SUMMARY: AC Transit is actively searching for qualified candidates for the position of Attorney IV. The Attorney IV performs the District's most complex civil legal work in labor relations and/or or property damage and personal injury cases. This is an excellent opportunity to work at one of the largest bus agencies in California. In addition to working with some of the best in the business, AC Transit also has an outstanding benefits package that includes pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending and a 457 savings plan.
REPRESENTATIVE FUNCTIONS: • Provides legal advice, and renders legal opinions on matters assigned by the General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel. • Confers with the General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, General Manager, and other District executive staff to formulate and implement policies for the District in the area of assignment. • Develops District administrative policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations, as well court-ordered judgments, settlements, and decrees. • Drafts and analyzes resolutions, memoranda, contracts, and other legal documents. • Provides expert legal supervision to investigations, fact-finding, depositions, and other activities required in connection with negotiations or litigations. • May supervise a functional unit in the assigned department; and directs and monitors the work of assigned staff. May direct or monitor the work of subordinate attorneys, as assigned. • May be required to temporarily replace or act in the position of the senior District staff member to whom this position normally reports, and may be required to perform some or all of that senior staff member's essential functions in such situations. • Interprets, implements, and administers labor contracts. • Conducts or monitors labor and employment related litigation in state and federal courts, administrative tribunals, and in labor arbitrations for the District. • Provides legal advice on employment law, federal and state labor regulations, and the collective bargaining agreements to the Executive Officers, and other District staff. • Develops policies and procedures regarding labor and employment law, to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state labor laws, and the District's collective bargaining agreements. • Recommends personnel actions, when appropriate. • Litigates major property damage and personal injury cases for the District. • Provides general legal direction to District departments. • Conducts settlement negotiations, and recommends settlement amounts and details to the General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel. • Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
Experience: At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing attorney, with emphasis on either property damage and personal injury, or labor relations cases; depending upon the area of assignment.
Highly Desirable: Five (5) or more years of experience with high exposure with personal injury cases involving serious injuries and/or fatalities is highly preferred. At least five (5) jury trials to verdict is highly preferred.
Writing Sample Requirements: Submission of a deposition or hearing transcript with your application. Redaction may be made for privacy.
License Requirement: Must be licensed to practice law in California and federal courts and administrative tribunals.
Special Requirements: May be required to work outside regular business hours.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Physical Requirements: Must maintain the physical condition necessary to: (1) perform tasks in an office setting operating a personal computer, keyboards, and other peripheral equipment; and (2) possess physical mobility in order to attend off-site trials, hearings, and negotiations.
Knowledge Of: Rules of evidence, trial tactics, legal principles related to civil and administrative law including personal injury and property damage; state and federal court procedures; general statutory and case law applicable to public agencies; federal and state labor laws and regulations; negotiation strategies and principals of labor contract implementation; trial procedures, strategies, legal principles, and appellate practice in labor and employment law; methods, principles, and practices of legal research and investigation, judicial procedure, and the rules of evidence; modern office software for word-processing, presentation, and spreadsheets at the intermediate level of proficiency; and principles of supervision and leadership, including motivation and team building.
Ability To: Represent the District effectively and persuasively in court trials, depositions, and other forums; analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; perform legal research; evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations; prepare clear, concise, and complete legal documents, contracts, agreements, reports, correspondence and other materials; exercise initiative and independent judgment; make effective court, hearing, and public meeting presentations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work using principles of excellent customer service.
THIS POSITION IS AN UNREPRESENTED AT-WILL POSITION The Selection Process: The Human Resources department must receive a completed online application by the filling date. If this recruitment is "Continuous," it may be closed at any time without notice. Applications will be screened for job related qualifications, and those candidates who best meeting the qualifications listed on this Job Announcement will be invited to participate in an examination process that may include written, oral and/or performance segments. Current District employees must have satisfactory attendance and performance records up to and throughout the recruitment process. Finalists will be placed on a ranked Eligibility List. When filling vacancies, the Human Resources Department will refer the top candidates to the hiring department for final screening and recommendation. Per Board Policy, selected candidates may require background checks performed on their criminal and/or financial records.
Benefits: All employees hired on or after January 1, 2016, will be in the District's Tier II pension plan covered by the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). As such, he/she may be required to contribute 6% or more of annual income towards the cost of his/hers District pension.
ADA Compliant and Drug Free Workplace: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you have a need for an accommodation, please call Human Resources at (510) 891-4783.
The Alameda Contra Costa Transit District has established the goal of a 100 percent drug and alcohol-free workplace. Applicants will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and those in safety sensitive positions will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing through their period of employment, including random drug and alcohol testing.