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State of Massachusetts Program Manager Specialist VIII - Deputy General Counsel in 10 Park Plaza, Massachusetts

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources. The health and happiness of people across Massachusetts depends on the accessibility and quality of our natural resources, recreational facilities, and great historic landscapes. DCR continues to improve the vital connection between people and the environment. Comprised of a team of attorneys and legal support staff, the Land Protection Program, and the Office of Long-Term Permits and Leases, the Office of General Counsel supports the Department in all its core functions. The OGC team does everything from advising DCR staff on a range of legal matters; reviewing and analyzing proposed and current legislation and regulations; working with private landowners and partners on land acquisition projects; maintaining the agency’s vast land records collection; managing public records requests; assisting in the review and implementation of policies; managing long-term permits and leases on Department property; drafting agreements; supporting the Department’s administration, finance, and contract/procurement programs; and much more. Given the broad mission and activities of the agency, the Office of General Counsel serves the Department by providing legal services on a wide range of issues that concern the Department and its more than 1000 employees. DCR seeks qualified applicants for the positionofProgram Manager Specialist VIII – Deputy General Counsel, located at 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of the application process. GENERAL STATEMENTOF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services on a wide range of issues that concern the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The incumbent serves as Deputy General Counsel to the General Counsel in the performance of the day to day duties of the Office of the General Counsel. The Deputy General Counsel assists with the management of the Office including supervising professional staff (primarily legal support staff, Records Access Officer, and the manager of the Long-Term Permits and Leases (LTPL) program); working on land acquisition and land disposition, including leases; engineering, environmental compliance and permitting, project design; watershed and water supply functions; construction; procurement; agency contracts; permits and other agreements for use of DCR land; regulation interpretation and promulgation; forestry; public records law compliance; other administrative matters, litigation and claims against the Department; and other legal services to support the various divisions, bureaus, and offices within the Department. Other responsibilities include analyzing legal issues, and communicating positions to various entities, such as environmental organizations, the business community, federal and local agencies, other departments of the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the Attorney General’s Office. DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES * Act as Deputy General Counsel to the General Counsel in the performance of the day to day activities of the Office including management and supervision of professional staff (primarily the manager of LTPL, Records Access Officer, and legal support staff). Work closely with other agencies, secretariat and DCR offices on ongoing and day-to-day matters that arise, such as with administration and finance functions, legislative staff, specific inquiries and fiscal and finance staff on budget items. Continue to assist staff with legal guidance on implementation of matters. Assist program staff in assessing risk associated with various policy and operational decisions. Provides counsel and handles other issues and matters, as assigned by the General Counsel. * Oversee LTPL functions, through supervision of LTPL manager, including development of standard operating procedures and templates for various types of permits and licenses. Facilitate communication between LTPL and other bureaus and offices of the agency to prioritize the drafting, negotiation, and execution of permits and licenses. Work with agency finance staff on billing, collection, and data capture related to permits and licenses. * Manage Records Access Officer in all phases of public records requests, including submitting requests for records to Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS), tracking public records requests, working with agency communications department, coordinating with secretariat, reviewing records production. * Provide support to agency construction contracting, procurement, and goods and services or grant contract review. Manage other special projects as assigned by the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and General Counsel. * The Manager of LTPL may provide recommendations to the Deputy General Counsel regarding prioritization of drafting and executing permits and licenses. * Work closely with General Counsel to ensure effective operation and administration of Office of General Counsel. * Provide legal assistance to agency staff and programs. * Negotiate agreements with other units of government and private entities. Advise on responses to public records requests. Participate in public hearings and meetings in conjunction with various internal departments, bureaus, and offices. * *PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS * State, federal, or local government or private sector experience with environmental compliance and permitting, real estate conveyancing and leasing, litigation and claims management, public contracting and procurement, public records law compliance, document management, negotiation and drafting of contracts and agreements with other public and private entities. * Excellent written and oral communications skills and experience communicating with the public. * Ability to be a team player and develop effective working relationships with other bureaus and disciplines within the department. * Ability to deal effectively with confidential, controversial and sensitive issues. * Ability to develop partnerships – serve as a liaison with other agencies, organizations, agency officials and staff and the general public. * Ability to master complex subject matter. * Ability to meet tight deadlines and perform well under high pressure situations. * Ability to manage a variety of special projects. * Ability to work independently. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a 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 or higher 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. * * Special Requirements: * A current and valid license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. *Job: Legal Services *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Program Manager Specialist VIII - Deputy General Counsel Location: Massachusetts-10 Park Plaza Requisition ID: 23000CY4