Description/Job Summary The General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the College and in conjunction with the Office of Attorney General is responsible for managing the College's legal affairs and overseeing legal services to the College. The General Counsel provides legal advice and services to the College and works with the President, Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. The General Counsel is a direct report and works directly with the President related to all job duties and performance as the College's chief legal officer. The General Counsel may exercise oversight of College departments with functional responsibility for compliance with or interpretation of laws and regulations.
Receive and handle inquiries from College administrators, employees and student organizations including, but not limited to, such matters as employment issues, student affairs, insurance, risk management, use of federal and state funding, contracts and College policies. Provide timely, accessible and sound legal advice on legal issues arising in the context of higher education and Maryland state agency operations.
Perform legal research and analysis with regard to a wide range of legal, legislative, policy, administrative and institutional matters.
Review and advise administrators and faculty on College policies, procedures, and handbooks, including drafts of new policies, procedures and handbooks.
Provide counsel to administrators and faculty regarding proposed or existing College contracts; review all proposed college contracts.
Advise the College administration on matters of compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, and assist with corrective action as needed.
Work with the Office of Attorney General and coordinate the referral of matters to them when appropriate; Facilitate direct communications between College administrators and the Office of Attorney General; Manage communications with outside lawyers who communicate with the College, including on matters that pose risk of liability.
Recommend operational and policy changes necessitated by legislative mandates; develop alternative policies and procedures to enable the College to accomplish its objectives.
Receive, evaluate and respond to Freedom of Information Act/Maryland Public Information Act requests as appropriate and as required by law.
Direct and participate in the research of state and federal legislation, and administrative and court decisions that are relevant to higher education in Maryland; investigate legal problems and make recommendations on action to appropriate administrators.
Provide training and training materials on legal issues to appropriate constituencies when education is helpful to maintain or further College objectives.
Advise the Executive Director of Human Resources with respect to personnel matters (including but not limited to disciplinary actions and preparing, negotiating and executing separation agreements.)
Participate in overseeing, identifying, evaluating, and analyzing risks in the operations of the College.
Participate in formulating, implementing, administering, and evaluating risk management strategies to efficiently and cost-effectively manage those risks.
Manage and oversee the Office of the General Counsel.
Perform other related duties incidental to work described above.
Candidates must have a law degree from an accredited law school and
possess a minimum of ten years’ experience as a practicing attorney.
Candidate must be admitted to practice law in Maryland.
Experience representing community colleges, universities, or other educational institutions preferred.
A diverse and broad legal background is preferred and experience with Maryland regulatory law, government contracts, labor and employment law, laws governing state agencies, and interpreting legislation is desired.
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