Under the supervision of the President or designee, the General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer and directs the College in all legal matters. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel on matters of law, policy and procedure, risk management, compliance, collective bargaining, and institutional governance.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1.Provide oversight, leadership and strategic direction for the counsel, representation and overall management of the College's legal affairs affecting the governance, programs, activities, students, employees and other areas of the institution. 2.Provide legal counsel and advice on federal, state, local and institutional statutes, regulations and policies related to higher education, risk management, compliance, insurance, contracts, agreements, and related matters. Advise on proactive preventive measures and services to monitor and resolve disputes and circumvent litigation. 3.Perform detailed legal research and analysis on a wide variety of legal issues related to College operations and compliance obligations. 4.Bring legal issues and concerns to the attention of administration by providing legal advice and support. Apprise the President and Board of Trustees on pending or contemplated legal matters keeping Board Counsel apprised of same. 5.Provide representation and serve as counsel in litigation, and administrative proceedings, on behalf of the College. Resolve legal claims, investigate legal matters, initiate and appeal lawsuits and proceedings under the direction of the College President. 6.Serve as legal counsel and representation for the College in collective bargaining contract negotiations, contract administration, arbitrations and other related union activities. 7.Direct services of and manage the budgets, contracts and other related tasks associated with the retention of outside counsel on behalf of the college. 8.Maintain appropriate framework of internal controls to monitor, protect and evaluate the College's legal interests and mitigate legal risks. Review all contracts, agreements and institutional regulations and policies of the College for form and legality. 9.Draft, review, update and advise on laws, regulations, and guidance affecting the College. Recommend appropriate policy and operational modifications driven by legal mandates and best practice developments. 10.Provide assistance with the college's responses to external requests for information, reporting, participation, complaints, subpoenas and/or citations from external governmental or non-governmental organizations. 11.Stay abreast of legal matters of importance to the college through participation in continuing legal education, higher education related legislation and maintain membership in appropriate bar and professional associations. 12.Handle and/or manage sensitive information and adhere to strict confidentiality at all times. 13.Maintain strict confidentiality and security of staff, student and departmental records. 14.Management and leadership for the employees in the Office of the General Counsel; as well as other areas under the purview of the OGC. 15.Retain, and oversee activities related to, outside counsel as needed and directed by the College President. 16.Prepare routine, special and ancillary reports as required. 17.Perform other related duties as required.
1.Juris doctorate degree from an accredited College or University. 2.Licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey (NJ). 3.Five or more years experience practicing as a licensed attorney with litigation experience. 4.Five or more years of progressive leadership experience in the areas of law in higher education, preferably at the community college level. 5.Proven ability to provide vision and leadership on legal matters with substantive evidence of success in effectively representing an institution of higher education with external constituents, preferably at the community college level. 6.Comprehensive knowledge of legislative statues of higher education, preferably at the community college level. 7.Excellent analytical, problem solving skills, decision making, organizational leadership and strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact and maintain productive, cooperative, and supportive relationships with a variety of constituents. 8.Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, as demonstrated through the ability to express ideas, opinions, and legal concepts clearly, effectively, and accurately. 9.Demonstrated ability to lead a work environment that encourages communication, cooperation, and appropriate collaboration. 10.Ability to work in an inclusive multi-cultural environment.
1.Terminal degree in Law or related area.
Internal Number: 2441
About Essex County College
Essex County College is an open-door public access community college that is committed to providing quality educational programs and life-long learning opportunities at a very affordable cost. The College is open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. We take pride in the richness of our diversity and our nurturing atmosphere, which encourages students who might not otherwise aspire to higher education to enroll and excel.