Agency Name: Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Official Title: Counsel I
Functional Title: Counsel I
Occupational Group: Legal
Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
Salary Range: $53,333.80 to $77,321.66 Annually
Bargaining Unit: 06
Shift: Day
Confidential: No
Number Of Vacancies: 1
City/Town: Boston
Application Deadline: 02-01-2013
Posting ID: J33841--EXT-RES





Provides legal services to Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) staff and support to recipients of DHCD financial and technical assistance, with a focus on programs administered by the Bureau of Rental Assistance, with a primary focus on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) including the adjudicatory process and fair housing oversight for owners and property managers who perform tenant selection for DHCD’s project-based voucher (PBV) units. Secondary focus on providing legal support to the Division of Community Services including fuel assistance and weatherization programs, as well as Community Services Block Grant Program.

1. Provides written and oral legal advice to the HCVP staff and the Community Services staff concerning federal, state and local law, regulations, guidelines and DHCD policy.

2. Conducts Section 8 adjudicatory hearings and drafts decisions in accordance with established procedures.

3. Provides advice to the Bureau of Rental Assistance in transitioning its portfolio of Housing Choice Vouchers (18,800) to full Moving to Work (MTW) status, including interpretation of statutes, regulations and guidelines.

4. Drafts tenant selection procedures and guidelines for owners and property managers administering DHCD’s Section 8 project-based vouchers (PBV).

5. Performs PBV tenant selection compliance and fair housing reviews.

6. Drafts and reviews rules, regulations, guidelines, legal opinions and legislation regarding programs administered through the Bureau of Rental Assistance and other DHCD programs.

7. Participates in training sessions for recipients of HCVP and other DHCD assistance, and participates in inter-agency working groups and negotiations.

8. Drafts and reviews and/or negotiates Requests for Responses, contracts, grant agreements, and a variety of other legal and administrative and transactional documents relative to programs administered by the Bureau of Rental Assistance and the Community Services Division to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines and DHCD policy.

9. Acts as liaison to the Office of the Attorney General in rental assistance cases and in litigation involving DHCD, preparing documents as necessary.

10. As necessary, assists the program staff with various miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as scheduling, maintenance of dockets and files, preparation of Record on Appeal for the Office of the Attorney General.

11. As necessary, responds to requests for information and public records.

12. Other related duties as General Counsel may require.


Minimum Entrance Requirements: None.

Special Requirements:

I. Membership in the Massachusetts Bar.

II. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License may be required.


Preferred Qualifications:


1. Strong academic credentials.

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

3. Experience that evidences excellent analytical skills and pro-active problem solving skills.

4. Strong computer knowledge and skills including, at a minimum, Microsoft Word and Excel.

5. Experience that evidences ability to independently determine specific tasks needed to accomplish an assignment; to prioritize work; to complete assignments in a timely and satisfactory manner; and to carry out multiple assignments simultaneously.

6. Knowledge of judicial ethics; excellent independent judgment, interpersonal skills and personal integrity.

7. Knowledge of administrative procedures relating to adjudicatory hearings, deliberations and regulations.

8. Knowledge of housing and rental assistance programs, as well as the law of evidence.

9. Knowledge of mediation and conflict resolution procedures preferred.

10. Ability to maintain accurate and thorough records and files.

11. Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential material.

12. Experience that evidences willingness to exercise initiative and to respond rapidly and responsibly to unanticipated events, issues and/or inquiries.


How To Apply:

Please mail two (2) cover letters and resumes by 02/01/2013 referencing J33841-EXT-RES to:


Department of Housing and Community Development

Human Resources Department

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300

Boston, MA 02114-2524


Fax: (617) 573-1299

TTY: (617) 573-1140


Agency Web Address:


Diversity Officer: Ms. Nancy DePaul, (617) 573-1100


Commonwealth of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.