University Counsel (1013812)

California State University - California4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $88,000 - $120,000 a year
Chancellor's Office Statement
Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of University Counsel. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Information
The University Counsel will be located in the headquarters office in Long Beach and assigned to provide legal advice and counsel to the Civil Rights Unit of Systemwide Human Resources. In collaboration with campus counsel and other Office of General Counsel ("OGC") attorneys, the incumbent will also provide legal advice and counsel to hearing officers, investigators, campus Title IX Coordinators and other administrators who respond to, investigate, and resolve gender/sex, and other discrimination, harassment and retaliation ("DHR") and whistleblower complaints and issues. The incumbent will also be responsible for coordinating the CSU's response to sensitive public records requests involving student and other privacy rights, particularly in the areas of Title IX and other DHR issues.


Under general direction, the University Counsel will:
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to hearing officers, investigators, campus Title IX Coordinators and other administrators involved in responding to, investigating, and resolving gender/sex, other DHR and whistleblower complaints and issues, including with respect to supportive measures, investigation process and each party's fair process rights.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to Chancellor's Office administrators responsible for overseeing and administering internal complaint resolution processes (including hearings and appeals).
  • Maintain and develop expertise in all subject areas related to gender/sex and other antidiscrimination, harassment and retaliation laws, policies, best practices, strategies, resources, initiatives, and compliance.
  • Communicate directly with campus and Chancellor's Office clients, supervisors, and colleagues in the Office of General Counsel and the Civil Rights Unit of Systemwide Human Resources.
  • Provide timely updates to the General Counsel on all significant matters.
  • Acquire and maintain expertise in specialized subject areas to serve as an office resource.
  • The University Counsel will be assigned to an office practice team in the Office of General Counsel and will assume responsibility for assignments within that team function, including developing expertise in related substantive legal areas.
  • Contribute to the mission of the OGC and the university, including its commitment to maintain a working and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • In collaboration with the Civil Rights Unit of Systemwide Human Resources: create templates, handbooks, and other materials to facilitate systemwide compliance with antidiscrimination laws and policies; provide in-person and web-based training to CSU Administrators regarding Title IX and other antidiscrimination laws and policies; coordinate the CSU's response to sensitive public records requests involving student and other privacy rights, particularly in the areas of Title IX and other DHR issues; coordinate the assignment and evaluation of hearing officers; and respond to internal and external audits.
  • Statewide travel.
  • Other duties as assigned, including undertaking some responsibilities outside of principal functions.
This position requires admission to the California State Bar; graduation from an ABA accredited law school; minimum of five years of relevant practice; superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues and legal concepts to non-lawyers; demonstrated working knowledge of, and ability to interpret, federal and state gender/sex antidiscrimination laws, regulations, guidelines and best practices, as well as experience with Title IX compliance and investigations; excellent organizational skills; demonstrated ability to exercise independent and mature judgment, maintain objectivity and fairness, and safeguard confidential and sensitive information; excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills; demonstrated ability to foster, establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with diverse constituencies; ability to be diplomatic in handling sensitive matters; superior skills in collaboration; ability to gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts, evidence, data and other information in order to draw reasonable and fair conclusions, make sound decisions, and create clear and concise reports; strong ability to multi-task, handling multiple priorities and changing business conditions; demonstrated understanding and support of CSU¿s mission, vision and core values; computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office (particularly Microsoft Word and Excel), and strong reporting and recordkeeping skills. Statewide travel required.

Application Period
Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by March 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply
To apply for this position, click on the link at the top of the screen.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest
The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.