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Assistant General Counsel (Municipal) at Boston Public Health Commission

Boston Public Health Commission


Mid Level

$80.000 - $85.000

26 Apr → 26 May


Job Description

This position will serve as a general municipal attorney, handling government contracts, ethics, public records and open meeting law issues. This will not be a litigation position, although support of other counsel handling litigation matters, and investigations may be required from time to time.

  • Serve as the primary contracts attorney for the Health Commission. The attorney will handle the legal review of all Commission contracts, memoranda of agreement, license agreements, construction contracts and other related legal agreements.
  • The position will also serve as the Records Access Officer for the Health Commission, coordinating and responding to public records requests in accordance with the Massachusetts Public Records Law.
  • Assist management staff in the development and drafting of BPHC policies, and procedures.
  • Research and draft memoranda regarding legal issues relating to the BPHC and its employees.
  • Review ethics and open meeting law issues as assigned.
  • Support other counsel with litigation and internal investigations as needed. Work in a confidential capacity.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.


Minimum Qualifications

Juris Doctorate and three (3) years of related work experience with two (2) years general legal experience in related job duties and legal experience preferably with another governmental agency or firm performing municipal work.

Special Qualifications/Licenses/Certifications (if applicable):
Requires good standing as a member of the Massachusetts Bar.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skill in organizing.
  • Knowledge of the law applicable to job duties.
  • Skill in using computers and software related to job duties.
  • Skill in conducting research including Westlaw and Internet searches.
  • Skill in writing including creating legal documents.
  • Ability to effectively communicate on legal and nonlegal issues with individuals (lawyers and nonlawyers) across the Commission and inter-agencies across the City and state.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and discretion to make decisions.
  • Ability to approach and address problems with an equity lens.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the role of public health in addressing racism, the social determinants of health, and inequities in health outcomes as well as strategies to advance racial justice and health equity.
  • Ability to work well with people and be part of a close-knit team.
  • Willingness to have a diverse set of responsibilities and learn varied areas of law and public policy.


Additional Information

City of Boston Residency Required, A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are eligible to apply

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