Opens on Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 5, 2021
East Bay Municipal Utility District’s General Counsel is retiring. If you are interested in this exciting career opportunity, see the recruitment brochure for details. The recruitment brochure will be available on Monday, February 15, 2021, at www.ebmud.com/jobs/.
The Office of General Counsel provides comprehensive in-house legal services on a broad range of issues affecting EBMUD operations with a litigation unit to increase capacity and flexibility for handling litigation in-house. Where specialized legal services are needed, the Office of General Counsel provides oversight and supervision to maximize efficient use of outside counsel. The Office of General Counsel has an annual budget of $5,049,000 and a staff of 15, which currently includes nine full-time attorneys (including the General Counsel) and six paraprofessional support staff.
The General Counsel is the chief legal advisor of the Board of Directors, the General Manager and other EBMUD officers, and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. The General Counsel is responsible for all litigation to which EBMUD is a party or in which it is legally interested. The Office of General Counsel provides legal support to EBMUD in various areas including water rights, water quality laws, natural resources and environmental law; municipal and public law; contracts, public works construction and real estate; employment, employee benefits, retirement, and labor law; tort litigation and public liability insurance; public finance, taxes, rates, and charges.
The General Counsel formulates legal opinions and provides legal advice to EBMUD; oversees legal research and preparation of Board reports and recommendations; manages litigation and participation in administrative proceedings; monitors legal developments, including proposed legislation and court decisions related to public and water agency laws and activities; and represents EBMUD before federal, state, and municipal jurisdictions and courts. The position is also a key member of EBMUD’s Senior Management Team.
The ideal candidate will have legal management and leadership skills which include experience in managing in-house legal staff, outside counsel and/or projects; be experienced in providing legal counsel to a Board of Directors while working closely with the management staff of EBMUD; and will be fully familiar with the constitutional and statutory rules governing the conduct of legislative bodies.
The monthly salary for the General Counsel will be commensurate with the appointed candidate’s background and qualifications. An excellent benefits package is also available subject to contract negotiations.
Candidates must have seven years of progressively responsible experience in the active practice of public or water law and be a licensed member of the State Bar of California. Experience in the fields of public law, environmental law, public sector employment law, public works contracting, regulatory law governing water quality and wastewater treatment and water law are highly desirable. This would also include knowledge of State and Federal law and constitutional provisions that would affect EBMUD operations. Candidates should have experience representing a comparable public organization in court, in public hearings, and with other public or private organizations.