(CNN) - John Podesta, longtime Democratic strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, will join President Barack Obama's team, sources familiar with discussions told CNN.
Recruited by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Podesta's official title will be "counselor to the President." He'll work on a number of issues, including climate and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
This is not the first time Obama and Podesta have worked together. In 2008, Podesta served as co-chair of Obama's White House transition team as he was beginning his first term.
Podesta's return comes after a rocky start to the President's second term.
Not long after Clinton left the White House, Podesta in 2003 helped found the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, where he now serves as chairman.
– CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper contributed to this report.