Assistant General Counsel
Counsel will help the Chicago Housing Authority (“CHA”) achieve its mission and goals, primarily by protecting its legal interests. Counsel will represent the CHA in matters litigated in state and federal courts, in administrative hearings, and will provide advice to client departments.
Based on the CHA’s needs, representative cases and assignments may include, but are not limited to, the following: Title VII and other related litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, administrative hearings and administrative review proceedings, and forcible entry and detainer cases.
Ideal candidate will have 5+ years of litigation experience (including in employment/Title VII matters, breach of contract, or personal injury cases), strong writing skills, courtroom experience, and a willingness to learn new substantive areas to meet the CHA’s needs.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Handling all aspects of litigation and serving as lead counsel in state and federal court, and in administrative forums.
2. Evaluating disputes in the pre-litigation stage to determine appropriate course of action that fairly balances competing interests and facilitates favorable resolution.
3. Providing research and analysis on housing related regulations, CHA policies, federal and state law, and municipal ordinances.
4. Advising client departments on how to achieve goals in compliance with applicable policies, rules, and law.
5. Assisting the Deputy General Counsel and other members of the Office of General Counsel or client departments as needed, including by preparing required reports.
This is a full-time position. It requires a Juris Doctor degree, admission to the Illinois bar and good standing, and a minimum of 5 years of litigation experience. Ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, courtroom experience, a willingness to learn new substantive areas, and experience litigating Title VII/employment, commercial, or personal injury cases.
Further requirements consist of the following: integrity, strong work ethic, sound judgment, strong analytical and client service skills, excellent communication skills, ability to work cooperatively with supervisors/colleagues/diverse client departments.
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and two writing samples on our website at careers.thecha.org.