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Chief Campus Counsel

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
25780622 Full Time 8AM - 5PM Commensurate with Experience

Position Information

**For full consideration, candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of contributions to diversity. Candidates may be asked to submit work samples and conduct a presentation as a part of the interview process.***

In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

Reporting to the Chancellor and UC General Counsel, the Chief Campus Counsel provides legal assistance and services to the Riverside campus and serves as a senior advisor on institutional policy and decision-making that requires a legal perspective. The Chief Campus Counsel works with representatives of the campus on developing or modifying practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements and reduce risk, acts as a liaison with outside legal firms and monitors litigation of importance to the campus, and keeps informed on legislation and case law developments affecting University operations. The Chief Campus Counsel coordinates and consults with the General Counsel of The Regents, and provides staff assistance on the legal rights and obligations of the institution to the Chancellor, and through the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor (PEVC), Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, departmental chairs, unit heads, and other academic and administrative officers of the campus. The Chief Campus Counsel also provides legal advice and assistance to organizations and programs affiliated with the campus on matters concerning their university relationship including UCR's School of Medicine. The Chief Campus Counsel provides coordination and liaison between the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the President, and the Office of the General Counsel concerning the needs and requirements of UCR pertaining to legal matters. They also act on behalf of the campus, receive assignments at the direction of the General Counsel; and reports to the Chancellor administratively and to the General Counsel as to the substance of legal services and advice. Provides advice on the wide range of legal questions associated with the administration, management, and operation of the campus as requested by the Chancellor. The general areas of particular interest to this position are employee relations, employee organizations, academic personnel, equal opportunity, and affirmative action, patents, licenses, copyrights, intellectual property, risk management and insurance, taxes, health affairs, real property, and development of campus facilities, campus security and safety, auxiliary and service enterprises, tort liability and insurance, fundraising, contracts, and other legal considerations contained within or contracts, and other legal considerations contained within or related to these broad categories.

**As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. **


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
Must possess a J.D. from an accredited law school. Required


License Requirement
Must be a member in good standing of the California Bar. (Out-of-state hire would be afforded time to pass the Bar within a reasonable period.) Required


Experience Requirement
Minimum of 10 - 15 years of experience Required
Experience in a recognized health net law firm or general law firm health law department and/or an in-house environment (preferably both), ideally including experience representing academic or community health systems. Required
Experience in a higher education setting. Required
Experience with the University of California system policies and procedures. Preferred
Minimum 5 years of experience supervising staff. Required

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Travel Required
Travel Outside of Normal Business Hours Required
Ability to travel for UC related business, trainings, conferences, seminiars etc. Required
Occasional travel for university related business meetings, conferences and/or professional development. Required

Minimum Requirements

Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to build and enhance relationships with the community and assist in development efforts.
Strong leadership and planning skills.
Established expert in the legal field.
Ability to inspire confidence from internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards.
Advanced skills in project management, and facilitating policy review and changes.
Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in specialty area, even when ambiguous or hidden.
Developing ability to mentor and coach all levels of staff; provide for succession planning in area of specialty.
Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
Relevant practice experience in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation or other entity.
Advanced research skills; ability to readily identify critical legislative changes in area of specialty.
Advanced written communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
Demonstrated ability to distill large quantities of information and to generate creative approaches to legal challenges facing a health system associated with a major research university.
Ability to work well under conditions of heavy workload, frequent hours outside normal business hours, rapidly changing priorities, and deadlines requiring immediate action.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of federal, state, systemwide, and campus policies and procedures.

Demonstrated commitment and contributions toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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