Location: Bedford, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Mon Feb 1 2021 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
The General Counsel serves as the primary legal advisor and representative for the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, the Community College Presidents, Boards of Trustees, and senior Community College administrators. The General Counsel provides daily supervision and evaluation of the legal team including three (3) attorneys and two (2) administrative assistants and reports to the Chair of the Massachusetts Association of Community College Council of Presidents.
Duties include, but not limited to:
Advise the Colleges, collectively or individually, on applicable state and federal law, statutes, and regulations as they relate to the unique community college structure.
Formulate, implement and advise on applicable legal policies and procedures.
Develop, review and/or advise on contracts, licenses, leases, procurement policies and procedures, and other legal documents for compliance with applicable law.
Represent the Colleges in litigation, including the preparation of pleadings, position statements, pre-trial motions, findings of fact, discovery, court and agency appearances, and appellate review.
Draft legislation and/or regulations in support of the mission and operation of the Community Colleges.
Develop legal strategies and objectives to support the community colleges' goals.
Conduct legal research and prepare letter briefs, opinions, advisories, and memoranda of law to inform and assist Presidents, Trustees, and other senior administrators with the performance of their official duties.
Serve as the senior legal liaison with public and private organizations, including agencies within state government and the executive branch.
Advise the Colleges in matters relating to employment law and collective bargaining.
Audit and address system-wide policies to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities for students, faculty and staff.
Prepare an Annual Report and periodic reports as requested concerning the office's activities and the status of pending legal matters.
Prepare and conduct legal training programs in areas of legal significance, including compliance with employment laws and federal and local regulations.
Analyze and provide policy and process advice related to compliance and risk management.
Prepare an annual office budget.
Perform all such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Areas of Experience
The General Counsel should have a broad base of demonstrated experience providing advice, collectively and individually, to multifaceted public entities on higher education, employment, discrimination, and/or labor law. This should include a community college centric working knowledge and understanding of applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to: MGL, Chapters 15A, 151B, 151C, 150E, 258, open meetings, public records, state ethics, campaign finance, procurement, FERPA, HIPAA, FMLA, SEVP, GDPR, Title IX, ADA, Section 504, and 1st Amendment.
JD degree from an ABA accredited law school; Massachusetts Bar eligible.
Seven (7) years of applicable experience as a practicing attorney; public sector preferred.
Understanding of legal issues in higher education, federal higher education policy, and industry trends.
Demonstrated ability to foster and advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and collaborate with individuals of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.
Managerial and supervisory experience,
Excellent oral, writing, research, analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and exercise judgment in a timely manner.
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Demonstrated experience reflecting high levels of integrity, professionalism, and discretion handling confidential legal matters.
Ability to collaborate and find solutions to complex problems.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and remote communication tools.
Experience with compliance or Enterprise Risk Management.
Experience developing communications to help diverse groups of individuals better understand and comply with policies, procedures and the law.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package
The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse, multicultural, multi-ethnic work environment. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities and others are strongly encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 127941
About Mount Wachusett Community College
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.