Assistant General Counsel

Houston, TX
Jul 12, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Play a central role at HCC as you keep our everyday operations running like clockwork. You'll get the chance to make things happen and work closely with inspiring leaders across different parts of the institution. Whether your role is supportive, administrative, financial or something else, you'll be part of a dynamic team that not only provides HCC students with cutting-edge academic and career tools, it also takes care of its people.

We are currently seeking an Assistant General Counsel I who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.

The Opportunity
You: You're a business-savvy leader with top-notch LGL training who thrives in large, complex institutions of higher learning.

Your mission: In this role, you'll assist General Counsel in providing LGL services support to the Governing Board and College System

Your work: We'll count on you to research, stay abreast of and provide recommendations concerning emerging LGL issues that impact HCC. You'll work with regulatory and legislative entities, and represent HCC in administrative and LGL proceedings. Drafting contracts and reviewing LGL documents (e.g., board policies, bylaws and administrative procedures) will also be within your purview. Finally, you'll provide LGL support and/or interpretations on labor law, discrimination complaints, grievance processes, and faculty and student issues.

Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!

Core Competencies


If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

J. D. degree required from an accredited law school required.

Member, State Bar of Texas required.

Minimum of five (5) years directly related experience to include contracts, education, labor and employment, and open records law experience required.

Education Law, Texas Education Code experience required.

Knowledge of and experience with Texas Election Code, annexation issues, Department of Justice Submissions and appropriate processes in these areas preferred.

Knowledge of and experience in business contracts and lease drafting required.

Minimum of five (5) years experience representing institutions of higher education or Texas community colleges, school districts, or governmental entities preferred.

Excellent oral and written communications skills

Extensive working experience with TASB policies and SACS accreditation preferred

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Ability to comply with deadlines such as LGL/legislative

Familiarity with education, corporate and government law

Ability to support HR in dispute resolution related issues