General Counsel for The Port

$140,000 - $170,000 yearly
  • The Novak Consulting Group, now Rafelis
  • Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • May 19, 2022
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

The Position

With the stated mission of transforming “unproductive real estate in neighborhoods and industrial areas into opportunities for employment and housing,” The Port is an economic and community development agency that is seeking its next General Counsel to join a high-performing team of professionals dedicated to transforming communities for lasting impact, including residential properties and commercial business districts.

The position of General Counsel holds the responsibility of maintaining The Port’s legal standing and compliance, serving a prominent role in anticipating, developing, and advancing major litigation, contracts, and negotiations for The Port’s redevelopment initiatives.

Since its establishment in 2000, The Port has grown significantly in its size and scope, necessitating an experienced and driven litigator on the executive team. This position oversees outside counsel and four staff: three attorneys, one paralegal, and one administrative assistant. The General Counsel will report directly to President & CEO.

As the chief legal officer, this position oversees risk management, insurance, contracting, and corporate governance for the organization. The work requires a significant amount of complex transactional work, including negotiating and drafting purchase/sale contracts, leases, and financing agreements relating to commercial, industrial, and residential real estate. General Counsel will oversee The Port’s contracts with the City, County, JobsOhio, and other funding agencies and organizations.


Minimum Qualifications are a J.D. from an accredited school of law and a member, in good standing, with the Ohio Bar Association or another state bar association. Also required is at least eight (8) years of experience as an attorney, with at least three (3) years of in-house experience or in a private law firm advising local governments or other public entities. Applicants must also be a member in good standing of the Ohio Bar or be eligible to be admitted to the Ohio Bar after selection.

Preferred Qualifications include well-rounded litigation experience in the public sector, including drafting and creating new partnerships with other nonprofits, innovative practices in real estate development, redevelopment, public contracts, and litigation. Experience managing staff and overseeing outside counsel is also preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $140,000 – $170,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The first review of applications will be on June 22, 2022.