General Counsel (Office of the Chancellor) - District
Interested candidates must apply by the deadline listed below by
8:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.
Chancellor Office (D)
Physical location of the position:
$163,498 - $199,054
Is this position categorically (grant) funded?
Under the supervision of the Chancellor, provides counsel, support,
and advice on all legal matters related to the operation of the
District, including the development and revision of all Board
Policies and Administrative Procedures. The General Counsel
provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and
other officers of the District. Serves as the chief legal officer
and advisor to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and the
District's senior and executive administrators on all transactions
and issues arising from programs and activities in the areas of
governance, academic affairs, financial management, facilities
management, business management, District compliance issues,
student services, and human resources.
PROVIDES WORK OR LEAD DIRECTION TO:
Assigned District personnel.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from a regionally accredited
college or university and seven years of experience practicing law
in the State of California, which includes five years of experience
working within an institution of higher education, public school
systems, or other public agencies interpreting and applying the
California Education Code, Government Code, and labor and personnel
Experience working with California Community College Districts and
experience in working with governing board members is highly
1. Education Code and relevant California Code of
2. Knowledge of Employment and Labor Law Codes.
3. Understanding of, sensitivity to and respect for the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic
backgrounds of the District's students, faculty, staff and
4. Files, records, and report management techniques
5. Litigation management processes and communication
6. Litigation best practices and processes to best represent the
interests of the District;
7. Professional and tactful negotiation and persuasion skills to
achieve objectives within the legal and governmental
8. Communication methods to articulate points and information to
9. Problem solving techniques and analytical principles for
situational analysis and the ability to offer counsel and advice on
legal and policy-related matters;
10. Methods and techniques used to effectively manage and contain
legal expenses and costs
11. Modern office equipment, practices, and software.
1. Maintain an understanding of current ideas, research and
practices pertaining to the areas of responsibility for this
position, through continued study and participation in professional
2. Maintain confidentiality of communications, records, reports,
3. Perform a variety of duties in support of the District's legal
4. Learn and adapt to operations, policies and objectives of the
5. Meet schedules, timelines, and deadlines;
6. Communicate highly complex and difficult legal issues and
matters effectively, both orally and in writing, and establish and
maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with
7. Compile, analyze, and interpret highly complex legal information
to facilitate decision-making.
8. Investigate and assess litigation and legal issues and offer
9. Recommend areas of need for the development of the District's
10. Administer legal services of the District in a manner that is
data and principle driven, manages risk, insures compliance,
attains cost management goals, and facilitates organizational
11. Successfully navigate and thrive in a multiinstitution context
through persuasion, team building, consensus, and effective
12. Prepare and present effective oral and written communications,
presentations, and reports. Effectively communicate technical
information concisely and in understandable terms.
13. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
industry representatives, officials of public and private
organizations, internal stakeholders, and the public.
14. Maintain moral and ethical standards that reflect trust,
honesty, integrity, credibility, and reliability.
License to practice law in the State of California; and Membership
in good standing with the California Bar Association.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY:
Candidate must demonstrate clear evidence of sensitivity to and
understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,
disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students,
staff, and the community.
Employee must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull
materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
Outside counsel, Risk Management, Board of Trustees, bargaining
unit leadership, students, faculty, and staff, all of District and
College administration, Academic Senates, Human Resources and
Employee Relations, Business and Financial Services, legal industry
colleagues, and general public
Normal office environment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are only intended as illustrations of the
various types of work that may be performed. The omission of
specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the
position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to
1. Serves as the primary subject matter expert and advisor for all
legal activities; assumes responsibility for ensuring that the
programs and activities of the District are legally conducted in
compliance with applicable law, statutes, codes, and regulations;
identifies, analyzes, and responds appropriately to risks which
have legal implications that may adversely affect realization of
the District's objectives.
2. Serves as the District's chief legal officer and advisor on all
transactions and issues arising from programs and activities in the
areas of governance, academic affairs, student affairs, financial
management, facilities management, business management, and human
3. Analyzes the merits of court cases, regulatory inquiries, and
other types of legal actions filed against or on behalf of the
District; works with the appropriate executives to define strategic
positions and/or defenses; recommends settlements of disputes where
4. Negotiates contracts, agreements, memorandums of understanding,
and settlements on behalf of the District which are consistent with
District policies, federal and state law, and relevant rules of
professional responsibility; receives, reviews, logs, processes and
monitors all lawsuits and discovery documents including subpoenas,
requests for production of documents, requests for admissions,
California Public Records Act (PRA) requests, and deposition
notices; maintains a current status report of all outstanding
claims and litigation for area of responsibility..
5. Identifies, analyzes, and responds appropriately to risks which
have legal implications that may adversely affect realization of
the District's educational and business objectives.
6. Identifies need and develops educational and training programs
and activities for the purpose of keeping executives and managers
informed of the latest changes in pertinent law and policy.
