Associate Counsel, Civil Recovery Unit - Office of the Inspector General

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is seeking candidates who are passionate about enhancing public confidence in government, ensuring accountability, and promoting the best interests of the people of the Commonwealth in the use of public funds and property. Working in a collaborative and inclusive team environment, the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU) is charged with investigating cases in which the Commonwealth or one of its political subdivisions has suffered monetary loss and, when appropriate, initiating civil actions to recover funds through litigation or negotiated settlement. The OIG seeks an Associate Counsel for the CRU within the Legal Division. The Associate Counsel will report to the Director of CRU.

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Overview

Since its creation as the first state-level inspectors general office in the country, the OIG has been at the forefront of promoting effective government and the responsible use of public money and property. The OIG offers a comprehensive benefits package, work-life balance, flexible schedules, telework and the opportunity for growth. Employees are encouraged to pursue professional development and volunteer opportunities consistent with the mission of the OIG. The OIG is currently operating with a hybrid remote and in-person model. This is a full-time, benefited position within the OIG.

The OIG actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experiences, skills and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. The OIG is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their work and service, to the diversity and excellence of its work and community. 

Responsibilities

The position’s duties include: 

  • Help identify, develop and pursue civil actions to recover funds on behalf of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.
  • Conduct legal research and draft memoranda regarding potential causes of action for civil recovery.
  • Review documents and conduct interviews; prepare investigative memoranda, factual chronologies and case summaries.
  • Draft pleadings, discovery requests and responses, motions, and legal memoranda in connection with civil recovery actions.
  • Represent the OIG at hearings, trials and settlement negotiations.
  • Assist with outreach to cities, towns, state agencies and other stakeholders to identify civil recoveries.
  • Draft and revise reports and letters for publication and distribution.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • At least 3 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: complex civil litigation or civil or criminal prosecution or defense.
  • Strong academic credentials.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities in different subject matter areas and meet tight deadlines both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, research and oral communication skills.
  • Experience interacting with others effectively in collegial, cooperative and adversarial settings.
  • Good standing in the Massachusetts bar or an attorney whose petition for admission to the Massachusetts bar is pending.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Other valued experiences and skills include:

    • Preparing and responding to civil discovery requests.
    • Taking and defending depositions.
    • Financial or business litigation, false claims or fraud.
    • Conducting investigations or working with investigators or auditors.
    • Bilingual abilities.
    • Demonstrated courtroom experience, including motion practice.
    • Knowledge of state and municipal government, with a focus on governance, procurement, financial procedures or other operations of governmental entities in Massachusetts.

    How to Apply and Salary Range

    Salary range: $62,000 - $70,000 (depending on experience)

    Submit cover letter and resume via email or by mail to:

    Mary Beth Farrelly, Chief Financial Officer
    Office of the Inspector General
    One Ashburton Place, Room 1311
    Boston, MA 02108
    igo-employment@state.ma.us

    Please Note: All OIG employees (absent an approved medical or religious accommodation) must be fully vaccinated, including a booster, against COVID-19. The successful candidate will need to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine plus a booster dose of either or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine plus a booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) or a request for a reasonable accommodation based on a valid medical or religious reason before the start of employment.

    Diversity Officer: Mary Beth Farrelly

    The Office of the Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. The OIG does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. The OIG promotes access, inclusion and diversity for all staff, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding working environment and in keeping with its mission. The OIG actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. 

     

     

    Contact

    Address

    One Ashburton Place
    Room 1311
    Boston, MA 02108
    Last updated: February 17, 2022
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