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Assistant General Counsel

Company name

Los Angeles Community College District

Organization Type

Academic

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jul 05,2019

Posted on

Jun 04,2019

Location

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Industry

Legal
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The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) invites applications for the position of Assistant General Counsel. This position Provides legal analysis, advice and counsel, and representation to executives, administrators, and staff regarding a wide array of legal matters arising from operational issues, practices, decisions, and transactions related to the District and its programs and activities.


MONTHLY SALARY: $10,479 - $12,982*
*Salary Information is based on a full-time, 12-month position

TYPICAL DUTIES
Provides legal analysis, advice and counsel, and representation in a wide variety of operational areas including:

  • Academic affairs including intellectual property, academic freedom, and tenure;
  • Student affairs including student organizations, student discipline, and athletics;
  • College and District governance including powers, authority, functions, jurisdiction, and rules and regulations;
  • Financial management including finance, bond financing, non-profit law, and fundraising;
  • Business management including contracts and purchasing, construction, real estate, land use and leases, joint ventures and commercial collaborations, risk management, and insurance; and
  • Human resources management including employment, labor relations, discrimination, discipline, and compliance.

Conducts complex legal research and investigation of claims and defenses and provides written findings, opinions, recommendations, and memoranda.

Proactively identifies legal risk to the District to protect the organization from undue legal exposure, liability, and financial loss.

Develops, assesses, and communicates alternative legal strategies to District administrators to facilitate informed decision-making and to anticipate and manage legal risks.

Provides preventive legal services and counsel to District officials so that all activities comply with applicable laws and District policies.

Negotiates routine to complex contracts, agreements, and settlements on behalf of the District which are consistent with District interests, law, and relevant rules of professional responsibility.

Composes legal documents such as legal memos, briefs, pleadings, filings, contracts, and agreements.

Reviews and responds to correspondence and demands from regulatory and legislative bodies, courts, and outside law firms.

Represents the District at judicial and administrative proceedings such as court appearances, appeal hearings, arbitrations, negotiating sessions, and grievance hearings.

Coordinates work performed by outside counsel by assisting with case evaluation, producing requested documents and witnesses, and participating in the development of strategies and arguments in preparation for case presentation.

Coordinates and provides in-service training on legal matters for the purpose of keeping administrators and staff informed of the latest changes in the law and policy and to prevent errors in their application.

Assists policy makers by drafting new and amended policies, regulations, and procedures for the purpose of ensuring legal format, intent, and compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.

Provides work direction to professional, technical, and clerical staff assigned to the Office of General Counsel

Provides oversight for completing and filing reports for federal and/or state regulatory agencies in a timely manner.

Participates in the management of legal records and documents; responds to public records requests.

Attends meetings of the Board of Trustees and Board committees, as assigned, to provide legal analysis and advice on legal and procedural matters.

Represents the Office of General Counsel at meetings, workshops, and seminars relating to school legal services.

Performs related duties as assigned.

VACANCIES
A current vacancy exists at the District Office, 770 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The hiring list established by this examination will also be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the life of the list.  Our Colleges include: Los Angeles City College; East Los Angeles College; Los Angeles Harbor College; Los Angeles Mission College; Los Angeles Pierce College; Los Angeles Southwest College; Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; Los Angeles Valley College; West Los Angeles College


BENEFITS

  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District.  Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System.  The employee contribution rate is 6 percent.  The District also contributes to the retirement system.  Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCEPTANCE OF AN APPLICATION:
Education and Experience:

Juris Doctor degree from an accredited American Bar Association school of law; and

License to practice law in the State of California; and

Membership in good standing with the California Bar Association; and

Three years of experience in the practice of law.

Experience in educational and/or public sector law is highly desirable.

Special:

Must maintain active bar membership in good standing throughout employment with the Los Angeles Community College District.

Possession of a Class C California driver's license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency in the State of California.

For a complete job description including the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities associated with the position please visit our website.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

ACCOMMODATION
Individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request, orally or in writing, an accommodation in the examination process. Documentation of the need for accommodation is required solely for the purpose of establishing that the applicant has an ADA disability and that the disability necessitates a reasonable accommodation. Typically, a recent letter from an appropriate health care or rehabilitation professional which establishes that the applicant has an ADA qualifying disability, identifies the functional limitations as they relate to the testing situation, and recommends/suggests the appropriate accommodation is sufficient.  In order for appropriate arrangements to be made at the testing site, a request for accommodation and required documentation must be received by the Examiner of Record at least 3 days prior to the administration of the test.

HOW TO APPLY
Online

DEADLINE
Completed applications must be submitted through our online employment system by 4:00 P.M. on FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.  For a listing of other job opportunities with the Los Angeles Community College District, call our 24-hr job hotline, or refer to our WebPage.

Contact Us
Personnel Commission: (213) 891-2129
24-hr Job Hotline: (213) 891-2099
TDD: (213) 891-2408
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 4:30PM

Company info

Los Angeles Community College District

Company Profile

Over the past seventy-seven years we've served as educator to more than three million students. Affordable, accessible and practical, the LACCD offers opportunity to all. Our doors are wide open for a diverse student population eager for skills, knowledge and upward mobility. LACCD educates almost three times as many Latino students and nearly four times as many African-American students as all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations.Community colleges serve adults of all ages, meeting the needs of a society where "lifelong learning" is the rule and multiple careers and continual retraining are the norm. More than half of all LACCD students are older than 25 years of age, and more than a quarter are 35 or older. More than any other California system of higher education, community colleges offer a first - and a second - chance for anyone who wants to succeed.