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General Counsel

The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
27 days ago

Description

The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) is an independent agency, with appointees from the Governor and Attorney General, which was established by Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2020.  POST’s role is to create a mandatory certification process for police officers in Massachusetts, as well as processes for decertification, suspension of certification, or reprimand in the event of certain misconduct. POST will also be responsible for investigating and adjudicating claims of misconduct, maintaining databases of training, certification, employment and internal affairs records for all officers, and certifying law enforcement agencies. By creating a central entity to oversee officer certification, POST will ensure that those officers' training and misconduct records are available to the public.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

To provide day-to-day legal advice, representation and support POST and its staff on a broad range of complex legal, adjudicatory, business, operations and regulatory issues. The General Counsel will supervise and manage POST’s Legal Department and outside counsel.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing the activities of the Legal Department, including supervision of any professional, paralegal and support personnel.
  • Providing legal advice and counsel to the Executive Director and POST to support daily operations and strategic initiatives.
  • Drafting, promulgation, and enforcement of regulations and policies, including regulations and policies relating to the issuing, renewing, denying, conditioning, limiting, suspending, or revoking officer and agency certifications, and assuring compliance with those regulations and policies.
  • Ensuring POST and staff compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies, including laws relating to public records, open meetings, campaign finance, and ethics.
  • Remaining current on legal decisions and statutes (both within and outside of Massachusetts) relevant to the work of POST.
  • Attending and representing POST at public meetings, hearings and other appearances.
  • Supervising employment-related matters; contracts and procurement; potential legal actions by and against POST.
  • Assisting the Executive Director in the establishment of employment and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Overseeing procurement processes in conjunction with the Executive Director and Chief Financial and Accounting Officer.
  • Managing budget and outside counsel engagements.
  • Drafting, interpreting and negotiating a wide variety of employment, business and interagency agreements and reviewing contracts and other instruments for execution.


Requirements

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar.
  • A minimum of 10 years of legal experience.
  • Developed knowledge of the law enforcement and public safety environment from the perspectives of law enforcement agencies and officers and members of the public involved with law enforcement.
  • Experience with adjudicatory proceedings.
  • Verifiable management experience, including a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Ability to manage and mentor legal and support personnel.
  • Experience in building newly created organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, management and communication skills, including strong oral and writing skills.
  • Experience in a regulatory agency or other regulatory compliance experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and an ability to deal with complex issues, in, at times, an emotionally charged environment.

Salary Range: 

Commensurate with experience.

Benefits Package:

POST is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week and other variables. Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.

The General Counsel is a management position; as such the successful candidate will be hired as an employee at will. This position is non-civil service. This position is an exempt position.

The overall benefits available include: paid vacation, sick and personal leave time, health, dental and vision insurance through the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance, and optional pre-tax Health Savings Account plans.

In addition, POST provides employees the opportunity to elect life insurance, long term disability insurance, deferred compensation savings, tuition remission and pre-tax commuter account plans, along with other programs.

POST employees also participate in the Commonwealth’s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from State service. Follow this link for additional retirement information: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/.

Commitment to Diversity:

POST is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. POST is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Process and Deadline:

Do not select MassCareers “apply online” option to apply for this position. Applications submitted via this MassCareers website are not received by our Offi

POST encourages interested candidates that meet the minimum requirements for experience and skills to apply for this position.

Interested candidates should submit the following application package:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three (3) references with full contact information (phone, email)

The application package should be submitted by email with the position title in the subject line: “Peace Officer Standards and Training General Counsel” to: HRDrecruitment@mass.gov.

Deadline date: June 18, 2021. Submissions are due by 5:00 pm EST (e-mail) on June 18, 2021; late submissions may be considered solely at the discretion of POST.

Those candidates invited to interview will be contacted by POST for this position on or about June 28, 2021.

Candidates invited to Executive Session interviews will need to be available for interview between July 12 and July 16, 2021.

Any finalists for the position must be available to interview with the full POST during a meeting open to the public on a date to be determined.

Unfortunately, due to the anticipated high volume of applicants for this vacancy, we are unable to provide status updates to specific individuals.

MassCareers:

This job description is also posted on MassCareers, the Commonwealth’s Employment Opportunities site. Resumes will not be accepted or viewed through that site. All resumes must be submitted through the mailbox identified above under Application Process  and Deadline.

Notice of Required Background Check – Including Tax Compliance:

POST requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment.

Candidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such background check is not initiated until:

  1. A candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview and
  2. The candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases.

This background check includes a Criminal Offender Record Information check, Federal IRS and Department of Revenue state tax compliance on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.

Candidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified. Individuals other than those references provided by a candidate may be contacted in the course of completing a full background and qualification check.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 56944172
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: General Counsel
  • Company Name: The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST)
  • Job Function: General Counsel
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Juris Doctor
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: 25-50%
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