• Corporation Counsel - Pontiac, MI

    Posted: 03/30/2021

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    How To Apply:
    Apply online at www.GovHRjobs.com with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references.

    Oakland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, jvettraino@govhrusa.com, Tel: 847-380-3240

    Job Summary

    The successful candidate will be a leader with proven experience providing clear and unbiased counsel, while managing a similar size legal department/firm. Specific skills in the areas of multi-department, multi-discipline, internal service provision and legal/strategic review of policy proposals are required.

    Reporting to the Deputy County Executive who oversees the office of Corporation Counsel, Corporation Counsel will lead and work collaboratively with various County departments, staff and outside legal counsel to address day-to-day transactional needs, counsel regarding policy matters, while establishing forward looking goals for their office and strategic advice to the County elected officials.

    • Possess a high level of personal and professional integrity, gaining respect and inspiring the trust and confidence of co-workers and elected officials, and other stakeholders.
    • Serve as the key point of contact and resource to proactively work to address potential legal issues and to direct coordinated responses to legal issues that may arise.
    • Foster a culture of trust, authenticity, and openness to create collaborative solutions.
    • Lead employees with confidence and approachability. Provide constructive feedback, both one-on-one and in groups, to employees. Develop a culture of open communication and innovation.
    • Possess experience in retaining and attracting professional staff, and experience in evaluating staff to effectively meet the Corporation Counsel office’s needs.
    • Demonstrate an ability to keep the Deputy County Executive and elected officials informed about emerging legal and legislative issues with advanced notice to provide ample opportunity for them to consider the implications and alternatives for action.
    • Demonstrate an ability to work in a political environment without becoming involved in politics.
    • Maintain a calm demeanor during times of stress, while being open to listening to concerns and addressing them with legal alternatives. Be assertive when necessary, yet empathetic to individual circumstances.
    • Have a genuine passion for public service, including a commitment to being an independent advisor.
    • Performing additional duties as assigned by the County Executive and Deputy County Executives.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Experience and Education  

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Juris doctorate degree.
    • At least ten (10) years of successful experience as a practicing attorney and be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan. If coming from another State, be a member in good standing of that State Bar and become a member of the State Bar of Michigan within the minimum time necessary (out-of-state attorneys are encouraged to review Michigan Bar reciprocity rules). The County, at its discretion, may consider an alternative level of work experience.
    • Experience in government law, including contracts, administrative, civil and criminal, is preferred.
    • Skill in compiling and evaluating complex information and formulating and clearly articulating, both orally and in writing, effective legal recommendations.
    • Attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Possess a high level of personal and professional integrity, gaining respect and inspiring the trust and confidence of co-workers and elected officials, and other stakeholders. 
    • Ability to lead and direct a professional legal team. 
    • Ability to think strategically, anticipate issues and make comprehensive recommendations regarding legal and policy matters before the County. 
    • Ability and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the office of Corporation Counsel and as an overarching county government priority. 
    • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing and make presentation in a public forum. 
    • A customer service orientation, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public in a variety of cooperative and contentious situations. 

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