Deputy General Counsel of Business, Finance and Innovation (BFI)
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20190250
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: SMG
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Office of General Counsel
Location: Oakland, CA
Position Summary: The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the systemwide headquarters of UC Legal supporting the University's teaching, research and public service mission by timely delivery of ethical, cost efficient and high quality legal services. These legal services include providing advice, counsel and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies, and assisting with development of effective business compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the University's complex operations; serving as a strategic business partner to University clients; drafting and negotiating agreements; prosecuting and defending litigation. 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.
The Deputy General Counsel of Business, Finance and Innovation (BFI) will provide leadership to a diverse and experienced team of attorneys supporting the University's transactional initiatives including expanding technology assets, investing in and further developing the University's commercial opportunities, and supporting global partnerships. This person will be a hands-on leader offering guidance, thought partnership and substantive expertise across a wide array of business and finance transactions.
The University of California is central to many innovative research, business and legal issues facing academia, technology and industry. The successful candidate will be a problem solver navigating these advances. They will support the University's mission by empowering the legal team to better serve clients and help develop a strategic and collaborative service and business model within the Legal and University's operating and business teams.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.
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Duty 1: Evaluates whether a program or activity impedes or advances the University's goals and develops strategies to support the University's best interests and add value to the work of and add value to the work.
Collaborates and makes recommendations in long range strategic direction for OGC Initiatives, programs and services.
Establish the mission and strategic goals and objectives for legal service areas under their purview, in support of OGC strategic goals.
Ensures goals and objectives are in compliance with regulatory and University requirements and are consistent with Systemwide objectives and initiatives.
Participates with OGC Leadership and makes recommendations in long-range policy development, communications and high level analyses of new program development.
Renders opinions to The Regents and senior management with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy.
Ensures effective performance standards and metrics are in place to assess and motivate staff, encourages an environment of individual growth and career development, recognizing and utilizing skills of others through clear, specific and timely performance feedback.
Recruits, mentors, and retains talented managers and employees; provides effective coaching, delegates effectively, and rewards superior performance.
Develops and recommends creative and innovative approaches to addressing challenges and problems. Drives change initiatives by defining measurable outcomes, energizing others at all levels, and ensuring continuing commitment when faces with new initiatives.
Drives change initiatives at all levels and across legal specialties.
Collaborates to address and resolve concerns of various stakeholders.
May lead a variety of administrative and/or management initiatives within OGC. Function:Leadership & Innovation Percent: 55
Duty 2: 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.
Execution of goals and objectives that support the overall success of the local and Systemwide strategic objectives including compliance with applicable regulatory and University requirements. Adheres to University principles of transparency and openness in working with all constituents.
Demonstrates a proactive approach to establishing effective relationships with key internal (local and Systemwide) 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. Function:Client Service Percent: 30
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.
Participates in annual budget planning, leverages resources and forecasts operational needs in legal service areas under their purview. Function:Resource and Financial Management Percent: 15
Job Requirements Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the California State Bar Association and/or endeavor to obtain the California State Bar if relocating from another state or jurisdiction.
Requires 15 or more years of complex, high level experience after receiving law degree, including three or more years of management of three or more inside attorneys spending a substantial portion of their time practicing in the area.
Experience in areas of policy and program, ethics and compliance.
Fiscal and people management skills and experience necessary to assist the General Counsel in optimizing the personnel and resources required to respond to and anticipate the legal issues facing a large and complex enterprise.
Experience providing counsel on, negotiating and documenting complex business transactions and combinations, and familiarity with the various tax, intellectual property, governance, financing and jurisdictional issues (particularly with regard to international transactions/alliances) associated with such matters.
Experience in major law firm and/or in-house experience with a highly complex legal department.
Demonstrated people leadership skills with the capacity to motivate a professional team to meet high client service expectations; ability to identify and develop the talents in others.
Demonstrated integrity through the ability to make and communicate hard decisions; ability to influence others to obtain support for those decisions.
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.
Strong commitment to customer service.
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 collaborate with a team as defined by contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, accountabilities, and operations of others.
Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.
Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in a University setting. Required
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