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Associate General Counsel & Contracts Director
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Associate General Counsel & Contracts Director Responsibilities: Responsible for all contracts under its business unit, from strategy, to drafting, soliciting and procuring, negotiating and awarding and claims and change management. Develops strategic and consistent contracts and specifications to reduce risk to budget and schedule. This includes improving the risk allocation between contractors to ensure that the party most able to own a risk is accountable for its mitigation. Optimizing risk allocation results in lower contract prices. Provides contracting strategy advice far ahead of formal procurement process. Collaborates with Development to develop contracts that address market capacity, procurement and contracting timelines and strategies, issues regarding federal vs. state funding, etc. Collaborate with C&D s engineers and PCEOs to understand vision and draft contracts that are cogent, enforceable, and will deliver desired project benefits. Help drive for heightened utilization of MWBE vendors in all contracts. Advises Delivery department leaders on contract enforcement, claims management and merit determinations. Manages the claims process, including strategy and prosecution/defense as necessary. The Associate General Counsel & Contracts Director must understand, draft and manage innovative construction contracts involving A+B bidding, design-build, progressive-design build and other state of the art construction contracting methods to support the MTA s Capital Programs. The incumbent must also understand the complexities of large infrastructure projects involving transit and rail systems, bridges and tunnels. The selected candidate must understand and enforce all the laws, regulations and polices pertaining to public works contracting as well as the requirements of the MTA s funding partners, such as the Federal Transit Administration. This position will be responsible for drafting, soliciting awarding and managing consultant contracts to support the capital program. The incumbent must have a broad range of substantive knowledge of the law, procurement, construction management (including construction scheduling), and the highly technical subjects of the MTA s projects. Current and upcoming projects require specialized knowledge and understanding of large infrastructure projects, some involving state or the art and developing technology and complex data, signaling and communications systems. The Associate General Counsel & Contracts Director will manage 5-7 staff positions and must be able to analyze problems and develop solutions to effectively perform in this position. In a single day, the selected candidate will have to review, assess and make decisions related to complex construction issues on important construction projects, represent the agency in complex construction disputes, negotiate significant contracts and/or claims with contractors and designers, negotiate construction, work and condemnation agreements with private property owners, or work with FTA and FRA counsel to address compliance concerns.

Qualifications: JD Degree - Law degree, Admission to the New York State Bar, and Licensed to practice law in the State of New York is required. 5+ years experience in legal positions in a law firm, a governmental legal office or a company in-house legal department. Experience working on matters involving complex public works projects, construction projects and/or real estate matters and familiarity with relevant local, state and federal laws. 6+ years managerial/supervisory experience. Experience with federal and state procurement laws, rules and regulations. Engineering or Construction Management experience preferred. Excellent academic credentials. Demonstrated initiative, excellent judgment, and ability to work independently on matters of significant size and complexity. Ability to manage multiple projects and clients in a fast-paced environment. Confidence dealing with senior management and sophisticated counterparties. Ability to identify creative, business-oriented solutions to legal and business risks Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational, drafting, negotiation and communication skills. Proven capability to build and maintain strong client relationships.
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