Job Requisition Number: 23324. The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to the University of California, including representation, advice, research and training. The U.C. Berkeley Office of Legal Affairs, which is a unit of OGC, supports the Berkeley campus’s teaching, research and public service mission by timely delivery of ethical, cost efficient and high quality legal services.
This position is .8 FTE with responsibility for handling a variety of moderately to very complex assigned legal projects in the area of disability rights. The incumbent will split time evenly between the Oakland and Berkeley offices of OGC reporting jointly to the Deputy General Counsel for Educational Affairs, Campus Service, Public Accountability and Governance in Oakland and the Chief Campus Counsel at Berkeley. While in Oakland, the incumbent will provide service to the UC Office of the President and any of nine non-Berkeley University campuses; while in Berkeley, the incumbent will provide service to the Berkeley campus. The incumbent will: •advise University offices with responsibility for monitoring compliance with disability laws and regulations; •advise University offices with responsibilities for supporting students, staff, and faculty with disabilities; •draft, review and revise a variety of disability-related documents, such as policies, agreements, and guidance; •support the University’s response to litigation in the disability rights area; •participate in negotiations arising from disability-related claims; and •respond to agency investigations of alleged disability discrimination.
The incumbent will perform these functions with moderate oversight and supervision by more experienced attorneys.
Collaboration and Communication •Demonstrates a proactive approach to establishing effective relationships with key internal (local and Systemwide) and external constituencies; understands the diverse needs and agendas of various stakeholder groups; creates and fosters an environment that ensures collegiality and information sharing, while recognizing the need for timely decision making •Effectively communicates with administrators, students, faculty and staff.
Key Activities/Tasks •Engage in professional, candid, timely, practical, and respectful communications regarding the campus’s disability law obligations that are constructive and promote University goals, legal compliance and resolution of issues. •Appropriately disseminate information relating to disability law to the Office of General Counsel attorneys and administrative staff, senior leadership of the University and outside counsel. •Meaningfully contribute toward the success of initiatives of others by providing appropriate legal services (including advice) or deliverables in a timely, accurate, practical and respectful manner.
Resource Management and Financial Budget •Develops strategic goals and objectives to achieve accountability and efficient stewardship of University resources (operational, financial, and human), in a manner consistent with Systemwide objectives and initiatives.
Key Activities/Tasks •Comply with record keeping effort designed to monitor resource allocation, including timesheets. •Comply with delegations of authority for contracting, purchasing and committing University funds. •Contribute to the development of quality management data by adhering to OLA data tracking protocols. •Support management in minimizing unplanned staff absences.
Diversity •Demonstrates an active and engaged commitment to diversity. •Works to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates and promotes respect for diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran in the University. •The percentage assigned this responsibility reflects the actual time expected to be devoted to this responsibility, but it is a responsibility that should be practiced in all aspects of the position.
Key Activities/Tasks •Comply with University wide diversity efforts such as on-line diversity awareness training.
Client Service •Understands that UC is a large, complex organization with many internal and external clients. •Carries out UC’s organizational philosophy to provide the best possible services in support of its mission: teaching, research and public service. •Determines whether a program or activity impedes or advances the University’s goals.
Key Activities/Tasks •Provide high quality, timely, relevant and solution-oriented counsel as a legal disability specialist on moderately to very complex legal issues by means of effective research and communication of advice, both written and oral. •Consult colleagues, as appropriate, regarding development and presentation of alternative approaches to addressing an issue, including analysis of risks associated with each alternative, to permit clients to assess appropriate/acceptable risk tolerance. •Ensure service according to priorities established by supervisor.
Principles of Community •Fosters a positive working and learning environment, by maintaining a climate of collaboration, fairness, cooperation, and professionalism. •Practices and integrates these basic principles in all interactions.
Key Activities/Tasks •Exemplify these values, as expressed by the campus, in their own conduct. •Respectful of reporting relationships, both theirs and the reporting relationships of others. •Contributes toward the success of others through efforts such as sharing of information, opinions and work product with colleagues, senior leadership of OLA and OGC, and as appropriate, the larger University community.•Requires J.D. from an accredited law school and a member, in good standing, of the California Bar. •Four or more years of experience in disability law after receiving law degree. •Availability for overtime, travel (inside and outside of normal business hours) required. •Background checks for: license/certificate/degree critical, and protected/personal/sensitive data critical •Substantial experience dealing with federal and state agencies responsible for enforcement of disability laws. •Experience advising clients with respect to disability accommodation and access issues. •Demonstrated understanding of unique needs of higher education client. •Possess high integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate hard decisions. •Demonstrated credibility to win support for those decisions. •Ability to lead by influence and consensus. •Judgment, tact and diplomacy to partner with senior teams to help them achieve their strategic objectives while complying with disability access and accommodation requirements; •Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and constituencies. •Outstanding customer service skills. •Outstanding verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively during interactions and utilize active listening skills. •Outstanding written skills as defined by the ability to quickly compose a variety of concise, informative written materials appropriate to a particular audience. Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs. •Ability to represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties. •Demonstrated ability to act as a team player in all circumstances, as defined by contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, accountabilities, and operations of others. •Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in a public institution or university setting. •Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.
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