Number of Vacancies: 1
Position Status: full-time, permanent
Pay Plan, Series & Grade:
Salary Range: $133,915.00-$164.686.00
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
As the Chief Legal Officer and member of the Presidential Executive Cabinet, the General Counsel will provide advice and support to the University's Board of Trustees, President, and Administration. The incumbent reports directly to the University Board of Trustees and functions under the general direction of the President who provides direction with assignments in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.
Location: Van Ness Campus, Washington, DC
Brief Description of Duties
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides legal consultation to the Board of Trustees (BOT), the President and other officers and officials of the University. Analyzes legal problems, conducts legal research and interprets current and proposed District and Federal laws which impact on the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) policies, plans and actions. Provides answers on questions of legal interpretation.
- Represents the Board of Trustees, the University, the President, Officers and employees of the university (subject to conflict of interest restrictions) as attorney of record in litigation in Federal trial and appellate courts, the D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, and as necessary, in other jurisdictions. When the District of Columbia is a party litigant, coordinates litigation actions with the Office of the Attorney General or other counsel.
- Performs sophisticated legal research, investigations and analysis with regard to a wide range of legal, legislative, policy, administrative and institutional matters. Prepares related court pleadings, legal memoranda and other papers for filing in litigation and administrative matters. Provides oral and written reports and recommendations on findings and outcomes to the BOT and President or directly to other officials of the University or the District government. When appropriate, makes recommendations for action and implementation.
- Conducts review and analysis of recommendations and actions that result from policy and legal reviews and other internal and external issues, investigations and inquiries. Provides oral and written reports to the BOT and President concerning findings and outcomes.
- Accompanies and advises the BOT and President at selected meetings with top representatives of the District and Federal governments and legislative bodies to clarify positions and opinions on legal matters. Conducts extensive research, prepares position memoranda, and, as requested by the BOT and/or President, articulates the University's position.
- Reviews and analyzes existing and proposed administrative and institutional policies and procedures for legal sufficiency to ensure consistency with laws and rules of the District of Columbia with the existing policies, rules, and procedures of the University, and with priorities established by the BOT and the President. Provides oral and written reports to the BOT and President including appropriate recommendations for amendments.
- Establishes and maintains a case file of legal opinions and laws affecting higher education.
- Reviews all major negotiated contracts for legal sufficiency and technical form. Reviews all leasing and property acquisitions contracts proposed and entered into by the University.
- Responsible for the representation of the university (including the Board of Trustees, the President, Officers and employees of the university subject to conflict of interest restrictions) in administrative proceedings and District agencies (including the Office of Employee Appeals, the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) and the Office of Human Rights) and Federal agencies (including the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
- Advises with the Vice President, Human Resources, the President and other officers of the Administration in the development of labor management policies and procedures that take into account legal implications and provides for legal representation of the University in labor negotiations.
- Recommends the retention of outside Counsel on selected matters; monitors and evaluates their performance and approves or seeks adjustment of their billings.
- Supervises the legal and support staff assigned to the Office of the General Counsel.
- Serves as an active member of the President's cabinet.
- Oversees the supervision of personnel to achieve peak productivity and performance. Sets priorities for timely completion of assignments and special projects.
- Reviews and advising the BOT on contract and other matters related to the employment of the President and the Administration.
- Responsible for working with all units of the University including the BOT and President to ensure awareness and compliance with University regulations and guidelines, District and Federal law and terms of any legal written agreement.
- Responsible for receiving, evaluating and responding to FOIA request as is appropriate and required by law.
- Establishes and implements short and long range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness and affects changes required for improvement.
- Oversees compliance with lease agreements.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
- J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school.
- At least ten (10) years of broad legal experience.
- Must be a current member, in good standing, of the DC Bar, or must become a member within three (3) months of assuming the position.
- Experience managing the legal and governance issues of an institution of higher education or a large corporate or government enterprise a large company or public employer.
The incumbent must be an active member, in good standing, with the Bar of the District of
Columbia qualified to appear as counsel of record before local and federal trial and appellate
courts of the District of Columbia with recent experience in the conduct of litigation and
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.
Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).
Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.
Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.
Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.
Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5020.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.