General Counsel – Imperial Irrigation District

Client: Imperial Irrigation District
(Imperial, California)
Position: General Counsel
Closing Date: Appointment Made

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The Board of Directors for Imperial Irrigation District is seeking a new General Counsel. This exciting career position is a rare opportunity to join a public agency as the top legal advisor with specialty areas of the law that are both incredibly interesting and complex – water and power. Under direction of the IID Board of Directors and General Manager, the General Counsel plans, organizes, coordinates, and controls the operations, activities, and functions of the Legal Department. The General Counsel also develops and administers a comprehensive legal services program for the District and acts as the top legal advisor to the organization. The General Counsel oversees legal staff and will administer the annual department budget for the Legal Office as well as oversee the selection and approval of outside attorneys including decisions and strategies on all litigation matters.

Due to the robust nature of this position and dealing with urgent matters, the Board strongly prefers candidates who are willing to relocate to the Imperial Valley but may consider an option within IID’s energy service area which includes the Southeastern Coachella Valley area with on-site visits to the administration headquarters location, as needed.

This position requires a Juris Doctorate and 10 years of increasingly responsible legal experience in the practice of civil law and civil litigation defense, including 5 years of supervision or management of litigation functions in a private or public agency setting. A working familiarity with water, labor, energy, and/or natural resource law, preferably in a public agency setting or in advising public agencies is strongly desired. Requires current and active membership in the State Bar of California, in good standing, at time of application. Out-of-State candidates who have previously practiced law in California with an inactive license must be able to be re-instated at time of employment date.

The annual salary range for this position will be $260,000 to $298,000 and will be DOQ. The District offers a multi-year employment agreement including severance along with an allowance for reimbursement of moving and relocation expenses and a standard employee benefit plan. Important to note, IID is a non-CalPERS organization and as a result, this position will have the ability to have a generous benefit that offers contributions that may be directed to a combination of 401(a), 401(k), and 457 Plans.