#098-19 UNIVERSITY LEGAL COUNSEL (GENERAL COUNSEL)
Applications will be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 8, 2019 (Chamorro Standard Time/UTC+10).
(Note to applicants in the mainland United States: Please be advised that Guam is a day ahead of the mainland United States.)
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The University of Guam seeks an executive who is interested in new challenges and opportunities for professional and personal growth and who is interested in working in a dynamic, multi-cultural institution of higher education in the Pacific.
The University of Guam has an active press dedicated to publishing research and writing about Guam and Micronesia. A variety of publishing opportunities are available to UOG faculty, employees, students and members of the communities we serve through the University of Guam Press.
The University Legal Counsel (General Counsel) serves as the chief legal officer of the University whose primary function is to advise the President and other officers on a wide range of matters including, but not limited to, those having legal significance to the management and operation of the University. The University Legal Counsel (General Counsel) will be responsible for reviewing and drafting legal documents, and monitoring relevant federal and local statutes, administrative regulations and court decisions. The University Legal Counsel (General Counsel) reports directly to the President, University of Guam.
CHARACTER OF DUTIES:
Major duties and responsibilities shall include, but not limited to the following:
- To advise the President and other officers on a wide range of legal matters having legal significance to the management and operation of the University
- To represent the University before courts and administrative tribunals
- To assist in the conduct of internal University administrative processes
- To participate in guiding strategy for University labor negotiations and relations with collective bargaining representatives
- To monitor and oversee the activities of outside counsel, as may be required
- To review and draft contracts and University policies
- To monitor and advise on legal obligations and compliance with the myriad federal and local laws affecting higher education
- To monitor legislative bills impacting education and the University
- To represent the University when dealing with vendors, citizens’ groups and other entities having legal business with the University
- To proactively reduce litigation and the risks of liability by preventing or minimizing legal risks in the daily business of the University
- To perform other duties as assigned
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILL
- Knowledge of local and federal labor and employment laws as it relates to higher education
- Familiarity with higher education issues
- Familiarity with local and federal government structure and processes
- Knowledge of personal computer applications and on-line legal research
- Knowledge of contract and procurement law
- Ability to analyze situations, develop effective solutions and provide leadership and direction
- Skill in written and interpersonal communication
- Ability to work independently and within administrative and/or court-ordered timelines.
- Juris Doctorate degree
- Five (5) or more years experience in the practice of law
- Knowledge of Guam law and policies
- Knowledge of federal law (e.g., Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX)
- Three years of experience managing professional level staff
- License to practice law on Guam
Preferred: Demonstrated experience in state agency and/or higher education issues. Experience with federal and/or local procurement. Prior experience working in higher education setting. Prior experience in employment law and contracts law. Knowledge of personnel matters including faculty relations, university governance, and collective bargaining. Familiarity with alternative dispute resolution methods. Working knowledge of Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX. Familiarity with budgets and strategic planning.
Applicants for University of Guam administrator positions must complete an online job application through the UOG online employment portal at https://uog.peopleadmin.com. Please have the following documents prepared and ready to upload with your application:
(1) Letter of application that describes candidate’s qualifications
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts
(4) Two (2) Writing Samples
Special Instructions for References: Three (3) current letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about your academic and professional performance must be provided by providing a list of at least three (3) references to be contacted on the References section of the online application. Enter each reference by clicking on the “Add References Entry” button. Provide the name, title, email address, mailing address, and telephone number of each reference. A system automated email will be sent to each reference’s email address with a link to attach their reference letter to your application.
Selected candidate must provide official transcripts prior to hire date. For further information, please contact Dr. Anita B. Enriquez, Search Committee Chair, [email protected] or the Human Resources Office at [email protected], telephone number, (671) 735-2350 or fax number at (671) 734-6005.
Police and Court Clearance: Pursuant to Public Law No. 28-24 and Executive Order 2005-34, applicants selected for a position are required to provide original police and court (Superior Court of Guam) clearances of no more than three (3) months old prior to commencement of employment. Off-island applicants must obtain clearances from their place of residence. Applicants are responsible for fees associated with obtaining the clearances.
Submission of completed job applications authorizes the University of Guam to seek and obtain information regarding the applicant’s suitability for employment. All factors which are job related may be investigated (i.e., previous employment, educational credentials, and criminal records). All information obtained may be used to determine the applicant’s eligibility for employment in accordance with equal employment opportunity guidelines. In addition, the applicant releases previous employers and job related sources from legal liability for the information provided.
Should an applicant be convicted of any crimes other than a minor traffic violation, all applicable information must be provided in the form of a police clearance report and court clearance report. Failure to admit any felony convictions may result in immediate disqualification or disciplinary action.
Section 25103, Chapter 25, Title 10 of the Guam Code Annotated requires college or university employees to undergo a physical examination, to include a test for tuberculosis (skin or x-ray), prior to employment and at least annually thereafter. A report of such examination must be conducted by a licensed physician within a state or territory of the United States and must be submitted upon request.
Federal law requires presentation of eligibility to work in the United States within seventy-two (72) hours of reporting for employment. Specifically, 8 USC 1324A requires the employer to verify the identity and eligibility to work in the United States of all newly hired employees. The University of Guam is required to comply with this law on a non-discriminatory basis. If you are hired to fill a position with the University of Guam, you will be required to present valid documents to comply with this law.
The University of Guam is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
The University of Guam complies with Public Law 24-109 in reference to the provisions and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Assistance in EEO/ADA matters and inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the University’s Director, EEO and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, located at the EEO/ADA and Title IX Office, Dorm II, Iya Hami Hall, Room 106, Telephone No. (671) 735-2244; TTY (671) 735-2243; or to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).