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General Counsel
Serves as the chief legal officer and advisor to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, Personnel Commission, and senior management; provides executive leadership over all District strategic and tactical legal initiatives, programs, and services; and manages the work of the District's internal legal team and contracted external counsels including bond construction counsel.

EDUCATION AND LICENSURE:

A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited American Bar Association school of law; and
License to practice law in the State of California; and
Membership in good standing with the California Bar Association

EXPERIENCE:

Five years of paid experience in the practice of law which included:.
Responsibility for managing a legal team of attorneys and related support staff
Experience working on matters related to corporate governance and a broad range of business functions.
Experience working directly with governing board members
Experience in educational and/or public sector law.
Experience in the legal aspects of facilities management and/or supervising lead construction counsel

SPECIAL:

Must maintain active bar membership in good standing throughout employment with the Los Angeles Community College District.
Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency in the State of California
KNOWLEDGE OF:
Legal principles, practices, and procedures related to civil, constitutional, contract, employment, administrative, and business law
Methods, procedures, and practices used in the conduct of civil litigation
Judicial procedures and rules of evidence
Methods of legal research
Fact-finding methods and procedures
Methods and techniques for evaluating legal risks and liabilities and the business and practical consequences of related legal strategies
Methods and techniques used to effectively manage and contain legal expenses and costs
Business practices and legal aspects of corporate governance, academic affairs, student affairs, financial management, facilities management, business management, and human resources
Capabilities of computer systems and applications applicable to assigned areas of responsibility
Provisions of federal, state, and local legislation, statutes, codes, procedures and court decisions related to community college education and operations
Mission, goals, organization, and key personnel of the District
District Board Rules and administrative policies
Principles of business and public administration
Leadership and relationship management skills
Principles of public and community relations
Principles of training, supervising, and managing a legal team

ABILITY TO:
Formulate a clear organizational vision, strategic plan, and appropriate operational goals, objectives, and outcomes for the legal services of the District
Administer legal services of the District in a manner that is data and principle driven, manages risk, insures compliance, attains cost management goals, and achieves organizational effectiveness
Successfully navigate and thrive in a multi?institution context through persuasion, influencing others, consensus, and effective communication
Establish and implement a comprehensive program of reporting and communication
Develop and implement the operating policies and procedures to insure organizational effectiveness and compliance with performance standards and goals
Anticipate conditions, plan ahead, and establish priorities; act independently and promptly to situations and events
Recognize the critical elements of problems, develop and evaluate data, and determine solutions
Read an audience or situation and be attuned to the needs and concerns of clients and stakeholders
Evaluate program operations and personnel
Prepare and present effective oral and written communications, presentations, and reports
Effectively communicate highly technical information concisely and in understandable terms
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with industry representatives, officials of public and private organizations, internal stakeholders, and the public
Support business needs and innovation through the use of information technology systems
Project executive presence including gravitas, integrity, confidence, political acumen, and poise under pressure; maintain moral and ethical standards that reflect trust, honesty, integrity, credibility, and reliability
Travel to locations within and outside the District
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 resources.

Assumes responsibility for ensuring that the programs and activities of the District are legally conducted in compliance with applicable laws, statutes, codes, and regulations.

Judges the merits of court cases, regulatory inquiries, and other legal actions filed against or on behalf of the District; works with the appropriate executives to define strategic positions and/or defenses; approves settlements of disputes where warranted.

Participates in the development of District policies, procedures, and related business documents.

Advises the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and executive staff on legal matters related to governance and the policies, programs, and projects of the District.

Negotiates the most complex and sensitive contracts, agreements, and settlements on behalf of the District which are consistent with District interests, law, and relevant rules of professional responsibility.
Identifies, analyzes, and responds appropriately to risks which have legal implications that may adversely affect realization of the District's educational and business objectives; advises executives and managers regarding the legal aspects of their exposure to identified risks.

Assures adequate and appropriate systems and processes are in place to identify compliance violations; advises executives and managers regarding the legal aspects of their compliance systems, exposure, and decisions.

Identifies need and develops educational and training programs and activities for the purpose of keeping executives and managers informed of the latest changes in the law and policy and to prevent errors in their application.

Develops a clearly understood framework for legal policies and practices within the Office of General Counsel; directs, manages, and evaluates the work and staff of the Office of General Counsel.

Regularly attends meetings of the Board of Trustees and Board committees to provide legal analysis and advice on legal and procedural matters.

Oversees the selection, retention, management and evaluation of all outside counsel; establishes, manages, and ensures compliance with the budget for outside legal services.

Functions as an integral partner within the Chancellor's senior leadership team.

Identifies financial needs and manages the budget of the Office of General Counsel.

Performs related duties as assigned.

A General Counsel is the executive responsible for providing a vision and strategic plan for the legal services of the District; providing legal advice and support to the Board of Trustees, Personnel Commission, Chancellor, and District leadership (presidents, campus/district administrators, chancellor's cabinet) on business, legal, and public policy issues; and directing and coordinating the legal services provided by internal and external counsel throughout the District.

An Associate General Counsel researches and provides legal advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, Personnel Commission, Chancellor, and administrative staff as directed by the General Counsel. Employees in this class address difficult legal or factual questions which are complex because of the absence of clearly applicable precedents or are more highly arguable because of the complexity of the facts or the different possible constructions which may be placed on either the facts or the laws and precedents involved.

An Assistant General Counsel researches and provides legal advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, Personnel Commission, and Chancellor and administrative staff as directed by the General Counsel. Employees in this class address legal questions or factual situations that can be relatively easily resolved in the light of the well-established or easily determinable facts with clearly applicable precedents involved.

SUPERVISION
General direction is received from the Chancellor. General supervision is exercised over professional, technical, and clerical staff assigned to the Office of General Counsel. Functional supervision is exercised over outside legal counsel employed by the District.
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