7. Attends, and provides legal advice, at all meetings of the Board
of Trustees and other such meetings as the Board and the Chancellor
may direct; serves on state and local committees as directed by the
Chancellor; and serves as parliamentarian to the Board.
8. Prepares and conducts litigation and participates in federal,
state and local administrative proceedings as directed by the
Chancellor and authorized by the Board of Trustees.
9. Assists the administration in coordinating the District's legal
affairs, including the handling of civil litigation, administrative
hearings, contract review and drafting, business
10. Acts as the primary liaison to coordinate and manage the work
assigned to external legal firms, including developing and
communicating scope of work, ensuring timely feedback, interpreting
legal opinions, and reviewing and approving legal billings.
11. Serves as the primary architect for the development, review and
revision of legal documents, resolutions, Board Policies (BP) and
Administrative Procedures (AP), including presentation to the Board
of Trustees; works with all stakeholders to ensure that all
policies and procedures are up-to-date, timely, and effectively
represent their interests.
Duties and Responsibilities - Continued:
12. In coordination with internal departments, manages the
investigation, evaluation, and resolution of complex legal disputes
including, regulatory, governmental, and highly sensitive matters,
both litigated and non-litigated.
13. Provides guidance and assistance in the areas of diversity,
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Equal Opportunity
Employment, sexual harassment, personnel investigations, gender and
sexual orientation sensitivity, discrimination, retaliation, equity
and other compliance issues and employee relations matters.
14. Monitors industrial and non-industrial interactive process
outcomes with HRER and Risk Management departments.
15. Responsible for managing the budget of assigned area and
preparation of monthly legal expense reports.
16. Performs other duties, related to the position, as assigned by
Conditions of Employment:
This is a Classified Management position with vacation, 22 days
annually; and paid accruable sick leave, 12 days annually. A
pro-rata reduction will be made for employees working less than
full-time and less than 12 months. The District provides a health
and welfare benefit package for employees and legal qualifying
The work location and assignment within a job classification is
determined by the District and may be subject to change.
All offers of employment will be contingent upon the availability
of funds and approval by the Board of Trustees.
The Riverside Community College District is an equal opportunity
employer and recognizes the need to provide reasonable
accommodations to employees with disabilities. For more
information, contact (951) 222-8039.
The Riverside Community College District complies with all federal
and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the
basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion,
age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color,
ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, physical or
mental disability, or any characteristic listed or defined in
Section 11135 of the Government Code or any characteristic that is
contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in
subdivision (1) of Section 422.6 of the California Penal Code, or
any other status protected by law. This holds true for all District
employment opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or
grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX
Officer/Section 504/ADA Coordinator. Harassment of any
employee/student with regard to ethnic group identification,
national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, race, color, ancestry, genetic information, sexual
orientation, physical or mental disability, or any characteristic
listed or defined in Section 11135 of the Government Code or any
characteristic that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes
set forth in subdivision (1) of Section 422.6 of the California
Penal Code, or any other status protected by law, is strictly
prohibited. The Title IX Officer, Section 504/ADA Coordinator for
the District is Ms. Lorraine Jones, located at 3801 Market Street,
Riverside, CA 92501. Telephone Number is: (951) 222-8039.
Required Applicant Documents:
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Other Transcript: Juris Doctor degree
Optional Applicant Documents:
Associate or Equivalent Transcript
Bachelors or Equivalent Transcript
Masters or Equivalent Transcript
Effective Employment Date:
Anticipated Start Date: December 2021
*It is anticipated that interviews will occur sometime during the
1st or 2nd week of November.
Please note: The selection process typically concludes within four
to six weeks from the closing date. There are, however, exceptions
to this general guideline. Status updates will be made throughout
the process. Please refer to your account for any updates to the
status of your application.
* An electronic, RCCD on-line application must be completed to be
considered. All portions of the application must be entirely filled
out with all information qualifying an applicant for the position.
Only information on the official RCCD application (not resumes)
will be considered to determine whether an applicant meets the
minimum requirements for the position for which he/she is
* All supporting materials, required or optional, must also be in
electronic formats and attached to the electronic, on-line
application when applying. Supporting materials are only accepted
as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word files and must be less
than 2 MB in size.
* An application will not be considered complete unless ALL
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS are electronically attached to the application
by the Application Deadline date. An incomplete file may subject
the candidate to disqualification.
* Paper applications and supporting materials, including letters of
recommendation, WILL NOT be accepted! All documents must be
submitted electronically with the online application.
* Letters of reference, IF REQUIRED, must be NON-CONFIDENTIAL and
submitted electronically when applying on-line.
* Interested candidates must apply by the deadline listed above by
8:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.
* The Riverside Community College District does not require testing
at the initial application filing period. As you progress through
the selection process, you may be required to perform a job-related
test based on the needs of the work area for which you are being
* The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants
with disabilities. Applicant should contact Human Resources &
Employee Relations at (951) 222-8595 for assistance.
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