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VTA Assistant Counsel/Senior Assistant Counsel

Bianca Garcia | Published on 2/4/2021


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Under direction of the General Counsel or the Assistant General Counsel, a Senior Assistant Counsel represents VTA in complex legal matters and serves as primary counsel in complex cases in the areas of labor, contract, civil, and administrative law; and performs tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility and developed expertise.

Under general direction of the General Counsel, or other counsel as designated by the General Counsel, an Assistant Counsel represents VTA in a wide variety of legal matters, and serves as primary or secondary counsel in routine to fairly complex cases/matters in the areas of labor, contract, civil and administrative law (including real property law); and performs tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility. 

Distinguishing Characteristics
This highly advanced working level class serves under direction of the General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel. This class is distinguished from the Deputy General Counsel in that the Deputy General Counsel leads and supervises other attorneys in litigation and arbitration matters or in complicated business transactions. Employees in this class are required to obtain an advanced degree of comprehension and knowledge of the law related to public agencies and public transportation and how that law applies to the issues unique to the transportation industry and to public agencies. Employees in this class may also be responsible for the direction of lower level staff.

The Assistant Counsel is distinguished from the Senior Assistant Counsel in that the latter routinely works more independently, handles highly complex matters, and may serve as lead attorney. Assistant Counsel are typically responsible for less complex matters but are nevertheless required to obtain a degree of knowledge of legal processes and comprehension relative to the application of the law to enable him/her to handle, without much assistance, legal problems that normally occur in the public transportation law arena. 

Classification Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented

Essential Job Functions

Typical Tasks

  • Develops VTA defense and tries complex cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts and in labor arbitration hearings under collective bargaining agreements; coordinates litigation activities;
  • Initiates claims and files lawsuits in appropriate forums to protect fundamental VTA interests;
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, reviews and monitors work related to complex litigation and arbitration matters, including matters assigned to outside counsel; may provide guidance to other attorneys;
  • Initiates, researches, analyzes and prepares legal opinions, briefs and pleadings;
  • Advises VTA staff in contract, personnel, labor relations and business matters;
  • Interprets, develops, drafts, and reviews VTA internal policies and procedures, legislation, contracts, other legal documents, and collective bargaining agreement language;
  • Exercises discretion and independent judgment, commensurate with specialized legal skills and experience;
  • Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards
Sufficient training, education and public or private legal experience to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Development of the required knowledge, skills and abilities for a Senior Assistant Counsel is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public agency or private law firm.

Development of the required knowledge, skills and abilities for an Assistant Counsel is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and three years of increasingly responsible experience in a public agency or private law firm. 

Membership in the California State Bar, or membership in another state Bar with ability to become a member of the California State Bar within six months from date of hire, is also required for both Assistant Counsel and Senior Assistant Counsel.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:

  • State and federal court procedures;
  • Statutory and case law and regulations applicable to public agencies;
  • Legal principles, practices and procedures relating to contract, labor, real property, administrative, environmental, and construction matters particularly as applied to public agencies;
  • Powers, duties, and scope of authority of California transit agencies;
  • Methods and techniques of legal research;
  • Policies and procedures applicable to public transit operations;
  • Principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to:
  • Analyze complex legal issues and apply relevant legal principles and practices;
  • Prepare and present legal information in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing; make effective and persuasive legal arguments;
  • Evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations;
  • Exercise initiative and independent judgment;
  • Analyze complex legal issues and apply relevant legal principles and practices;
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with VTA personnel, colleagues, opponents, and other business contacts.

General Instructions
Please read this entire job announcement before applying for the position. Print and keep a copy of this announcement so that you can refer to it. Questions not answered within this job announcement may be sent to

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be submitted online to the Human Resources department by the stated closing time and date posted. When the stated closing date is “continuous,” apply immediately; the position may close without notice.

You will receive an immediate email confirming receipt of your submitted application. If you do not receive this email, contact NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line at (855) 524-5627 between 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Only on-line applications will be accepted for this recruitment (paper applications or resumes will not be accepted). Job Interest Notification Cards, or copies of previous, partial, or un-submitted applications, are not an acceptable substitute to a completed application.

ALL APPLICATION AND TESTING NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT BY E-MAIL. Applicants should select e-mail as the preferred method of notification. Candidates must maintain an up-to-date, valid and reliable e-mail address. Candidates are also responsible for maintaining up-to-date phone numbers and addresses on their on-line account. Due to the number of applications received, candidates must check their application status through their on-line account. Contact NeoGov for assistance if needed.
Information on how to apply for jobs at the VTA is available on the VTA Employment website and from the NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line (855) 524-5627. NeoGov Applicant support is available from 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations

The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities.  If you wish to request an accommodation, please click here (Download PDF reader).
Application Processing Information
All related current and past work experience (including VTA experience) must be listed and fully described in the Work Experience section of the application ("See Resume" is not acceptable). Incomplete or improperly completed online applications may be rejected even if you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. It is your responsibility to ensure that the online application reflects the work experience and education needed to meet the requirements for the position you are applying for. Although your resume may have all your experience and education details, please make sure to complete each section of the online application to ensure that your information is accurately captured during our screening process.
Important: Proof of Education, either as a copy of a diploma or transcript, is required to verify all educational units listed on your application. Official transcripts are not necessary. Copies of diplomas, degrees, transcripts, or foreign transcript evaluations must be attached to the submitted application as a pdf.
Note: Failure to provide all of the required documents in the appropriate format (pdf ONLY), and properly labeled as shown in the example (for example: Smith_J BS Diploma), will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.
Note: Applicants holding degrees or credentials from outside the United States who are using these qualifications exclusively to qualify for a position are required to provide a foreign transcript evaluation as a pdf and properly labeled as shown above. Failure to provide a foreign transcript evaluation will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.
All applications are subject to review as to meeting minimum qualifications at any point in the recruitment process. Passing any step is no guarantee of continuation if it is determined that the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the class specification.
Candidates found to have exaggerated/falsified their qualifications, experience, training, and/or education may be disqualified at any point in the recruitment process and may be denied future employment with the VTA.
If selected for the position, candidates will be required to complete a criminal conviction disclosure form. Candidates who successfully become VTA employees, and fail to disclose any of the criminal background information as required may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.
Eligible Lists typically remain in effect for six (6) months. However, Human Resources may abolish Eligible Lists at any time during the six (6) month period. Human Resources may extend eligible Lists for up to two (2) years. Eligible Lists may be used for more than one recruitment. If you have questions related to an Eligible List you might be on or were on, you should contact Human Resources.

If you have questions regarding your status as an applicant for this position, please call the Human Resources Department at (408) 321-5575 or email at

VTA is an equal employment opportunity employer. VTA does not and will not tolerate discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age, ancestry, color, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, race, religion, creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, medical condition, disabled veteran or veteran status, etc.