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State of Massachusetts Assistant General Counsel for Public Affairs in Boston, Massachusetts

The Division of Occupational Licensure (“DOL”), is responsible for oversight of 39 licensing boards, as well as the Office of Public Safety and Inspections and the Office of Private Occupational School Education. Collectively, DOL licenses and regulates more than 580,000 individuals, businesses, and schools to engage in some 167 trades and professions in Massachusetts. The mission of DOL is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to provide services to consumers. In addition, it is the duty of the DOL to ensure fair and consistent enforcement of the licensing laws and regulations. DOL seeks to promote consumer protection, a fair and competitive marketplace, and education and outreach. The Division of Occupational Licensure is committed to creating and sustaining a work culture that is welcoming, inclusive, and mutually respectful to all its employees regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran or disability status. We strive to reflect diversity in all facets and levels of our agency. The Division of Occupational Licensure values inclusiveness and diversity within their employee and management teams. Within our community we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. The Division of Occupational Licensure is committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel respected, valued, and empowered to maximize their skills and talents to serve our citizens. Working under the supervision of DOL’s General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel is primarily responsible for management and oversight of the Agency’s Public Records Unit, and for responding to subpoenas and other public information requests. In addition, the Assistant General Counsel provides general legal support to the DOL General Counsel, which may include, but is not limited to: filling in as board counsel for DOL boards or commissions; attending depositions or other legal proceedings involving Agency staff; reviewing and/or drafting legislation affecting DOL; and reviewing or drafting regulations related to DOL programs. Primary Duties: * Supervise and manage the Public Records Unit: *Manage the Public Records Unit and associated staff and serve as the Chief Records Access Officer for the Agency. Ensure full compliance with the public records law and all applicable Executive Orders and Policies relating thereto. Oversee the filing of annual reports with the Secretary of State’s office related to public records. Handle all cost estimates, appeals, and other legal or litigation tasks related to the public records Unit. Coordinate review of public records requests by other secretariat legal staff, when requested. Consult with Deputy General Counsel for Hearings & Boards, as necessary. * *Respond to Subpoenas and other Public Information Requests: *Receive, process, and respond to all subpoenas served upon the Agency, its programs, or staff members. When necessary, represent the Agency or staff in depositions or related legal proceedings. Respond to other public information requests, including information requests from members of the media or the public. Draft, facilitate the review of, and provide responses, when appropriate, to such requests. * *Serve as Board Counsel and Hearings Officer for selected boards: *When requested by the General Counsel, serve as a board counsel for DOL boards or commissions, by providing legal guidance and advice to those entities. Assist relevant managers and administrative staff with various legal issues that arise related to those assignments. * *Assist the General Counsel with Agency or Legal Projects: Conduct legal research. Review and/or draft legislation affecting DOL and its board and commission. Review and/or draft regulations related to DOL programs. Preferred Qualifications: * Must be in good standing with the Board of Bar Overseers and be a member of the Massachusetts Bar. * Minimum of five years of trial and litigation experience. * Minimum of five years of administrative law experience, and knowledge of the State Administrative Procedure Act (GL c. 30A). * Familiarity with the process of promulgating regulations. * Excellent written and verbal communication skills. * Ability to interact effectively with personnel at all levels of the organization, business leaders, and government officials. _ All applicants should attach a cover letter and resume to their online submission for this position_ MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience. II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience. III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience. IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Legal Services* *Organization: Division of Occupational Licensure *Title: *Assistant General Counsel for Public Affairs Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 1000 Washington St Requisition ID: 210008ZE