Offices & Directories

General Counsel

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION OPENING

POSITION:  General Counsel
POSITION CODE:  A6790
DEPARTMENT:
  Office of General Counsel
APPOINTMENT:  Administrative, full-time, 12 months
STARTING SALARY:  Commensurate with experience
INTRODUCTORY PERIOD:   12 months
AVAILABLE:  Immediately
POSTING DATE:  June 13, 2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Open until filled

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, student, and staff and administrator affairs; regulatory matters, risk assessment, and compliance issues (in collaboration with the President’s Cabinet and Human Resources); labor and employment litigation; and financial and research concerns.  The general counsel will provide advice on sponsored programs, contract matters, including intellectual property clauses; review and develop policies and procedures related to research and intellectual property; advise on copyright and patent law; and advise on research compliance matters.  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.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
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 such as: tax, employment and labor law, contracts, transactions, civil rights, student affairs, claims, use of federal and state funding, insurance, and risk management that concerns the University to the Trustees, President, Vice Presidents (including the Provost), other senior leaders, human resources, administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Reviews and advises University policies, procedures, and handbooks including drafts of new policies, procedures, and handbooks and advises administrators and faculty on the same.
  • Provides counsel to administrators and faculty regarding proposed or existing University contracts; reviews all proposed University contracts.
  • Identifies and manages legal risk consistent with University priorities defined by the Trustees, as delegated to the President in management of his/her team.
  • 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 budge control and supervision.
  • Manages and oversees the Office of 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 and within the Office of Human Resources.
  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 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.

Candidate must possess the ability to competently interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, and staff; and must be able to successfully complete a background investigation upon offer of employment.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if selected for the interview process and reasonable accommodations are needed, please call 909/748-8040.

TO APPLY: Please include the above position code with your submission.  Submit letter of interest letter, resume, salary history and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references to apply@redlands.edu or mail to: Human Resources, University of Redlands, PO Box 3080, Redlands CA 92373-0999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL OUR JOB LINE AT 909-748-8883 OR www.redlands.edu/jobs.asp

SUBMISSION OF RESUME OR APPLICATION INDICATES AGREEMENT THAT THE UNIVERSITY MAY VERIFY ANY AND ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.

MEMBERS OF UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

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