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Associate General Counsel

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Vermont State Colleges

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Nov 14, 2020

Posted on

Aug 01, 2020


Montpelier, VT, United States

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Associate General Counsel
DUTIES: Provide professional and authoritative legal and policy advice relating to all matters to the Board, Chancellor, General Counsel, Presidents and Deans, representing the best interests at all times. Develop proposals for collective bargaining, participate in collective bargaining, liaise with bargaining unit representatives, and oversee negotiated agreements and other personnel policies and procedures. Assist the colleges and the system in the development of programs and activities to support their respective missions. Assist in identifying, advising and recommending policy and procedure changes based on current or emerging case law, precedent and external factors, and assist Institutions in the development, preparation and review of related policies and procedures. Draft, review and, as directed, negotiate legal agreements on behalf of the Institutions, including contracts, memoranda of understanding, leases and real estate transactions. As directed by the General Counsel, manage outside counsel and exercise oversight of litigation and agency complaints, and, in appropriate limited situations, prepare pleadings, briefs and other legal memoranda as needed to represent. Support cooperative actions with government agencies and other external partners, and represent the in legislative processes. Support the Board of Trustees and its committees, including advising on Open Meetings Law and governance issues. Respond to requests for Public Records consistent with Vermont law. Represent the on committees, councils, task forces and other groups directed by the Chancellor and/or the Board of Trustees. Keep abreast of legal developments affecting institutions of higher education. Perform other duties as assigned by the Chancellor or General Counsel.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: Active license to practice law in Vermont, or ability to obtain same. A preference for a degree in law, management or administration with a doctorate preferred, plus 5-7 years of relevant legal and/or administrative experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired. Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and groups internally and externally. Thorough knowledge of higher education principles, practices and procedures. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures associated with collective bargaining, grievance handling, contract administration and fact-finding, especially under Vermont law. Thorough knowledge of Federal and State laws, including constitutional provisions, relative to employment and education for the public sector. Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in preparing, applying and interpreting VSC policies and procedures. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish rapport and credibility with a diverse range of community members and to cultivate partnerships with students, employees, law enforcement personnel, and others. Excellent listening and communication skills, including the ability to treat all parties engaged in the complaint process with sensitivity and neutrality. Excellent writing skills. Strong organization and analytical skills. Experience with collective bargaining, grievances, and collective bargaining agreement administration. Experience with business transactions including leases, contracts, and banking procedures. Experience with state and federal employment law. Familiarity with state law governing open meetings and public records.

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Ref. ASSOC01010

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Hiring Coordinator
Vermont State Colleges
575 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602