oversees all legal work of the organization including providing senior level advice and counsel to the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and MWCD staff on all related and important matters. Conducts and directs legal research and prepares memos, contracts, leases, and other legal documents; may conduct/attend hearings; reviews and/or oversees review of civil court filings involving the MWCD; oversees preparation and review of all MWCD legal documents; interprets legislation and/or rules affecting MWCD. Works in conjunction with outside counsel as necessary directing litigation involving the organization. Acts as the primary liaison to the Conservancy Court and presiding Conservancy Court Judge. Advises the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the Board of Appraisers on legal questions regarding property valuation, sale and acquisition of property or related matters. Answers legal inquiries from government officials and/or the public; assists staff in resolving complex questions of law; represents organization in meetings. Oversees development of plans for internal governance programs and organizational policies. Supervises Associate Legal Counsel.

Essential Duties:

Give accurate and timely counsel to management on a variety of legal topics (conservancy district law, prevailing wage, contracts, bidding, corporate compliance). Collaborates with management and outside counsel to devise efficient defense strategies for litigation.  Supervise outside counsel and may serve as co-counsel. Reviews, drafts, negotiates transactional and management legal documents and contracts such as cottage site leases, contracts (construction, IT, finance, benefits, recreation), marina leases, oil and gas leases, restaurant leases, real estate purchase agreements, easements, lending and finance agreements, vendor agreements, water supply agreements, etc. Designs internal governance of programs and policies such as operational and personnel policies, rules and regulations, risk analysis and other matters regarding legal and ethical responsibilities in conjunction with management. Researches and evaluates multiple risk factors regarding business decisions and operations. Advises executives on legal risks and business terms of various proposals. Applies effective risk management techniques and offers proactive advice on possible legal issues. Communicates and negotiates with external parties, creating relationships of trust. Drafts and solidifies agreements, contracts, and other legal documents to ensure MWCD’s full legal rights. Acts as primary liaison to the Conservancy Court and presiding Conservancy Court Judge. Advises the Executive Director with respect to annual preparations for the meeting of the Conservancy Court and coordinates preparations with appropriate internal staff. Coordinates the process through the Conservancy Court to fill open positions for Board members. Coordinates the filling of Conservancy Court judge vacancies as they occur. Serves as a member of the executive management group. Responsible for managing assigned area to achieve and surpass stated goals and objectives. Assists in the development of policies that encompass organizational operations, personnel, financial performance, and organization expansion and advises staff of legal and risk management issues. Advises the MWCD Board of Directors and staff on conflict of interest issues. Acts as lead member of the Maintenance Assessment work group.


Bachelor’s degree and law degree (Juris Doctor). Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio. Ten years of proven progressive experience in the practice of law, either in the public or private sectors. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Ability to maintain confidentiality of information. Must have the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects and prioritize workload. Computer skills required, including Microsoft office products. Demonstrated high degree of professional ethics and integrity. Comprehension of the influences of the external environment of a public corporation. Ability to; organize and interpret legal material and/or legal documents; effectively communicate verbally regarding legal issues to non-legal staff and the public; handle sensitive contacts with employees, government officials, adverse parties and /or public and demonstrated ability to resolve complaints. Maintains a high-level of respect within the organization, the bench and bar.

Applying Online:

If you are interested in applying for this position, log on to and find the Employment Opportunities link at the bottom of the homepage. Once you have clicked on this link, find the appropriate posting under Administration- Full Time Positions. Click on the job title and complete the online application process. If you have any questions, feel free to call Mary Burley at (330) 343-6647 or toll-free at (877) 363-8500, extension 2224, or Michael Mahaffey at (330) 343-6647 or toll-free at (877) 363-8500, extension 2223.


Company info

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Company Profile

The Muskingum River Watershed, which covers more than 8,000 square miles and drains into the Muskingum River, is the largest wholly contained watershed in the state of Ohio, covering about 20 percent of the state. The Muskingum River - which is formed by the confluence of the Tuscarawas and Walhonding rivers at Coshocton, OH - empties into the Ohio River at Marietta. The system of reservoirs and dams in the watershed offers flood reduction and water conservation benefits to the region's property owners and residents. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, was responsible for the development of the reservoirs and dams. Today the MWCD is dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, water conservation and recreational opportunities in the Muskingum River Watershed.