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General Counsel

Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City, OK

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

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General Counsel

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Annual Hours:

12 Month

Placement Range:

$130,000 - $153,622

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General Description:

The General Counsel at Oklahoma City Community College has the primary responsibility for providing advice and representation to the President and College administration regarding federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Reports To:


What position(s) reports to this position?:

Staff Attorney/Compliance Officer
Administrative Assistant to the General Counsel

Minimum Education/Experience:

J.D. degree from an accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law in Oklahoma.

Substantial experience as a practicing attorney in a large law firm, government agency, university, or non-profit or business corporation.

Significant leadership experience managing the work of attorneys and other professionals.

Maintains a high-level of respect within the bench and bar, and has the ability to be admitted to practice law in the State of Oklahoma.

Proven success in providing legal guidance in the context of complex organizations and a deeply held commitment to, and belief in, the value of collaborative decision-making.

Experience directly managing or supporting leadership in managing controversial and high-profile issues.

Demonstrated success in leading, empowering, and delegating effectively to a successful team.

Ability to work collaboratively, and to communicate effectively, with multiple and diverse constituencies, such as administrators, faculty, staff, students, legislators, and community leaders.

Demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity.

High ethical standards with a strong commitment to legal ethics exhibited in knowledge and practice, and professional responsibility.

Exceptional analytical, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills, as well as sound judgment and personal and professional integrity.

A visionary, strategic, and inclusive leader committed to the highest standards of excellence.

Ten years experience as a licensed attorney

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Understanding of and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Oklahoma City Community College.

Strong managerial skills, creative leadership, and good interpersonal skills.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Demonstrated and substantial knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

Sedentary work: The person in this position may occasionally exert up to 10 pounds of force to grasp, lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

This position requires the person to frequently communicate with and listen to administration, staff, faculty, students, and others to perform the essential functions of the position. Must be able to exchange accurate information in various situations.

This position requires the person to frequently move about the office and OCCC campus to perform the essential functions of the position.

This position requires the person to frequently remain in a standing and stationary position.

This position frequently requires the person to operate a computer, other office equipment, and mobile devices to perform the essential functions of the position.

This position requires the person to frequently operate equipment that involves repetitive motions of hands and wrists.

This position requires the person to judge, observe and assess the accuracy, neatness, thoroughness of work assigned or to make general observations.

This position performs the essential functions in an indoor, office setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in higher education lawExperience in employment lawExperience in state government contractingExperience with legislative monitoringExperience with risk management

Work Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m., with frequent evening and weekends.


Legal Affairs

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


HR Contact:

Beth Holmes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are to thoroughly complete the online application and attach the following required documents: cover letter; resume; transcript conferring Juris Doctorate degree; and a copy of license to practice law in the State of Oklahoma.

Applicants should attach a copy their license to practice law in the State of Oklahoma via the “Other Document” option on the “Required Documents” page of the online application.

Applicants who fail to attach the required documents, as listed above, will not be considered for the position.

For application assistance or questions, please contact Human Resources at (405) 682-7542, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Job Duties (Position Specific):

(The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

Job Duties (Duties Assignment Statement):

Essential Functions
Serves as the General Counsel and oversees compliance for the College by providing legal and regulatory advice or consultation to the President, administration, staff, and faculty through administrative channels and reviewing and recommending institutional policies, procedures, guidelines, and other documents as needed.
Provide written legal opinions to the Administration.

Attend designated meetings of the Board of Regents.
Provide advice and representation to the Administration regarding employment, personnel, and any other legal matters.

Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Negotiate, prepare, and review contracts. Reduces the likelihood of inappropriate, unnecessary, or costly institutional liability in contractual agreements and terms or business arrangements by reviewing and/or preparing contracts and other legal documents for execution by or on behalf of the College.

Oversee the college conflict management program, which includes training the campus community on policy requirements and assisting supervisors and employees with creating effective conflict management plans.

Review, advise, and collaborate on the development of institutional policies and procedures and provide guidance to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations, as directed by the Administration.

Works with and oversight of the Compliance Office and other offices, committees, departments, and faculty as appropriate to investigate and provide guidance regarding instances of non-compliance.

Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; directs the development and implementation of corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues; and provides general guidance on how to avoid or mitigate similar situations in the future.

Oversight of the Risk Management function that coordinates and manages the evaluation, disposition, and processing of all claims, loss containment, and risk functions; and prepares various reports and maintains all required records related to risk management.

Create and present training for employees as directed by the Administration.

Represent the College before state or federal agencies.

Provide employees with leadership, information, and training regarding established safety and health procedures and practices in compliance with federal, state, local, and College requirements.
Oversee the College’s risk management responsibilities, including securing appropriate insurance policies, responding to claims, budgeting, and providing appropriate training to OCCC employees.
Manage the College’s responses to open records requests.
Monitor and review state and federal legislation.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Regents or the Administration.

Job Duties (Safety / Policy & Procedures):

Abide by the policies and procedures published in the Board of Regents Policies and College Policies & Procedures.
Contribute to a safe educational & working environment.Adhere to established safety and health procedures and practices for providing injury and illness prevention for self and others.
Complete quarterly health and safety training pursuant to OCCC’s established safety and health procedures and practices.
Participate in all applicable OCCC emergency, evacuation, shelter in place drills, and be prepared to take action and assist others in taking appropriate action should a health or safety emergency occur.


Oklahoma City Community College provides the people of Oklahoma and our community with broad access to certificates of mastery, associate degrees, community education, and cultural programs of exceptional quality, empowering our students to achieve their educational goals and our community to thrive in an increasingly global society.

OCCC promote's student success through: open access to the College; quality in the learning environment; excellence in the faculty and staff; competency based learning; comprehensive and innovative programs and services; cooperation in the development and improvement of programs and services; and holding students, employees, and programs accountable for high performance standards.

Oklahoma City Community College serves more than 28,000 students annually. For most of our students, completing a college degree is life changing, not only for the student who receives the degree, but also for the student's family; and in a collective sense, transformational for our community. At OCCC, we have always been committed to helping every student realize their educational goals.

We believe our responsibility for our student's success does not end at graduation. We offer a solid background and a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning and accomplishment.

This year we have made another major commitment toward that responsibility. OCCC was chosen as one of 79 community colleges in 16 states to participate in Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. This national initiative focuses on the success of community college students and is designed to help OCCC remain focused on helping our students reach their goals.

The dark red buildings of Oklahoma City Community College have become a landmark in the southwestern section of Oklahoma City. Situated on a 143-acre site just south of Interstate 240 on South May Avenue, the College is easily accessible to the entire metropolitan Oklahoma City area. The distinctive architectural design of the buildings creates a positive environment for quality education

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