Assistant Vice President and Counsel

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Apr 01, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation''s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.
Job ID: 10455

Regular/Temporary: Regular


As a key member of the executive management team, the Assistant Vice President oversees one or more College functions to fulfill comprehensive program goals and contributes to overall College strategic objectives.  He/she plans and implements a range of successful programs; and oversees staff, budget, operations, and facilities.


Assistant Vice President




The Assistant Vice President and Counsel serves on a wide range of legal, labor relations, and contractual matters affecting students and employees.  He/she interprets the College Governance Plan, Board of Trustees By-laws, Collective Bargaining Agreements, University policies, and governmental statutes to provide effective advice to the President on the governance, administrative, and compliance ramifications of these legal frameworks.  The Office of the General Counsel provides guidance on a wide range of legal and administrative matters to College faculty and administrators.  The General Counsel serves as the College's Legal Designee, oversees the Office of Compliance and Diversity, the Office of the Labor Designee, and is a member of the President's Executive Staff.  The Assistant Vice President and Counsel reports directly to the President.

As Legal Counsel
- Serve as legal counsel and policy advisor to the President.
- Investigate complaints filed at outside agencies.
- Work with attorneys in CUNY's Office of General Counsel on matters of litigation and compliance.
- Prepare, review, and facilitate processing of contracts entered into by the College.
- Prepare, review, and facilitate processing of Memorandums of Understanding with other higher education institutions both foreign and domestic.
- Actively participate in policy development on a broad range of issues. 
- Audit internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legal requirements and best practices.
- Litigation management of proceedings before Federal and State courts and administrative agencies.
- Collect, preserve, and disclose records, files, and documents required at legal inquiries and proceedings.
- Provide records and information requested under the Freedom of Information Law and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
- Ensure College compliance with U.S. Immigration regulations and policies.
- Ensure compliance with ethics requirements set forth by the Commission on Public Integrity.
- Ensure that related entities comply with nonprofit corporation requirements.
- Work with faculty and staff on student related matters including health and safety issues, discipline, student records, and student governance.

Oversee Office of the Labor Designee
- Oversee the functioning of the Labor Designee which includes coordinating and reviewing the activities of the Labor Designee and the Assistant Counsel/Compliance and Diversity Officer.
- Advocate College positions at Step hearings.  These include situations where charges are filed by the Labor Designee on behalf of the College.  The Labor Designee prepares and delivers the College's position.  There is the potential for multiple steps in the process.
- Act as College's representative at arbitration hearings.
- Draft, review, and facilitate the processing of settlement agreements.
- Educate and advise department chairs and administrators on labor issues including disciplinary matters.
- Mediate sensitive labor disputes.
- Communicate and oversee the College's performance appraisal process.

Oversee the Office of Compliance and Diversity
- While the Compliance and Diversity Officer reports directly to the President, the General Counsel will oversee the functioning of the office which includes coordinating and reviewing the activities of the director.
- Review all investigation results of discrimination and sexual harassment complaints and advise the President on final actions.
- Monitor College's hiring process and affirmative action efforts.
- Supervise the Compliance and Diversity Office's student, faculty, and staff training initiatives. 
- Supervise Title IX Coordinator.

General College Duties
- Provide counsel, advice, and mentoring students through the John Jay College Pre-Law Institute.
- Serve as a member of the College's student Behavioral Intervention Team.  These are key campus representatives from diverse areas of the college, who identify, assess, and monitor students displaying moderate to elevated levels of distress.
- Serve on various task forces and committees internal and external to the College as assigned by the President.
- Serve as Chair of the College Higher Education Officer (HEO) Screening Committee, where position reclassifications are reviewed and decided upon by a committee.
- Serve as College Ethics Officer and is a liaison to the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).
- Work with Public Safety on Workforce Violence Complaints, Cleary Compliance, and other matters related to Public Safety.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), is an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice, committed to the advancement of justice and just societies. It is a public liberal arts college that enriches the entire learning experience by highlighting themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Located steps from Lincoln Center at the cultural heart of New York City, the College offers bachelors and masters degrees and participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. John Jay College is also recognized for serving a broadly diverse student population. Under the leadership of its fourth president, Jeremy Travis, John Jay College has experienced unprecedented faculty hiring, an expansion of its curricular offerings, and the opening in 2011 of a new 600,000 square foot building complete with a black-box theatre, state-of-the-art lab space for students and faculty, a moot courtroom, and a variety of virtual learning settings.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan.  All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.  Additional qualifications are defined below by the College.


- Juris Doctor (JD) and admitted to New York State Bar
- Experience in higher education is helpful
- Demonstrated leadership abilities and experience
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills as well as excellent judgment


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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April 30, 2014


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