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Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Board

Employer
Nevada System of Higher Education, System Administration
Location
Nevada, United States
Salary
$180,000.00 - $220,000.00
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Management, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Board of Regents.  This is an at-will, full-time, non-tenured, administrative position and reports to the Board of Regents.  The position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada with regular travel throughout the state.  The NSHE is comprised of eight institutions:  Two universities, a state college, four community colleges and a research institute.  The public system of higher education in Nevada continues to experience growth with significant challenges and opportunities in serving over 100,000 students and 12,000 employees.

 

The Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Board of Regents is responsible for providing legal counsel to the NSHE Board of Regents, including all individual Regents in their official capacity as Regents, in all legal aspects including Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law, Ethics in Government Law, and matters relating to the NSHE Code, Regents’ Handbook and Procedures & Guidelines Manual policies.  The Chief of Staff and Special Counsel will also work with the Chancellor on various matters, and with the NSHE Chief General Counsel to discuss and coordinate litigation or other legal matters relating to the Board of Regents, including responding to Open Meeting Law complaints and public records requests.   

 

The Chief of Staff and Special Counsel is also responsible for the efficient functioning of the Board of Regents, oversight and management of the day-to-day operations and business affairs of the Board office, supervision of an experienced Board of Regents staff, and oversight of the preparation and codification of Board approved policy.  Additionally, the Chief of Staff and Special Counsel will be responsible for attending all meetings of the Board of Regents including, without limitation, regular quarterly meetings, special meetings, committee meetings and search committee meetings to provide legal advice, particularly with regard to compliance with the Open Meeting Law and Roberts Rules of Order and review and approve meeting agendas for compliance with the Open Meeting Law.  The Chief of Staff and Special Counsel will be available to consult with Regents on matters pending before the Board.

 

SALARY:  NSHE Executive 2 ($180,000.00 to 220,000.00 - starting salary will be commensurate with experience, training, and qualifications of the successful candidate).  Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, and retirement benefits.

 

APPROXIMATE STARTING DATE:  October 1, 2021

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  The successful candidate must have earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and current membership in the Nevada Bar is required.  A minimum of five years progressive experience directly applicable to the position is required. 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:  The successful candidates must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.  It is recommended that applicants for this position address each of the following items in the letter of application:

  • Knowledge or experience working with state government, elected public officers, and statutes governing ethics in government
  • Knowledge of Nevada Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law, and Ethics in Government Law
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exercise of independent professional judgment
  • A record of leadership ability in dealing with a variety of constituencies and the ability to work well with elected officers
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative, and supervisory skills
  • Experience presenting reports and coordinating testimony
  • Knowledge of educational issues facing the State of Nevada and/or the Nevada System of Higher Education
 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The duties of this position will include, but not be limited to, the following areas of responsibility:

  • Assist with the efficient functioning of the Board of Regents
  • Assist the members of the Board of Regents in carrying out their duties of office
  • Assist the campus administrators, faculty, students, parents, and System Administration staff with Board Office issues
  • Manage an experienced team of Board professionals
  • Provide oversight of Board staff in their work with Board officers and NSHE executive officers in preparation of Board meetings
  • Provide oversight of the creation of Board and Committee agendas and notices compliant with Nevada Open Meeting Law
  • Provide legal counsel to the Board, Committees and Board members
  • Provide oversight of the codification and revision of the Board of Regents’ Handbook and Procedures & Guidelines Manual

TO APPLY: The application process will be handled through the Workday on-line search process.  Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted.  Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience, since the initial review will serve to evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience.  Applications will be considered incomplete without all requested materials and may not receive consideration.  References will only be contacted for those who advance to the final phase of the search and with prior consent of the applicant.  The review of materials will begin immediately.  Materials should be addressed to Sherry Olson, Human Resources, and are to be submitted via on-line application at https://nshe.nevada.edu/administration/human-resources/.  For assistance with NSHE’s on-line applicant portal, contact Sherry Olson at (775) 784-4901.

 

INTERNAL APPLICANTS:  Current employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at NSHE institutions.  Once you log into Workday and type “Find Jobs” in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site.  Locate the specific job posting by typing the requisition number (e.g., R0000000) in the search box.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications may be submitted until the position is filled, or until sufficient number of qualified applicants are received. The review of materials will begin immediately.

 

For more information about the Nevada System of Higher Education, please visit our website at www.nevada.edu.  The Nevada System of Higher Education hires only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. 

 

NSHE is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, family medical history or genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.  Women, applicants who are members of underrepresented groups and communities of color, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Required Attachment(S) Required Attachment(S) Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted. 

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