Posting Salary: Grade 28, range midpoint is $184,100. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Position Summary: The Office of General Counsel supports the University's teaching, research and public service mission by timely delivery of ethical, cost efficient and high quality legal services relating to capital assets. These legal services include prosecuting and defending litigation, drafting and negotiating agreements, providing advice, counsel and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies, and assisting with development of effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the University's complex construction and development operations. The Office of General Counsel serves the University of California, including the Board of Regents, the President, the Chancellors and other offices of the University, the campuses, the medical centers and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Responsible for proactively and independently handling the most complex construction and development legal matters or projects. Performs legal consultation and advisory work of substantial importance and impact to the institution. Advises on complex matters involving interpretations of facts and the law in an atmosphere of substantial ambiguity. Provides functional advice, training and/or guidance to clients and other attorneys. May act as liaison with outside legal firms. May represent the University in certain complex litigation.
Special Conditions of Employment: Overtime Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful clearance of a background check is required for this critical position.
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Duty 1: Understands that UC is a large, complex organization with many internal and external clients. Carries out UC's organizational philosophy to provide the best possible services in support of its mission: teaching, research and public service. Determines whether a program or activity impedes or advances the University's goals.
-Provide high quality, timely and solution-oriented counsel as legal specialist in Oakland or generalist at the campus on highly complex legal matters, by means of effective research and communication of advice, both written and oral.
-Serve as a trusted strategic partner with university business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues,
-Directly negotiate matters on behalf of The Regents.
-Demonstrate and promote appropriate risk tolerance.
-Prioritize objectives and ensure service according to those priorities.
-Effectively mentor Counsel and Staff Counsel regarding their provision of legal services to the University. Function:Client Service Percent: 75
Duty 2: Demonstrates a proactive approach to establishing effective relationships with key internal (local and system-wide) and external constituencies; understands the diverse needs and agendas of various stakeholder groups; creates and fosters an environment that ensures collegiality and information sharing, while recognizing the need for timely decision making. Effectively communicates with administrators, students, faculty and staff.
-Engage in professional, candid, timely, practical, and respectful communications that are constructive and promote University goals, legal compliance and resolution of issues.
-Appropriately disseminate information to the Office of General Counsel attorneys and administrative staff, senior leadership of the University and outside counsel.
-Meaningfully contribute toward the success of initiatives of others by providing appropriate legal services (including advice) or deliverables in a timely, accurate, practical and respectful manner. Function:Collaboration and Communication Percent: 10
Duty 3: Develops strategic goals and objectives to achieve accountability and efficient stewardship of University resources (operational, financial, and human), in a manner consistent with Systemwide objectives and initiatives.
-Comply with record keeping effort designed to monitor resource allocation, including timesheets.
-Comply with delegations of authority for contracting, purchasing and committing University funds.
-Appropriately delegate work to maximize efficiency of University resources and provide opportunities for growth of the legal staff.
-Contribute to the development of quality management data by adhering to OGC data tracking protocols.
-Support management in minimizing unplanned staff absences. Function:Resource Management and Financial Budget Percent: 5
Duty 4: Demonstrates an active and engaged commitment to diversity. Works to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates and promotes respect for diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran in the University. Ensures equal opportunity in search and recruitment process by ensuring diverse representation on search committees, supplemental outreach efforts, etc. Promotes equity in advancements by describing review process for new staff and administrators, encouraging participation in career advising or mentoring programs, etc.
-Comply with Universitywide diversity efforts such as on-line diversity awareness training.
-Participate in Office of General Counsel diversity efforts such as Diversity Committee events. Function:Diversity Percent: 5
Duty 5: Fosters a positive working and learning environment, by maintaining a climate of collaboration, fairness, cooperation, and professionalism. Practices and integrates these basic principles in all interactions. The percentage assigned this responsibility reflects the actual time expected to be devoted to this responsibility, but it is a responsibility that should be practiced in all aspects of the position.
-Exemplify these values, as expressed by their location or campus, in their own conduct.
-Respectful of reporting relationships both theirs and the reporting relationships of others.
-Contributes toward the success of others through efforts such as sharing of information, opinions and work product, with colleagues, senior leadership of OGC, and as appropriate, the larger University community. Function:Principles of Community Percent: 5
Job Requirements Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the California Bar Association.
Typically requires seven or more years of relevant experience after receiving law degree.
Overtime, Travel (inside and outside of normal business hours) required.
Background checks for:
-license/certificate/degree critical, and -protected/personal/sensitive data critical Required
Architectural, engineering, or construction management experience and/or education.
-Experience in public sector construction litigation and public competitive bidding.
-Experience in mediation, arbitration, and/or trial to resolve construction or design disputes.
-Understanding of the Mechanic's Lien Law and experience in its application to public and private construction projects.
-Understanding of public private partnerships.
-Possess high integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate hard decisions; demonstrated credibility to win support for those decisions.
-Ability to lead by influence and consensus.
-Judgment, tact and diplomacy to partner with senior teams to help them achieve their strategic objectives.
-Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and constituencies.
-Outstanding customer service skills.
-Outstanding verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively during interactions and utilize active listening skills.
-Outstanding written skills as defined by the ability to compose a variety of concise, informative written materials appropriate to a particular audience. Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.
-Ability to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties.
-Demonstrated ability to act as a team player in all circumstances, as defined by contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, accountabilities, and operations of others.
-Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in a University setting.
-Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.
-Previous experience in UC or other University or public agency as in-house or outside legal counsel. Preferred
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