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Assistant General Counsel

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Assistant General Counsel🔍Houston, Texas, 3100 Main📁Executives📅20002A2 Requisition #📅Jan 04, 2021 Post Date

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

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!

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


The Assistant General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to the Governing Board and College System. Incumbent has a support role in areas of actual and potential legal liability, including but not limited to, reviewing and drafting contracts, advising on personnel matters, providing representation in internal administrative proceedings, interpreting federal and state laws and regulations, interpreting system policies, regulations and rules, developing and drafting policies and procedures, and drafting legislation. Assist in the supervision of district-wide compliance.

Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effectives and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures.

Manages Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1.Incumbent will provide legal services support to the General Counsel with the following duties: Advising and counseling the governing board, chancellor, vice-chancellors, presidents and Chief Human Resources Officer, and other administrators designated by the General Counsel.

·Advising and counseling the governing board, Chancellor, Vice-Chancellors, Presidents and Chief Human Resources Officer, and other administrators designated by the Chancellor

·Keeping abreast ofemerging legal issues that may have an impact on the district, programs or curriculum or any of HCC colleges

·Monitoring fund-raising activities at the college or district level including foundation programs that may have certain legal ramifications for HCC

·Drafting business contracts and building leasing/acquisition matters, ground leases, construction contracts, other real estate transactions, vendor and third party service agreements and compliance.

·Maintaining standard contract forms, reviewing and negotiating agreements, providing contracts training and assisting in the resolution of contract disputes.

·Providing and maintaining college-wide policy and procedure training to ensure compliance.

·Research legal issues and provide written recommendations and memorandum.

·Assist General Counsel and the Administration in managing litigation and claims.

·Assist General Counsel to develop, coordinate and conduct in-service training on legal topics for administrators and support staff and provide support and legal guidance on legislative activities that affect HCC.

·Assist General Counsel and the administration with the development, review and preparation of board agendas, posting notices, responses to request for public information/open records via the Office of General Counsel or the Office of Public Information in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act.

·Support General Counsel in representing HCC in administrative and legal proceedings.

·Assist the administration in the development, preparation and implementation of board policies, by-laws, administrative procedures and other guidelines.

·Review legal documents including board policies, bylaws, administrative procedures and other guidelines as necessary.

·Work with regulatory and legislative bodies, courts and office of the attorney general.

·Review, monitor and validate all legal charges submitted to HCC from outside legal firms.

·Provide legal support on employment matters including interpretation of applicable laws, regulations and managing labor and employment claims.

·Provide legal support on interpretations on labor law, discrimination complaints, grievance processes, faculty and student issues.

·Provide internal oversight of audit and compliance hotline.

2.The Assistant General Counsel may be required to assist with the following responsibilities:

·Assist with Trustee Elections (including application, election deadline schedule, ballot order drawing, placing candidate names on ballot, assist with agreements for costs associated with election, canvassing of votes and public postings)

·Confer with citizens seeking to speak before the Board of Trustees.

·Ensure compliance with legal standards applicable to the implementation of affirmative action plans and programs.

·May supervise staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.


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

Member, State Bar of Texas required.


Seven (7) years directly related experience to include contracts, education, labor & employment, open records law required. Five years of experience working at institutions of higher education or Texas community colleges, school districts, or governmental entities preferred.

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.

Extensive working experience with TASB policies and SACS accreditation preferred.


  1. Excellent oral and written communications skills;

  2. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills;

  3. Ability to comply with deadlines such as legal/legislative;

  4. Familiarity with education, corporate and government law;

  5. Ability to support HR in dispute resolution related issues;

  6. Ability to travel as required to support the Board of Trustees, Chancellor or key college administrators; and

  7. Excellent research and writing skills.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

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.

LocationHouston is a city with limitless possibilities:
  • Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City’s 55.
  • Approximately 145 languages are spoken here.
  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don’t forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate healthcare system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation’s top institutions.
  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston’s cultural scene.
  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.
  • If this sounds like the role for you and you’re ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away. EEO Statement Houston Community College does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Cross, Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
    Office of Institutional EquityPO Box 667517 Houston TX, 77266713 718.8271 or [email protected] 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.Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact (713) 718-8565.




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    Job No:
    Posted: 1/6/2021
    Application Due: 3/7/2021
    Work Type: Full Time