The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking a seasoned legal strategist to serve as its next Chief Counsel. With extensive knowledge of a broad range of legal matters including transportation, planning, housing, land use, and public agency governance, the Chief Counsel will provide guidance and advice to the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, various SCAG Committees, and other members of the executive leadership team, while providing day-to-day oversight to a small and highly qualified legal team. The successful candidate must be a collaborative and supportive manager with a commitment to fostering a team environment. The Legal Services Division consists of three full-time attorney positions, plus an administrative assistant, who support 200+ employees and serve as the definitive internal strategic legal resource to the Agency.
This position requires a Juris Doctorate degree, and an active license from the State Bar of California to practice law. Additionally, 9 years of experience in public agency representation and contracts with 4 years of management experience is desired. Specific legal experience dealing in the areas of transportation, planning, land use, and other related areas of the law including federal and state compliance for funding will be a plus for top candidates.
The annual salary range for the Chief Counsel position is $233,233 to $335,856 and will be based on qualifications and experience. SCAG offers a competitive benefits program including CalPERS retirement.