General Council

GENERAL COUNSEL
Applications will be accepted on-line from November 17, 2022 until the position is filled at the website address https://pueblowestmetro.com/172/Job-Opportunities

Please note: Incomplete applications cannot be considered. You will know you have completed the application when it has requested your signature.

Job Summary

Act as legal counsel to Pueblo West Metropolitan District and related entities in Public Sector Law to include, but not be limited to, governmental documentation, public meeting proceedings, contracts, land development, fire/EMS, covenant enforcement, water rights, litigation and employment law.

Essential Job Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Direct responsibility to provide legal counsel to the Board of Directors governing Pueblo West Metro District and Water & Waste Water Enterprises.
  • Performs all other duties under the daily supervision and coordination of the District Manager.
  • Be a positive and contributory leadership team member.
  • Provide legal assistance to the Pueblo West Committee of Architecture.
  • Coordinate with assigned attorneys for EEOC, unemployment, workers compensation, insurance and/or any other matters, as necessary.
  • Prepare legal documents and contracts.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations.
  • Study statutes, decisions, regulations and ordinances of judicial bodies to determine ramifications for and of cases.
  • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in local, state and federal courts.
  • Become a subject matter expert on the Pueblo West Declaration of Covenants.
  • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or proceeding with a lawsuit.
  • Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
  • Advise PWMD clients concerning employment law, business transactions, claim liability, advisability of proceeding or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal action by such means as interviewing and researching to ascertain the facts of a case.
  • Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
  • Search for and examine public and other legal records to write opinions.
  • Recommend use of external consulting attorneys with necessary subject matter expertise and coordinate their work output as directred and in the most efficient mannter.

Other Duties

  • Provides other legal counsel and/or fulfills assigned tasks as requested by the District Manager and/or Board of Directors.
  • Keep abreast of external legislative or judicial matters that may affect the District.
  • Act as Deputy District Manager and during the absence of the District Manager assume the role and responsibility of District Manager.
  • General Counsel may engage in other legal work outside of normal work hours and assets that do not directly, or even perceive to, conflict with PWMD business.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of employment laws, procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of legal codes, court procedure, precedents, local state and federal government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and rulings and the democratic political process.
  • Knowledge of Sturgis Standard Code or Parlimentary Procedures

Skills

  • Written and verbal communication skills appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Understanding of written legal documents.
  • Ability to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and recommend the most appropriate one.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to legal problems.
  • Ability to persuade external stakeholders to accept or change decisions, thoughts or outcomes.
  • Ability to bring others together to reconcile differences.
  • Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and/or decision making.
  • Ability to convey information effectively.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement recommendations.

Abilities

  • Demonstrate a high degree of integrity and accountability.
  • Utilize positive and professional communication skills.
  • Adapt to unique and changing situations.
  • Work independently and manage time effectively.
  • Respect the time and schedule of others.
  • Maintain confidentiality with all sensitive information, conversations and employee situations.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Offer new ideas and concepts.
  • Identify and recommend solutions to problems in a timely manner;
  • Gather and analyze information skillfully;
  • Work well in group problem-solving situations.
  • Coordinate and complete projects per related deadlines.
Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills may be substituted.)

Education/Certifications Required

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Colorado Bar Association

Minimum Experience Required

  • Minimum of five (5) years practice as an attorney in public, corporate and/or private sector.
  • Governmental experience preferred.

Physical Demands

  • The work is mostly sedentary with periods of light physical activity, and is performed in office surroundings. Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods. May occasionally be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards.

Work Schedule

  • Regular organizational business hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. Actual work schedule can be flexible to balance organizational and personal needs outside of the normal business schedule. Work is subject to recurring deadlines and interruptions. Attendance is expected at regular PWMD Board of Director evening meetings as scheduled (currently the second and fourth Tuesday of each month) and any special meetings. Attendance at Committee of Architecture meetings would be on an as needed basis.

Pueblo West Metropolitan District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job please visit pueblowestmetro.com.