Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Job Opening: Corporate Counsel - Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Job Opening: Corporate Counsel

Corporate Counsel



880 E. 11th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211

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QUALIFICATIONS: An example of acceptable qualifications for this position:

This position requires superior drafting skills, outstanding knowledge of the law and a thorough knowledge of trial practices and procedures in federal and state courts, as well as federal, state, and local administrative agencies. A minimum of five (5) years’ legal experience in the public or private sector is required, with knowledge of federal, state, and local housing law and regulation, as well as HUD regulations strongly preferred. Prior management and supervisory experience strongly preferred. This position requires a Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.



EQUIPMENT OPERATED: The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Calculator, computer, computer software (e.g., Microsoft Office and other applicable computer software), mobile phone, fax machine, copier, scanner, telephone, postage machine, and other standard modern business office equipment.


Employee has exposure to chemical compounds found in an office environment (e.g., toner, correction fluid, etc.); ability to push, pull, lift, and carry standard office records and files; this is considered sedentary work and the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the physical demands required of the position in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s physical demands strength ratings.

In cases of emergency, unpredictable situations, and/or department needs, may be required to lift, push, pull, and/or carry objects heavier than D.O.L. strength ratings recommend. 

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JOB DUTIES in order of importance

Position Summary

To serve as the Corporate Counsel for the CMHA with primary responsibility for: making recommendations for the overall legal strategy of the organization; providing strategic counseling to all business units of the authority; overall legal counseling; management of the day-to-day legal operations of the authority; and oversight of all litigation involving the authority.

Essential Functions of the Position: For purposes of 42 USC 12101:

90% (1) Serves as Corporate Counsel representing the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority in all legal matters in partnership with outside contracted counsel.

        (2) Ongoing strategic counseling and advice to the senior management team, the business units, corporate functions, and the Board of Commissioners.

        (3) Researches and renders final opinions on the propriety of all rules and regulations of the CMHA and  interprets laws, rules and regulations affecting the administration of the Authority and other matters pertaining thereto.

        (4) Review local, state, and federal legislative proposals and provide advice and recommendations to the CEO, the Board of Commissioners and senior management on the legal impact on the CMHA's interests.

        (5) Provide support on all legal work in connection with financing arrangements, temporary and permanent bond issue documents, FHA & GNMA closings, commercial property leases, and any interest in which CMHA acts as mortgagee in its cooperative undertakings with non-for-profit enterprises.

        (6) Provide support to CMHA senior management and outside counsel in the preparation, administration, and execution of cases handling eminent domain matters where necessary to acquire real property; the preparation and handling of court injunction proceedings in connection with securing tax exemptions of all acquired property and preparation of necessary documentation to effect purchases of land for the CMHA.

       (7) Review and/or draft contract documents prior to their execution; interpret and render opinions on the CMHA's responsibilities, powers, and obligations under contracts; administer contract settlement negotiations where disputes occur; as necessary, review and modify contracts and prepare all accompanying resolutions for BOC consideration.

       (8) Oversee the preparation of the Annual Contributions Contracts and amendments thereto.

       (9) Provide advice and counsel to the Human Resources Department regarding all employment matters.

       (10) Manage and oversee all outside attorneys providing legal advice, representation and counsel to the CMHA.

       (11) Provide practical legal advice and support to all business functions of the CMHA.

(5%) (12) Develop and execute global strategies to advance the interests of CMHA in providing safe, decent and sanitary housing to its clients.

        (13) Assist in ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


5% (14) Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE CHARACTERISTICS: (*indicates developed after employment)

Knowledge of: public administration; Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Regulations; HUD regulations; office practices and procedures; *Agency/department goals and objectives; *Agency/department policies and procedures; *workplace safety practices and procedures; *personnel rules and regulations; supervisory principles and practices; zoning/building codes; community resources and services; records management; personnel administration; government structure and process; government grant programs; state, federal, and local laws and/or regulations; local geographical area; English grammar and spelling.

Skill in: word processing; computer operation; use of modern office equipment; motor vehicle operation.

Ability to: interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, picture, or schedule form; deal with many variables and determine specific action; interpret regulations, standards, grants, and contracts for compliance with relevant laws and regulations; apply management principles to solve agency problems; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; exercise independent judgment and discretion; understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, or regulations to specific situations; select most qualified applicant according to specifications for referral; read, copy, and records figures accurately; add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers; calculate fractions, decimals, and percentages; copy records precisely without error; complete routine forms; prepare routine correspondence; compile and prepare reports; respond to routine inquiries from public and/or officials; conduct effective interviews; communicate effectively; train or instruct others; understand a variety of written and/or verbal communications; maintain records according to established procedures; handle sensitive inquiries from and contacts with officials and general public; develop and maintain effective working relationships; resolve complaints; travel to and gain access to work site. 

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