AVP Managing Deputy General Counsel - Commercial Law - 90339604 - Washington

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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JOB SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Vice President & Sr Managing Deputy General Counsel, the AVP Commercial Law is responsible for:

  • Oversight and high level management of legal work including the negotiation and drafting of all commercial, real estate and engineering, and railroad operations and services contracts on behalf of Amtrak.
  • Engaging with senior management of client departments on transaction priorities, goals and timelines and any policy, process or protocol issues noted in the course of Law’s legal support.
  • Oversight, direction and performance evaluation of and development opportunities for the three Deputy General Counsels who directly manage Commercial Transactions, Real Estate & Engineering and Railroad Operations.
  • Serves as a member of the Department’s senior leadership team – with the EVP, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel (“EVP & GC”), the VP and Managing Deputy General Counsel (“VP & MDGC”) – with responsibility to ensure that Amtrak Law’s department priorities and goals including key practice group priorities and goals are aligned with those of Amtrak and the Company’s strategic goals, and to implement and manage the Department’s strategic plan with respect to the structure, organization, and priorities and goals of the Department, on a rolling 5-year basis to review and refine the Department’s 5-year plan within the Company’s 5-year plan, and on an annual basis to develop and execute on the Department’s annual operating plan (AOP).
     

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Oversees the negotiation and drafting of commercial, real estate and railroad operations and services contracts on behalf of Amtrak, collaborates with the respective litigation Deputy General Counsels to provide guidance on legal policy, strategic and precedential aspects implicated by Amtrak’s position in various matters, and keeps the VP & MDGC and the EVP & GC apprised of all material developments and the status of major projects.
  • Engages with senior management of stakeholder departments on transaction priorities, goals and time-lines.
  • Keeps the Assistant VP – Litigation advised and abreast of developing disputes with Amtrak counterparties.
  • Oversees and collaborates with the Deputy General Counsels who manage Commercial Transactions, Real Estate & Engineering and Railroad Operations practice areas, and indirectly their teams, and works with them and any outside counsel involved on matter strategy.
  • Oversees Law’s external legal resource planning, recruitment and evaluation of outside counsel for transactional matters generally, and with the Deputy General Counsel in charge assigns major matters and advises on legal fees, including rates and AFA agreements.
  • Evaluates the performance of and development opportunities for the transactions Deputy General Counsels and collaborates with the Deputy General Counsels on their evaluation of their practice group attorneys’ performance and development opportunities.
  • Works with the VP & MDGC, the EVP & GC on the Law Department’s strategic alignment with the Company’s strategic direction and priorities and goals and planning for the Department and Senior Manager, Business Services & Legal Support (“Sr Manager”) with respect to the structure, organization, internal and external resource needs, and priorities of the practice groups and the Department as a whole, and is responsible for the execution of the Department’s strategic priorities goals for each year.
  • Works with the VP & MDGC, EVP & GC and Sr. Manager to develop the Department’s annual operating plan and is responsible for meeting each FY’s AOP.
  • Efficiently and productively stewards Amtrak’s resources to deliver necessary and appropriate legal services.
  • Leads, and with the Deputy General Counsels, manages and develops diverse and talented teams of experienced practitioners to support Amtrak’s mission, business, operations, values and culture.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor from accredited law school with a current, in good standing license to practice law as an attorney under the laws of any state and the ability to waive into the District of Columbia Bar.
  • Minimum 15 years law firm and/or in-house experience in counseling, negotiating, and drafting a variety of commercial transactions.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills and an ability to quickly learn the fundamentals of different areas of the law. Communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written form, including ability to articulate complex issues, and work effectively with in-house clients and outside stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Extensive experience managing diverse, large, and geographically dispersed groups of individuals.
  • Extensive experience showing strong interdepartmental leadership with the ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions.
  • Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact Departmental actions have on the corporation and operations.
  • Experience working with senior management, boards of directors or trustees, government agencies and oversight entities (e.g., Executive Branch agencies, OIGs, GAO, Congress and state and local government agencies).

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED KSA’s (Knowledge, Skill & Abilities):

  • Experience managing large, complex transactions that involve significant risk and reward for the Company.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements.
  • Experience advising senior levels of management and oversight on legal strategies that are consistent with the relevant strategic initiatives. Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, collaborative working style, strong executive presence, and experience working within a large organization supporting multiple locations.  Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with supervisors, peers and subordinates across organizations. Build personal networks inside and outside the organization to extend sphere of influence.
  • Demonstrated management skills with a proven ability to lead, guide and motivate others to produce superior results.
  • Develop strategy and tactical direction in alignment with Amtrak’s Strategic Plan. Strategic thinker with strong project management and analytical skills. Develops and uses project management tools to structure information. Ensures plans are aligned with overall corporate objectives.
  • Ability to define and lead change initiatives working within the business and is capable of promoting a clear vision of what the organization needs to change in order to be successful. Able to generate participation and buy-in.  Identifies barriers to change and understands how to use appropriate change frameworks and tools.
  • Represent Amtrak before elected officials and the public as requested.
  • Ability to use common office software (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Zoom, and OneDrive).

 

PREFERRED:

  • Experience in the railroad industry.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Works extended hours as required, and is on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Works in a fast-paced, time sensitive environment with frequently changing priorities.
  • May work in crisis situations requiring fast, potentially consequential decisions based on incomplete information/data and best strategic and tactical judgments to protect and advance Amtrak interests.
  • Handles multiple projects simultaneously.  
  • Tasks may require sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Tasks may occasionally require standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Communicates and responds to statements and instructions, both orally and in writing.
  • Frequently learns new knowledge, skills, and tasks, both complex and simple, in order to maintain effectiveness in position.
  • Extensive or frequent use of computer keyboard and monitor to perform a variety of tasks e.g., create and review documents, analyze information, e-mail, spreadsheets, etc.

Requisition ID:113449
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Legal 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


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