DESCRIPTION: The General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University. The general counsel provides overall strategic and ethical leadership and direction for all legal matters involving the University, including trustee, faculty, staff, and student affairs; regulatory matters; risk assessment; and compliance. The general counsel will provide advice on, among other areas, employment, Title IX, contracts, intellectual property, free speech, discrimination and its effects on diversity, equity, and inclusion, policy implementation and interpretation, student discipline, and sponsored-research. The general counsel selects, retains, and supervises the work of outside counsel on a case-by-case basis, as well as monitoring outside counsel costs. The General Counsel reports to the President of the University related to all job duties and performance as the University's chief legal officer and works especially closely with trustee leadership, the President's Cabinet, Human Resources, and the Office of Equity and Title IX.
With independent, professional judgment and initiative:
Develops and implements an ethical vision and strategic plan for the University's legal services.
Supports the University's functions and business through the delivery of legal support and guidance.
Provides advice on legal matters, issues, and policies.
Reviews and advises University policies, procedures, and handbooks including drafts of new policies, procedures, and handbooks and advises faculty and staff on the same.
Provides counsel to faculty and staff regarding proposed or existing University contracts; reviews all proposed University contracts as called for in University policy.
Identifies and manages legal risk consistent with University priorities defined by the Trustees, as delegated to the President in management of her/his team.
Provides leadership and support for the University's diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and values.
Establishes a clearly understood framework for legal policies within the Office of the General Counsel.
Recommends operational and policy changes necessitated by legislative mandates; develops alternative policies to enable the University to accomplish its objectives.
Determines the need for and delivers legal services, including representation with respect to claims, litigations, and proceedings, to the University and all its divisions, units, departments, and any future owned or controlled affiliates (including arranging for and overseeing the delivery of such legal services by other attorneys employed by the University or by independent counsel engaged by the General Counsel for the benefit of the University).
Manages the delivery and costs of needed legal services and the budgets and other resources of the University provided for legal services. Screens and selects outside counsel and refers matters to outside counsel when appropriate. Facilitates direct communications between administrators and outside counsel when it increases efficiency, while maintaining budget control and supervision.
Manages and oversees the Office of General Counsel. Makes employment decisions about and supervises any attorneys employed by, or other staff employed in the Office of Counsel of the University.
Functions as an integral partner within the senior leadership team.
Ensures the University operates within the appropriate legal governance framework. Provides training and training materials on legal issues to appropriate constituencies when education is helpful to maintain or further University objectives. Educates, advises, and counsels faculty, staff, and students to reduce or transfer risks.
Defends the University before state and federal agencies as appropriate. Works closely with outside lawyers on litigation involving the University in federal and state courts and in administrative agencies.
Performs other duties and projects as assigned or directed.
J.D. from an accredited law school.
Current membership in good standing in the California State bar or the ability to become a member within 12 months of employment.
Must have strong background in the legal representation of academic institutions.
Requires a minimum of 10 years in practice and 5 years of experience advising academic institutions, either in an in-house or outside counsel capacity.
Deep knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to academic institutions, and good familiarity in general with the operational and organizational environment of undergraduate and/or graduate institutions.
Demonstrated commitment to, and engagement with, issues affecting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and work under deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to gain trust and inspire confidence at all levels of an academic institution.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues and legal concepts to non-lawyers.
Demonstrated ability to navigate effectively through and successfully work with different departments and constituencies within a University community.
High level of analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to solve problems proactively and pragmatically.
Excellent presentation and project management skills.
Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills, and negotiation and mediation skills, and experience.
The candidate must possess the ability to competently interact with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff; and must be able to successfully complete a background investigation upon offer of employment.
TO APPLY: A resume/CV and cover letter are required. In compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed please call (909) 748-8040.
INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19: New employees are required to submit proof of having received the full course dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or submitting an exemption request for medical, religious, or other reasons within sixty (60) days from your date of hire.
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