Senior Attorney

Forest Preserve District

Organization: Forest Preserve District

Work Locations: Cook County Administration 69 W. Washington
Job Posting: Jul 24, 2018, 5:54:50 PM Closing Date: Aug 7, 2018, 4:59:00 AM

Posting Salary: $91,609 / Yearly

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Chief Attorney of the District, represents the District in various courts and before administrative agencies, as well as assists in monitoring the status and progress of litigation assigned to outside counsel. Reviews and, when necessary, proposes amendments to ordinances and general policies and procedures. Prepares and negotiates transactional contracts for consultants, construction projects and concession agreements. Handles real estate matters, including sale of surplus parcels, real estate acquisitions, license and easements and grant documentation, and performs related duties as required.

Typical Duties

  • Represents the District in a variety of litigation in various courts and before administrative agencies.
  • Works with the Chief Attorney, in monitoring the status and progress of litigation assigned to outside counsel.
  • Reviews and, when necessary, proposes amendments, ordinances and general policies and procedures.
  • Attends and, as needed, represents the District at board and committee meetings.
  • Prepares, drafts, and negotiates contracts, including but not limited to purchase agreements, intergovernmental agreements, consulting agreements, construction contracts, and concession agreements.
  • Provide support and assistance with regard to enforcement of District ordinances, policies, rules, and procedures.
  • Drafts ordinances, resolutions, agenda items and miscellaneous legal documents.
  • Assists in the administration and development of District policies including, but not limited to, policies relating to drug testing and sexual harassment.
  • Handles special assignments from the Chief Attorney.
  • Maintains and applies knowledge of federal, state and local laws.
  • Handles Freedom of Information requests received from the public.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must possess a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law.
  • Must possess five (5) or more years of full-time work experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Possession of seven (7) or more years of full-time work experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
  • Knowledge of the legal system, as it relates to procedures, laws, contracts, torts, etc.
  • Knowledge and understating of federal, state and local law as applicable to units of local government.
  • General knowledge of various real estate and real property rights and interests.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a management team in the analysis of legal situations and problems as they arise.
  • Ability to research and draft legal memoranda to address legal issues as they arise.
  • Ability to negotiate and draft contracts and agreements.
  • Skill in writing reports and various other documents.
  • Ability to appear in court and various other forums as the District’s legal representative.
  • Ability to understand and grasp detail, policies, protocols, systems, procedures and technical vernacular of the District.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

Benefits Package

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
  • Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
  • You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

 

General District Employment Requirements

PROOF OF EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES WILL BE REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW. MUST BE A RESIDENT OF COOK COUNTY OR ESTABLISH RESIDENCY IN COOK COUNTY WITHIN SIX (6) MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT AND REMAIN A RESIDENT AT ALL TIMES DURING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE DISTRICT.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.

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