AFSCME Council 93

AFSCME Council 93

General Counsel

Based in Boston, MA


Salary: $104,158.11 – $143,583.11

DESCRIPTION: AFSCME Council 93 is seeking a General Counsel who is a dynamic leader with both a strong background in labor and employment law and a deep commitment to supporting public services and social justice matters. In addition to providing legal guidance to Council 93, its staff and officers regarding the interpretation and application of laws, the General Counsel directs the day-to-day operation of the Legal Department and associated personnel, including the staff attorneys, administrative staff and any outside attorneys retained to represent Council 93, its affiliates and/or members. The General Counsel also assists the Council 93 Legislative Department with reviewing and analyzing proposed legislation to determine its potential impact on membership; and works with all Council staff and members to protect and advance the collective bargaining rights, safe working conditions, worksite access, and healthcare and retirement benefits of Council 93’s membership.

REQUIREMENTS: The General Counsel is required to possess a strong ability to supervise and motivate staff by assessing the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; planning and assigning work to internal staff and outside attorneys; continuously monitoring staff work and associated costs through various methods including periodic reviews; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action. In addition, the General Counsel is required to conduct case reviews, determine the ongoing training needs of staff and members, and developing and/or arranging such training. Other requirements include:

  • Experience in litigation, including at the appellate level
  • Knowledge and ability to provide advice and counsel to the organization
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine’s public sector collective bargaining laws, civil service laws, as well as the National Labor Relations Act
  • Advanced knowledge of computers and relevant software programs
  • Drafting complaints for administrative agencies or courts
  • Drafting motions, memoranda and other documents for administrative agencies and courts.
  • Ability to prepare cases (interviewing, investigating, seeking out documents)
  • Ability to present cases before third parties, e.g., employers, arbitrators, hearing officers, judges
  • Assisting Field Services staff in the interpretation and application of applicable laws
  • Researching and answering, orally or in writing, legal questions from staff, local officers or members
  • Attending local meetings and/or conducting trainings/seminars on legal topics
  • Participating in consultations on strategies for staff and locals to deal with and favorably resolve problems or disputes
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage a variety of tasks concurrently
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadlines and pressure, managing litigation independently and with expertise
  • Ability to effectively negotiate
  • Ability to work with the membership and the representatives of their employer
  • Ability to speak effectively and to deal tactfully with the public
  • Ability to prepare reports
  • Ability to work with others
  • Ability to understand general instructions and to convey instructions to others
  • Ability to train/orient new staff
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable automobile
  • Travel and extended work hours may be required

DESIRED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Juris Doctorate from a nationally- accredited institution. Ten (10) years demonstrated experience in labor relations, of which five (5) years were in a supervisory capacity. Member of the Massachusetts Bar in good standing required. Ability to attain licensure in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire preferred.

Preference will be given to internal candidates.

Interested individuals who have a résumé on file with the Business Office should send a letter of interest only. Other individuals should send a résumé and cover letter to: Anna Owen, Executive Administrative Assistant, AFSCME Council 93, 8 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, or via email to: resume@afscme93.org.

*This position is based out of the Council 93 Headquarters in Boston, MA.

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