Associate Counsel

University of Colorado - Denver, CO4.2

University Counsel has a dual report to the Board of Regents and the President of the University and includes several legal functions that provide an array of services to the University of Colorado system. The Office of the University Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, the president, system administration and the campuses.

This professional-exempt position reports to the Managing Associate University Counsel in the Office of University Counsel at the Boulder campus and is an officer of the University administration. The Associate University Counsel is a member of the professional staff of the Office of University Counsel, which provides legal research, analysis, and legal services to the Boulder campus Chancellor and the administration of the Boulder campus. This position is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff system.
The individual in this position: (1) possesses advanced knowledge associated with the professional practice of law; (2) performs associated duties that are predominantly intellectual and varied in nature, requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, and/or critical thinking; and (3) exercises discretion and independent judgment, requiring only general supervision for day-to-day tasks.

The Associate University Counsel functions with a high degree of autonomy and accountability and may be called upon to provide leadership and guidance to junior level attorneys. The Office of University Counsel prides itself on timely and excellent advice and assistance. The team works closely together and the work is fast paced. The successful candidate must be able to recognize issues, propose possible resolution, follow-up, solve problems and work collaboratively in a team environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Reviews, drafts, and negotiates contracts, transactions, and other legal agreements
  • Provides legal advice related to records requests, subpoenas, and court orders directed to the University and its employees
  • Provides legal advice and guidance to the academic and research operations of the Boulder campus
  • Provides legal advice and representation in administrative hearings, including the Colorado State Personnel Board
  • Prepares the University’s response to investigations conducted by law enforcement and regulatory entities including the EEOC and the CCRD
  • Provides research, analysis, and advice on legal issues concerning the University including;
    • All aspects of employment law including civil rights laws, FLSA, FMLA, and ADA
    • Federal and state laws and regulations, particularly those impacting institutions of higher education and/or pertaining to the conduct of research
    • Public law issues, including open records and open meetings issues
    • University policies and procedures
    • Faculty issues
    • Student issues
    • Title IX
    • Athletics issues
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:
  • Knowledge of employment law, federal and state laws/regulations, public law, university policies and procedures, faculty and student issues, Title IX, and athletics issues
  • Knowledge of personnel management and best practices
  • Knowledge of contracts and legal agreements
  • Knowledge of legal policies and practices
  • Knowledge and ability to review, analyze, negotiate, and draft contracts, leases, and other complex transactional agreements
  • Ability to analyze, organize, and effectively present, both orally and in writing, legal issues, opinions and recommendations to a variety of constituents
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and demonstrate flexibility to accommodate shifting priorities of multiple constituents
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a variety of internal constituents and external contacts in the provision of comprehensive legal services to the University
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
Who we are:
System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses. This position is located in Boulder. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.

What we offer:
Salary: The salary range for this position has been established at $125,000 - $130,000.
Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:
  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs
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Minimum Requirements:
  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Ten (10) years of experience advising and representing complex organizations
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado or the ability to obtain a Colorado license promptly after an offer of appointment
  • Ability to provide record of ethical behavior
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience representing institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or other public sector entities
  • Previous experience developing and delivering presentations to large audiences
  • Experience with management of multiple concurrent projects
  • Experience serving as a senior leader within an organization
  • Experience in employment law and human resources advising
  • Experience supervising and managing other attorneys and support staff
  • Litigation experience

Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration completed applications must be submitted by October 25, 2018 Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.* The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: You must attach a cover letter,and resume to your application as two separate documents. Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter. Also, ensure you check the “Job Specific Attachments” box next the each document on the “Required Documents” page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.