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Managing Associate Counsel - UCCS

Job description

University Counsel has a dual report to the Board of Regents and the President of the University and includes several legal functions that provide an array of services to the University of Colorado system. The Office of the University Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Regents, the president, system administration and the campuses.

Position Summary
The Managing Associate Counsel is responsible for overseeing and providing a variety of professional legal services at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus (UCCS). This position serves as a member of the UCCS Chancellor’s and University Counsel’s leadership teams.  This position represents the campus and University in the community and in front of legislative and administrative bodies

This position serves as a trusted advisor to the Chancellor and the Chancellor’s senior leadership team.  In that capacity, this position assists in the development of long-term strategic plans and partnerships to assist the campus in achieving its goals. This position provides leadership, mentoring and supervision to the legal staff of UCCS Office of University Counsel.

This professional position reports directly to the Vice President and University Counsel and is exempt from the Colorado State Classified System and the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Manages the University Counsel office located at the UCCS campus to include mentoring, supervising, and directing unit staff 
  • Serves as a member of the UCCS Chancellor’s leadership team, attending all executive campus meetings to provide legal advice
  • Serves a member of the Office of University Counsel senior management team, assisting in the development and implementation of University legal positions and policies
  • Assists in the development of long-term strategic plans and partnerships to assist the campus in achieving its goals
  • Advises administrators, faculty members, and staff on various legal issues, including but not limited to the following:
    • Regulatory compliance in such areas as environmental health and safety, research, and health care
    • Employment law issues for faculty, exempt professional, state classified, and student employees
    • Application and interpretation of Federal and State laws and regulations impacting higher education
    • Application and interpretation of the Laws of the Regents and University Policies
    • Student rights and responsibilities in a university setting
    • Constitutional and civil rights
    • Tax-exempt organizations
    • Land use planning
  • Reviews, drafts, and negotiates contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Analyzes, researches, drafts, and provides legal advice with respect to proposed University policies and practices
  • Manages the engagement of outside counsel firms when the need arises
  • Represents the campus and University in front of legislative bodies and administrative agencies, and in administrative hearings
  • Negotiates settlements and engages in Alternative Dispute Resolution in a variety of settings
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Who we are: This position is located on our Colorado Springs campus.  Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty. Learn more about CU System Administration.

The University of Colorado has been proactive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary range has been established at $145,400 - $203,600, with an expected hiring salary up to $175,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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
Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at www.cu.edu/employee-services/.

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

  • Knowledge of case law and federal and state laws and regulations regarding public employment, tax exempt organizations, and higher education
  • Knowledge of the higher education enterprise and its legal challenges
  • Oral, written, and listening communication skills, including the ability to accurately interpret what others are saying and convey messages, information, concepts, and details clearly
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate interaction, communication, and teamwork between others
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to effectively mentor, supervise and manage professional legal and support staff
  • Negotiation skills, including knowledge of methods, strategies, and tactics
  • Ability to creatively problem solve and communicate those solutions effectively with all levels within the organization
  • Ability to analyze, organize, and effectively present, both orally and in writing, legal issues, opinions and recommendations to a variety of constituents
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a variety of internal constituents and external contacts in order to provide comprehensive legal services to the University

Minimum Requirements

Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against these qualifications.  You must meet all minimum requirements listed at the time of application to be considered for this role.

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited institution of higher education
  • Ten (10) years’ experience practicing law, which includes:
    • Advising and representing complex organizations and/or public sector institutions
    • Experience reviewing, analyzing, negotiating, and drafting contracts, leases, and other complex transactional agreements
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado, or the ability to obtain a Colorado license promptly after an offer of appointment
  • Record of ethical behavior 
Preferred Qualifications

  • Twelve (12) years’ experience practicing law, which includes:
    • Substantial experience representing institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or other public sector entities
    • Experience supervising and managing other attorneys and support staff
    • Experience working with intellectual property as a component of transactional relationships
    • Litigation experience

Job Category: Professional Support Services
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 5, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 5/7/2021
Application Due: 5/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time