|Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks an Assistant General Counsel to work with and in support of the Vice President for Human Resources & Legal Affairs (VP for HR/LA), along with a paralegal and executive assistant. The Assistant General Counsel will provide written and oral advice, conduct legal research and provide analysis, conduct investigations, draft contracts, memorandums of understanding (MOUs), and agreements, assist with policy development and work in support of risk management efforts in the higher education setting. The Assistant General Counsel position is expected to be able to defend the College before state and federal agencies and in court, as appropriate and assigned. |
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration date closes March 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time)
| Primary Responsibilities: |
- Investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment filed by students, staff, faculty, or visitors in compliance with federal and state laws, College policies and applicable civil service rules and collective bargaining agreements. Process, within specific time constraints, investigations, analyses and report findings and conclusions of complaints filed. Ensure effective, efficient, thorough and impartial investigations, as well as attention to detail and accuracy regarding facts, relevance, and investigation documentation, while preserving the due process rights of all involved;
- Draft, review and provide advice regarding MOUs, interagency agreements and contracts between CBC and other colleges, agencies and municipalities;
- Conduct legal research and provide analysis on a broad range of topics related to college operations, including but not limited to employment and labor law, civil rights, contracts and purchasing, public records, privacy, ethics, etc.;
- Provide legal support and assistance as needed for the residence life program and program staff;
- Assist with EEOC, WSHRC, OCR and other complaints, arbitration or other legal issues and processes;
- Draft, review, and provide advice regarding contracts and grants, real estate transactions and other related areas;
- Assist VP for HR/LA with ADA legal issues and consults;
- Assist VP for HR/LA with collective bargaining negotiation preparation;
- Review, evaluate and recommend changes to college policies and provide assistance to senior-level leadership on policy development and implementation;
- Assist with legal compliance, respond to claims and appear before appropriate agency or court to represent College's interests;
- Assist with civil litigation and liaison with the Attorney General's Office as needed;
- Evaluate complaints, grievances and other forms of redress to recommended path forward; and
- Other substantive areas of responsibility may also be assigned.
| Required Qualifications: |
- Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited institution;
- Three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney or in a judicial clerkship role; and
- Admitted to, or qualified for admission to, the Washington State Bar.
- Knowledge of employment and labor relations law and practices;
- Experience with collective bargaining, contract negotiation and contract administration;
- Experience conducting investigations in an employment setting or higher education setting;
- Experience in public and/or academic environments;
- Familiarity with academic, community college or university institutions;
- Experience with civil rights laws;
- General litigation experience.
- Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; possess oral advocacy skills in a litigation setting;
- Intellectual and conceptual flexibility and creativity, with the ability to analyze, interpret, present and write about complex ideas and concepts in a clear, concise fashion;
- Analytical, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving skills;
- Legal and ethical stature, maturity, flexibility, competence and confidence to operate with credibility at the executive and Board level, as well as a professional history of maintaining objectivity while driving appropriate outcomes, managing multiple stakeholder agendas, and promoting high standards;
- High level of energy, sense of humor, and grace under pressure; and the ability to lead by example; and
- Sophisticated ability to understand and manage risk and compliance issues.