Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks an Assistant General Counsel to work with and in support of the Vice President for Human Resources & Legal Affairs (VP for HR/LA), along with a paralegal and executive assistant. The Assistant General Counsel will provide written and oral advice, conduct legal research and provide analysis, conduct investigations, draft contracts, memorandums of understanding (MOUs), and agreements, assist with policy development and work in support of risk management efforts in the higher education setting. The Assistant General Counsel position is expected to be able to defend the College before state and federal agencies and in court, as appropriate and assigned.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration date closes March 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time)
Investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment filed by students, staff, faculty, or visitors in compliance with federal and state laws, College policies and applicable civil service rules and collective bargaining agreements. Process, within specific time constraints, investigations, analyses and report findings and conclusions of complaints filed. Ensure effective, efficient, thorough and impartial investigations, as well as attention to detail and accuracy regarding facts, relevance, and investigation documentation, while preserving the due process rights of all involved;
Draft, review and provide advice regarding MOUs, interagency agreements and contracts between CBC and other colleges, agencies and municipalities;
Conduct legal research and provide analysis on a broad range of topics related to college operations, including but not limited to employment and labor law, civil rights, contracts and purchasing, public records, privacy, ethics, etc.;
Provide legal support and assistance as needed for the residence life program and program staff;
Assist with EEOC, WSHRC, OCR and other complaints, arbitration or other legal issues and processes;
Draft, review, and provide advice regarding contracts and grants, real estate transactions and other related areas;
Assist VP for HR/LA with ADA legal issues and consults;
Assist VP for HR/LA with collective bargaining negotiation preparation;
Review, evaluate and recommend changes to college policies and provide assistance to senior-level leadership on policy development and implementation;
Assist with legal compliance, respond to claims and appear before appropriate agency or court to represent College's interests;
Assist with civil litigation and liaison with the Attorney General's Office as needed;
Evaluate complaints, grievances and other forms of redress to recommended path forward; and
Other substantive areas of responsibility may also be assigned.
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited institution;
Three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney or in a judicial clerkship role; and
Admitted to, or qualified for admission to, the Washington State Bar.
Knowledge of employment and labor relations law and practices;
Experience with collective bargaining, contract negotiation and contract administration;
Experience conducting investigations in an employment setting or higher education setting;
Experience in public and/or academic environments;
Familiarity with academic, community college or university institutions;
Experience with civil rights laws;
General litigation experience.
Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; possess oral advocacy skills in a litigation setting;
Intellectual and conceptual flexibility and creativity, with the ability to analyze, interpret, present and write about complex ideas and concepts in a clear, concise fashion;
Analytical, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving skills;
Legal and ethical stature, maturity, flexibility, competence and confidence to operate with credibility at the executive and Board level, as well as a professional history of maintaining objectivity while driving appropriate outcomes, managing multiple stakeholder agendas, and promoting high standards;
High level of energy, sense of humor, and grace under pressure; and the ability to lead by example; and
Sophisticated ability to understand and manage risk and compliance issues.
CBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates under an Affirmative Action Plan, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. CBC reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Discrimination is prohibited by state and federal laws and regulations, as well as the College policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of CBC with respect to equal opportunity and disability accommodation regulations is under the direction of Camilla Glatt, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, telephone 509-542-5548.
CBC complies with the American with Disabilities Act and Washington's Law Against Discrimination. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact 509-542-4740 or leave a TYY/TDD message at 509-546-0400 by the application closing date.
Columbia Basin College (CBC) serves the citizens of Benton and Franklin counties in Washington state with two-year associate degrees for transfer to a four-year university, and applied degrees for workforce employment. CBC also provides one-year certificates and basic skills for those pursuing a GED or high school diploma. CBC serves approximately 7,000-8,000 students each quarter.Columbia Basin... College now offers bachelor degrees in Nursing, Project Management, Applied Management, Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Dental Hygiene. These bachelor degrees are in direct response to the needs of our community. As a result of community needs, Columbia Basin College has recently opened our new state of the art Social Sciences and World Languages Center at the Pasco campus.In July 2017, CBC will open its second, four-story Health Science Center in Richland. In addition to training CBC healthcare professionals, the Wortman Medical Science Center will also be a functional medical clinic as part of Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s family medicine residency program.CBC will open a student housing facility in September. This first phase will house 125 students.Columbia Basin College continues its rich tradition of meeting our community's needs with a dynamic faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a diverse student body from all walks of life.