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Assistant Director - Legal Affairs

Company: New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Location: Trenton
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary
The Assistant Director, Legal Affairs, will be responsible for the management and implementation of the complex analysis of the impact of law and regulations on transactions of Authority programs that have opened including Disqualification/Debarment Regulations, and Hearings of Appeals in support of the Authority's overall due diligence efforts. - The Assistant Director will also oversee the negotiation and finalization of Authority agreements including Memoranda of Understanding and Non-Disclosure Agreements. This position will develop legal expertise across the Legal Affairs Department and related best practice training for programs across the Authority with the Director of Legal Affairs and the Vice-President of Legal and Compliance.
Salary range: $99,871 - $110,968
Note: The NJEDA currently offers a hybrid work schedule for up to 2 days of telecommute work from home. To participate, you will be required to have high speed home internet access and a managers approval. This program does not supersede the "New Jersey First Act", which requires newly hired NJEDA employees to establish and then maintain, principal residence in the State of New Jersey.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the management of the legal analysis of a team of Legal Affairs Officers that perform legal reviews of the Authority's applicants and vendors to ensure compliance with Authority's Disqualification/Debarment Regulations, set forth in N.J.A.C. 19:30-2.1, et seq., as well as Executive Order 34 (Byrne 1976) and Executive Order 189 (Kean 1988).
  • Oversees the preparation of written recommendations related to bid protests and/or appeals from declinations of applications for financial assistance.
  • Serves as hearing officer and renders written complex legal decisions on the most technically challenging bid protests or appeals from applicants and vendors that have been denied eligibility for the Authority's programs.
  • Creates a new Memorandum of Understanding program and policy for the Authority with the Director of Legal Affairs and the Vice-President of Legal and Compliance and provides training across the Authority on MOUs. Trains Legal Affairs Officers on proper MOU negotiation and review.
  • Interprets legislation and regulations and how they impact the multitude of post-development transactions within EDA's wide variety of programs through the Appellate stage.
  • Analyzes disclosures by applicants/vendors and findings regarding litigation, administrative and regulatory matters to determine whether grounds for disqualification, debarment or suspension exist.
  • Reviews and finalizes legal decisions to ensure compliance with regulations and relevant delegated authority.
  • Oversees the preparation of written board memoranda, providing thorough analysis and recommendations for Board action. Presents complex recommendations to Board Member in Committee meetings and more concise recommendations in open public meetings.
  • Stands in for the Director of Legal Affairs in the absence of the Director as delegated by the Director.
  • Acts as liaison with and responds to inquiries with sister agencies, as necessary.
  • Demonstrates a leadership mindset within Legal Affairs, including suggesting new ideas to the Director for how to improve the division and the processes related to legal reviews.
  • Develops legal expertise for the EDA by developing and delivering best practices and/or legal update trainings with the Director for the Authority. Updates policy documents and related technical legal documentation in accordance with best practice.
  • Builds, develops, mentors and coaches direct reports to develop skills and behaviors to enhance performance. Sets staff goals and objectives, reviews staff semi-annually and annually against individual plans. Develops and implements training and succession plans for the team with the Director.
  • Ensures department practices and processes are in compliance with EDA policies and guidelines and are consistently applied.
  • Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
  • Must complete annual and semiannual self-assessment as required.
  • Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned.

    Required Skills and Abilities

    • Must possess advanced research ability and information technology skills, as well as excellent analytical skills.
    • Must possess advanced highly technical writing ability to persuade judges based upon written submissions.
    • Must have familiarity with various types of corporate litigation.
    • Must have experience with complex regulatory matters.
    • Ability to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to communicate effectively with general public, news media and various professionals.
    • Ability to work independently and with professionals of various disciplines as well as staff at various levels.
    • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals and EDA staff.
    • Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to learn new software packages.

      Required Qualifications
      Education and Experience Requirements

      • Bachelors' degree and/or equivalent experience; Juris Doctor Required.
      • Currency of annual Continuing Legal Education required.
      • Experience reviewing legal documents and use of third-party legal software (e.g., Lexis-Nexis).
      • Litigation experience preferred.
      • Experience writing and reviewing legal decisions for a State of New Jersey agency preferred.
      • 7-10 years' experience in a legal capacity and 5 years' management/supervisory experience.

        Advanced degree or industry specific certification may be substituted for 1 year of experience. Physical Demands

        • Minimal
        • Ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed


          • As necessary to events, meetings, businesses,

            Certificates and Licenses Required

            • Admitted to practice law in NJ
            • License: Staff are required to possess a valid driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essentials duties of the position.

              The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job description. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope, general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. - This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.
              Your employment at NJEDA is voluntary and subject to termination by you or NJEDA at will, with or without cause, or with or without notice, at any time. - Nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to conflict, eliminate, or modify the employment-at-will status of NJEDA employees. -
              This position is considered exempt and is excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded nonexempt workers under the FLSA.
              NJEDA reserves the right to amend/revise this job description as necessary to meet current and changing business needs.
              Equal Opportunity Employer
              Position Requirements

              • Foreign degrees/transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable evaluation service at your own expense and must be submitted prior to a start date. If this cannot be provided within 21 days of an offer the offer will be rescinded.
              • Must comply with the "New Jersey First Act" which requires employees hired after September 1, 2011 to reside in New Jersey. Non-New Jersey resident employees must relocate to New Jersey within one year of their date of hire and provide proof of residency to Human Resources.
              • Must complete an Outside Activity Questionnaire (disclosure of outside office or employment) on an annual basis.


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