Antelope Valley College
Salary: $13,255.52 - $15,756.14 Monthly
Deadline: 09/29/21 11:59 PM Pacific
Complete job description and application available
online at: http://126.96.36.199/counter.php?id=204274
BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of the
Superintendent/President the General Counsel is the District’s
Chief Legal Officer and a member of the Executive Council. The
General Counsel serves as the District's staff attorney and
provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, the
Superintendent/President, management of the District, and other
employees. The General Counsel represents the District in
litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings by
preparing pleadings, negotiating between parties, and participating
in the trial of cases of major importance to the District's
educational programs and administrative and financial
This position is required to manage the complex legal matters
involving the District and to protect the college from liability or
exposure under the law and to manage the college’s strategic
assertion of its legal rights and prerogatives. The position
exercises significant executive and administrative judgment.
E = indicates essential duties of the position
• Serves as a member of the Superintendent/President 's
executive staff. (E)
• Advises and provides legal opinions to the Board of Trustees,
President/Superintendent and executive staff on legal matters
related to governance and the policies, programs, and projects of
the District. (E)
• Attends and provides legal advice at meetings of the Board of
Trustees and other such meetings as the Board and the
Superintendent/President may direct; and serves as the Board's
• Provides advice and opinions on legal questions regarding the
conduct of the District. (E)
• Plans, organizes, prioritizes and directs the activities of
the Office of General Counsel. (E)
• Provides legal analysis and research with respect to
legislative matters to inform the President/Superintendent and
campus constituencies of pending challenges and opportunities.
• Prepares drafts of legal documents advising officials of their
rights, obligations, practices and of the applicable local, state,
and federal law. (E)
• Advises and assists in the development, review, revision, and
distribution of District policies and procedures, legal forms, and
other documents. (E)
• Drafts or reviews contracts and agreements, including, but
limited to leases, rentals, purchases, contracts, and instruments
effecting transfers of property, resolutions, and other legal
documents or instruments, as needed or requested. (E)
• Coordinates the work for contracted investigators and outside
counsel, as well as counsel representing the District’s insurance
• Serves as District’s liaison with other governmental entities
in legal affairs as determined by the President/Superintendent.
• Consults with and advises the administrative staff on legal
matters including academic, business employee and student
grievances, complaints, and disciplinary matters. (E)
• Serves as legal consultant in Human Resources matters,
providing assistance and/or leading the District’s negotiating
teams in developing contracts with recognized employee
• Prepares for and represents the District at administrative law
hearings as directed by the President/Superintendent. (E)
• Supervises assigned staff.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the
Possession of a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (J.D.) from an
accredited college or university.
Five (5) years of paid demonstrated success as a practicing
attorney. Three (3) of these years must have included the
supervision and/or management of staff.
Current member in good standing in the California State Bar
Association, OR a member in good standing in a State Bar
Association, AND the ability to become a member of the
California State Bar Association within six (6) months.
Knowledge and experience in collective bargaining, education
and/or governmental, labor, general business, or contract legal
issues at the postsecondary education level. Experience in working
directly with Governing Board members. Experience in educational
and/or public sector law.
• California Education Code, California Code of Regulations,
California Public Contract Code, administrative codes and
Government Code and regulations.
• Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, regulations
and court decisions relating to education.
• The structure of federal and state legislative and judicial
bodies; the methods and processes of legal decisions and
• Legal terminology; legal writing skills in researching,
analyzing, and preparing legal documents.
• Methods, procedures and administrative practices used in the
conduct of civil litigation; judicial procedures and rules of
• Legal principles and practices, including civil, criminal,
constitutional, contract, employment, administrative, fiscal
management and business law and procedures.
• The principles and practices of educational and human
resources administration, with an emphasis in public sector
employment and labor law.
• Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic
backgrounds of community college students and staff.
• Supervisory principles and practices and organizational
• Prepare and initiate a program of litigation/legal exposure
• Monitor and coordinate all legal services utilized by the
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of
• Research and analyze data and information and develop,
evaluate, and present alternative recommendations or opinions.
• Apply technical subject matter to the job and be proficient in
the operation and use of personal computers utilizing various
• Analytically and logically evaluate information, propositions,
• Understand, interpret, apply and ensure compliance with laws,
regulations, policies and procedures.
• Establish rapport and maintain mutually productive and
cooperative relationships and ensure superior individual and group
• Guide and encourage, while addressing key factors that
influence successful organizational change.
• Prioritize the use of fiscal and material resources to
maximize organizational performance.
• Define, assess, and improve operational processes and
• Evaluate immediate actions in context of achieving long range
• Work skillfully with politics, procedures, and protocols
across organizational levels and boundaries.
• Plan, organize, and track projects to ensure they are on-time,
on-budget, and achieve their objectives.
• Respond promptly to requests of all clients; provide needed
information, assistance, training, materials and resources.
• Model communications and interactions that respect and include
all individuals and their languages, abilities, religions, and
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Maintain and improve professional skills and knowledge.
WORK DIRECTION, LEAD AND SUPERVISORY
The General Counsel reports to the Superintendent/President.
This position exercises supervision over all Office of General
For a complete listing and details of all open positions
and how to apply, select the HR & Employment link on the AVC
Web site at https://www.avc.edu/administration/hr/employment
or contact the Human Resources Office at (661) 722-6311;
Voice/Relay, (661) 722-6300 x. 6360, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster,