Associate General Counsel

Contra Costa County Bar Association
San Francisco
Nov 16, 2023
Dec 14, 2023
Contract Type

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

San Francisco, CA

Associate General Counsel

$164,940.67 – $219,760.94 Annually

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid

Closing Date: 12/3/:59 PM Pacific



A resume and cover letter are not required with your application, but highly encouraged

Be ready to rethink your assumptions about the public sector. Dedicated and motivated colleagues? Beautiful, high amenity building for on–site work and collaboration? Flexible schedules and hybrid work options? Yes, yes, and yes!

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC or the Commission) is the transportation planning, coordinating, and financing agency for the nine–county San Francisco Bay Area. Its responsibilities include development of a Regional Transportation Plan for the Bay Area's many modes of transit; allocation and monitoring of state and federal transportation assistance funds; legislation and advocacy for smart growth, air quality, and congestion management; and transportation services for elderly, disabled, and low–income individuals. For more information about MTC, visit .

The governing board of MTC also governs the regional affordable housing finance authority as well as the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), which is responsible for administering all toll revenue from the region's seven state–owned bridges, and the Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA), which runs the area's express lane network. These programs involve billions of dollars and reach every part of the Bay Area through FasTrak, Clipper, housing programs, and regional growth policy.

MTC staff also supports the work of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), which is the council of governments for the region's 101 local jurisdictions. ABAG programs include environmental and water resource protection, disaster resilience, energy efficiency and hazardous waste mitigation, financial services, and staff training to local counties, cities, and towns. ABAG is responsible for distributing the state–mandated housing development goals within the region.

We are seeking an Associate General Counsel to join our supportive legal team – come practice cutting–edge public law with us! The Associate General Counsel (AGC) is a professional journey–level position well suited to those who possess a strong commitment to public service. Under general direction, the AGC performs a broad variety of professional legal duties in support of the senior attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel including preparing and drafting correspondence, opinions, policies, briefs and pleadings; reviewing, and responding to claims and lawsuits; performing legal research; preparation and negotiation of key contracts; and, drafting and analyzing rules and regulations. Dedication to public service, a strong work ethic, solid analytical skills, flexibility, and judgment is essential.

The successful candidate will be a consummate team–player ready to jump in to assist and support senior team members. Generalists or specialists who are willing to learn new areas are welcome! We encourage attorneys from all professional backgrounds to apply. Our small team of lawyers are dedicated to the highest level of public service and supporting each other – we hope to bring on someone who will embrace the broad array of work we do here and will thrive in the collaborative environment we value.

All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Service Workers.


The ideal candidate will be expected to perform capably the full range of duties of an attorney, and will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Skills and Abilities

• Investigate and research legal issues.

• Prepare correspondence and legal opinions and review staff reports.

• Provide competent legal advice including knowing when to seek out help in a varied and fast–paced environment.

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Work effectively with staff and officials in a wide variety of situations.

• Operate an office computer effectively and efficiently using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and similar programs.

Knowledge of: Laws, regulations, procedures, and practices affecting public entities in California; litigation; competitive procurement; contract drafting and negotiation; administrative law; and legal research and analysis.

Also Desirable: Knowledge of legislative processes of the State of California and the federal government; transportation law; non–discrimination law and regulations, particularly Title VI and disability law; public agency employment law; environmental law and regulations; and public finance.


Education: Graduation from law school. Excellent academic credentials. Active membership, in good standing, in the State Bar of California.

Experience: At least four years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney in an appropriate field of law, with an emphasis on public agency contracting. Applicable experience includes competitive bidding and negotiation, public contract preparation and review, administrative law, federally–funded third party contract requirements, and counseling of public bodies. Also of relevance: administration and public agency representation involving litigation and litigation support, intellectual property, software licensing, environmental law, legislation interpretation and preparation, and disability law. Such experience may be either in a public setting or in private practice; in the latter instance, there should be a background in cases or problems affecting public agencies.

Preferred Qualifications: At least four (4) years of progressively responsible, full–time, paid legal experience in at least some of the following areas of law: public agency defense including responding to government claims; public contract preparation and review; administrative law; the California Public Records Act and the Ralph M. Brown Act; competitive procurement; Title VI and discrimination laws; public employment law; or disability law. Experience or interest in public agency human resources or finance are a plus.

Any of the foregoing areas of experience may be either in the public sector or in private practice; in the latter instance, there should be a background in cases or problems affecting public agencies. If you do not have public entity experience, you will be asked to respond to a Supplemental Question of how your experience and interests provide an equivalent background.

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.


Under the general guidance and supervision of the General Counsel, this position is primarily responsible for the following:

• Providing legal services to our Housing, Clipper, and Local Government Services sections;

• Legal research and analysis;

• Government contract and procurement matters;

• Other legal work as assigned.

The Associate General Counsel will assist in providing advice to Commissioners and other public–facing bodies in meetings or as otherwise necessary. Assist in representing MTC's legal interests in dealings with other agencies and third parties.