Description:

The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is seeking a highly motivated and experienced attorney for the role of General Counsel. The selected applicant will provide guidance and counsel to the senior leadership team at the home, advising on a broad range of legal matters affecting the day-to-day operations.

The successful candidate will ensure legal conformity and minimize probability of risk exposure to the agency while providing effective managerial leadership, good judgment and the ability to guide the organization through many legal, statutory and regulatory matters.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
  • Represent the Agency before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Civil Service Commission, and superior and district courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in cases where designated as a Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Manage the review of Criminal Offender Record Index reports for all residential applicants, volunteers, student interns and outside contractors
  • Conduct the investigation and review of all presentment claims against the Agency submitted pursuant to General Laws Chapter 258
  • Draft and review legislation, regulations, policy statements and informational memoranda
  • Oversee the implementation of policy initiatives of EOHHS
  • Consult with agency staff and the Office of the Attorney General on administrative appeals and litigation filed by or against the Agencies
  • Render legal assistance, advice or referrals to veterans, family members and other providers
  • Manage the process of obtaining guardianships and conservatorships for patients as necessary
  • Participate as an active member of the internal Human Resource and Operations team that handles employee discipline matters, to include conducting investigations

Required Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school
  • Admission to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and member in good standing of the bar

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, pertaining to veterans’ benefits, litigation, and administrative practice; previous government experience desired.
  • Proven skills in legal problem analysis and resolution through the practice of law, corporate attorney or other relevant role as attorney.
  • Track record of excellent judgment, integrity, honesty, discretion, and business acumen.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment and familiarity with Collective Bargaining Agreements,
  • Strong sense of urgency and commitment to deadlines, attention to detail, and the ability and desire to handle increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated success in working with multidisciplinary teams; maintaining working relationships with other administrative officials, and regulatory agency staff.
  • Skilled in effectively presenting information in one-on-one and diverse group situations.
  • Competence in resolving problems/conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner; exercising discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Qualifications
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 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 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:
  • A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
  • A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the (A) required experience.
  • A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the (A) required 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.