Counsel

  • Full Time
  • Chicago
  • Applications have closed

Chicago Park District Department of Law

 

  • Counsel JobID: 3293

 

  • Position Type:
    Professional/Counsel
  • Date Posted:
    4/4/2017
  • Location:
    Central Administration – LAW DEPARTMENT
  • Closing Date: 
    04/18/2017

TITLE: COUNSEL                                                      

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS:

Under general supervision, performs legal duties for the Park District’s Department of Law, and represents the Park District at administrative hearings and court proceedings on various legal matters.  Negotiates, drafts and reviews various agreements and performs related duties as required or assigned.

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EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

May be called upon to represent the Park District before administrative bodies in court. Organizes case presentation, conducts trials and arbitrations.  Drafts legal documents such as: agreements, contracts, motions, abstracts, briefs, personnel charges, letters of opinion and memoranda.  Initiates personal investigations and files law suits when warranted.  Contacts and arranges for the appearance of witnesses for court and hearings.  Interviews witnesses, takes statements and researches records.  Examines pleadings and prepares and answers supplementary pleadings for the purpose of assisting in determining available defenses.  Supervises paralegals as necessary. Responds to legal inquiries in an appropriate manner.  Maintains legal records and prepares required reports.

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DESIRABLE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Training and Experience:

Law Degree conferred by an American Bar Association accredited college or university supplemented by a minimum of two years of progressively responsible legal experience in two or more of the following areas: personnel, administrative or municipal law, civil rights, contracts, environmental law, labor law including employee discipline, litigation, real estate or worker’s compensation.

License Requirement: Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.  Admission to the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is desirable.

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Good working knowledge of standard legal practices.  Good skills in the interpretation and application of laws, statutes, ordinances and precedents.  Good analytical skills. Good skills in organizing case progression.  Effective communication skills.  Good writing skills.

Career Service: Exempt                   EEO: Professional                 FLSA: Exempt

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SALARY: $49,088 – $75,000