QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILL
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND
- Juris Doctorate Degree from a regionally accredited
- A minimum of seven (7) years of legal or
- Must be licensed to practice law in Florida and a member in
good standing with the Florida Bar;
- Must be familiar with contract law, equal opportunity law,
employment law, and laws and regulations related to public higher
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and
- Ability to anticipate, identify, diagnose and consult on
problem areas related to legal affairs;
- Must possess expert communication skills (both verbal and
written) to ensure all litigation information and instruction to
staff are clear and effective;
- Must possess excellent negotiation and conflict resolution
skills as well as the ability to formulate strategies;
- Ability to analyze and interpret scientific and technical
journals, financial reports, and legal documents as well as to
respond to technical questions and/or complaints from College
leadership, customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the
- Collaborative management and leadership style, confidence and
- Strong commitment to the College mission and goals;
- Dedication to student, faculty and staff success;
- Creativity, initiative, judgment, and exceptional
organizational and interpersonal skills;
- Excellent analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving
- Ability to be an effective decision maker and creative problem
- Excellent communication skills to include written and verbal
- Proven resourcefulness and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Possess a valid Florida driver’s license or the ability to
obtain one within 30 days.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND
- The College General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the
College and provides executive level advice, direction, and counsel
on all legal matters impacting the College in order to ensure the
academic integrity, compliance, fiscal stability and continuous
accreditation of the College.
- This position, through the College President and District Board
of Trustees, serves as the final legal authority, provides research
and opinions to the College on all legal matters impacting the
College including Board policies, personnel actions, contracts and
agreements, program proposals and all other items of a like
- The College General Counsel directs the defense of the College
against suits and/or claims.
- The responsibilities will include review and development of
contracts, review and assessment of all legal risks to the College
and will coordinate and manage all College related legal
- Reports directly to the President and serves as a member of the
- Examines issues and items within the College that have legal
- Provide leadership and direction to all areas of responsibility
including developing, reviewing, and recommending the approval of
College contracts prior to final execution.
- Advise the President and the DBOT on issues and recommend
changes in policies or procedures to improve the overall operation
of the College.
- Accomplish the institutional objectives pertinent to his/her
area of responsibility as articulated by the President and the
District Board of Trustees (DBOT).
- Advise College administrators in matters related to the
employment, discipline, and discharge of College employees.
- Advise College administrators in matters related to student
complaints and matters related to student discipline and Code of
- Manage all College litigation and supervise outside counsel of
the College in preparation of legal defense of all suits brought
against the College.
- Represent the College, when necessary and appropriate, before
external agencies in compliance reviews and complaints.
- Establish regulatory compliance framework for College-wide
implementation and monitoring.
- Maintain a current knowledge of all legal, policy and
regulatory matters which have or could have an impact on the
- Craft and review legal strategy in response to any
- Legally filing for copyright of intellectual property.
- Provide for the efficient maintenance of legal records of the
College including, but not limited to, board assigned agreements,
resolutions, and real estate documents.
- Maintain the official records of College policies and
- Provide training and counsel to the District Board of Trustees,
Cabinet and College community on legal, procedural, and compliance
- Assist the Office of the President with matters related to the
operation and actions of the District Board of Trustees.
- Assists in the collection, organization, and preparation of
legal memoranda, reports and other information as directed by the
- Provide assistance, advice, and counsel in the collective
bargaining process as it relates to federal, state and local
- Advise Cabinet on new laws, existing laws, and legal rights
that would impact functionality of the College.
- Develop standards, policies, and procedures for all functions
- Maintain custody and safekeeping of College records as
designated by the College President, keep a duplicate official seal
of the College, and affix the seal on all necessary papers and
documents executed by the College President and on all certified
copies of public records.
- Serves a coordination role of the internal and external affairs
of the College relative to legal issues involving students and
- Interprets and applies relevant federal, state, and local
legislative and regulatory laws and regulations pertaining to
- Coordinates responses to subpoenas/court orders, public records
and other requests.
- Represent the College with public and private organizations
including local governmental organizations.
- Represent the College before local, state, and federal agencies
- Provide counsel in support of local, state, and federal
- Recommend for appointment, supervise, and evaluate assigned
- Executes other tasks and assignments as the President may
This position requires an ability to sit, stand, walk,
bend, lift, reach up, stoop, and carry items occasionally in excess
of twenty-five (25) pounds. It also requires manual dexterity
to operate standard office machines, such as, copier, fax,
calculator, telephone, and other equipment as necessary. IRSC
expects its employees to follow proper safety standards while
employed by the College