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State of Massachusetts Chief of Staff & General Counsel in Boston, Massachusetts

The Division of Standards ("DOS") is responsible for enforcing the accuracy requirements and other standards relating to commercial weighing and measuring devices and their use in the sale of food, fuels and other products. It regulates the sale of gasoline and sets standards for lubricating oils and antifreeze, including the inspection of all fuel dispensing equipment. It determines the standards for accuracy of clinical glass thermometers, tests and approves coin operated devices, licenses auctioneers, promoters, transient vendors, peddlers, motor fuel and oil retailers and registers auto damage repair shops. The Division also enforces the item pricing law and the unit pricing regulations, issues waivers to retail food and grocery stores and enforces the scanner accuracy requirements in all retail stores. The Division is also responsible for enforcing licensing requirements for over ten thousand licensees. The Division of Standards 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 Standards 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. The Chief of Staff/General Counsel works with the Director in the operations, management, development and coordination of policy for the Division of Standards. S/he supports the Director on agency priorities, monitors and directs agency initiatives and communicates with the Director's priorities. The Chief of Staff/General Counsel represents DOS as needed to the industry and consumers. Under the supervision of the Director, the Chief of Staff/General Counsel manages to the day-to-day operations of the office, including the direct supervision of the Field Inspection staff. The Chief of Staff/General Counsel provides legal services in the form of oral and written legal opinions for DOS policies or initiatives regarding regulatory issues that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of business. The Chief of Staff/General Counsel also handles correspondence between the agency and third parties regarding legal matters. The Chief of Staff/General Counsel is ultimately responsible for the agency’s compliance with all statutory and other legal obligations and is responsible for drafting proposed legislation and regulations as well as handling both formal and informal inquiries from the Legislature regarding commentary on bills, and advice on consumer issues. Primary Duties: * Manage the day-to-day operations of the DOS Office, Field and Lab staff to include operations, performance, staffing and evaluation of employees. Manage implementation of all DOS major projects. * Provide timely legal advice, analysis, memoranda, in connection with all regulatory activities and initiatives of DOS on an ongoing basis. * Ongoing regulation audit DOS, and review of website content related to the description and explanation of legal rights. * Recommend changes to the Director in the development and coordination of public policy for DOS. Remain current on issues, legislation, or actions that affect the agency. * Work in conjunction with the Compliance Officer III's on operational effectiveness and reporting. Recommend changes to operation coverage or processes based on feedback or reporting trends. * Manage implementation of legislative strategy for DOS. Review and draft legislation. Work with the General Counsel at the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation ("OCABR") and relevant policy advisors to assist in the advocacy for DOS related issues. * Provide timely litigation, regulatory and legal reports to the Director on a continuing and as needed basis. Adopt policies, and test for compliance relative to ensuring that staff turn-around time for staff inquiries and all requests for information related to the legal issues (both external, from the regulated and consumer, and internal to the Commonwealth) are consistently prompt, on point and responsive. Preferred Qualifications: * A lawyer licensed in Massachusetts with in depth understanding of Massachusetts administrative law, consumer protection laws (state and federal), and a working knowledge of the legislative process in Massachusetts. * Minimum 6-10 years in management and as a practicing attorney, demonstrating growth over time with additional responsibilities acquired in continuing position. * Admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth. * Experience in the principles and practices of management, planning and organization. * Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. * Ability to develop ideas and arguments in a concise and logical sequence. * Demonstrated skills in areas of problem solving, process improvement, and strategic planning. * Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office Suite and software programs necessary to support the agency’s operations. * Knowledge of fiscal, human resources and information technology policies and procedures of the Commonwealth. * Experience in dealing directly with the public, including both consumers and businesses. * Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with personnel at all levels of the organization, business leaders, legislators and other government officials. * Ability to plan, organize and manage personnel and budgetary resources to achieve goals and objectives. _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) six (6) 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 two (2) years 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 Standards *Title: *Chief of Staff & General Counsel Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Ashburton Place Requisition ID: 22000047