Job Title:
General Counsel
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
Boston, MA
Position Details
Position Description:
The General Counsel will day-to-day legal advice, representation and support to the Cannabis Control Commission and its staff on a broad range of complex legal, business, operations and regulatory issues. The General Counsel will supervise and manage the Commission’s Legal Department and any outside counsel on matters including, but not limited to: labor and employment-related matters; contracts and procurement; litigation and claims; public records; open meeting law; and ethics. It is also expected that the General Counsel will play a key role in the drafting, promulgation and enforcement of regulations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Fostering the principles of the Commission’s Mission Statement among the staff and all stakeholders.
• Managing the activities of the Legal Department, including supervision of any professional, paralegal and support personnel.
• Providing legal advice and counsel to the Executive Director and Commission to support daily operations and strategic initiatives.
• Supervising and handling claims, suits and potential legal actions by and against the Commission, assuring timely and effective handling of each matter.
• Remaining current on legal decisions and trends that are relevant to the work of the Commission.
• Assisting in the drafting of regulations.
• Assisting in investigations and enforcement processes.
• Overseeing procurement processes in conjunction with the Executive Director and Chief Financial and Accounting Officer.
• Ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.
• Managing budget and outside counsel engagements.
• Drafting, interpreting and negotiating a wide variety of employment, business and interagency agreements and reviewing contracts and other instruments for execution.
• Attending and representing the Commission at public meetings, hearings and other appearances.
• Assisting the Executive Director in the establishment of employment and administrative policies and procedures.
• Performing related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications and Skills:
• Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.
• Member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar.
• A minimum of 8 years of legal experience.
• Verifiable management experience, including a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
• Federal practice experience preferred.
• Ability to manage and prioritize a high volume workload.
• Ability to manage and mentor legal and support personnel.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers.
• Proven problem-solving skills and sound judgment.
• Developed knowledge of the cannabis regulatory environment.
• Experience in a regulatory agency or other regulatory compliance experience.
• Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
• Knowledge of the Commission’s mission, standards and goals.
Application Deadline
Application Requirements
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
Who should be contacted for further information on this opportunity?
Steven Hoffman