University of California, Riverside — Chief Campus Counsel

Reporting to the Chancellor and UC General Counsel, the Chief Campus Counsel provides legal assistance and services to the Riverside campus and serves as a senior advisor on institutional policy and decision-making that requires a legal perspective. The Chief Campus Counsel works with representatives of the campus on developing or modifying practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements and reduce risk, acts as a liaison with outside legal firms and monitors litigation of importance to the campus, and keeps informed on legislation and case law developments affecting University operations. The Chief Campus Counsel coordinates and consults with the General Counsel of The Regents, and provides staff assistance on the legal rights and obligations of the institution to the Chancellor, and through the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor (PEVC), Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, departmental chairs, unit heads, and other academic and administrative officers of the campus. The Chief Campus Counsel also provides legal advice and assistance to organizations and programs affiliated with the campus on matters concerning their university relationship including UCR’s School of Medicine. The Chief Campus Counsel provides coordination and liaison between the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the President, and the Office of the General Counsel concerning the needs and requirements of UCR pertaining to legal matters. They also act on behalf of the campus, receive assignments at the direction of the General Counsel; and reports to the Chancellor administratively and to the General Counsel as to the substance of legal services and advice. Provides advice on the wide range of legal questions associated with the administration, management, and operation of the campus as requested by the Chancellor. The general areas of particular interest to this position are employee relations, employee organizations, academic personnel, equal opportunity, and affirmative action, patents, licenses, copyrights, intellectual property, risk management and insurance, taxes, health affairs, real property, and development of campus facilities, campus security and safety, auxiliary and service enterprises, tort liability and insurance, fundraising, contracts, and other legal considerations contained within or contracts, and other legal considerations contained within or related to these broad categories.

**For full consideration, candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of contributions to diversity. Candidates may be asked to submit work samples and conduct a presentation as a part of the interview process.*** In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

**As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. **

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides or obtains legal advice for matters of general concern such as administrative appeals; tax; real property; copyright; patents; intellectual property; licenses; conflict of interest; maintenance of records; campus police procedures; occupational safety and health; tort liability; insurance; landlord tenant relations; leases; contracts; athletic conference rules; gifts, grants and endowments; constitutional law (religion, speech, association and procedural rights); and various other institutional rights and responsibilities. Negotiates or acts as agent of the campus administration in special transactions when designated by the Chancellor, including preparation of settlement agreements, special contracts and agreements, license applications, exchange agreements with other universities, liability waivers, acceptance of subpoenas, and interaction with governmental agencies. Prepares or obtains from the Office of General Counsel legal opinions and advice as sought by the campus administration. Prepares or directs the preparation of correspondence, documentation, reports, and executive summaries as requested by the Chancellor. Negotiates or acts as an agent of the campus administration in various transactions when designated by the Chancellor and, in so doing, is expected to exercise judgment to remain within the limits specified and instructions stipulated by the campus officer. Executes all other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Chancellor and those which are implicitly recognized or can reasonably be assumed. – 25%
  • Assists the Chancellor in formulating policy and makes recommendations, with particular emphasis on contract law, real estate, employee relations, research, development, and land use. Policy deliberations are made in consultation with appropriate academic and administrative officers, according to the view of the Chancellor. The Chief Campus Counsel also provides liaison with the Office of the President and the Office of the General Counsel, as appropriate. Conducts a systematic review and evaluation of proposed campus policy or revisions to current policy and advises the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellors, or other originating officer on the legal implications of policy content and promulgation. Where existing legal opinions are insufficient or where law is unclear or ambiguous, consults with the Office of the General Counsel. Assists in the formulation of the campus response to University-wide policy initiatives and participates, from time to time, on University wide committees engaged in the preparation and revision of University policy. – 20%
  • Provides advice on the wide range of legal questions associated with employee relations. Responsibilities in this area include rights and privileges of tenure; personnel grievance procedures; equal opportunity and affirmative action; staff and academic personnel policies; employment contracts. Provides legal advice to the Chancellor or other final decision maker in administrative grievance matters; provides legal advice to, or obtains legal advice for, other administrative officers and committees handling administrative grievance matters; provides legal advice concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action, staff and academic personnel policies and procedures, including grievances, and employment contracts. – 15%
  • Coordinates the provision of legal advice by the Office of Campus Counsel and other administrative officers concerning law suits affecting the campus; assists the Office of General Counsel with the collection of documents, discovery responses, and witness interviews; provides input to the Office of General Counsel on campus interests involved with or affected by litigation. – 15%
  • Coordinates the provision of legal advice to the Chancellor and other administrative officers concerning the campus? interaction with Federal, State and local agencies, in concert with the Office of Governmental and Community Relations and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. – 15%
  • Provides 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. – 5%
  • Develops strategic goals and objectives to achieve accountability and efficient stewardship of University resources (operational, financial, and human), in a manner consistent with campus and systemwide objectives and initiatives. – 5%

Education, License and Experience Requirements

  • Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school. – Required
  • Must be a member in good standing of the California Bar. (Out-of-state hire would be afforded time to pass the Bar within a reasonable period.) – Required
  • Minimum of 10 – 15 years of experience – Required
  • Experience in a recognized health net law firm or general law firm health law department and/or an in-house environment (preferably both), ideally including experience representing academic or community health systems. – Required
  • Experience in a higher education setting. – Required
  • Minimum 5 years of experience supervising staff. – Required
  • Experience with the University of California system policies and procedures. – Preferred

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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