The Vice President & Managing General Counsel provides legal advice and support to AHA and AHA affiliates (collectively “AHA”) and assists in the management of attorneys, paralegals and administrative support staff. The primary focus of this role is on complex contract negotiation. However, this attorney will also provide oral and written advice to AHA Departments in matters relating to real estate transactions, contracting, procurement, employment, governmental regulations, corporate governance, environmental issues, torts, housing choice, real estate management, resident issues, regulatory compliance and other legal matters impacting the business of AHA. This leadership position manages a team and is a “working manager” role that requires hands-on execution as well as oversight and development of the team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
•Collaborates with the business client and with the Acquisition and Management Services Department to prepare complex contracts and negotiate with partners and vendors, assuring that AHA’s interests are represented and protected.
•Draft, review and negotiate general business contracts, intergovernmental agreements, change orders, and task orders that are to be entered into by AHA, as well as legislation to be presented before the City Council or the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
•Exercise senior management functions with respect to attorneys and administrative support staff, including work reviews, counseling, coordinating staff meetings, setting goals and preparing performance evaluations for review by the General Counsel.
•Assist in the formulation of high-level policy; advise senior executives on legal issues associated with important strategic objectives, and engage in annual planning sessions associated with major business initiatives.
•Exercise management functions associated with the Legal budget and expenditure of funds through Legal related contracts.
•Prepare legal documents, including various agreements, memoranda, letters, and transactional documents.
•Draft policies and procedures relating to AHA business operations.
•Analyze and coordinate monetary and other claims, including making recommendations for settlements, alternative dispute resolution, or judicial action.
•Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations relating to all AHA matters and confer with expert outside counsel on related specialty matters, and interface and negotiate with regulators with respect to regulatory compliance.
•Review and analyze proposed federal, state and local legislation and regulations and draft comments for consideration by the appropriate authorities.
•Provide regulatory and administrative guidance to the Housing Choice Program (“HCP”).
•Conduct administrative hearings regarding the denial of or termination of housing assistance benefits and prepare well-reasoned and skillfully written hearing decisions in a timely manner.
•Respond to inquiries from law firms, Legal Aid and other advocates regarding program participants, residents, landlords, and program properties; and manage litigation directly related to the HCP.
•Provide regulatory and legal advice as it relates to asset management relating to resident issues.
•Prepare AHA and affiliate board resolutions and advise AHA on matters relating to AHA authority to carry out business functions.
•Maintain the corporate records of AHA and its non-profit affiliates.
•Advise on matters concerning internal affairs, including matters relating to commissioners, directors, officers, employees and corporate relations with the general public.
•Advise on procurement procedures, conflicts of interest and ethics rules impacting employees and AHA’s interactions with third parties.
•Provide training to AHA departments, agents and contractors relating to compliance with federal, state and local statutes and regulations associated with AHA operations.
•Participate in hiring and promoting subordinate attorneys, secretaries and paralegals; training subordinates; prepare performance evaluations for subordinates; and assigning, directing and reviewing work of subordinates.
•May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.
•Requires a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and 15 years of related experience, including at least 10 years of managerial/leadership experience.
•Significant experience providing legal advice to senior executives is likewise required.
•Requires membership to the Georgia Bar Association and to be in good standing.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
•Ability to effectively lead, manage and evaluate an experienced legal team.
•Strong analytical skills.
•Ability to plan, organize, and juggle multiple demands to meet deadlines.
•Demonstrated judgment and reasoning abilities required.
•Strong accountability for delivering results.
•Demonstrated business acumen.
•Superior judgment, reasoning and analytical ability to review of legal documents, filings and records.
•Requires extreme attention to detail and a thorough understanding of all current legal issues.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
•Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative manner with colleagues, internal clients, partners and vendors.
•Must be able to function in an environment of multiple and possibly shifting priorities.
•Requires a demonstrated proficiency of current office technology and software applications, and demonstrated use of such technology/applications on a regular basis.
Works in an office environment that is fast paced with multi-task working conditions. May require frequent bending, stooping, reaching and prolonged sitting and/or standing. May require regular lifting usually not exceeding 15 lbs. Some travel may be required. May require a valid State of Georgia driver's license and be fully insurable for the purpose of obtaining clearance on an authorized drivers list.. May spend extended periods of time reviewing, reading and writing legal documents.
The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta (AHA) - 12 months ago