If you’re looking to join a values-driven organization that transforms the lives of students, Anne Arundel Community College is the place for you. We provide opportunity for faculty and staff to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Every move we make is done with the intention of helping our students achieve academic excellence and remain engaged with their educational goals. Innovation and creativity are at the center of what we do at AACC. We’re always looking for forward-thinking individuals who are ready to thrive and grow with us to join our team. We value community and relationships, opportunity, positivity, innovation and creativity, and equity and inclusion.
We have a great opportunity for you
AACC is searching for our first in-house General Counsel, reporting to the President. This inaugural position is a unique opportunity to serve in higher education. The General Counsel is a highly competent, collaborative attorney and strategist who is innovative, decisive, yet flexible and committed to and supportive of the college’s diverse population. You will be responsible for the management and oversight of legal matters that affect the College and its operations.
What you will do in this role:
Manages the legal work of the College in all non-compliance litigation, disputes, regulatory proceedings, administrative actions, real estate and contract transactions, financial transactions including creation and review/revision and final approval of various documents associated with this work and other actions.
In matters where defense of litigation is covered by insurance and defense counsel is appointed to represent the College, General Counsel works with and oversees the work of outside counsel to assure the College is being properly represented.
Responsible for advice, counsel and litigation of federal and local legal issues related to employment, tort, contract, commercial and student and faculty affairs.
Enhances and provides legal support for administrators.
To ensure a uniform compliance strategy, collaborates closely with the Federal Compliance Officer.
Presents proposed actions to the President as required on matters related to policies, procedures, reports, contracts, real estate transactions, personnel actions, policy issues, and other matters having legal significance to the management and operation of the College.
Interprets College policies, legal and governmental laws and regulations applicable to the College. The General Counsel works with the President and College constituency groups to keep College manuals and Board Policies up-to-date.
Provides advice, counsel, and support to the President, Vice Presidents and administrators in various contexts, early on and through the decision-making process, to enhance the quality of decisions made by these leaders helping to reduce or eliminate adverse legal ramifications. Collaborates with Risk Management on insurance coverage of pre-litigation and litigation matters including coverage, indemnification and related issues.
Identifies legal risks to the College and develops methods, processes and actions to address, minimize, and/or eliminate them.
Prepares legal documents such as responses to demands and charges, information requests, answers, motions, discovery, appellate briefs, agreements, opinions and advisory memoranda.
Reviews for legal implications and possible legal policy questions, documents from other college offices and programs. Also assists in the development of documents and policies with legal implications.
Prepares and submits monthly reports to the President, and as the President may direct, to the Board of Trustees concerning legal issues being handled by the General Counsel including progress on previously identified matters.
Works with legal counsel for the College Foundation and provides counsel where appropriate and intersects with College matters.
Creates, monitors and oversees the budget for the office. Approves all expenditures from the budget.
Supervises the administrative assistant, including review and approval of all major work products, performance reviews, and professional development.
Other duties as assigned.
What you must bring to the position
A minimum of 10 years of increasing legal experience in a civil or government practice. Three years' experience in representing or working for institutions of higher education required.
A minimum of three years of litigation experience in Federal and Circuit Court, including motions practice, depositions, and actual trial experience is required, five years preferred.
Experience in employment discrimination, breach of contract and tort law required.
Licensed to practice law in Maryland and in good standing with the Maryland Bar.
Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills, including the ability to anticipate issues and concerns whenever possible.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including skills in consulting, mediation, negotiation, advocacy, which accommodate conflicting interests and viewpoints of individuals and groups.
Demonstrated work as a key strategist who is innovative, collaborative, and decisive yet flexible and committed to diversity and inclusion.
Ability to represent the College in administrative proceedings and litigation.
Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions; analyze and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions.
Ability to handle highly sensitve and confidential matters with discretion and professionalism.
Ability to work independently, exercise initiative and function effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities and objectives.
Ability to successfully work both independently and collaboratively with diverse populations and members of the various College constituencies.
And maybe a little …
Fifteen or more years of increasing legal experience in civil or governmental practice.
Ability to remain calm, rational, and focused in handling daily issues as well as in crisis situations to the success of this position.
Demonstrated emotional intelligence.
Experience in employment and labor law.
Three years of experience in a managerial and supervisory capacity
For best consideration submit application, resume and cover letter by 2/28/20.
Anne Arundel Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Anne Arundel Community College
With learning as its central mission, Anne Arundel Community College has responded to the needs of a diverse community for more than 50 years by offering high quality, affordable and accessible learning opportunities. The college’s nationally recognized and award-winning programs have helped its more than 51,000 students annually achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. AACC is a fully accredited, public, two-year institution offering credit programs leading to an associate degree, certificate or a letter of recognition. Students may prepare to transfer to a four-year institution or prepare for an immediate career. AACC also offers extensive lifelong learning opportunities and noncredit, continuing education to those seeking career training or retraining, working to boost basic skills or pursuing new areas of interest. In addition to its main campus in Arnold, Md., the college has degree centers at Arundel Mills, Glen Burnie and at centers and schools around the county. In 2012, the college opened the 30,000-square-foot Center for Cyber and Professional Training in Hanover, which houses 13 specialized labs, a testing center and faculty support space. Located in Anne... Arundel County near historic Annapolis - home to the U.S. Naval Academy – AACC is conveniently located just minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and downtown Baltimore. To learn more, visit www.aacc.edu.