Assistant Counsel

Job description

The Office of the Vice President and University Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, the CU president, system administration and all four CU campuses. The office is designated by the Colorado attorney general's office to represent the university in all lawsuits. The Office of the University Counsel provides comprehensive legal services to support the University of Colorado, one of the country's premier public research institutions.

Position Summary:
This professional-exempt position reports to an officer of the University, the Managing Associate University Counsel, in the Office of University Counsel System Office, under the overall supervision and direction of the Vice President of University Counsel. The Assistant Counsel is a member of the professional staff of the Office of University Counsel and provides legal research and analysis to support the Office of University Counsel as well as advising Boulder campus constituents.

The individual in this position: (1) possesses advanced knowledge associated with the professional practice of law; (2) applies associated theories, methods, principles, and practices; (3) performs associated duties that are predominantly intellectual and varied in nature, requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, and/or critical thinking; and (4) exercises discretion and independent judgment, requiring only general supervision for day-to-day tasks. This position reports to Managing Counsel and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff system.

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 SPB, 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
    • Athletics issues
    • Immigration issues
    • On-line education and international education; MOOCS, etcetera
    • Privacy - GDPR and FERPA
    • Alcohol
    • Minors on campus
    • Title IX / VAWA / Clery

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Knowledge and experience of the practice areas listed above
  • Knowledge and ability to review, analyze, negotiate, and draft contracts 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
Who we are: The Office of University Counsel is run through System Administration, with a campus office located on each of the four campuses. This position is located in Boulder. For more information about the University of Colorado, please visit

What we offer:
Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience.
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
  • Five (5) 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:
  • Ten (10) years of experience advising and representing complex organizations (candidates with at least ten years of experience may be considered for a higher position.)
  • Previous experience representing institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or other public sector entities
  • Previous experience developing and delivering presentations to large audiences or key stakeholders
  • 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

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration completed applications must be submitted by 12/14/2018. 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, resume, and references to your application as three 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.

Job Category: Audit and Legal

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 50057 - University Counsel

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Nov 21, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Clair Novi

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00550025





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Posted: 11/22/2018
Application Due: 1/21/2019
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