Senior Counsel - Business Finance & Innovation, OGC (0201)

Practice Areas: Corporate Transactional, Finance Job #: 20170396 Exp.: 8+ Years
Description:
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Office of General Counsel
Location: Oakland, CA

Posting Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Position Summary:
The University of California Office of General Counsel (OGC) delivers ethical, timely, efficient and high quality legal services to the University of California ten campuses, five medical centers, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as to the Board of Regents, the President, the Chancellors and other officers of the University. Its services include prosecuting and defending litigation, drafting and negotiating agreements, providing advice, counsel and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies, and assisting with development of effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the University's complex operations.

The Office of the General Counsel seeks an attorney to advise the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) and other senior University of California administrators on a broad range of legal matters affecting the University of California's numerous external finance programs and other third-party financing. Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, Business, Finance & Innovation, handles a broad range of corporate transactions in support of the OCFO including municipal finance, particularly with respect to higher education municipal bond financing, as well as experience with other forms of debt and hedging instruments and third-party financing for university developments, such as student housing and campus infrastructure projects. The incumbent should have sufficient understanding of the laws that govern municipal financing, as well as significant experience executing tax-exempt and taxable municipal finance transactions for capital projects and a general working knowledge of real estate concepts.

Special Conditions of Employment: Travel
Travel outside of normal business hours

Other Special Conditions of Employment: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check for this critical position.

Special Instructions/Additional Information
Click Here for more information To apply, please be prepared to attach your cover letter and resume to your application. Review of applications begins 09/01/2017.

This position maps to Payroll job title Counsel 4; Payroll job code 0201; MSP grade 28.

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Quicklink for Posting: jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=60613

Job Duties
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Duties Function (%)
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  • Reviews, drafts and advises on a broad range of corporate transactions in support of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer including municipal finance, particularly with respect to higher education municipal bond financing, as well as experience with other forms of debt and hedging instruments and third-party financing for university developments, such as student housing and campus infrastructure projects.
  • Coordinates with individual University campuses on campus-based matters such as higher education municipal bond financing as well as other forms of debt and hedging instruments, and third-party financing for university developments, such as student housing and campus infrastructure projects.
  • Establishes effective relationships with key internal and external constituencies. Recognizes strategic needs of organization and proactively builds relationships with appropriate stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Serves as a trusted strategic partner with University business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.
  • Establishes legal and compliance policies and procedures that meet applicable regulatory requirements and tests the operative effectiveness of those policies and procedures and conducts training as needed.
  • Advises and renders opinions to the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel and other senior leaders with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy.
  • Advises officers and senior managers of corporate legal responsibilities.
  • Works with colleagues at the Office of the President or campus/medical center locations to develop and modify practices and procedures to conform with changing legal requirements.
  • Plans and assists in due diligence; actively manages deal processes and execution; and manages participating outside counsel.
  • Directly negotiates matters on behalf of The Regents.
  • Provides legal counsel for complex transaction including executing tax-exempt and taxable municipal finance transactions for capital projects.
  • Serves as point person in OGC to communicate and coordinate with internal clients on contracts and other legal issues.

Client Services 90

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  • Delegates work effectively to maximize efficiencies.
  • Provides clear expectations and mentors legal support staff to establish strong commitment to teamwork and to meet expected levels of productivity and accuracy.
  • Ensures accurate record keeping in compliance with OGC data quality protocols.
  • Complies with delegations of authority for committing University funds.
  • Supports OGC's commitment to diversity efforts - ensures equal opportunity in recruitment process by ensuring diverse representation on search committees and outreach efforts.
  • Promotes equity in advancements and encourages participation in career advising or mentoring programs.
Other 10

Job Requirements
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  • J.D. from an accredited law school and a member, in good standing, of a state bar association within the United States.
  • Minimum of eight years relevant in-house experience or recognized law firm with corporate transactional and finance experience; must have proven transactional experience.
  • Significant experience with legal aspects of municipal finance, particularly with respect to higher education municipal bond financing, as well as experience with other forms of debt and hedging instruments and third-party financing for university developments such as student housing and campus infrastructure projects.
  • Strong understanding of the laws that govern municipal financing, as well as significant experience executing tax-exempt and taxable municipal finance transactions for capital projects and a general working knowledge of real estate concepts.
  • In depth abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking. A proven team player with a positive attitude and strong interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
  • A trusted partner with senior management and a diverse spectrum of clients. In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in specialty area, even when ambiguous or hidden. Proven ability to identify, explain and balance business and legal risks.
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
  • Proven skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, to include senior leaders.
  • Proven ability to understand the business needs of the OCFO and partner with its finance team to facilitate creative and strategic solutions is a critical skill for this position.
  • Advanced judgment, as well as drafting, negotiating, written communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
  • In-depth and proven decision making ability, even when unpopular, earning credibility and support from colleagues.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
  • Keeps informed on changing legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University as they relate to the area of specialty.
  • Strong coaching and leadership skills to provide clear expectations, guidance and performance to legal support staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards.

Preferred
  • Experience in finance, banking and real estate preferred; investment and securities experience a plus.
  • Previous experience in UC or other University in-house legal counsel.
  • Previous experience in private law firm; experience as counsel to public agency; and/or experience with regulatory, administrative or policy-making bodies.

How to Apply:
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: http://apptrkr.com/1064731

About us
The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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