WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
Capital Metro is working to bring about positive change in the transit landscape for the Austin and surrounding communities. If you are a seasoned attorney who is energized by a challenge and a mission to serve a community in the work you do, keep reading.
The Chief Counsel reports to the Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and External Affairs. This position is responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to Capital Metro’s President & CEO, staff and its Board of Directors. They will lead and oversee all functions of the Legal Department, including oversight of requirements of the Public Information Act and the Records Management program. The Chief Counsel will develop, coordinate and implement legal and compliance strategies for Capital Metro and serve as Ethics Officer for Capital Metro.
WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING
Note: The duties and primary responsibilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this job and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties.
•Provide legal advice and counsel to the Capital Metro President & CEO, staff and Board of Directors regarding all corporate law activities of Capital Metro including, but not limited to, procurement and other contracts, real estate matters and transactions, intergovernmental agreements, employment law and human resources management;
•Ensure compliance with, and application of, local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies impacting Capital Metro programs, practices and activities, including but not limited to DBE, ADA and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
•Participate in and manage active litigation representing Capital Metro’s interest and monitor litigation risks associated with asserted claims, proposed programs and projects, and contractual activities; and development, interpretation and administration of all Capital Metro staff and Board policies.
•Lead and manage Legal Department staff and develop and implement department operational procedures and systems to ensure legal compliance and best practices in law office management.
•Develop, submit for approval, and monitor department budget. Responsible for overseeing department’s financial reconciliation, consolidated budget reporting, and forecasting for current and future fiscal years.
•Advise the Board of Directors, including from the dais during public meetings and closed sessions of the board.
•Serve as Ethics Officer for Capital Metro. Track, receive, and respond to ethics questions, concerns and complaints. Provide Capital Metro’s annual ethics training.
•Oversee Capital Metro’s records management program and manage compliance with state records management standards, Texas Public Information Act, and Texas Open Meetings Act.
•Develop preventive law strategies, corporate policy and compliance programs to help minimize litigation, third party disputes and other potential project development and implementation problems.
•Responsible for ensuring departmental compliance with the agency's Emergency Response Plan.
•Support Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Safety Management Systems (SMS) process by following safety and security policies, considering safety in every action and reporting safety and security concerns.
•Perform other duties as assigned.
WHAT YOU BRING
•Juris doctorate from an ABA accredited law school and a licensed member of the Texas State Bar or must become licensed by the Texas State Bar within 90 days of employment date.
•Ten (10) years active practice of law in progressively responsible positions with a strong background in business, labor/employment and public law or related area; including five (5) years of supervisory experience for a government or corporate entity or management of departments or corporate functions is required.
•Experience working for a public transportation agency is preferred.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
• Work with a diverse, collaborative, and energetic workforce whose focus is to bring innovation into the industry and how we serve our customers and team members.
• Utilize our free transit service to get to the office and then plan to hit the gym (for free) and work with our onsite trainers, before heading back home.
• If you have children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old, enroll them in the onsite award-winning Child Care and Learning Center.
• Competitive compensation and benefits programs, including health care, life insurance, disability insurance, parental leave, and defined benefit pension plan.
•…and much more!
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Capital Metro is deeply committed to building a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a welcoming and diverse environment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. Capital Metro makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and organization needs at the time.