Number of Vacancies: 2
Area of Consideration: Open to the Public
Position Status: Full-Time, Regular
Pay Plan, Series & Grade: 301/0059/2B
Salary Range: $107,253.90 - $113,514.24
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC
Brief Description of Duties
The University of the District of Columbia is seeking an Assistant General Counsel experienced in business, transactional and commercial law to provide legal counsel on a full range of operational matters. The Assistant General Counsel will report directly to the General Counsel.
For this position, the Office of the General Counsel seeks an attorney who has substantial experience in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating agreements for the procurement of goods, services and technology, as well as other legal documents and client communications, and who has interacted regularly with clients in providing advice and counsel. A successful candidate will have transactional legal experience, strong drafting and negotiating skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. We seek a creative problem-solver with excellent oral and written communication skills who can effectively handle a large number of projects simultaneously and in an ethical manner and who will contribute to the positive working environment within the Office of the General Counsel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Negotiate, draft, and provide counsel about commercial and academic contracts, licenses, grant agreements, memoranda of understanding, affiliation agreements, service agreements, leases, facilities use agreements, and other legal instruments memorializing the diverse activities of a dynamic public university.
- Review and approve legal sufficiency of contractual activities to ensure compliance with statutes, case law, government regulations, policy and budget guidelines.
- Assist clients in developing processes, documents, and forms to standardize business approaches.
- Provide interpretation of applicable laws, rules, regulations and case law and develop policy and procedures to assure compliance with the same.
- Draft, review and revise resolutions, memoranda, rulemakings and related documents for submission to the Board of Trustees.
- Manage the DCMR publication, revision and codification process.
- Serve as FOIA officer for the University and maintain an effective program for responding to FOIA requests pursuant to District law and University regulations.
- Respond to subpoenas issued by third parties.
- Provide practical, knowledgeable, comprehensive legal counsel to University administrators, faculty and staff on a wide range of operational matters.
- Perform other related duties as assigned, which may include:
- Draft responses representing the University’s official legal position on matters before enforcement agencies or other adjudicatory entities;
- Advise administration in areas of labor and employment law;
- Train staff, faculty, and students on applicable legal requirements and University processes; and
- Represent the University in legal and administrative proceedings and investigations including student disciplinary matters and complaints, internal grievance and termination hearings and external hearings before District, state and federal agencies.
- A minimum of five (5) years of business/corporate law or transactional experience. Experience in higher education, real estate, government, not-for-profit law, and/or procurement is a plus. The candidate is expected to be comfortable using common technology for document creation and management, including the Microsoft Office suite.
- Must have a J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Candidate must either be admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia or be admitted in another jurisdiction and be willing and able to become admitted in the District of Columbia within 360 days of initial appointment.
- Application materials should include a discussion of all relevant experience, résumé, writing sample, and law school transcript.
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (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 may 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/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: http://www.udc.edu/equal opportunity/.