Assistant General Counsel
Assistant General Counsel (17000955)
Lone Star College- System Office
Commitment to Mission:
This job carries with it the obligation to uphold the Mission of Lone Star College (LSC) in carrying out the duties of the position. A commitment to positive interpersonal behaviors, professional communication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship, respect and accountability to LSC students and employees is essential.
- Students Matter
- Inspire Excellence
- Act Intentionally
- Better Together
- No Fear!
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” is designed to recognize colleges that have been successful in creating great workplaces and to further research and understanding of the factors, dynamics and influences that have the most impact on organizational culture at higher education institutions.
Lone Star College was recognized in five areas: Confidence in Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; and Work/Life Balance.
Campus Marketing Statement:
Lone Star College-System Office
Lone Star College, located in the north metropolitan Houston area, is one of the largest and fastest growing community colleges in the country featuring six comprehensive colleges and 10 centers with over 95,000 credit and non-credit students each semester, an annual budget exceeding $500,000,000, and 7,300 employees spread over a 2100 square mile area.
LSC adds $3.1 billion to the local and regional economy by providing educational opportunities across the north Houston region.
Lone Star College-System Office employees are based at one of two System Office locations; The Woodlands and University Park. Both are the site for multiple administrative departments and system-wide training programs.
This position is located at the LSC-System Office at: 5000 Research Forest Drive. The Woodlands, Texas 77381.
The incumbent will utilize his/her legal skills to accomplish legal assignments within the Office of General Counsel. Under the direction of the General Counsel, this position within the Office of General Counsel provides and assists in the delivery of legal counsel to LSCS stakeholders. The incumbent performs standard legal work and participates in the performance of complex legal work to include such areas as research, policy review, legal compliance issues, contract reviews, employment affairs, legal advice, and other legal services pertaining to an institution of higher education.
1. Drafts initial reports, recommendations, legal opinions, research memorandum, and other work product for higher-level legal review
2. Drafts initial responses to requests for information, production, and evidence
3. Drafts initial correspondence to external and internal stakeholders
4. Reviews and monitors state and federal legislation affecting the System to provide independent updates to stakeholders within LSCS
5. Creates and provides training materials on legal and policy issues for LSCS
6. Drafts and reviews contracts, negotiates contract language, and approves System contracts under the supervision of supervising attorneys
7. Provides low-level, day-to-day legal advice to stakeholders within the LSCS
8. Performs legal research and investigations as directed by the General Counsel or his designate.
9. Provides routine updates regarding pending legal matters to the General Counsel or his designate
10. Responsible for other reasonable, related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Knowledge of research methods in Westlaw, LexisNexis, or both
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
- Excellent customer service skills
- Ability to synthesize and brief complex legal issues for non-lawyer consideration
- Ability to develop best practice procedures for internal stakeholders
- Ability to interpret and apply applicable laws, rules, and regulations
- Ability to prepare a variety of reports and legal opinions
- Ability to supervise support staff personnel and direct them accordingly
- Ability to maintain professional composure and decorum when dealing with disagreeable, difficult, or unprofessional individuals
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
- Ability to be confident in performing independent legal work
- Ability to be humble and self-aware regarding tasks outside of candidate’s expertise
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Outlook
- Ability to effectively handle multiple overlapping tasks and projects
- Ability to rapidly switch gears depending on client needs and expectations
- Proven ability to produce accurate and detailed workflow documentation
- Ability to cope with several tasks simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail
- Ability to maintain objectivity and neutrality in investigations and research
- Ability to have initiative is mandatory
- Willing and able to update skills on a regular basis to keep abreast of rapidly changing laws at one of the fastest growing community college system’s in the United States
- Minimal physical effort is required
Work Schedule & Conditions:
- Equipment used includes, PC workstation running on a LAN in a Microsoft Windows environment, calculator, phone and other general office equipment
- Interface with internal and external contacts as needed to carry out the functions of the position
- Work is performed in a climate-controlled office with minimal exposure to safety hazards
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- J.D. from an accredited American law school
- Must have a current license to practice in Texas in good standing
- Journal/Law Review experience, and
- Considerable writing/editing experience, and
- Labor and Employment law experience, or
- Benefits law experience, or
- Real Estate law experience, or
- Transactional law experience, or
- Administrative law experience, or
- Affordable Care Act experience, or
- Higher education legal experience
Benefits Marketing Statement:
By joining our top-notch institution, you will enjoy being a part of an organization that offers a supportive, collegial work environment and excellent work/life balance.
This includes 22-23 days paid holidays and up to 12 annual vacation days, full comprehensive benefits package, wellness program, professional development opportunities and more.
How to Apply:
ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLY!
We will not accept application material received via fax, email, mail, or hand delivered.
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Lone Star College is an EEO Employer. All positions are subject to a criminal background check.