Staff Attorney

January 23, 2018 |

SUPERVISORGeneral CounselDEPARTMENTExecutive Office


All resumes are due to HR by close of business February 2nd, 2018.  All resumes should be sent to hr@thehacc.org


The Staff Attorney position requires an attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, who is capable of working independently and who possesses excellent legal research and writing skills in addition to having the personal disposition and character necessary to work well with both internal and outside clients. The Staff Attorney will participate in all aspects of management side employment law (including collective bargaining negotiations, traditional labor law, employment discrimination law and labor grievance and arbitration hearings), affordable housing law and related administrative procedure and litigation issues (including forcible entry and detainer and housing discrimination litigation). The Staff Attorney reports to the General Counsel of the Housing Authority.


  •  Knowledge of administrative law and procedure, traditional labor law, employment discrimination law, landlord/tenant law, civil procedure and civil rights law
  • Familiarity with general principles of tort, contract, municipal government, employment and real property law and state and local court rules and procedures
  • Knowledge of ADA principles, including reasonable accommodations, preferred but not required
  • Ability to research, advise and counsel as needed
  • Proactively evaluate, manage, and prioritize work assignments in a timely manner, in coordination with outside law firms to ensure legal sufficiency, accuracy, completion, and compliance with program requirements
  • Draft, review and negotiate contract documents, including construction and real estate, and other documents necessary and appropriate to complete transactions
  • Coordinate with outside attorneys to resolve outstanding legal matters
  • Knowledge of Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act principles preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of affordable housing law preferred but not required
  • Perform all other duties and assignments as assigned


  •  J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law before the Illinois Supreme Court
  • Licensed to practice law before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Federal trial bar membership preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience practicing law in a government, corporate or law firm environment
  • Experience in arbitrations or administrative hearings as either counsel or hearing officer


  • Personal computer and peripherals
  • Standard office equipment


  •  Work beyond the normal work day will be required at times
  • Work environment consists substantially of indoor office activities performed in a heated/air conditioned setting
  • Position requires the need to sit, stand, bend, climb, and/or stretch for extended periods of time
  • Frequent repetitive hand movement (e.g. typing)
  • Contact with owners and clients may become hostile at times
  • Appointees will be required to possess a valid driver’s license and the statewide minimum insurance requirements if the operation of a vehicle is necessary to perform essential duties of the position
  • Travel within Cook County suburbs will be required at times
  • Overnight travel outside of Cook County will be occasionally required

This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed.  The qualifications listed above are guidelines, other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job will be considered.