Employment Opportunities

Date PostedApril 2, 2014
Closing DateAugust 16, 2014
Job Requisition Number102212
Position TitleGeneral Counsel
Position TypeADMIN
DepartmentPresident's Office
Pay Benefits and Work Schedule
The salary range is $100,490 to $128,833 annually commensurate with education and experience.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED - UPDATED POSTING

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Responsibilities
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

- RESUME - must be uploaded and attached to be considered.

- COVER LETTER - must be uploaded and attached to application to be considered.

- TRANSCRIPTS
Unofficial copy showing degree conferral date must be uploaded and attached to application to be considered (copies accepted).

- REFERENCE LETTERS
Are strongly encouraged. Applicants can attach reference letters or have them sent via e-mail to: Beverly Smith, Manager of Employment at in the Office of Human Resources at:: smithb@seminolestate.edu


DESCRIPTION:
The General Counsel is responsible for conducting, coordinating, and managing the legal affairs of the College. In addition, the General Counsel provides leadership within the College community for the development, refinement, review, and recommendation of policies and procedures of the College. This position reports directly to the President.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Manages all internal and external legal affairs of the College and represents the College before external agencies concerning compliance and regulatory reviews and complaints.

2. Provides and manages the provision of legal and policy advice on College-related issues to the District Board of Trustees, President, and other members of the College staff acting on behalf of the College.

3. Acts as legal counsel for the College in all administrative and court proceedings unless such representation is provided through outside counsel.

4. Under supervision of the President, the General Counsel appoints, supervises and manages the activities of staff and outside legal counsel engaged by the College.

5. Manages and coordinates legal matters involving faculty, staff and students including but not limited to College governance, employment, collective bargaining, intellectual property, real property and construction- related matters.

6. Coordinates the activities of College staff and committees in the conduct of student and employee disciplinary proceedings, grievances and appeals.

7. Collaborates with various campus constituency groups to develop, draft and assist in the implementation of programmatic and policy enhancements consistent with the College’s values, vision, and mission.

8. Supports the College’s Government Relations office in monitoring Federal and State legislative activities that affect the operation of the College. Develops, evaluates and reviews new and existing legislation and legislative initiatives. Identifies emerging higher education issues and develops appropriate responses. Provides counsel in support of local, state and federal legislative matters.

9. Reviews College policies and procedures and drafts such new and revised policies or procedures as required to comply with changes in legislation.

10. Collects, organizes, and prepares legal memoranda, reports and other information as directed by the President.

11. Designs and implements programs to prevent legal issues; serves on College and external task forces and committees.


12. Supervises and directs the work of assigned staff, develops budgets, and the overall strategy for assigned areas of responsibility.

13. Drafts, negotiates and recommends the execution of College contracts and agreements.

14. Manages and monitors litigation and supervises outside counsel retained by the College in all matters brought by or against the College.

15. Interprets and applies relevant federal, state and local legislative and regulatory laws and regulations pertaining to College initiatives.

16. Provides legal opinions and advice on specialized matters including intellectual property, copyright, civil rights, real estate, construction and EEOC, OCR, federal and state regulatory compliance.

17. Coordinates responses to subpoenas/court orders, public records and other requests.

18. Performs other duties as assigned by the President.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Juris Doctorate from a regionally-accredited law school.
2. Must be licensed to practice in Florida, or if licensed in another state, must be able to obtain admission to practice in Florida within one year of hire.
3. Substantial or progressive legal experience practicing law and supervising legal professionals for a minimum of 6 years, with emphasis on labor and employment, related arbitration and administrative proceedings.
4. Experience in making effective decisions and producing results through strategic planning and development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Five-years of experience in the practice of higher education law.
2. Administrative/legal experience in higher education at a comprehensive public community/state college.
3. Experience with contract law, employment-at-will, contractual employment, academic freedom and FERPA.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

1. Superior verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
2. Highly effective communicator with the ability to clearly and concisely articulate legal and general information.
3. Excellent organizational and planning skills with the ability to collect, organize, and analyze legal and general information.
4. Strong influential, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.
5. Ability to consistently exhibit a professional, courteous demeanor in all situations.
6. Demonstrated critical thinking, ability to deal with ambiguity, resolve complex problems creatively and with professional discretion.
7. In-depth knowledge of Florida Department of Education Statutes.
8. Ability to anticipate, identify, diagnose and consult on problem areas related to legal affairs.
9. Strong computer and presentation skills.
10. Committed to diversity and inclusion, working in a multi-cultural environment.
11. Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective, professional working relationships with key constituents including students, staff and faculty across the multi-campus environment and within the local community.
12. Ability to travel to different campus locations, trainings and community-based events.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:
1. Ability to work flexible hours.
2. Ability to travel both locally and nationally.
3. A valid Florida driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days.
4. Ability to move about campus and to/from multi-campus sites.


This position is not eligible for Veteran’s Preference.

COLLEGE CELL PHONE USAGE:
The College anticipates that the position incumbent must be available throughout the workday and, on some occasions, after regular work hours. Therefore, as a condition of employment, the incumbent is expected to be available by cell phone and is required to provide their current cell phone number to the Office of Human Resources and to their immediate supervisor.

This description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. All College employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.
Conditions of Employment
Finalists and individuals recommended for employment at Seminole State College may be subject to background investigations and fingerprinting in compliance with Florida Statute 1001.64; and Seminole State College Policy 1.020; 2.020. Criminal background checks and fingerprinting will be conducted for all new employees, and for rehired employees who have had a break in service for one year or more. The Office of Human Resources will determine which background checks shall be conducted for each position, based upon its review of job descriptions and the responsibilities of the position. These include, but are not limited to, positions that have access to money, master keys, security-sensitive areas and confidential information; positions that have the capability to create, delete, and alter records; and positions that are responsible for the care and instruction of children. The College will conduct various types of background checks which may include, but are not limited to: criminal background, credit check, driver's license check, previous employment and references.
How to Apply
All applicants including employees of Seminole State College must scan, upload and attach "Required" documents to their electronic application to be considered.

NOTE: CERTAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK BEST IN INTERNET EXPLORER.

TO ATTACH DOCUMENTS: On the Careers Home page select the "Cover Letters and Attachments" link, then "Add Attachments" to attach documents. Applicants must include work history even if attaching a resume.

For positions requiring a degree, scan, upload and attach copies of your transcripts showing your name and the date your degree was conferred to be considered for the position (unofficial copies accepted). This applies to internal and external applicants.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Seminole State College is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, military status, marital status, genetic predisposition, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable Federal, State or local law.
Other Information
VETERANS' PREFERENCE

Seminole State College of Florida adheres to Florida’s Veteran’s Preference laws by providing preference in hiring to covered job applicants. Moreover, in recognition of the valuable contributions made by veterans, the College also considers any applicant’s military service background when filling job positions not covered by Veteran’s Preference laws.

To claim Veteran's Preference for eligible positions, a copy of your DD-214 form, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty must be uploaded and attached to your application to claim Veterans' Preference.

HOLDERS OF DEGREES FROM INSTITUTIONS OUTSIDE THE USA:

Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States are required to obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts and degrees. Foreign transcripts should be evaluated by one of the organizations approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

This evaluation must be submitted at the time of application. We recommend World Education Services at P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087, telephone (212) 966-6311 or email address www.wes.org. The interview process may be delayed until such a review has been completed.

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