Associate General Counsel
The Associate General Counsel (“AGC”) is an attorney who provides primary assistance to the Vice President and General Counsel (“VPGC”) with respect to legal advice and services to Mines, and formulating legal solutions in the context of a wide variety of issues impacting the university. The AGC will provide advice and legal opinions primarily on employment, student, Title IX and institutional equity matters, and compliance issues in a variety of contexts. Responsibilities will also include providing legal analysis of pertinent state and federal law and regulations, assisting with the development of university policies and procedures, performing contract review and drafting, and preparing institutional responses to internal and external constituencies on legal matters, including subpoenas and requests pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act and Freedom of Information Act. The AGC will assist the VPGC with monitoring the work of outside counsel and work closely with the State Attorney General’s Office to coordinate Mines’ legal representation in litigation matters. The AGC will also assist the VPGC in supervising and training, as needed, other Office of General Counsel professional staff members such as subordinate attorneys, interns and paralegals. Specific Responsibilities include:
- Assist VPGC with providing legal advice and policy development support to the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Human Resources and other faculty and staff members regarding legal matters related to their official capacity with CSM.
- Provide legal advice and support to the Human Resources Director and other campus administrators regarding issues related to employment law and policy development, including matters pertinent to Colorado state classified and exempt employees and academic faculty.
- Provide legal advice and support to the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX, Title IX Coordinator and other campus administrators regarding issues related to Title IX compliance, unlawful discrimination, complaints, investigations, and policy development.
- Provide legal advice and support to Student Life administrators and staff regarding student conduct matters, ADA compliance, and FERPA and privacy issues.
- Provide counsel and advice concerning compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations affecting institutions of higher education, and assist with the development of institutional policies and delivery of relevant legal education or training programs for faculty, administrators and staff, as appropriate.
- Perform contract review and drafting for CSM, including employment, procurement, business services agreements, facilities, and other university agreements.
- Assist the VPGC in coordinating with the State Attorney General’s Office regarding Mines’ representation in litigation and other legal matters, and coordinating and supervising outside counsel engagements.
- Respond to subpoenas and requests for records pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
- Assist the VPGC in supervising and training other Office of General Counsel professional staff members such as subordinate attorneys, interns and paralegals.
- Maintain professional growth and development through participation in continuing education programs, seminars, and workshops and professional affiliations and other measures to keep informed of new developments and emerging trends in higher education law and relevant practice areas.
- Other duties as assigned.
- J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited institution.
- Admission and license to practice law in the State of Colorado required. (Ideally, the AGC will already be licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado at the time of hire; however, if not admitted at the time of hire, the AGC must be admitted to practice in Colorado on motion or through the State Bar Examination no later than six months from the hire date.)
- Significant and progressive professional legal experience practicing law, including the management and resolution of complex legal issues.
- Demonstrated record of well-honed legal research skills and superior written and oral communication skills, for example, substantial experience drafting legal briefs or opinions, and presenting oral arguments in court.
- Comprehensive knowledge of higher education and employment law.
- Ability to effectively manage time and professional commitments while juggling multiple priorities, and work as a collaborative team member with other attorneys and paralegals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven legal office.
- Ability to promote and ensure privacy and confidentiality of information and records consistent with institutional, ethical and legal standards.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships within the Office of General Counsel, Mines and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office (or other outside counsel).