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DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

UC Legal – Office of the General Counsel (UCL) delivers ethical, timely, efficient and high quality legal services to the University of California’s 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. By practicing UCL’s established Values, this position contributes to a workplace that is collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness, diversity and inclusion in all interactions, both within and outside the team. It also supports UCL’s commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in the legal profession.

POSITION SUMMARY

The primary responsibility for this position is to advise campuses and the Office of the President on a broad range of issues related to disability and accessibility (with the exception of issues related to disability in the employment context, which are handled by other lawyers). This position will advise on issues related to programmatic access and accommodations for students (dining, recreation, housing, academic, etc.), online and electronic accessibility, physical accessibility, communications access (including ASL and captioning services), transportation access, and emergency planning. The role will include working with clients across all of UC’s locations to advise both on specific matters/questions as well as broader policy-based concerns in the areas above, with a focus not only on complying with applicable laws and regulations but also promoting and enhancing a culture of accessibility. The role will also include coordinating the response to disability-related investigations by regulators such as the Department of Justice and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

While disability and accessibility issues will be the primary portfolio for this position, responsibilities can also include advising on a range of general education affairs issues including, but not limited to, free speech, academic freedom, admissions, financial aid, student conduct, FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, etc.

Reporting to the Managing Counsel – Education Affairs & Governance, this position independently handles a range of legal matters and projects in the Education Affairs practice area, to include the most complex and that of substantial importance and impact. This position interprets complex facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity. This position also provides functional advice, training and/or guidance to clients and to less experienced attorneys. This position drafts, reviews and revises a variety of instruments involving the University’s interest such as advice memoranda, policies and contracts.

Responsibilities

Approximately 75% time advising on disability access issues, 25% time advising on general education affairs matters

  • Provides advice and counsel to clients on campuses and at the Office of the President on issues related to disability access (except for employment issues), including student accessibility, physical accessibility, electronic accessibility, emergency planning, and transportation.
  • Provides substantial expertise within the University in the Education Affairs area and independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects, to include the highest complexity and that of significant importance and impact to the University.
  • Establishes effective relationships with key internal and external constituencies. Collaborates successfully with diverse communities.
  • Recognizes strategic needs of the organization and proactively builds relationships with appropriate stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Serves as a trusted strategic partner with University units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions.
  • Advises and renders opinions to senior leaders with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy.
  • 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.
  • Functions as a lead and technical resource within the area of practice.
  • Directly negotiates matters on behalf of The Regents.
  • May act as a liaison with outside counsel. Typically manages outside counsel budget for area of specialty.
  • Practices UCL’s established Values: collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness, diversity and inclusion in all interactions, both within and outside the team.
  • Delegates work effectively to maximize efficiencies. Provides clear expectations and mentors others to meet expected levels of productivity and accuracy.
  • Provides functional advice, training and/or guidance and effectively mentors less experienced attorneys.

Required Qualifications

  • Typically requires eight (8) years relevant experience in a law firm, government, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation or other entity, although exceptional experience with fewer years of practice will be considered.
  • Deep experience with providing legal advice related to disability access, including with many or all of the following laws, regulations and policies: Americans with Disabilities Act, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, California Building Standards Code, Chapter 11B, Title 24 of California Code of Regulations, and WCAG 2.0.
  • In-depth understanding of highly complex legal issues and ability to foresee implications in specialty area, even when ambiguous or hidden.
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including proven ability to actively listen, negotiate, persuade and educate.
  • Advanced written communication skills and ability to create and deliver effective materials and/or presentations appropriate to a particular audience.
  • Skills to gain trust and build credibility with a broad group of colleagues and clients, including senior leaders.
  • Effective research skills; ability to readily identify material and relevant information.
  • Excellent abilities in collaboration, facilitation, and strategic and creative thinking with UC Legal colleagues, clients, and outside counsel.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and tact when handling sensitive or potentially sensitive issues.
  • Experience with defending against or filing/conducting litigation or regulatory investigations related to disability access.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a higher education setting.

Education

  • J.D. from an accredited law school.

License/Certifications

  • Member in good standing of the California Bar is required (the successful applicant, if not a member of the California Bar, will be required to become one as soon as possible after hire).

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, work for this position is being conducted remotely. The selected candidate may be required to report to work in Oakland, CA when onsite operations resume.
  • UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary: $198,000 – $235,000, commensurate with experience.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

HOW TO APPLY

Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.

APPLICATION REVIEW DATE

The first review date for this job is September 24, 2021. The position will be open until filled.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

EEO STATEMENT

The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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