Director of Legal Services/Legal Counsel

Sacramento Regional Transit District

Apply in person, mail or fax to:

Sacramento Regional Transit District

Human Resources Department

2810 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 556-0298

Fax: (916) 457-7194

Final Filing Deadline: January 16, 2019


Salary Range:

$145,536 - $203,712 annually (Anticipated Starting Salary at Lower End of Range)





This position reports to the General Manager, Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) and serves as legal advisor providing legal counsel, advice and analysis. The position also reports to the Board of Directors on technical work content, with a dotted line, and is classified as at will. The incumbent plans, directs and manages the operations, programs, services and functions of the Legal department, by clearly identifying legal considerations and issues, reasonable considerations and issues, reasonable alternative courses of action, associated legal risks, and mitigation strategies so senior leaders can make informed business decisions.

The Sacramento Region is undergoing great transformational changes. As with any Metropolitan City, transportation is the backbone of a city. Good physical connectivity in the urban and rural communities are essential for economic growth. SacRT provides over 20 million rides annually to students, seniors, commuters, etc. As the largest transportation provider in the Sacramento region, SacRT employs close to 1,000 individuals and has over 700 retirees. As an employee of SacRT, you will receive great medical insurance, pension and other benefits that many private agencies simply cannot provide. As a large employer in the Sacramento area, we take pride in our employees by providing training and opportunities for personal growth and advancement.


  • Advise management and the board on the legal aspects of business decisions with objective advice, outlining legal parameters which may influence business decisions, including alternative courses of action, legal risk and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Provide legal support, to include development of proactive risk mitigation strategies to protect the District’s interests while executing management’s and the board’s decision(s).
  • Responsible for developing and leading SacRT’s enterprise legal strategy to promote and protect the agency’s interests.
  • Advise senior leadership on the development and implementation of legal compliance programs at the federal, state and local levels, to include assessing risk and offering mitigations for leadership consideration.
  • Anticipate legal issues and develop preventive law strategies and advise senior leadership on corporate policy ad compliance programs to help minimize litigation, third party disputes and other potential legal project development and implementation problems.
  • Oversee the delivery of legal services and resources (including outside legal counsel) to accomplish agency goals, strategies and priorities in collaboration with senior management delivering SacRT’s mission.
  • Serves as trusted advisor to the board, GM/CEO and senior management team advising on the legal considerations of a variety of issue and topics, by demonstrating commitment to the agency’s goals, strategies and plans.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with SacRT employees, management team members, relevant local, state and federal government bodies, and the general public.
  • Must be an exceptional communicator to make clear and concise presentations before the board, senior management, and to boards of other governmental agencies, concerning District governance, programs, requirements and policies.


Education: Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from accredited school of law is required. Substitution of experience for the required education is not accepted.

Experience: A minimum of seven (7) years of broad and extensive experience as an attorney that includes providing high level complex legal advice and counsel and progressively responsible management and supervisory experience working with a public agency. Transit related experience is preferred.

Licenses: Current membership in the California State Bar is required. California State Bar License number and related information must be included in the “Licenses and Certifications” section of the employment application.


The minimum qualifications as stated on this job announcement represent only the basic requirements of the position. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to participate in other examination segments of the selection process. An employment application, supplemental questionnaire and CA State Bar license number, as outlined above, are required for this position. Applications, job announcements, supplemental questionnaire and copies of the complete job description are available at 2810 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, or through our website at All documents presented in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word formats, are available in accessible formats. Please call (916) 321-2877 or TDD (916) 483-4327 to request an accessible format.

Completed employment application, supplemental questionnaire and CA State Bar license number, as outlined above, must be submitted to the Human Resources Department not later than Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. RT does not accept e-mail applications, on-line applications, or late applications regardless of postmark. RT will not process incomplete applications. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of an application, but may be included with the application. For more information on benefits, a summary sheet is available from the Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment process to accommodate candidates with disabilities. For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (916) 556-0298.

SacRT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $145,536.00 to $203,712.00 /year


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