The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Senior Deputy General Counsel

Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID 2022-2167
Posted Date
3 weeks ago(9/7/2022 2:55 PM)
Application Filing Period
Sep 7, 2022 – Oct 24, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PST
# of Openings
USD $182,603.00/Yr.
USD $239.16/Yr.
Work Schedule (Days/Hours)

The Legal Department of the Metropolitan Water District has an opening for a Sr. Deputy General Counsel in the General Counsel Office. Metropolitan is seeking counsel with expertise in public agency law including the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, CEQA, administrative and public conflict laws, public agency contracts, public agency employment, and experience with environmental laws and permits applicable to public agencies, state and federal grants and litigation experience. The position requires the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in writing and orally.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience representing public clients in negotiating and drafting or review of a wide range of public contracts; resolution of claims, disputes, and litigation; analysis of administrative, public law and governance questions. The position requires the ability to resolve matters involving permits and regulations imposed by other public agencies relating to environmental matters and employee safety. The applicant should be familiar and comfortable with digital research and the use of various computer software programs. The job requires collaboration with internal staff, representatives of other agencies, and outside counsel.

Senior Deputy General Counsel
Positions at this advanced level are recognized as technical specialists using initiative and resourcefulness to handle the workload and to recommend new processes and procedures as appropriate. At this level, attorneys are expected to be self-starters; to act with more independence to identify issues and risks to Metropolitan; notify and provide recommendations for resolution or, when appropriate, handle or resolve matters. Attorneys at this level advise and make recommendations to the General Counsel regarding appropriate action by gathering, understanding, and interpreting the facts, applying legal and risk analysis. They are responsible for planning of the work and implementing as appropriate. They also provide guidance and recommendations in their areas of expertise to the General Counsel and to other managers within the organization.


The successful applicant will serve as a legal expert for and on behalf of Metropolitan, and be responsible for safeguarding and enhancing Metropolitan’s rights, entitlements, interests, and assets. In general, the Senior Deputy General Counsel should feel comfortable working in multiple substantive areas and be willing to learn new matters. Experience in employment litigation, EEOC, DFEH, and PERB matters is preferred. The Senior Deputy General Counsel needs to work well with others, both internally and externally, and be comfortable working as part of a team. The Senior Deputy General Counsel may act as a lead managing, coordinating, and reviewing work assignments of employees and outside counsel performing the same general work on a day-to-day basis.

Experience working for or representing public agencies, providing legal advice, working with boards, committees, or legislative bodies, including serving as counsel during public meetings and hearings, is preferred.

This position will report to the General Counsel and will have the opportunity to work in an invigorating, collaborative, and challenging legal environment as a member of a highly professional and effective team of 20 attorneys plus paralegals and support staff, providing a variety of legal services in many different areas.

Work Schedule: Work schedule 9/80, Monday through Friday with alternating Fridays off.


This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: Senior Deputy General Counsel



Education and Experience:  Juris Doctor Graduate degree from an accredited law school and seven (7) years of progressively responsible, directly related law practice experience performing complex and varied legal assignments. Experience representing public agencies is preferred.


Directly related law practice experience is defined as experience in California public agency law, public agency employment, Brown Act, California Public Records Act, Public Agency conflicts, general public agency contracting and procurement law and/or administrative law practice experience. Candidates should specify their substantive area of expertise.


The ideal candidate will have:
• Experience working in or for public sector providing legal advice and working with boards, committees or legislative bodies including providing serving as counsel during public meetings and hearings.
• Experience in negotiation and drafting of complex transactions.
• Experience in representing parties in administrative proceedings before public agencies at the local, state and/or federal level in a primary and/or assisting capacity.
• Experience in one or more of the following areas: public agency law including public agency employment/EEO/PERB, the Brown Act, Political Reform Act, Public Records Act and public bidding and procurement law.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to interact collaboratively with all levels of staff, including management, outside and opposing counsel, as well as, state, federal, and other external agencies.



California State Bar Member (member in good standing, with either active membership or the ability to activate membership prior to employment).



This classification performs work that requires maintaining confidentiality and is routinely privy to matters that either involves confidential information, sensitive personnel issues, or exposure to confidential and sensitive strategic corporate information.




• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• On-site fitness center
• Excellent working environment
• Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis

• Public transportation reimbursements 


For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)



About MWD:

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 830 miles of pipeline, and 15 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email


MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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