Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission\u00a0Job Posting\n\nJob Title:\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 General Counsel\n\nReports to:\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director\n\n\u00a0\n\nPURPOSE OF THE JOBTo provide 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\u2019s 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.\n\t\u00a0\n\tESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES\nFostering the principles of the Commission\u2019s Mission Statement among the staff and all stakeholders. \n\tManaging the activities of the Legal Department, including supervision of any professional, paralegal and support personnel.\n\tProviding legal advice and counsel to the Executive Director and Commission to support daily operations and strategic initiatives.\n\tSupervising and handling claims, suits and potential legal actions by and against the Commission, assuring timely and effective handling of each matter.\n\tRemaining current on legal decisions and trends that are relevant to the work of the Commission.\n\tAssisting in the drafting of regulations.\n\tAssisting in investigations and enforcement processes.\n\tOverseeing procurement processes in conjunction with the Executive Director and Chief Financial and Accounting Officer.\u00a0 \n\tEnsuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.\n\tManaging budget and outside counsel engagements.\n\tDrafting, interpreting and negotiating a wide variety of employment, business and interagency agreements and reviewing contracts and other instruments for execution.\n\tAttending and representing the Commission at public meetings, hearings and other appearances.\n\tAssisting the Executive Director in the establishment of employment and administrative policies and procedures.\n\tPerforming related duties as assigned.\nEXPERIENCE AND SKILLS\nJuris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.\n\tMember in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar.\n\tA minimum of 8 years of legal experience.\n\tVerifiable management experience, including a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.\n\tFederal practice experience preferred.\n\tAbility to manage and prioritize a high volume workload.\n\tAbility to manage and mentor legal and support personnel.\n\tExcellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers. \n\tProven problem-solving skills and sound judgment.\n\tDeveloped knowledge of the cannabis regulatory environment.\n\tExperience in a regulatory agency or other regulatory compliance experience.\n\tStrong interpersonal and organizational skills\n\tKnowledge of the Commission\u2019s mission, standards and goals.\nSalary Range:\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Commensurate with experience.\n\nBenefits Package:\n\nThe Commission is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees.\u00a0 The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week and other variables.\u00a0 Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.\n\nThe General Counsel is a management position; as such the successful candidate will be hired as an employee at will.\u00a0 This position is non-civil service.\u00a0 This position is an exempt position.\n\nThe overall benefits available include: paid vacation, sick and personal leave time, health, dental and vision insurance through the Commonwealth\u2019s Group Insurance, and optional pre-tax Health Savings Account plans.\n\nIn addition, the Commission provides employees the opportunity to elect life insurance, long term disability insurance, deferred compensation savings, tuition remission and pre-tax commuter account plans, along with other programs.\n\nThe Commission employees also participate in the Commonwealth\u2019s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from State service.\u00a0 Follow this link for additional retirement information: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/.\n\nCommitment to Diversity:\n\nThe Commission is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. The Commission is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.\u00a0 \n\nApplication Process and Deadline\n\nThe Commission encourages interested candidates that meet the minimum requirements for experience and skills to apply for this position.\u00a0 \n\nInterested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail no later than November 15, 2017.\u00a0 The application package should be submitted to:\n\nCannabisCommission@state.ma.us\n\nPlease include the position title in the subject line:\u00a0 Cannabis Control Commission General Counsel\n\nSubmissions are due by 5:00 pm (e-mail) on November 15, 2017 to the email address above; late submissions may be considered solely at the discretion of the Commission.\n\nMassCareers. This job description is also posted on MassCareers, the Commonwealth\u2019s Employment Opportunities site.\u00a0 Resumes will not be accepted or viewed through that site.\u00a0 All resumes must be submitted through the mailbox identified above under Application Process and Deadline.\n\nNotice of Required Background Check \u2013 Including Tax Compliance:\n\nThe Commission requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment. \n\nCandidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such background check is not initiated until:\n\nA candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview and \nThe candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases. \nThis background check includes a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, Federal IRS and Department of Revenue state tax compliance on\u00a0all prospective employees as a condition of their employment. \n\nCandidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified. Individuals other than those references provided by a\u00a0candidate may be contacted in the course of completing a full background and qualification check. \n\nThose candidates invited to interview will be contacted by the Cannabis Control Commission for this position in mid-November.\u00a0 Unfortunately, due to the anticipated high volume of applicants for this vacancy, we are unable to provide status updates to specific individuals.